Oregon Public Universities


Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 2176


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Salary Range 19 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072 $4265 $4479


The VIDEOGRAPHER 2 uses advanced technical and aesthetic knowledge and skills to operate broadcast quality equipment (video, audio, lighting, editing, etc.) to obtain high quality images and sound for broadcast/distribution over the Oregon Public Broadcasting Network and/or the nationwide Public Broadcasting System. Employees in this class will provide advanced training, technical advice, and assistance to lower level videographers and production staff, and will have coordinative responsibility for videography and related duties on major, ongoing productions.


This is the second of a two-level series of classes. Positions in this class are distinguished from those in the lower level by the responsibility to provide advanced technical and artistic training, counsel, and advice to Videographer 1s and production staff, and by coordinative responsibility for videographic and related duties on major, ongoing Public Broadcasting productions. Employees in this class possess advanced, in-depth knowledge and skills in all aspects of videography and serve as a principal consultative and coordinative resource in videographic productions.


  1. Production Analysis and Planning. Typical tasks: takes ongoing responsibility for planning and coordination on major and/or ongoing productions; meets with producers, directors, writers, newspersons to identify production needs; reviews scripts, program formats and related materials to identify equipment, staffing and related needs; advises producer/director/newsperson of potential shooting problems and recommends strategy/techniques to overcome difficulties; visits (when possible) locations of shoots to refine needs assessments, determine equipment setup locations, and identify technical problems; recommends videographers for specific assignments based on their experience; provides coordination of work in studio and location productions; works with engineering other technical staff to resolve technical problems; serves as principal technical resource for other videographers, production staff, producers, directors and newspersons.
  2. Equipment/Logistics Coordination. Typical tasks: oversees and coordinates central equipment storage, checkout, maintenance and record keeping; oversees and coordinates equipment needs planning on major productions; advises lower-level videographers on specific adaptive or other equipment that may resolve technical problems; reviews planning lists to be sure that adequate and proper equipment is included; oversees packing and loading of equipment for major productions; tracks equipment out of service for repairs or adjustments to assure timely return and availability; oversees and coordinates unloading and/or setup of equipment in studios or at location sites; evaluates equipment needs, researches products, tests news or sample equipment, develops specifications, and recommends specific equipment for acquisition to meet agency needs.
  3. Videography. Typical tasks: operates, adjusts, maintains, and trouble shoots all videographic, lighting, audio, and editing equipment; provides technical advice and training to lower-level videographers and production staff on the setup, operation, adjustment, maintenance, and troubleshooting of equipment; recommends specific videographers for shoot assignments; coordinates videographic and related tasks during major productions; may serve as lead camera operator during major or special productions; reviews work of lower-level videographers, identifying specific strengths or weaknesses in order to make the most effective work assignment recommendations; works with lower-level videographers to enhance technical and artistic/aesthetic skills through training and experience; keeps current with producer/director/newsperson staff to understand individual styles, techniques, and preferences, in order to recommend most suitable videographer; or to directly provide the most effective videographic, editing, or related services.
  4. Editing. Typical tasks: provides advice and assistance in overcoming technical editing problems related to merging materials of differing formats, origin, or quality; assumes editing responsibility for particularly difficult or major productions; independently or with producer/director/newsperson, edits recorded video and audio materials to meet time, aesthetic, ethical, and broadcast quality standards; employs wide range of editing equipment, including major studio installations; times, mixes, balances multiple format images with multiple track sound sources to produce a broadcast quality final product; understands and adjusts to foreign origin formats in processing materials; uses critical sense of timing and aesthetic quality to meet the highest standards of broadcast quality and the specific requirements of individual producer/director/newsperson staff.
  5. Training. Typical tasks: develops and presents specific training programs related to the operation, adjustment, maintenance, and field repair of video cameras, lights, audio equipment, power equipment for newly-hired videographers, for production assistants, and other staff; coordinates technical training with engineering staff; researches and recommends other available training for staff; works with vendors and manufacturers to develop effective training on new equipment; provides ongoing technical and aesthetic consultation and advice to lower-level videographers, production staff, producers/directors/newspersons.
  6. Miscellaneous. Typical tasks: maintains own and coordinates the accurate logging/record keeping of other videographers on all operations, editing, equipment usage/breakdowns; maintains own current knowledge of latest developments in equipment and techniques through review of trade publications, professional journals, commercial and public broadcasting productions; will occasionally serve as a director or producer of a specific production, which may include program conception, planning, talent selection, and content authority; provides coordination of work and task assignment while participating in major productions; serves as a primary resource for technical and artistic advice to lower-level videographers, production staff, and producers/directors/newspersons as needed; researches and recommends equipment acquisition including development of purchase specifications.


Employees in this class are in daily telephone and in-person contact with production staff, writers, producers, directors, and newspersons to plan, coordinate, and assign production work, or to provide advice or training. There is regular in-person contact with production talent, dignitaries, and the general public in the course of duties. There is occasional telephone, written or in-person contact with vendors and manufacturers of equipment to exchange information related to equipment operations or problems.


Employees in this class receive general supervision and guidance from a supervisor or unit manager. The employee will work with considerable independence in the performance of day-to-day duties. Work is reviewed while in production, or as a finished product, for compliance with industry and agency standards, Federal and State law and rule, timely completion and observation, relevant ethical and qualitative standards. Guidelines provided are the artistic, technical, and performance standards of broadcast television, as well as the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, and the relevant policies and procedures of the agency.


Employees in this class work irregular hours and schedules dictated by production needs. Travel is frequent, including local and remote, or out-of-state shoot sights. Environmental conditions will range from the normal to extremes of temperature and terrain. Duties may include carrying backpacks and other materials for considerable distance under various conditions. Travel and shoot assignments may include use of water craft, helicopters, other aircraft, ATVs, horseback, etc.


  • Five years of television production videography experience including at least two years of broadcast quality experience.