Broadcast Video Engineer (ITP-B, BU)

City of Seattle - Seattle Information Technology Department   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on January 25, 2023
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Broadcast Video Engineer (ITP-B, BU)

Salary $45.44 - $68.20 Hourly
Location Seattle, WA
Job Type Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time
Department Seattle Information Technology
Job Number 2023-00137
Closing 2/7/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

Position Description

The Seattle Channel is seeking a video broadcast engineer with an extensive background in video, audio, and computer hardware and software as deployed in a broadcast television station.

As a city, Seattle is known as a dynamic leader in technology, innovation, and the environment. As an employer, the City of Seattle is leading local government in environmental stewardship and social justice among other things, making our city what it is today and shaping our exciting future. The organization’s workforce plays a meaningful role in making this possible.
Seattle IT is a trusted partner that provides secure, reliable, and compliant technologies enabling the City of Seattle to deliver equitable and responsive services to the residents of Seattle. This purpose statement is a simple declaration of who we are and why we do our work. It is intended to be a guide that helps us to not lose sight of why we perform everyday tasks or to invest effort to tackle difficult problems. It emphasizes that our existence as a department is to support our City partners. It reminds us that we are part of a larger organization that collectively is working towards improving the lives of the residents of our city. The 600+ strong professionals in Seattle IT are involved in the full spectrum of a modern IT enterprise offering many dynamic career opportunities. We hope you’ll join us!

The Seattle Channel is an automated HD television channel broadcasting 24/7 on local cable TV and on the web. A leader within the municipal government access channel community as well as a highly lauded media organization in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Channel focuses on government information, government transparency/access as well as engaging community, arts and culture, and public affairs original programming.

Job Responsibilities

Broadcast Video Engineer is responsible for the management and supervision of Seattle Channel’s television technical facilities. Responsibilities include advising the technical structure and quality control of local productions and other programming materials; hands-on supervision of maintenance, upgrade and new technical project functions and planning for future technical trends.

The job requires demonstrated understanding of video streaming (both to the web and for remote production), video file servers, video cameras, recording equipment, video editing software, and networking of PCs, Macs, and other networked video infrastructure. Maintenance and operational skills are required and there is an emphasis on collaboration with production staff to produce high quality programming and coordinated technical setup for live remote broadcasts. Critical support is required for live city council meetings and mayoral press conferences, as well as emergency operations communications.

This position also leads capital budget and equipment purchases in consultation with Seattle Channel management and production staff.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Under general supervision of the General Manager, coordinates the evaluation, acquisition, installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of all Seattle Channel systems, broadcast equipment, and related facilities.
  • Maintains and verifies all necessary records, logs, licenses, and reports required by the City of Seattle.
  • Responsible for quality assurance of broadcast productions and coordinates with the city's cable companies. Inspects, advises testing of studio, remote broadcasting equipment to ensure operational performance meets broadcast standards.
  • Prepares annual budget requests and controls expenditures within budget limitations, goals and objectives of City of Seattle guidelines and policies.
  • Prepares bid specifications and related purchase requests.
  • Prepares planning and design documents for short, medium, and long-term station goals.
  • Represents Seattle Channel in meetings at the national, regional and local levels as required.
  • Provide leadership, development and support to staff to increase the overall performance and ensure alignment of the Seattle Channel’s strategic plan, core values, vision and mission.
  • Engages and communicates with clients, community members, and Seattle Channel staff and City of Seattle employees and partners.
  • Assists in other related duties as assigned.


NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered for the required qualifications.

  • Validated experience in maintaining television equipment, system design, repair, and installation.
  • Experience in acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of RF electronics, computer, and studio equipment, including cameras, audio, tape/DDR operations, and studio lighting.
  • Experience in video engineering and production of live multi-camera broadcasts, studio productions, hybrid live events, and remote field production.
  • Experience with IP camera support and configuration.
  • Experience in IP networking.
  • Experience in developing and supervising capital budgets
  • Experience with software installation process and ability to detail and track issues.
  • Possess excellent research and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects and change priorities in a fast-paced constantly evolving government technology environment.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations.
  • On-site, evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Must be willing to provide possible 24/7 on-call support, emergency response.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to tailor content and delivery based on the target audience including excellent technical and business writing skills.
  • Move up to 25 lbs. frequently and up to 50 lbs. occasionally.

Additional Information

Why work at the City of Seattle?
The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our views and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

COVID 19 Vaccination Mandate:
All City of Seattle employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to your start date. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine. Employees may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.

Workplace Environment (Telework Expectation)
Most work is performed in a regular City work/office environment; however, due to the ongoing pandemic, Seattle IT is currently working a hybrid schedule with two days in office and three days remote. This is subject to change as circumstances dictate.

Background Check
This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 77. For information explore Local 77’s website.

Who may apply
This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The City of Seattle values different view points and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience.

Application Process For optimal consideration, we encourage you to include and load a cover letter and resume with your application. We encourage you to use your cover letter to discuss why you want to do this work and how you meet the qualifications for the position. Your resume should summarize the talent, experience, knowledge, and skills you bring to this work. Apply online at
If you have any questions, please contact Mylene Claveria at

City of Seattle
Seattle Municipal Tower
700 5th Avenue, Suite 5500
Seattle, Washington, 98104