Job Opportunity – Cape Town Television Head Of Technical Operations

Cape Town TV (CTV) is looking for a committed and multi-skilled individual to head up the technical operations of the station. The successful incumbent should have a broad understanding of the technical requirements of video production, editing and broadcasting with a strong IT background. Familiarity working in an under-resourced, NGO environment would be an added benefit.

Cape Town TV is a non-profit, free-to-air community television station licensed by ICASA to serve the greater Cape Town metropolitan area. The station operates from premises in Observatory in Cape Town and includes two studios, a control room, a post-production/ingest facility and Final Control Centre linked by fiber to Sentech and Multichoice.

Exciting challenges for 2019 include CTV’s imminent launch on Digital Terrestrial Television as well as the development of an OTT platform. The successful candidate will oversee a small team and have support from a freelance broadcast engineer (the previous incumbent).

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 8 years industry-related experience at middle to senior level;
  • An appropriate qualification;
  • Experience in human resources management;
  • A good understanding of training/mentoring in a television or production environment.

Duties:

  • Overseeing the entire production process from a technical point of view including planning, production, post-production, ingest and storage.
  • Responsible for setup of all technical equipment in studio, briefing of technicians and appointment of studio crew.
  • Ensure that studio productions are recorded to the highest possible technical standards.
  • Train novice studio crew through workshops and on-the-job training.
  • Assess training levels of studio crew and assign them to positions accordingly.
  • Trouble-shoot technical problems in studio, final control room, office and post-production.
  • Ensure that all necessary equipment is in place and operational, conducting basic maintenance and repairs where necessary.
  • Develop policies and SOPs with regards to equipment usage and ensure they are adhered to.
  • Look after the technical requirements of in-house shows as well as those of clients.
  • Introduce interactive elements in studio where required, such as SMS line, ticker, live phone-in, skype interviews, etc.
  • Supervise outside broadcasts, when necessary.
  • Manage the equipment store room and ensure that junior staff implement check-out/check-in procedures.
  • Arrange and conduct technical committee meetings and represent the Tech Ops Department in the Opscom.
  • Procurement: assess equipment needs, liaise with suppliers for quotes and orders, draw up budgets, arrange for repairs to equipment and facilities and hire equipment when necessary.
  • Oversee the maintenance of office equipment and IT resources – PCs, networks, telephone systems, internet connectivity, in conjunction with external contractors, where necessary.
  • Draw up technical diagrams of equipment linkages.
  • Ensure that the station remains on-air from a technical standpoint;
  • Developing and ensuring the implementation of policies and procedures (SOPS).
  • Maintain equipment and networks in the Final Control Centre and transmission links.
  • Oversee technical setup of studio, wrapping studio after shoots and performing technical functions in studio.
  • Effective training and management of studio crew, ENG teams and equipment store manager.
  • Liaising with crew members, programme producers and other staff, with particular regard to pre-production planning.
  • Maintaining on-air uptime with regards to technical facilities and equipment.
  • Overall responsibility for the studio including security and set storage, etc.
  • Inputting into the design of the Cape Town TV APP.
  • Liaising with Sentech to ensure the availability of CTV’s signal on DTT and DTH.
  • Ensure that all new equipment is recorded in the asset register and insured.

A contract of one year will be offered including a four-month probationary period. Remuneration will be dependent on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant. The successful applicant should be available to start work on 1 March 2018.

Candidates who are from Cape Town will be given preference but applications from people residing in other parts of the country will also be considered – however relocation costs will not be covered.

Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae including three contactable referees and a letter of motivation (no longer than one page) on or before 18 February 2019 to training@capetowntv.org.

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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