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Part-Time Plateroom Operator

Capital Newspapers - Times Union
1902743 Requisition #

Part-Time Plateroom Operator

This position’s primary responsibility is to proof page files prior to plate production for a KBA Commander 4-color web offset newspaper press. The operator will use Newsway and other pre-press software to run AGFA CTP (computer-to-plate) imagers, processors and Nela vision benders to produce press-ready aluminum printing plates. In addition, this position performs general maintenance and cleaning of equipment, restocking of materials, and light pagination. Effective communications with coworkers in other departments and outside commercial print customers is critical to the success of the person filling this position.


Major Responsibilities/Skill Sets

      Operation of all CTP Equipment
      Knowledge of Adobe and Microsoft applications
Troubleshooting skills

      People skills

      Organizational and file management skills

      Ability to keep calm under pressure and remain level-headed

      Recognize and report system/equipment problems

           Maintain a high degree of professionalism
      Effectively communicate with colleagues and customers
Monitor page flow and replates
      Maintain accurate logs, records and nightly reports

           Ability to comprehend and follow detailed instructions

           Adhere to preventative maintenance schedule    

           Keep plateroom clean and organized

           Check/maintain imagers, processor(s) chemistry and document

           Verify plate counts in imagers and load or rotate plate stock as needed


Position Requirements

  High School Diploma

     Background with computers

     Graphic applications a plus, but not necessary

     Must be able to lift 35-pound packages of printing plates and operate pallet jack


Pay starts at $15.00/hour and can progress upward with training and experience. You must list your job history in your application, or attach a resume, in order to be considered.

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The Times Union, an iconic property of Hearst, is tasked with telling the story of the Capital Region. We believe in helping our employees tell their own stories through professional development and opportunity, and in return ensure they have a deep understanding of how their contributions help tell the story of one of the most celebrated media brands in New York.

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Known as The Advertiser, The Pennysaver, or The Moneysaver in their respective communities, this group of eleven small papers blankets the region in weekly deals and community news. Our employees work in small local offices and make a big impact on the towns they serve.


Agents of Change

"We must be alarmingly enterprising, and we must be startlingly original, and do new and striking things which constitute a revolution."

William Randolph Hearst

We're not just a newspaper company

Sure, we produce an award-winning daily newspaper but we also run the most well-read website in the Capital Region. We publish specialty magazines such as Upstate and Women@Work, the latter of which has built a network of business women who meet for informative breakfasts and networking events throughout the year. And we've recently opened the Hearst Media Center, a state-of-the-art event venue where we'll continue to expand on our mission to be the center of the community conversation.


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Our History

Hearst’s properties in New York’s Capital Region were established in 1924 when William Randolph Hearst purchased the Times Union newspaper.

Today, the Times Union is a multi-media powerhouse. The newspaper is widely respected for its focus on local news and watchdog reporting, particularly on state government and politics. It has won numerous state and national awards for its work in print and online, and has repeatedly been named New York's "Newspaper of Distinction" by the state editors association.

Timesunion.com is Upstate New York's most innovative news website. Our assets include the state’s largest digital advertising agency and we are the host of major regional events, including the annual Home Expo at the Capital Center in Albany.

Where We Live

New York's Capital Region is about three hours north of New York City, three hours south of Montreal and three and a half hours from Boston. Located at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers and sandwiched between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, the area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. The area is also home to Saratoga Race Course, one of the best places in the country to watch horse racing.

The arts are abundant here as well. The region is home to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, a premier outdoor amphitheater which hosts the Philadelphia Orchestra and New York City Ballet each summer. The Times Union Center is the area largest arena hosting everything from rock concerts to auto shows. We’ve got museums, galleries and musical groups galore. Like old things? Antique shops and classic car shows abound.

While winters here can be snowy, the summers make up for them. They lean toward sunny and not too hot and ice cream stands pop open to serve you from May through September.

Our Leadership Team

George R Hearst III

President and Publisher of the Times Union

Dan Couto

VP of Operations and Integrated Services

Tom Eason

VP of Advertising

Todd Peterson

VP of Circulation and Publisher of Capital Region Weekly Newspapers

Trudi Shaffer

Executive Producer

Rex Smith

VP and Editor

Ruth Fantasia

Director of Human Resources

Patti Hart

Director of Cross Media Development

Kim Holland

Chief Financial Officer