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As a non-profit, Northwest Film Forum is led and inspired by its members. In addition to receiving major discounts on movies, invitations to parties and extra-affordable production services/equipment rentals, members play an important role in the growing independent film scene in the Northwest, and in building a solid foundation for the Film Forum's year-round work.
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It's no secret that Northwest Film Forum runs on the industry, commitment and creativity of our volunteer corps. Volunteers made us. And if no one volunteered ever again. . well, that'd break us.
Almost anyone can volunteer here: all it takes is a commitment to a regular schedule or regular team assignment, and an understanding that working here isn't like working for a conventional movie theater, on a conventional production team, or in a conventional office environment.
We expect our volunteers to be proactive and confident contributors to the overall tenor and functioning of Northwest Film Forum. It's a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about movies and/or making films on a budget, and a great way to meet fellow filmmakers and film lovers. And of course there are the free/discounted movies, equipment rentals and classes. . .
Northwest Film Forum seeks an Education Manager to oversee and manage the organization’s filmmaking and film history classes for adults. This work includes the regular scheduling of classes in writing, production and editing as well as coordinating with the Youth Manager to assure an appropriate number and variety of after-school and summer workshops and camps for younger filmmakers. He or she hires filmmakers as faculty to teach the classes, and works with the Executive Director to determine the artistic vision for them. He or she manages class registration and works with the Program Director to create educational opportunities around visiting filmmakers and other cinema programs. This person also oversees the workshop room, the lending library and film vault, always seeking to widen participation in film education and, more generally, knowledge of film style and film history. He or she plays an important role in maintaining the organization’s excellent reputation in the community and acts as one of the faces of the organization to the public. He or she takes pleasure in performing the work well and has a sense of humor and joy in the work.
• Oversees organization and selection of classes on a quarterly basis. This includes vetting new teachers, considering slates of classes in a 12-month span, making contracts with teachers, and considering balances of how-to workshops and advanced classes on lighting, video, writing and editing.
• Cultivates, hires and periodically gathers teachers together to meet and discuss larger goals. Cultivates a sense of Film School, with coherent identity.
• Working with teachers, writes and edits class descriptions.
• Promotes education programs in the community and develops relationships with the press and with community partners, including higher education and K-12.
• Registers students, entering names, contact and payments in the database.
• Has experience teaching, teaches occasionally.
• Identifies and recruits students. Helps increase enrollment and participation through marketing projects and alignments with employers, community groups, schools/colleges and the film industry.
• Creates and manages strategic marketing projects, including surveys, print and online collateral materials, alumni programs, promotional videos.
• Develops and carries out evaluation, measuring the program’s effectiveness.
• Works with development and marketing on tactical social media communication and other online outreach such as the weekly e-news. Makes web updates, seeks to optimize our search engine presence.
• Manages photo/video documentation of programs. Maintains photo and media files (coordinating with development and marketing).
• Reports on job functions weekly. Tracks and reports expenses.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Strong knowledge of filmmaking.
• Knowledge of classic and contemporary cinema and how films are traditionally made.
• Knowledge of current practices in filmmaking.
• Masters degree, or equivalent knowledge in teaching, pedagogy.
• Ability to participate in public forums.
• Excellent written communication.
• Knowledge of commercial and independent cinema industry.
• Effective management and organizational skills.
• Outgoing, collegial, possessed of a sense of humor.
• Mac proficient with knowledge in Filemaker Pro, Word, Excel.
Foreign language knowledge preferred. This is a half-time position. The education manager reports to the Executive Director.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Lyall Bush at email@example.com. Please put Education Manager Search in the subject line. No calls and no applications through the mail, please. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2014.
Please see our current volunteer and internship opportunities here.
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