Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films is an innovative, grassroots, non-profit, film festival and production collective based in Brooklyn, NY. Rooftop Films has grown to become one of New York City’s leading film organizations, serving over 45,000 audience members. Our mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, creating innovative events, and teaching filmmaking to young people in addition, Rooftop Films provides professional equipment at low-cost to artists, educational institutions, and other non-profit organizations.

Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.

Now Accepting Applications for the Following Positions:

PRINT TRAFFIC COORDINATOR

Rooftop Films is looking for a Print Traffic Coordinator to take a crucial role in the production of the Summer Series. The Rooftop Films Summer Series runs every weekend, May – August, presenting 50 shows at over 19 different outdoor locations in NYC.

The Print Traffic Coordinator manages print traffic for the Rooftop Films Summer Series and special events. This is a full-time seasonal position (beginning of May to the end of August). The Print Traffic Coordinator develops relationships with filmmakers and external print traffic coordinators, secures on-time receipt of films and videos, arranges for timely shipping of prints and videos to their next destination, captures and edits event footage, and supervises two Video Production Interns. The position reports to the Programmer and Artistic Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Masters / Tape Traffic Management:
    • Keep track of all master formats of films that are being screened as part of the Rooftop Films Summer Series, co-presentations, and partner events.
    • Check masters, supervise edits of each screenings program in Playback Pro, and check for technical issueswith playback
    • Maintain print tracking database.
    • Track shipping and receiving of all films and videos, including origin, carrier, tracking number, Summer Series assignment and post-series destination.
  • Track delivery and screening schedule of Sponsor and Partner commercials/trailers.
  • Liaise with Technicians on playback and other issues prior to each screening.
  • Create and organize Logo Screens for pre-show logo loops.
  • Process screening fee invoices and payments to distributors and filmmakers.
  • Maintain shipping costs within Summer Series budget.
  • Assign, capture and edit event footage for use by the marketing/PR team (weekly) in Adobe Premiere.
  • Manage Video and Content Interns (two).
  • Complete post-Summer Series activities: evaluation and how-to manual.
  • Other summer series related tasks (time permitting).

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Possess flexibility and strong organizational skills.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to initiate and complete tasks on deadline.
  • Ability to thrive in a small team environment and take responsibility.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal staff.
  • Required Computer Skills:
    • Extensive experience with Adobe Premiere Pro
    • Familiarity with other Adobe Creative programs
    • Familiarity with file conversion processes for digital film files (Compressor, Mpeg Streamclip, etc.)
    • Basic familiarity with Excel or Airtable (preferred but not required) and Google Docs and Sheets
    • Familiarity with professional playback programs such as Playback Pro a plus
    • Basic familiarity with the basics of DCP delivery and certifications a plus
  • The work week will generally be 10-6, Monday-Friday, but on isolated occasions there must be some ability to work flexible hours when required including some evenings and weekends.

Start Date: May 1, 2018

HOW TO APPLY:

We recommend you look over our website www.rooftopfilms.com to thoroughly learn about our organization. Then send a resume, cover letter, and references to:

Dan Nuxoll, Artistic Director at jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Please note the position in the subject line. Applications must be received by April 20, 2018.

NO PHONE CALLS OR FOLLOW UP EMAILS PLEASE.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email. Not all applicants will receive interviews.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.

ASSISTANT VENUE MANAGER

Rooftop Films is looking for Assistant Venue Managers to take a crucial role in the production of the Summer Series. The Rooftop Films Summer Series runs every weekend, May – August, presenting 50 shows at over 19 different outdoor locations in NYC.

Under the supervision of the Venue Manager and senior event staff, the Assistant Venue Managers manage all front of house aspects of Rooftop Films events, including: event load-in/load-out, set-up and smooth execution of the box office, line management, implementing of safety procedures, and supporting the Event Manager in general event preparation and execution as needed. Rooftop Films screens in multiple locations that require unique event management systems and procedures. Since there are many venues, each with their own particulars, certain basics change from venue to venue.

We are looking for creative, energetic candidates with strong customer service skills. Strong organizational and communication skills are a must, and previous box office and theater/house management experience is preferred. It is imperative that the person in this position be able to multi-task, manage time and people, be able to work collaboratively with internal staff and external constituencies at all levels, and have strong customer service skills.

Assistant Venue Managers can expect to work approximately 20-30 hours per week over 2 or 3 days, with the possibility of more hours. The season runs between May – August.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Venue Setup and Breakdown:
    • Load in/out FOH Supplies (chairs, tents, stanchions, etc.)
    • Set up of all FOH aspects of the event, including: box office, seating areas, after-party space, and sponsor activations
  • Ensure smooth execution of the event, including:
    • Supervising volunteers
    • General customer service and hospitality
    • Crowd control and safety
    • Execution of safety/emergency plans
    • Box Office:
      • Oversee crowd flow and line management
      • Check in of pre-sale attendees and at the door sales
      • VIP and Rooftop Films member check-in
    • House Management:
      • Set-up of seating, merchandise and information tables
      • Supervise load in of attendees and reserved seating
      • Supervise ushering and monitoring attendees

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience in event production, house management, venue operations management and/or film festivals.
  • Possess flexibility, strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends.
  • Ability to thrive in a small team environment, problem solve, and remain flexible under pressure.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal staff and external constituencies at all levels.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required, including evenings and weekends.
  • F-04 Fire Guard Certification and NY State Driver’s License a plus.

Start Date: May 18, 2018

HOW TO APPLY:

We recommend you look over our website www.rooftopfilms.com to thoroughly learn about our organization. Then send a resume, cover letter, and references to:

Kate Gellene, Operations Manager at jobs@rooftopfilms.com

Please note the position in the subject line. Applications must be received by April 18, 2018.

NO PHONE CALLS OR FOLLOW UP EMAILS PLEASE.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email. Not all applicants will receive interviews.

Compensation is $15 / hour.

Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Production Assistants transport, install, operate, and troubleshoot audio, visual, and lighting equipment for Rooftop Films’ Summer Series outdoor screenings. Under the supervision of our AV technicians, PAs aid in the assembly of our outdoor AV exhibition systems and are primarily responsible for the transportation and setup of equipment, including our outdoor movie screens.

Production Assistants meet at our offices in Gowanus, Brooklyn for load-out and transportation of equipment to the site for setup or arrive on-site to work through the run of show, concluding with load-in at the end of the night. Because we screen in all 5 boroughs and occasionally out-of-state PAs should be prepared for a variety of work environments.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Pulling and packing equipment from our shop into vehicles.
  • Transportation of equipment to venue.
  • Assist Lead Technician, Audio Engineer and Projectionist with the staging and setup of A/V equipment.
  • Assembly and disassembly of fast-fold and inflatable screens.
  • Recovery and organization of equipment at end of night.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record, as well as a willingness to drive cargo vans, 16′, and 21′ box trucks.
  • Ability to lift and carry 60 lbs.
  • Comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends.
  • Familiarity with professional audio/visual technology and equipment a plus. This includes digital projection, analog and digital video signal routing, inflatable and folding projection screens, and sound reinforcement.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and remain flexible under pressure.
  • Willingness to play a fluid role as part of a small, tight-knit team, balancing professionalism and a great sense of humor.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send a one page resume to Tristan Shepherd, Technical Manager at tristan@rooftopfilms.com by 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 18, 2018 with the following subject line: “PA Application – [your first and last name]

Technicians can expect to work between 25 and 40 hours per week from mid-May through August, and excellent technicians may have the opportunity to work through the winter. Compensation is $18/hour.

Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.

DEVELOPMENT INTERNS

Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films is an innovative grassroots nonprofit film festival based in Brooklyn, NY. Rooftop has grown to become one of NYC’s leading film organizations serving over 48,000 audience members. Our mission is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showing movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, and renting equipment and producing events at low-cost to artists, non-profits and community groups.

Rooftop Films is seeking a Development Intern to work on a variety of daily tasks and projects that will assist in raising money for Rooftop Films and the Summer Series including grant writing, member/donor relations, prospect research, database management, marketing/communications and administrative support. You will learn how a nonprofit film festival works and see hundreds of great movies too!

We welcome undergrad and graduate students. Internships are not paid, but can be done for school credit. Find out your school’s internship or field work credit requirements and we will work with you to accommodate them.  Applications are due no later than May 4, 2018. Start Date: Late May/Early June 2018

Internship candidates would be expected to average two days a week in the office and one evening show per week, but generally the more time you can commit the better.

Tasks include:

  • Research for fundraising efforts, including grant, prospect, and membership research
  • Member/donor communications and customer service including emails and phone calls.
  • Assist with grant applications, report writing and tracking
  • Membership and donation processing and database management
  • Work with Box Office Coordinator to track and report on member/donor attendance at events
  • Work with Programmers and Communications Department on fundraising marketing and outreach strategies including social media posts, Rooftop blog posts and weekly member e-newsletter.
  • Assist with member/donor relations at Summer Series events and on-site membership sales and outreach to our audience.
  • Help coordinate 4-6 donor cultivation events
  • General department administrative tasks and special projects

Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, time management skills, and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to interact with donors and members in a professional manner
  • Interest and experience with detailed research and database management
  • Be culturally engaged. A familiarity with and interest in independent film is a plus.
  • Some fundraising database experience is preferred
  • Prior experience with a nonprofit preferred, but not required
  • Candidates should have experience with Microsoft Office, Google Suites and Social Media (particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Experience with fundraising database programs, Airtable and Adobe design programs are a plus, but not necessary.

How to Apply:

Applications are due no later than May 4, 2018. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to intern@rooftopfilms.com. Please include your last name and “Development Internship” in the subject line of your email. Please also include references and one or more writing samples.

NO PHONE CALLS OR FOLLOW UP EMAILS PLEASE.

Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

As a non-profit arts organization, Rooftop Films depends on volunteers like you for its growth and success. Working with Rooftop is a great opportunity to see fantastic films and live music, find out about the inner workings of film festivals, and meet the Rooftop staff and the filmmakers.

Rooftop will need volunteers for over 40 shows summer 2018, all of which will be outdoors between May and August. Most shows are on Friday or Saturday nights, with some special shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Volunteers can help out at as many or as few shows as they are available for.

If you are interested in volunteering please register here.

(Just follow the link, click “Join Organization” in upper right hand corner, then select “register new account.”)

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