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:




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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Please send a one page resume to Tristan Shepherd, Technical Manager at 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.


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


  • 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 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.


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


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.”)

Already registered with us as a volunteer? Click here to log in to your account to register for shifts.