The Head Projectionist/Technical Supervisor for Cornell Cinema is responsible for over 300 film screenings per year and has broad oversight of the equipment, screening materials, and projection staff involved in these screenings. The incumbent should have a passion for high presentation standards and aspire to instill this passion in part-time student projectionists through professional training and mentoring. The Head Projectionist/Technical Supervisor is frequently the only non-student staff member present at screenings and, as such, functions as back-up for the student house manager to ensure overall efficient operation of the theatre. The Head Projectionist/Technical Supervisor sets all routines, practices and policies regarding the projection booth in accordance with University regulations, and is expected to be on call to deal with any technical problems during Cornell Cinema's screening schedule.
Primary responsibilities: maintain the 35mm, 16mm, video and sound equipment in Willard Straight Theatre; inspect and prepare film and video to be shown; project films as needed, including archival film prints, for public screenings, academic classes, symposia and conference screenings, and events with special guests of Cornell Cinema and the University; and oversee the hiring, training, and scheduling of part-time student projectionists. Additional responsibilities include researching and recommending new projection and sound equipment purchases, as well as print traffic. Position is expected to operate with little guidance from supervisors. The Head Projectionist/Technical Supervisor reports to the Cinema Manager and the Director.
Position will be expected to work on campus and follow all university COVID policies and procedures. Minimum hourly rate is $25.24. Specific salary will be commensurate with experience and education.
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree or other formal training program of 4 years or equivalent; at least 2 years' experience working with 35mm film and digital cinema projectors or equivalent combination of experience and education. Some experience supervising others. Must be able to work a non-traditional schedule, including nights and weekends. Proven technical expertise and experience troubleshooting mechanical issues. Knowledge of current and antiquated media technologies and ability to learn new technologies, applications and equipment in a timely manner. Ability to multitask while maintaining a fine attention to detail. Ability to communicate technical information to a varied audience, including students, faculty, technicians, and the public. Ability to traverse multiple flights of stairs.
Preferred Qualifications: Previous experience managing and training students. Knowledge and experience with archival moving image practices. Competent with file sharing/cloud platforms and remote conferencing solutions, such as Zoom. Knowledge and maintenance of Simplex 35mm projectors, Eiki 16mm projectors, and DCI-compliant digital cinema projectors/servers are desirable.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 14th. The anticipated start date for this position is July 15, 2021. To be considered you must submit BOTH cover letter and resume. We have found it most efficient to save as one document prior to attaching.
No visa sponsorship or relocation assistance are provided for this position.
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