Film Advisor, Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM)

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New Haven, CT, USLocation:
Thu, Sep 8 '22Posted on:

Position Focus:

Yale’s Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) activates creative research and practice across disciplines to advance the cultural landscape of our time. We initiate and support work that adopts and investigates approaches from the arts, architecture, engineering, the sciences, and more. We regularly present our discoveries to the public in dialogue and partnership with the university, New Haven, and the world.

Reporting to the Director, and working closely with the Assistant Director and team, the Film Advisor supports student filmmakers, both in and out of curricular programs, through advising, by the daily implementation of programming, and by providing operational support. Above all, we are looking for someone who wants to foster a community where everyone belongs.

Review of applications will begin in late September 2022. The target start date is flexible, as soon as October 2022. The search will remain open until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit resume and cover letter via the Yale University STARS portal.

Reports to: Director, Center for Collaborative Arts and Media

This is a half-time (20 hours per week across 5 days), 12-month (ongoing) position with full benefits.

Essential Duties:

  • Assume a general advisory role for 20 to 30 undergraduate filmmaking projects each year, as well as for graduate filmmaking projects as needed. This role will be complementary to the role of a faculty advisor when one is in place.
  • Collaborating with other Yale College Arts staff, work to create safe conditions and high organizational and artistic standards for undergraduate filmmaking.
  • For a wide range of filmmaking projects, advise students throughout the production process in areas including, but not limited to, safety, liability, production planning, budgeting, scriptwriting, and the selection and use of video, lighting, and audio equipment.
  • Evaluate student capabilities and, as needed, train, and mentor filmmaking students during the pre-production, production, and post-production processes.
  • Establish and/or develop supportive and collaborative relationships between CCAM and registered undergraduate film organizations (e.g. the Yale Film Alliance, the Yale Cinemat).
  • Familiarize student filmmaking teams with CCAM resources and with relevant Yale College and Yale University regulations and policies.
  • Provide guidance to and collaborate with internal partners, such as:
    • Head of College offices in residential colleges (funders of student film projects)
    • Yale Office of the Fire Code (re: Fire Code compliance)
    • Environmental Health and Safety
    • Yale College Arts
    • Office of Public Affairs and Communications (re: permitting)
  • Oversee CCAM filmmaking facilities and equipment, including:
    • Maintenance of production related equipment housed at CCAM
    • Assist in scheduling for CCAM events and facilities
    • Manage maintenance and use of CCAM video editing stations
  • Contribute to the CCAM workshop series, leading several workshops per year as assigned.
  • Lead the documentation and online archiving of the CCAM workshop series and other special events.
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five years of experience in a related field

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree and/or record of filmmaking experience

Skills and Abilities Requirements:

  • Commitment to anti-racism, justice, and access.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, as a member of a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong organizational skills, ability to follow up with students, faculty, and staff, and attention to detail.
  • Experienced filmmaker, with a demonstrated interest in ongoing learning as the field evolves. Proficient with filmmaking equipment and software.
  • Experienced mentor/teacher.
  • Ability to connect with students, faculty, and staff, to build partnerships across the university.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including periodic nights and weekends.

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