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Technical Director, Film Exhibition and Production


Under supervision of the department administrator, the technical director, film production and exhibition oversees the design, acquisition, installation and maintenance of all specialized equipment, facilities and technically related materials required to satisfy the needs of the curricular and cinematic activities of the Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) film program.

Ideal candidate will have 5+ years fine arts film exhibition and production, in an academic, not-for-profit, or commercial setting. Working knowledge of film industry standards regarding the care, exhibition and creation of lens-based media and associated equipment. Demonstrated ability to learn new technology through manufacturer’s training and research and a passion for learning new skills and desire to teach them to others.

Essential Functions

  • Directs the technical operations of production and exhibition including film and video production equipment and spaces for students and faculty
  • Maintains the departmental film exhibition spaces including Rice Cinema and care of the film and video archive
  • Serves as the primary technical director for Rice Cinema events and programs that involve Rice's facilities or equipment to include consultation, project management, making staff assignments and technical supervision
  • Projects film using 16 mm and 35 mm projectors. Oversees the maintenance of the projectors
  • Projects film using 4K Digital system
  • Oversees the design, acquisition, installation and maintenance of all specialized equipment, facilities and technically related materials required to satisfy the needs of the curricular and cinematic activities of the VADA film program
  • Prepares procurement specifications, coordinate the preparation of capital technology acquisitions, authorizes the purchase of small equipment and prepares regular updates and reports about expenditures, plans, and accomplishments
  • Assesses the overall condition of the facilities and communicates with the offices of Safety and Emergency Management and Facilities on environmental, safety and security requirements and in the coordination of maintenance and construction activities. Works closely with the Rice IT department to coordinate purchasing, licensing, networking, security, maintenance, and other issues to integrate services and policies and to plan for technology change
  • Serves as an ambassador and representative of Rice Film Program and Visual and Dramatic Arts Department to university offices and to the public in meetings and public events. Provides leadership in the cultivation of an inclusive, diverse and respectful College community. Develops, demonstrates, and promotes cross-cultural awareness and model interactions that are civil and inclusive of all staff, faculty, students and visitors to the University. Models and promotes, through equity, a safe, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Additional Functions / Information

  • Evening and weekend shifts routinely required to accommodate for cinema, departmental or external events and night classes.
  • Exempt Position. 40 hours per week; 12 mo. Per year.
  • Typical Workweek: Monday through Friday; 8:30a – 5:30p with a 1 hour break, evening/weekend work is routinely required.
  • This position requires ability to do heavy lifting (up to 50lbs), climbing stairs and ladders, walking and operation of power equipment. Work may occur outdoors or indoors, with long periods of standing or sitting.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3 years prior experience working in fine arts film exhibition and production, in an academic, not-for-profit, or commercial setting. Working knowledge of film industry standards regarding the care, exhibition and creation of lens-based media and associated equipment
  • Experienced operator of 16mm, 35mm film projectors and exhibition of all digital formats
  • Experienced operator of film and video production cameras, sound recorders, and film editing software such as Adobe Premiere
  • Proficient computer skills and demonstrated experience with office software
  • Budget management using basic accounting principles
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong organizational and time management skills; ability to work independently with a wide range of faculty, staff, students and visitors; ability to use, train, maintain, troubleshoot film exhibition and production equipment, hands-on experience and training in industry-standard film practices; ability to cultivate an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment; ability to treat all people equitably and with sensitivity and awareness to cultural difference
  • Additional experience beyond minimum of 3 years can substitute for education

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Arts, Film, Communications or closely related field
  • 5 years prior experience working in fine arts film exhibition and production, in an academic, not-for-profit, or commercial setting. Working knowledge of film industry standards regarding the care, exhibition and creation of lens-based media and associated equipment.
  • Prior experience exhibiting archival film and video materials with knowledge of handling, care, storage of archival film and video materials
  • Demonstrated experience: executing and coordinating professional level media production and exhibition; researching and coordinating ongoing upgrades of media facilities and systems; managing multiple projects involving allocation of budgetary and staff resources and collaboration with multiple stakeholders; bringing professional media production experience to bear in providing informal instruction and consultation to faculty, staff, and students; inventory and staff scheduling
  • Previous experience with 35mm and 16mm archival projection, DCP projection and maintenance of both
  • Previous experience working in a college or university setting
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere Pro editing software

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CERCL Fellow in the Humanities and the Arts

Please see at the bottom what materials must be submitted to apply. You must attach a CV and a 500-word statement about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career and how you would contribute to Rice’s arts community through teaching and/or production, contact information for three references (should the search committee choose to contact references); please do not request letters or have letters sent in advance of a request from the search committee).

The Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) seeks a Fellow to serve as a key member of Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA) for one-year renewable for a second year. CERCL and VADA are excited to review a wide range of cultural practitioners for this fellowship. The first year of the fellowship is the 2022-2023 academic year (although a later start date is possible depending on COVID restrictions, etc.). The fellow will take a leading role in helping to shape and implement arts and culture initiatives that aim to advance social justice and equity and will have the opportunity to help shape the design and implementation of new initiatives that can help advance the arts and culture agenda at Rice and in Houston. The fellowship will entail teaching two courses and conducting research.

Collaboration with faculty and staff from CERCL and VADA as well as the larger Houston community would be expected to further enhance presentation of the arts and represent the way in which the arts serve as tools for and representations of critical thinking, effective communications strategies, and platforms for engaging pressing issues. Applicants should be early career artists and cultural practitioners from a full range of disciplines and media, including but not limited to: studio art, performance, film, sound, new media, movement-based research, installation, and experimental/theoretical writing in aesthetics and politics. A dynamic candidate would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

The fellow’s primary responsibility will be to teach two courses (subject to approval by CERCL, VADA, and the Dean of Humanities) but the fellow may also be invited to consider artistic opportunities, such as curating an exhibit or creating an event with students. There may be opportunities for the fellow to host lectures, and partner with other Rice and community organizations.

In addition to teaching, the fellow would be responsible for campus and community engagement. This includes helping to develop and administer CERCLs “Thinking about Thinking” program, a new initiative meant to highlight attention to pressing social issues across the divisions of the university and demonstrate the various ways they are understood and explored based on disciplinary tools.

The expected starting salary for this position will be between $49,000 and $60,000 per year, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Roles and Duties

● Teach two courses in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
● Develop CERCLs “Thinking about Thinking’ Initiative
● Collaborate with local organizations and members of the Rice community on Arts Engagement programs

Qualifications Required

● Terminal degrees--an M.F.A. or (in certain disciplines) Ph.D.--within five years of the application deadline in an area that relates to Fine or Performing Arts
● Strong outreach skills
● Experience with teaching or training
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Outstanding collaborative skills
● Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
● Sensitivity to privacy

Qualifications Preferred

● Experience with teaching in fine arts
● Experience developing arts engagement projects

Please submit the following materials to Maya Reine at cercl@rice.edu.

Submission Materials Parameters

Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, New Media, Installation, etc. – 15-20 digital images

Time-based work: film, video, performance, etc. up to three examples totaling no more than 10 minutes in length provided through an URL. CERCL and VADA encourage those artists and cultural practitioners for whom writing is a fundamental part of their practice to use the following guidelines in their application. We are interested in an expanded range of dynamic written inquiry and have a keen interest in new forms, experimental as well as sound- and research-based modes.

Prose: No more than 20 double-spaced pages--one or several texts, or portions of texts, or a combination. If submitting an excerpt from a longer work, a synopsis may be helpful.

Other Language-based Forms: No more than ten-single-spaced pages of text, with no more than one work per page.

Audio files: No more than 10-minutes total of audio works and samples, provided through an URL.

You are also encouraged to submit an optional 300-word diversity and inclusion statement as part of your application package. As part of your submitted application materials, we encourage all applicants to describe their experiences with encouraging diversity and inclusion in their artistic practice, teaching and/or research in the past and present, and their ability to make future contributions. Any submitted statement should include their potential for supporting the CERCLs commitment to diversity and to furthering equitable practices within the arts as well as their potential to mentor and educate students from backgrounds underrepresented in the candidate’s artistic field.

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