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Department: MFA Social Documentary Film
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Sep 18, 2020
Reports To: Director of Operations

JOB TITLE: Senior Systems Administrator (Editing & Post-Production)

DEPARTMENT: MFA Social Documentary Film

REPORTS TO: Director of Operations

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Systems Administrator will primarily be responsible for the installation, maintenance, and continuous operation of all computer editing stations and all aspects of computer technical support within the Social Documentary Film department. This includes hands-on support for students, faculty, and staff , as well as the general technical operations of the department.


• Assist students and faculty with software and hardware support, problems and questions.

• Work closely with department administration regarding the operation of the edit lab and private edit suites, including the supervision of any lab assistants the department may bring on.

• Keep the department administration informed of software and hardware status, problems, and needs.

• Provide specific software and hardware recommendations for the budget consideration, including keeping computer systems up to date

• Create and track purchase requisitions and maintenance support contracts for hardware, software and leased equipment.

• Conduct software and hardware research, testing, and implementation

• Maintain and manage Terrablock shared storage server and associated digital media

• Hold regular “editing help” office hours for all students, including one-on-one support and troubleshooting

• Keep abreast of student and faculty needs pertaining to software, equipment and assistance.

• Stay abreast of current and future software/hardware developments by attending editing, media and documentary film related conferences and exhibitions. Stay abreast of trends in digital technologies.

• Assist with the training of students, faculty, and lab assistants by running workshops on a wide variety of software and hardware topics.

• Create and maintain a fair system for the students to use the editing suites and editing room during non-class time

• Assist the Editing instructors with all of their courses and projects

• Provide support as needed to all faculty with regard to editing systems and shared digital library of films

• Help maintain an organized, safe and clean editing environment.

• Build, maintain and ensure the backup of all staff computers and provide technical assistance to staff members.

• Ensure backup of key systems and data where needed.

• Assist the Chair and Director of Operations with departmental projects, such as the website, tours for visitors, promotional videos, special events, final screenings, Thesis Showcase, etc.

• Maintain theater & classroom projectors. Act as primary liaison with SVA A/V dept.

• Manage all IT and network support for the department.

• Attend scheduled, SVA-wide, Systems Admin meetings. Act as the primary liaison with SVA IT/Networking dept.

• Greet students and visitors and enforce access policies to the facility and individual labs.

• Option to teach two Edit Lab sections for all first year SocDoc students; class taught in tandem with first-year editing and production classes.

• Scheduled work hours may regularly include evenings, along with occasional weekends for special events

• Perform other duties as assigned


• Bachelor's Degree

• At least 5 years of Editing, or Lead Assistant Editing, or Post Production Coordinator work experience required, with a very high level of technical working knowledge of AVID Media Composer.

• At least 5 years of documentary production work preferred

• Experience with the following hardware, software and skills:

- AVID Media Composer

- MacOS

- Facilis Terrablock (Avid NEXIS, etc.)

- Adobe CC (Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop)

- Knowledge of film finishing (online conform, color-correction, round tripping)

- VFX plugins (BCC, Sapphire, Ignite)

- Knowledge of sound editing (ProTools, Izotope RX plugins)

- Managing and conforming archival footage/mixed sources

• Strong knowledge of installing and troubleshooting Apple hardware, MacOS operating systems and software applications, drivers, network environments, hard drives, RAM, peripherals, etc.

• Knowledge of Sony XAVC/XDCAM (FS5, PWM-200, PXW-Z280) to AVID workflow

• Knowledge of other editing platforms (Premiere, FCPX) preferred

• Knowledge of post-production workflow including film delivery for festivals, DCP, web, broadcast and more.

• Basic understanding of other Video and Audio hardware (Cameras, monitors, projectors, microphones)

• Basic understanding of LAN networking

• Strong organizational, interpersonal and written communication skills.

• Ability to work well in a team atmosphere.

• Administrative and/or managerial experience preferred.

• A/V experience and equipment management preferred.

• Art or creative production background and knowledge of technology trends and ongoing developments in the documentary film field

• Teaching experience preferred.

• Ability to self-direct research and complete tasks in a timely manner

The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the College has instituted numerous educational innovations, including the selection of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields as instructors. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose. Find out what it’s like to work at SVA. Visit www.sva.edu/workingatsva.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to working@sva.edu. No walk-ins please.

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.