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Department: MFA Social Documentary Film
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Aug 19, 2021
Reports To: Director of Operations

POSITION OVERVIEW: Responsible for ensuring that the MFA Social Documentary Film production equipment department operates properly, efficiently, and economically.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 9a.m. - 5p.m.


  • Manage all aspects of the production equipment within the Social Documentary Film department
  • Assist students with production equipment during scheduled work hours, including advising on best gear for a particular production, and coordinate and assemble student and faculty equipment reservations.
  • Keep abreast of student and faculty needs and industry trends pertaining to production equipment
  • Analyze departmental needs and equipment usage to create cost-effective equipment purchasing proposals
  • Supervise up to four equipment office student workers, with Director of Operations (split report)
  • Hire and supervise volunteer camera class TAs from SocDoc alumni pool
  • Assist the cinematography and sound instructors with their courses and in-class demonstrations.
  • Work with Camera/Sound Lab instructors on the curriculum for first-year SocDoc students. These sessions are tactical camera/sound equipment labs, explaining how to use and properly maintain the gear.
  • Maintain equipment management system
  • Perform all necessary maintenance and repairs to the equipment; including hardware and software, and working with relevant repair shops when necessary
  • Assist students with equipment & personal property insurance policies and claims.
  • Enforce access policies to the facility and equipment.
  • Help maintain an organized, safe, and clean environment.
  • Maintain equipment warranties and monitor maintenance plans and upgrades.
  • Provide support as needed to all faculty with regard to equipment and media assistance.
  • Contact equipment vendors and negotiate equipment sales.
  • Assist in SocDoc Summer Intensive and Continuing Education classes, providing Tas, equipment, and support as needed
  • Department social media support, including sourcing and maintaining archive of photographs of students in production, and posting to department social media feeds, with Director of Operations
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree required or equivalent experience
  • At least 2 years of documentary production work. A/V experience and equipment management preferred.
  • Professional understanding of Sony FS5, PMW-200, and XW-Z280 cameras, as well as standard microphones, lighting, and audio recorders required. Current equipment includes: AUDIO: Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder and Zoom H4N recorder, Sennheiser and Audio Technica shotgun and lavalier microphones; LIGHTING: Arri, KinoFlo, and LitePanel kits
  • Strong knowledge of video production equipment, in general, is preferred. Grip & Electric experience is a plus.
  • Fluency in Mac OS required.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills required.
  • Ability to work well in a team atmosphere.
  • Administrative and/or managerial experience preferred.
  • Teaching experience a plus.

To apply please click on the link:https://www.applicantpro.com/openings/sva/jobs/1930867-318330.

Please send a cover letter and resume.

No walk-ins or phone calls, please.

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.

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