Jobs

Check this page regularly for details of jobs in the independent cinema sector – many of which are not advertised in the national press – including:

  • Cinema and film festival directors
  • Programmers and curators
  • Press and marketing
  • Sponsorship and development
  • Projectionists
  • Front of house staff
  • Volunteers and work placements
  • Marketing, press and sales positions with independent distributors

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General Manager

Picturehouse Cinemas, Brighton

£25,000 (dependent on experience) plus bonus opportunities

Situated in the centre of Brighton, the Duke of York’s Picturehouse is a stunning, landmark building. The auditorium seats 283 people, and is ideal for presentations, product launches, lectures, AGMs or business meetings as well as the wide range of films we show.

We present a diverse programme, ranging from blockbusters to independent, foreign-language, documentary and kids’ films, as well as live broadcasts from the world’s best arts venues, such as the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bolshoi Ballet and New York Met Opera. Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton is part of Picturehouse Cinemas (www.picturehouses.co.uk) who operate 20 cinemas across the UK and are a stand-alone division of Cineworld PLC.

We have a vacancy for a Full-Time General Manager to ensure the smooth running of the cinema to maximise profitability and offer the best possible customer service. 

The successful candidates will have at least 4 years’ experience in the retail, leisure or entertainment sectors. Working knowledge of venue and shift management is key as is working with large teams in a customer service environment. Experience of working as a Projectionist is highly desirable, however a willingness to learn these skills is essential. Please note there is a requirement to work 40 hours per week over any of the seven days with regular work at evenings and weekends.

To learn more please read the full job description and person specification, and to apply send your CV and covering letter to jobs@picturehouses.co.uk with “GM, Duke of Yorks” in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 11th December 2014.

Box Office Supervisor

The Electric Cinema Shoreditch, London

The Electric Cinema Shoreditch, an intimate boutique cinema located in the heart of hipster Shoreditch, is looking for a box office supervisor. www.electriccinema.co.uk/shoreditch

With 50 seats, the newly refurbished cinema has a large loyal clientele who appreciate the intimacy and comfort the cinema offers. Equally popular for private hire, clients range from advertising agencies to city companies  with screenings for press launches or corporate entertaining to birthdays and filmmakers’ rushes. 

Person Specification / required skills

Experience in customer service vital and F&B useful; a strong interest in films and cinema; an ability to work with different computer systems and processes, an ability to manage a team effectively and work well within a team. Exceptional communication skills and enthusiastic demeanour vital.  

If you are interested in this position and would like to be considered for the role, please email Mandy Kean at managershoreditch@electriccinema.co.uk

Further details about the role will be discussed at the interview. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 8th December 2014.

Marketing and Administration Internship

Wem Town Hall, West Midlands

£10,000 to £15,000

Wem Town Hall is a cultural venue, a centre for arts, learning, community and enterprise, located in the heart of the town centre. The venue offers a broad programme of cultural events including theatre, music, dance, exhibitions, film, live satellite broadcasts and workshops.

Marketing and Administration Internship

The ideal candidate will be a graduate or have one year’s experience of marketing/administration. Main responsibilities will include assisting the WTH team in different projects utilising marketing and administration skills. Typical duties will include contributing to marketing campaigns, writing press releases, updating the WTH website, creating marketing leaflets/posters, updating social media, assessing audience data, and adding events to our box office system. The applicant must have strong communication skills and should be literate in both written and spoken English. You will be expected to be proficient with Microsoft Office and have a ‘can do’ attitude.

For a job description please go to: http://www.wemtownhall.co.uk/discover/opportunities/

For any further information please contact Rose Horner: 01939 232299 | rose@wemtownhall.co.uk

This paid internship has been created as part of the Creative Employment Programme. The Creative Employment Programme is an Arts Council England fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for unemployed young people wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector.

There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be aged 18 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus. These eligibility criteria have been approved by the Department of Work and Pensions.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 30th November 2014.

Duty Manager

Rich Mix, London

£15,000 to £20,000 pro rata

Rich Mix is a thriving Cinema and Arts Centre in East London. We are a charity and social enterprise.

We are a small team who are doing amazing things to promote excellent arts; earn commercial income, and use all of our commercial surplus to support our arts charity for young people and those from our local area. We offer over 500 arts events per year across the range of arts disciplines.

We are recruiting for a Duty Manager. The salary for this role is £9.40 per hour.

The purpose of this role is to provide effective operational management delivering excellent customer service through training, management and motivation of all staff members using Rich Mix policies and procedures. Maintaining the quality of the Rich Mix environment and to ensure the building is at all times safe and welcoming to all our audiences, visitors and resident organisations.

The successful candidate will have previous duty management experience, be reliable and trustworthy and have experience of financial transactions and cash handling. They will be able to take responsibility and prioritise workload effectively as well as able to work well under their own initiative with an interest in theatre/venue operations and experience working within customer service.

If you are interested in applying please visit http://www.richmix.org.uk/about/recruitment/ to download the job description, and send a completed equal opportunities form, a copy of your CV and a one page cover letter telling us how your skills fit with what we need and why you want to be part of the Rich Mix team to: ​lucy.knight@richmix.org.uk 

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 8th December 2014.

Front of House staff

Rich Mix, London

£10,000 to £15,000 pro rata

We are recruiting for Front of House Staff. This is a zero hours contract. The salary for this role is £6.95 per hour.

The purpose of this role is to provide a warm and friendly customer service to patrons, guests and tenants of Rich Mix, and to provide support to the Duty Managers in general day to day duties in all areas of the operation. This may require you to work in a variety of areas including ushering in our cinema, working on our bar/concessions areas, and staffing art and culture events as well as corporate hires.

The successful candidate will have strong customer service skills with good face to face communication, a proactive and positive approach to getting things done and the ability to use initiative.

If you are interested in applying please visit http://www.richmix.org.uk/about/recruitment/ to download the job description, and send a completed equal opportunities form, a copy of your CV and a one page cover letter telling us how your skills fit with what we need and why you want to be part of the Rich mix team to: lucy.knight@richmix.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 8th December 2014.

Handy Person

Rich Mix, London

£20,000 to £25,000 pro rata

Rich Mix is a thriving Cinema and Arts Centre in East London. We are a charity and social enterprise.

We are a small team who are doing amazing things to promote excellent arts; earn commercial income, and use all of our commercial surplus to support our arts charity for young people and those from our local area. We offer over 500 arts events per year across the range of arts disciplines.

We are recruiting for a Handy Person. This is a part time position. The salary for this role is £12 per hour.

The purpose of this role is to carry out repairs, property maintenance, renovations and other odd jobs with a particular emphasis on plumbing work and carpentry.

The successful candidate will have experience in a similar position, have great references and be a focused and self-motivated problem solver.

To apply, please download the job description from http://www.richmix.org.uk/about/recruitment/ and send a completed equal opportunities form, a copy of your CV and a one page cover letter telling us how your skills fit with what we need and why you want to be part of the Rich mix team to: lucy.knight@richmix.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 8th December 2014.

Front of House staff

Curzon Cinemas, London

£10,000 to £15,000 pro rata

Curzon Cinemas are recruiting Front of House staff for Curzon Victoria.

We are looking for passionate and dedicated team members with experience of working in a busy bar, restaurant or hospitality environment, whilst providing excellent customer service. The ideal candidate must also have experience of food preparation, wine service and preferably be Barista trained.

The role at Victoria is circa 20 hours per week which will include weekend and evening shifts depending on business needs, flexible availability over Christmas and the New Year is essential. The contract runs until the 30th January 2015, starting at 20 hours per week but there will be opportunties for extra hours and full-time work up until and beyond this date.

The main responsibilities are:

  • To provide excellent, friendly customer service at all times.
  • To sell tickets, food & beverage and additional items as required
  • Ushering & cleaning duties
  • To replenish food items on the retail stand as required ensuring adherence to food hygiene regulations and paying attention to stock rotation.
  • To maximise sales.
  • To ensure the appearance of the cinema is clean, tidy and safe at all times.
  • To deal with any customer queries effectively and politely.
  • To have an up to date knowledge of current and upcoming film releases in order to provide information to customers.
  • To follow all company policies and procedures, particularly in relation to cash and stock handling.
  • To undertake any other reasonable tasks, appropriate to this role, as requested.

Essential:

  • Excellent customer service skills with a strong hospitality or catering background
  • Cash handling experience
  • A strong passion for film
  • The willingness to work a variety of shift patterns as required by the business needs, including evenings and weekends
  • A willingness to wear a company uniform and maintain a smart appearance

To apply - please send a full CV and covering letter to: manager.victoria@curzon.com 

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th December 2014.

Senior Technician

Watershed, Bristol

£19,574 per annum

Watershed is looking for a full-time Senior Technician.

Purpose of job: supervisor and operator as part of a busy technical team. The succesful candidate needs to be highly pro-active, organised, and experienced in planning and delivery of a wide range of screenings and events, with the highest attention to detail and screening quality.

The post holder will assist the Technical Resources Manager / Deputy Technical Resources Manager in the effective delivery of technical services to meet the needs of Watershed activities principally in the cinemas and Waterside spaces, plus help with the day-to-day operation of the technical team working as a hands-on member of the team. This includes liaising with other Watershed departments to deliver technical aspects of the exhibition and events programme.

The Senior Technician will hold an important operational role within Watershed’s busy programme of public and private events.

For full details of how to apply visit http://www.watershed.co.uk/get-involved/opportunities/2014-12-11/senior-technician

The closing date for applications is Thursday 11th December 2014.

Duty Manager

Showroom Workstation, Sheffield

£17,000 per annum (increasing to £17,340 after probationary period)

Showroom / Workstation is an integrated media arts complex operating a café/bar, conference and events facilities, four-screen cinema and creative industries managed workspace. We are seeking a flexible and enthusiastic Duty Manager with experience of managing and motivating customer service staff and of dealing with the general public on a regular basis in a public venue.

As part of the role you will be responsible for the management of the Assistant Duty Managers, front of house staff and operation of the Showroom cinema and café/bar. This will include all aspects of management concerning staff, purchasing stock and sales, conference and events delivery,administration, licensing and statutory requirements. Knowledge of MS office packages and the ability to work as part of a committed team are essential. Experience of running or working within a full time public venue and a food and beverage or hospitality management qualification are required.

This is a full-time role, 37 hours per week, normally worked over five days and including weekend and evening work.

Please note this role involves the sale of alcohol meaning that applicants must be 18 or over.

Please note that we cannot not consider CVs; you must apply by completing the application form contained within the job pack.

For more information and application form please visit: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/info/work-for-us or contact our Reception Team: reception@showroomworkstation.org.uk | 0114 2796511

The closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 2nd December 2014. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 10th December 2014.

Artistic Director

Creative Black Country, Black Country

£35,784 - £37,578 pro rata based on experience

Further to the successful appointment of a Programme Director, Creative Black Country (CBC) is seeking a part-time Artistic Director to lead on the delivery of the CBC artistic programme.

CBC is a 3-year Arts Council funded programme to enable more people to experience and be inspired by the arts. CBC will invest in the talent, appetite and potential of the people of the Black Country to engage in the arts through innovative and highly creative arts and community engagement that will combine public events, commissioning, local arts seed funding and community development. The programme will take place across the three local authority areas of Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton.

Reporting to the core steering group, the Artistic Director will be responsible for the development of the programme, effective delivery, monitoring and budget management for the artistic programme.

This is a high profile and cutting-edge initiative with the potential to affect real long lasting change in the area.  We are looking for someone with creative vision, knowledge of the professional arts and community sector and a wide breadth of experience and expertise in managing large programmes of work.

To download the application pack visit: http://creativeblackcountry.wordpress.com/jobs-2/

Fixed Term until 31st August 2017, 3 days a week – based on a 6 month probation

Hard copies of the application form may be obtained by calling Debra Hill at SCVO on 0121 525 1127.

For more information contact: Mark Davis at SCVO on 0121 525 1127.

The deadline for completed applications is 10am on Monday 1st December 2014.

Artistic Director

Carousel, Brighton

Circa £31,000 (pro rata)

Do you have the skills and experience needed to lead the artistic vision of an established learning disability led arts organisation with an international profile?

Carousel is seeking an Artistic Director for four days per week (28 hours) to continue to develop the creative scope and reach of our dynamic, forward thinking organisation. Duties will include overseeing the Oska Bright Film Festival and other Carousel activities.

For further information and an application form please call Liz Hall on 01273 234734 or email  liz.hall@carousel.org.uk

The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 1st December 2014.

Film Exhibition, Distribution & Sales Trainee

ICO, various

Do you love film?

Are you interested in being a trainee in the part of the film industry which makes sure films find the right audiences?

The FEDS trainee scheme aims to recruit a majority of candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds as these groups are underrepresented in the film industry. The scheme also seeks to recruit a high proportion of females and those who consider themselves to be disabled.  

We are looking to recruit 12 ambitious trainees from across the UK who can display these attributes:

  • Passion for film
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Basic IT skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • A desire to learn
  • Trainees will undertake an office-based placement in a film distribution, independent exhibition or international sales company (read more here about what these companies do). As well as gaining hands-on experience of working in the film industry, the trainee placements will be enhanced with fortnightly classroom-based learning to provide the trainees with a brilliant general overview of the film industry.

    What's involved?

    • Placements will commence in January 2015 and run until October 2015 (9 months).
    • Placements at distribution and international sales companies will take place in London due to the nature of the film industry, but placements in independent exhibition will take place in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Nottingham.
    • Trainees will work fulltime (defined as 35 hours per week) in host companies, and one day a fortnight they need to attend classroom sessions with the other trainees (location TBC in central London) which will further enhance their employability skills and knowledge of the film industry.
    • Trainees will be paid a monthly training allowance equivalent to the London Living Wage (this is £262.50 per week and is exempt from tax and National Insurance).
    • Trainees will be entitled to at least 10 days annual leave subject to agreement with their host organisation.
    • Travel bursaries will be available to help trainees based outside of London make visits to the above sessions.
    • Trainees must...

    • Be new entrants to the film industry i.e. not have more than twelve months industry work experience be it continuous or discontinuous / paid or unpaid.
    • Be UK residents and eligible to work in the UK.
    • To read full details about the scheme, visit this page.

      To apply click here.

The closing date for applications is 8am on Monday 1st December 2014.

Head of Technical Resources

mac, Birmingham

£20,000 to £25,000

mac birmingham is an exciting, ambitious arts centre which offers a wide array of free exhibitions, theatre, music and comedy performances, plays for children and families, literature and poetry events, creative learning and participation activities and a lively cinema. Well loved and well used, it’s a relaxed friendly place, with a café and lively bar, attracting a diverse mix of users.

We are looking for an experienced Head of Technical Resources to oversee the specialist performance and arts technical teams and lead the facilities management programme. This is a challenging and varied role which requires a flexible and pragmatic approach.

To check if you have the skills we require, visit our website www.macbirmingham.co.uk/jobs to download the application form, recruitment pack and supplementary information pack which includes instructions on how to apply.

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Sunday 30th November 2014 with interviews to be held Monday 8th December 2014.

Operations Officer

Barbican, London

£25,000 to £30,000

12 month fixed-term (maternity) cover

Creative Learning is a joint division of the Barbican and Guildhall School. The division provides a range of opportunities for people of all ages to engage with the performing and visual arts in the Barbican, Guildhall School and beyond, and supports the professional development of current and future arts practitioners through formal and informal learning pathways.

We are now looking for a highly motivated individual to carry out operational and administrative duties for the Creative Learning division, ensuring the smooth running of the department, acting as the first point of contact for participants, students and other enquiries, and supporting the effective delivery of Creative Learning projects.

The ability to communicate with a wide range of people and manage a complex workload is essential.

You will need to have substantial experience in an administrative role in a similar environment, preferably in an educational or arts context.  The ability to be self-motivated, maintain high standards and remain calm under pressure is essential.  You will have advanced skills in MS Office.

A comprehensive understanding of arts education together with excellent organisational, administrative and communication skills are required to deal with the demands of this role.

To apply online, please visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/jobs   Alternatively, please contact 020 7332 3978 (24hr answerphone) quoting reference number GS232. A minicom service for the hearing impaired is available on 020 7332 3732.

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 3rd December 2014.

Chair and Trustees

Lighthouse, Brighton

Lighthouse, the international digital culture agency based in Brighton, is calling out for exceptional individuals to be part of our future.

Over the past four years Lighthouse has had a transformational period of growth, expanding in profile and reach and leading to major new international partnerships and high demand for our award-winning work. Our position is now firmly established as a regional and national leader in the fields of digital culture and film.

The inspirational leadership provided by our current Chair, Anthony Lilley, has been critical to our evolution during this period. Now approaching the end of a hugely successful five-year tenure with Lighthouse, Anthony will stand down as Chair in early 2015.

We are poised to enter an exciting and ambitious new phase of development and are seeking to recruit a Chair and a number of new Trustees to support us on this journey.

We are looking for individuals with a passion for contemporary culture – specifically art, film and technology – and a range of skills and experience that may include fundraising, capital development, advocacy, media relations, advertising, marketing, business and journalism as well as access to influential national and international networks.

We are keen for the Board to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, so we particularly encourage expressions of interest from women, disabled people, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and from people under the age of 40.

To learn more about the positions and to download the Recruitment Packs, please visit www.lighthouse.org.uk/about/opportunities

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 3rd December 2014.

Development Executive

ICA, London

£18,000 to £21,000 (dependent on experience)

The ICA seeks an enthusiastic, organised and proactive individual to join our dynamic Development Team and work closely with the Directors’ Office to engage with ICA Patrons, Corporate Partners and Sponsors on all levels. The main focus of this role will be to assist with managing relationships, fundraising, developing project ideas and budgeting, and maintaining reliable and updated records of contacts, donations, proposals and approaches.

Reporting to the Development Manager – Corporates and Individuals, you will also play a key role assisting with communications to Patrons and supporters, managing Gift Aid declarations, and coordinating with the ICA Events, Creative, Communications and Finance teams. You will also be closely involved with the conception, organisation and delivery of exciting Development events including exhibition opening receptions, Patron Salons and ICA Off-Site events. 

You will have previously held a relevant position in a comparable arts or not-for-profit organisation with a track record of having worked with patrons, sponsors and on development events. You will also have an on-going interest in the contemporary arts. 

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post and how you meet the requirements and person specification to:

The Administrator, ICA
12 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5AH

or via email to: icajobs@ica.org.uk 

This is a full-time position.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 30th November 2014. Interviews will be held the week of 1st December 2014.

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