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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Audience Development Assistant

Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

£16,000 per annum pro rata

The Showroom is seeking an Audience Development Assistant to work in the programming department of an independent cinema.

This a post and an exciting opportunity to join the Showroom’s programming team. The post holder will assist in developing new audiences, particularly for our first run programmes as well as our specialised film seasons.  The post holder will also work on our programmes for young audiences including developing our links with formal and informal education activity in the city.       

The post holder will have an interest in and commitment to contemporary world cinema, and will have the ability to identify opportunities to find audiences for our exciting film programme.

This is a part-time role requiring 20 hours' work per week.

For full details and to download an application pack, please visit:

http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/info/work-for-us

The closing date for applications is 9am on Tuesday 11th November 2014. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 19th November 2014.

Audience Development Coordinator

Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

£19,000 per annum

The Showroom Cinema is seeking an Audience Development Coodinator to work in our programming department.

This a new full time post and an exciting opportunity to join the Showroom’s programming team. The post holder will be responsible for developing new audiences, particularly for our first run programmes as well as our specialised film seasons. The post holder will also work on our programmes for young audiences including developing our links with formal and informal education activity in the city.

The post holder will have an interest in and commitment to contemporary world cinema, and will have the ability to identify opportunities to find audiences for our exciting film programme.

For full details and to download an application pack, please visit:

http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/info/work-for-us

The closing date for applications is 9am on Tuesday 11th November 2014. Interviews will be held on Monday 17th November 2014.

Assistant Manager

The Birks Cinema, Perthshire

£16,000 to £18,000

We have an exciting opportunity for an Assistant Manager to join us in the Birks Cinema based in Aberfeldy.

The Birks Cinema is a community owned and run cinema in Aberfeldy Perthshire.

The cinema opened in April 2013 after a successful fund raising campaign by a committed group of local people. The cinema shows three films a day and also has a number of live broadcasts, live music and community events. The cinema is complemented by a café bar offering light meals, snacks and both alcoholic and non- alcoholic drinks.

We are seeking an experienced and creative assistant manager to oversee the operation of the general day-to-day activities within the cinema. The applicant should have a minimum of two years’ experience and a proven track record of junior management within a successful multi orientated operation.

The ideal candidate would have the following personality and skills

  • Great customer facing skills
  • Experience of scheduling staff hours & developing and implementing a fully-comprehensive staff training scheme
  • Sourcing and negotiating with suppliers
  • Developing price structures and calculating G.P. percentages
  • Proven record of staff management within a wider staff framework
  • The ability to take on technical tasks alongside the cinema manager

The following skills/experience are desirable:

  • Experience in a licensed environment with alcohol sales
  • Personal licence holder
  • High quality tea and coffee service/barista training
  • Experience of catering / licensed operation for all ages and the relevant H&S considerations that this entails.

You would be working alongside the General Manager in running the cinema and making it a fantastic experience for all our customers. Shifts are varied and include evening & weekend shifts.

Dependent on experience, you may be required to cover areas that are outwith the immediate remit of the assistant manager so a flexible and open-minded approach to work is required.

To apply, please complete an application form and email it to Fiona Sloan, General Manager at The Birks Cinema: manager@thebirkscinema.co.uk

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

The closing date for applications is Monday 10th November 2014. Interviews will be held on 17th November 2014.

Business Manager

Saffron Screen, Saffron Walden

c£27,000 pro rata

Saffron Screen are looking for a new Business Manager, responsible for all cinema operations including Cinema Manager, Technical Manager, Marketing Manager, programming and financial management.

This is a home-based role, although Saffron Screen does have a small office available. The role is 20 hours per week, including the need to be on call at weekends as well as occasional weekend work

The Business Manager is responsible for:

  1. Hands on management, leading and motivating the team, as well as being a key member of the operational team, responsible for all areas of the cinema’s operation, including programming, projection, marketing, finance, operation and outreach, as well as providing cover for other members of the team during holidays or sickness and at busy times.
  2. Leading and co-ordinating the activities of the management committee which meets monthly.
  3. Managing legal and statutory obligations (including financial, health & safety, child protection, risk management, charitable status and employment legislation) in conjunction with the board.
  4. Managing day-to-day human resources in conjunction with the HR Director.
  5. Managing the financial aspects of the business in conjunction with the Finance Director and bookkeeper, including checking invoices received, issuing invoices and managing operational budgets.
  6. Maintaining and reporting on audience information and performance data.
  7. Reporting to the Board at quarterly board meetings.
  8. Liaising with stakeholders and potential partners.
  9. Developing new ideas on the direction of the cinema and pursuing development opportunities.
  10. Preparing funding applications in conjunction with other members of the team as necessary.
  11. Providing cover for other members of the team during holidays or sickness and at busy times.

If you would like to discuss this position further, please contact Rebecca del Tufo on rebecca@saffronscreen.com

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for this role to jobs@saffronscreen.com

The closing date for applications is 9.30am Monday 10 November 2014

Box Office Assistant

Showroom Cinema, Sheffield

£6.50 per hour

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’re looking for bright, friendly customer service assistants to work on our box office and provide an efficient service and friendly customer care for all visitors to the cinema. You’ll sell tickets, give information on all events taking place within the venue (films screenings, conferences, exhibitions) and capture customer data. Most importantly you’ll be expected to give a warm welcome to all customers of this much-loved independent cinema.

Minimum of12 hours contract per week, normally worked over five days and including weekend and evening work.

Please download our application pack from our website http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/info/work-for-us or email: reception@showroomworkstation.org.uk or tel: 0114 279 6511.
Please note: we cannot consider CVs.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 10th November 2014. Interviews will take place on Monday 17th November 2014.

Business Events Manager

Barbican Centre, London

£30,000 to £40,000 per annum

Commencing early January 2015 on a fixed term contract for 6 months

Grade D, Salary starting at £31,160 pro rata depending on experience

The Barbican is Europe's largest multi-arts venue and is highly respected for its diverse range of activities spanning music, festivals, theatre, visual arts, cinema, conferences and trade exhibitions.

A short term contract cover position has come available within the Business Events Management team. As a Business Events Manager, you will be responsible for the management and delivery of a range of corporate events.  These will include Annual General Meetings for blue chip clients, corporate presentations, graduation ceremonies, seminars, photo and film shoots and other conference and banqueting business. 

Applicants should have substantial experience in a quality venue where customer service is paramount.  You will have demonstrated responsibility for the detailed planning and execution of allocated events. The ability to work as part of a team is vital, however you will also need to demonstrate capability to work alone on allocated projects.

The ideal candidate will have highly developed presentation, interpersonal and organisational skills and be managing multiple projects with a good eye for detail. Word processing skills are essential, however, training for the Centre's computerised management system will be provided.  The role includes infrequent evening and weekend work.

This is an excellent opportunity to join our events team as we develop our creative approach to events.

All applications must include a completed application form.  Late applications will not be accepted.

To apply, please visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/jobs

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 7th November 2014.

Digital Marketing and CRM Manager

Curzon Cinemas, London

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join the Marketing Team working for Curzon Cinemas.

Working for the Head of Marketing you will be responsible for driving audience loyalty, retention and growth through delivery of insights and targeted customer communications using a variety of media. Working alongside team members in marketing this role will be pivotal in demonstrating the value of putting audiences at the heart of the business, and instrumental in an organisation that has rapid growth expansion plans.

We are looking for a curious, driven, creative and accountable person who has a love of cinema, a genuine passion for data and is looking for a rewarding environment in which they can make a real difference.

For a full job description please email recruitment@curzon.com quoting 'Digital and CRM Marketing Manager' in the subject line.

The closing date for this role is Thursday 6th November 2014.

Development Manager

ICA, London

£26,000 to £28,000 (dependent on experience)

The ICA seeks an enthusiastic and proactive individual to join our dynamic Development Team. The team work with a wide portfolio of supporters including Patrons, Corporate Partners and Sponsors. This is an important post with the particular focus of raising income for the ICA from charitable trusts and foundations, statutory, international and public sector agencies.

Reporting to the Managing Director, you will play a key role in developing and maintaining excellent relations with existing supporters while proactively seeking new ones. The role requires the ability to work across the Development Team and be involved in all aspects of funding activities to maximise opportunities for the ICA.  The post holder will be able to collaboratively devise an innovative grants fundraising strategy to support the ICA’s creative programme.

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 trusts and foundations, statutory agencies and international funders.  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 email icajobs@ica.org.uk 

For more details visit www.ica.org.uk/current-vacancies

The closing date for applications is Sunday 9th November 2014. Interviews will be held in week commencing 10th November 2014.

Duty Manager

Wyeside Arts Centre, Powys

£8.20 per hour

We are looking for applicants aged 21 or over who would be interested in working part-time as a Duty Manager.

The successful applicant will show themselves to be reliable, enthusiastic, with good communication skills. They must be a good team leader, as well as competent in IT and mathematics, and prepared to work at very short notice.

If you’re interested in applying for this position here’s some useful information about the role:

  • The successful candidate will need to have great communication skills, be a team player, have a friendly persona,  good at motivating and leading a team, a flexible approach to their working hours, be able to problem solve and have a great sense of humour!
  • The Duty Manager post is a shared post. You work a week on, a week off. Your working week runs from Tuesday to Sunday (we are usually closed on Monday, but cover would be needed if events are running).
  • A large majority of the Duty Manager’s job takes place in the evenings and on alternate weekends.
  • Your working week would be a minimum of 30 hours; this would increase in weeks where we have early evening films and weekend matinees.
  • During school holidays we tend to have matinees every day.
  • You will be required to attend the monthly staff meeting (usually 10am on the last Wednesday of the month) and the quarterly Box Office/Volunteers meeting (usually on a Monday evening).
  • For details of how to apply, visit www.wyeside.co.uk/jobs

The closing date for applications is Monday 3rd November 2014.

Finance Manager

ICA, London

circa £40,000 depending on experience

The ICA seeks a proactive and experienced Finance Manager to manage the day-to-day running of the ICA Finance department, and also to work on additional finance projects in line with the ICA’s size, culture and varied programme.  

Managing a team of two other staff, this individual will be responsible for implementing and maintaining finance policies, procedures and systems, effectively managing the purchase and sales ledger while ensuring tight credit control, producing accurate, relevant and meaningful management accounts, and reliable budgets and forecasts. Reporting to the Director of Finance, you will also need to liaise with the Finance & Audit Committee and auditors on a regular basis. 

You will have previously held a similar position and be qualified or part-qualified with ACCA, ICAEW, ICAS, ICSA, or fully qualified with AAT, accountancy degree. Strong analytical and management skills, a good understanding of internal control standards, and a proven track record of managing a Finance team within a small to medium sized organisation, are key to being successful in this role.

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 email icajobs@ica.org.uk   

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 16th November 2014. Interviews will be held in week commecing 17th November 2014.

Reaching Communities Project Officer

Cinema for All, Sheffield

£18,000 - £20,000 p.a. depending on experience

Cinema For All is the national organisation for supporting, developing and championing the film society and community cinema sector across the UK.  Based in the Workstation in Sheffield, we represent over 550 film societies, community cinemas, student cinemas and pop-ups making a difference to their community through film.  The Reaching Communities Project will facilitate and enable greater access to film for disadvantaged and hard-to-reach communities in three areas of the UK:  Cornwall, East Lancashire and Glasgow.

The Reaching Communities Project Officer will be an important role within Cinema For All, involving the administration and coordination of the project from outreach work in communities to coordinating screenings, training and equipment hire across the project areas, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the project.  The Project Officer will be someone with a strong knowledge of how to exhibit film, experience of community outreach - in particular engaging disadvantaged groups, good understanding and experience of project monitoring and evaluation, the ability to think creatively, excellent people skills, keen attention to detail and a love of community film exhibition.

To coordinate the administration and implementation of the Reaching Communities Project from the Cinema For All office within budgetary limits, the post requires close working with other Cinema For All staff, Regional Groups, volunteers and local partners to ensure the participation of diverse, disadvantaged, disengaged and hard-to-reach groups and guarantee project implementation.  This post will also require some national travel and possible overnight stays.   

For a full job description and details of how to apply please visit http://bffs.org.uk/aboutus/Vacancies.html

If you have any questions about this position please email Deborah on deborah.bffs@gmail.com

The closing date for applications is 12noon, Monday 17 November 2014. Interviews will take place in Sheffield the week commencing 24 November 2014

Festival Assistant

Glasgow Short Film Festival, Glasgow

£8.31 per hour

The Festival Assistant will assist the GSFF Director and Coordinator in producing the 2015 edition of Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland’s showcase for emerging film talent - a young and dynamic festival with a growing international reputation. Responsibilities will include collating screening information, publicity materials and digital film files for the 150 titles in the programme, and helping to meet the needs of guests and event partners.

The post is based at Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB. It is presumed that the post holder will work a total of 50 days between December and March (including unsociable hours - weekend and evening - during Festival dates). Exact working schedule will be agreed in advance with GSFF Director.  

Please download the full job description and application form at www.glasgowfilm.org/festival/vacancies

If you are selected for interview you will be contacted by email before Sunday 9 November. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at Glasgow Film Theatre. The interview date is fixed and we regret that expenses for travel to interview cannot be reimbursed.

The closing date for applications is 11am on Thursday 6 November 2014. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 11 November 2014

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