Since 1985, the Austin Film Society’s (AFS) mission has been to empower its community to make, watch and love film and creative media. We do this through:
• Exhibition of 200+ internationally relevant films annually
• Filmmaker support including the AFS Grant for emerging Texas filmmakers (totaling $1.5 million since 1996)
• Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility (operated through a lease with the City of Austin) that supports film, TV and digital media.
• Community media programs in including AFS Film Club in 13 under-served public schools, the AFS Internship program that has trained 279 interns and helped place 623 professionals in creative media jobs, and Summer @ Austin Studios welcoming 100 students to our campus to learn each year.
• Shining the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin’s talent and community leaders to the wider film community through premieres, events at major festivals, and the Texas Film Awards.
Austin Commons Manager
Note: Funding for this position is subject to successful negotiations between the Austin Film Society and City of Austin to manage Austin’s Community Digital Media Center. Start date is anticipated to be 10/1/15 but could be sooner.
AFS is excited to be expanding its programs and services in the realm of television and digital media. We seek an experienced public access program manager for our new community media center, provisionally named Austin Commons. The Austin Commons Manager (ACM) will oversee Austin’s public access facilities, channels and training programs.
Austin Commons will operate via a contract with the City of Austin, beginning October 1. It will be located at 1143 Northwestern Avenue in the City’s 7,000 square-foot facility, purpose-built for public access in 1990. Its annual budget will include $475,000 in operating funds and $300,000 in capital funds, supplemented by the amount it is able to raise through fees and grants.
The operation will be under the wing of AFS’s Community Media program, which offers creative media training in 14 locations around Austin. The Austin Commons team will be backed by AFS’s existing team, which has expertise in finance, database management, facilities rental and human resources.
The successful candidate will bring practical knowledge and experience with community access television to AFS. We seek someone with a strong track record in team management, excellent communication skills and the ability to supervise the technical aspects of the community media center . He/she will embrace access television as both a community and a tool through which individuals and organizations in Austin can highlight their unique points of view and celebrate their cultures, beliefs and artistic expressions. He/she will demonstrate commitment to the goal to diversify the voices in the media, protect the First Amendment, and provide all community members—particularly those in underserved or disenfranchised communities—the opportunity to tell their stories.
The ACM will have the exciting opportunity to usher in the next era of community media for Austin, supporting the established public access community and opening up opportunities inherent in the interactive, multiplatform age.
Essential job duties include:
Manages 3 – 4 direct reports including technical and outreach staff.
Community Engagement and Producer Relations
Develops systems to connect organizations, individuals and resources for maximum community impact. Works closely with producers on the submission of their media for television and other distribution platforms. May teach entry-level classes, and assists motivated producers to best use the training offered to create their own programming. Implements policies and procedures that support a diversity of voices from the community.
Provides the framework for the television schedule and video-on-demand offerings. Seeks submissions of new and existing programming. Curates programming via Austin’s artist community and researches and acquires shared content from other platforms and access centers for rebroadcast. Stays abreast of new technology as it affects the creation and distribution of creative media.
Creates forms and processes needed for intake, program evaluation and reporting. Analyzes monthly budget-to-actual reports. Maintains staffing, programming, facility and training schedules and works closely with technical staff on annual technology plan.
Promotes services to a broad range of potential users. Recruits new producers and learners, with a focus on underserved communities (individuals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations). Plans producer community events with the Marketing Department. Ensures Austin Commons web content is up-to-date.
An associate’s degree and 3 or more years experience is preferred. Television studio experience preferred, with community access television experience a plus. Bilingual in Spanish and English is a plus.
Skills and Experience
• Experience managing a wide range of staff
• Experience working with diverse communities
• Ability to interface with technical staff and consultants
• A working knowledge of the tools of media production and broadcasting
• Ability to explain and demonstrate tools and technology to novices
• Comfortable in both Mac and PC environments
• Excellent Microsoft Office skills
• Excellent speaking, writing and listening skills
• Highly personable, cheerful, patient and kind
• Accurate with details
• A problem-solver who can troubleshoot technical issues
• Passionate about free speech and community media
• Willingness to work evening and weekend hours
• A strong desire to work with youth and community members and impart the skills and abilities that can change lives
Email your resume and cover letter as one PDF to Mirasol Enriquez, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. with “Austin Commons Manager – Your Name” in the subject line (e.g., Austin Commons Manager – Mirasol Enriquez). All applications will be acknowledged by email. All inquiries are confidential. The Austin Film Society supports workplace diversity and equal opportunity for all individuals. Open until filled.
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