Positions at AFS

Founded in 1985 by filmmaker Richard Linklater, the Austin Film Society’s mission is to empower our community to make, watch, and love creative media. At the AFS Cinema, AFS curates and screens hundreds of repertory, international and arthouse films annually; delivers financial support to Texas filmmakers through the AFS Grant; operates Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility, and Austin Public, a space for our city’s diverse mediamakers to train and collaborate. Through its award-winning after school classes, intern training, and the Ed Lowry Student Film program, AFS encourages media literacy and provides a place for youth of all backgrounds to learn the craft of filmmaking and gain access to tools for media production. By hosting premieres, special events, local and international industry events, and the Texas Film Awards, AFS shines the national spotlight on Texas filmmakers while connecting Austin and Texas to the wider film community. AFS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

OPEN POSITIONS

STUDIO DIRECTOR
MARKETING COORDINATOR
BOX OFFICE CASHIER, AFS CINEMA
BARTENDER, AFS CINEMA
SPRING 2020 INTERNSHIP

STUDIO DIRECTOR

AFS has an exciting opportunity for a Studio Director to take charge of Austin Studios as we expand our facilities to include a new Creative Media Center. The successful candidate will be an expert in the film industry and attuned to the needs of emerging artists, small businesses, and large-scale productions. The Studio Director must be well respected in the industry and able to articulate the impact of film on our local economy. Their focus will be recruiting tenants, promoting Austin Studios’ reputation in the industry, and ensuring the strength and growth of the facility. As an organizational leader and decision maker, the Studio Director will work with multiple departments and will manage a Studio Manager, Studio Coordinator, and property management company (DT Land Group).

Essential Responsibilities
Tenant Recruitment and Retention

  • Utilizes knowledge of and connections to production influencers to ensure Austin Studios’ visibility in the industry and maximize industry use of the facility.
  • Understands and communicates Austin Studios’s, and Texas’s, competitive advantages including locations, crews, state and local incentives programs, and the like.
  • Establishes marketing strategy and develops content for marketing materials.
  • Works with board members and staff on lease negotiations for long-term subleases.
  • Develops engagement strategies for tenants and studio users by maximizing AFS program resources and instituting tenant guidelines.

Facility Management

  • Ensures facility is maximized for current tenant base and future program delivery.
  • Oversees contract with property management company to maintain the facility and develop a long-range building systems replacement plan.
  • Ensures organizational awareness and institutional knowledge of the factors that bear on operating and developing Austin Studios, including: AFS’s strategic plan; COA lease and statutory / building code requirements; Mueller Design Guidelines and density requirements; and stakeholder relationships.
  • Assesses and manages risk related to tenant and vendor contracts.

Program Support and Public Relations

  • Creates the economic development success story for Austin Studios and facilitates Development Department in leveraging Austin Studios for fundraising and impact awareness.
  • Maintains familiarity with COA master lease, fosters AFS’s positive relationships with key city representatives, and delivers all required City reporting as outlined in our master lease.
  • Assists Head of Film and Creative Media with the design, implementation, and measurement of programs that support filmmakers’ career leaps and catalyze Austin and Texas as a creative hub.

Department Management

  • Develops and monitors department annual plan and budget of $1.6M.
  • Manages department (Studio Manager, Studio Coordinator) along with consultants, contractors, and vendors.
  • Serves on Management Team, an organization-wide leadership body.

Required Experience

  • Working knowledge of film and creative media financing, distribution, production (physical production, digital workflows / evolution), and location management.
  • Existing relationships within film community.
  • Working knowledge of property management, construction, and utilities.
  • Knowledge of / experience with nonprofit management.
  • Ability to interface with property managers, realtors, lawyers, accountants, insurance agents, and other professional consultants.

Position Type and Expected Hours
This is a full-time, exempt position. Benefits include 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, participation in our retirement plan, paid holidays, and paid time off.

Complexities and Conditions of Employment
Physical/Environmental Demands: Sitting and/or standing, keyboarding, reading, grasping, mousing, handwriting for 8.0+ hours per day, and lifting maximum weight of 50 lbs are essential requirements of the position.

How to Apply
Email your cover letter and resume as one PDF to Rebecca Campbell, CEO at jobs@austinfilm.org with “Studio Director – Your Name” in the subject line (e.g., Studio Director – Jane Doe). 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.

MARKETING COORDINATOR

The Austin Film Society is seeking a full-time Marketing Coordinator to assist the marketing department by providing administrative, operational systems, and events-related support. This position will play a key role in the coordination of AFS’s events – from planning and production to completion. The ideal candidate will be a creative and motivated self-starter with excellent organizational and communication skills who has a passion for film and film culture. As a member of the AFS Coordinator Team, the Marketing Coordinator collaborates with all coordinators across the organization in the development and maintenance of Austin Film Society’s organizational processes and day-to-day functions to ensure exceptional program presentation and operational excellence.

Essential Responsibilities
Marketing

  • Assists the department with audience development and community outreach, including internal planning and coordination from start to completion.
  • Supports PR through maintenance of the press/media archive and distribution of assets.
  • Manages the marketing archive of assets and collateral.
  • Supports digital communications through newsletter and webpage building, some content creation, and web updates; as well as through data-driven indicators including analytics and audience segmentation.
  • Coordinates logistics of collateral purchases and distribution of marketing materials.

Event Production and Support

  • Produces small-scale events in collaboration with AFS staff and stakeholders, and supports the production of large-scale events (e.g. Texas Film Awards).
  • Coordinates with AFS staff throughout event cycle (from planning to production to wrap up).
  • Supports the event manager by coordinating with vendors (e.g. caterers, security, etc.).
  • Manages in-kind partnerships, including onsite activations and fulfillment.
  • Ensures that all event-related marketing collateral is produced, approved, and ordered according to specified timelines and deadlines.
  • Provides other onsite event support, as needed.

Administration and Data Management

  • Provides exceptional administrative support to Department staff and stakeholders, including calendar management, travel arrangements, accounting coordination, and other administrative support, as needed.
  • Enters and maintains all department-related transactions in Salesforce.
  • Provides exceptional customer service in response to visitors and general email and telephone inquiries.

Intern Support

  • Provides intern training, supervision, and mentorship under the supervision of the Youth Media Specialist.

Preferred Experience

  • Experience in MailChimp, WordPress, Salesforce, and Event Planning is preferred.

Position Type and Expected Hours
This is a full-time, exempt position. Work hours vary. Must be able to work nights and weekends. Benefits include 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, participation in our retirement plan, paid holidays, and paid time off.

Complexities and Conditions of Employment
Physical/Environmental Demands: Sitting and/or standing, keyboarding, reading, grasping, mousing, handwriting for 8.0+ hours per day, and lifting maximum weight of 50 lbs are essential requirements of the position.

How to Apply
Email your cover letter and resume as one PDF to Austin Culp, Director of Marketing, at jobs@austinfilm.org with “Marketing Coordinator – Your Name” in the subject line (e.g., Marketing Coordinator – Jane Doe). 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.

BOX OFFICE CASHIER, AFS CINEMA

The Austin Film Society seeks customer service all-stars to guide guests of the AFS Cinema through the service of ticketing and our quick service concessions.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

  • Greets and serves guests in a timely manner, following the steps of service.
  • Accurately rings up Ticket and grab and go concessions purchases.
  • Leads guests through the cinema experience, and assists guests with way-finding.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the products and services offered at the AFS Cinema.
  • Sets up and breaks down the Ticket Counter and other service areas according to AFS Cinema guidelines.
  • Follows AFS Cinema safety protocols at all times.
  • Maintains work and service areas, keeping them clean and stocked.
  • Applies Membership benefits per AFS member guidelines.

Key Measures For Success

  • Guests will frequently report positive experiences at the AFS Cinema.
  • Tickets and grab and go concessions are purchased and served with accuracy.
  • Guests are able to find their seats in a timely manner.
  • Proper recipes and tools are utilized to consistently deliver quality food and beverages.
  • Cash drawers are accurate at the end of the day.
  • Service areas are welcome spaces for guests.
  • AFS culture is enhanced and membership increases.
  • Accidents and safety issues are reduced and kept to a minimum.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
Customer Service; Interpersonal Communication; Cash Handling; Speed of Service; Telephone Etiquette; Art House Film

Required Education/Experience
High School/GED, with industry experience preferred.

Expected Hours and Compensation
This position is part time. It requires night, holiday and weekend hours, similar to those of restaurants and theaters.

Pay rate: $10 / hour plus tip share.

Complexities and Condition of Employment
This position requires TABC certification and a Food Handlers certification.

Physical/Environmental Demands: Sitting and/or standing, keyboarding, reading, grasping, mousing, handwriting for 8.0+ hours per day, and lifting maximum weight of 50 lbs are essential requirements of the position.

How to Apply
Email your cover letter, resume and three professional references as one PDF to cinemajobs@austinfilm.org with “Box Office Cashier– Your Name” in the subject line (e.g., Box Office Cashier – Jane Doe).
All inquiries are confidential. The Austin Film Society supports workplace diversity and equal opportunity for all individuals.

Always accepting applications.

BARTENDER, AFS CINEMA

The AFS Cinema seeks energetic bartenders to guide guests through the culinary and film experiences at the cinema. Passion for quality food, beverages and film is required.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties

  • Greets and serves guests in timely manner, through the sequence of service.
  • Consistently follows recipe guidelines for beverage builds, ensuring product integrity.
  • Bartenders have comprehensive knowledge of the products and services offered at the AFS Cinema.
  • Sets up and breaks down service areas according to AFS Cinema guidelines.
  • Takes orders with accuracy, and delivers them to guests per the AFS guidelines. Handles cash drawers and banks with accuracy.
  • Serves alcohol within TABC guidelines.
  • Follows AFS Cinema safety protocols at all times.
  • Applies Membership benefits AFS member guidelines.

Key Measures For Success

  • Guests will frequently report positive service experiences at the cinema.
  • Food and beverages will be delivered with efficient accuracy.
  • The proper tools and recipes are utilized to consistently deliver quality food and beverages.
  • Guests are educated on the finer points of the menu and programming at AFS Cinema.
  • Cash drawers and banks are accurate.
  • Service areas are maintained and kept clean of spills and clutter. The space is welcoming to guests.
  • AFS culture is enhanced and membership increases.
  • Accidents and safety issues are reduced and kept to a minimum.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities
Customer Service; Menu Knowledge; Craft Beverages; Interpersonal Communication; Cash Handling; Restaurant Point of Sale (Aloha); Speed of Service; Telephone Etiquette; Art House Film

Required Education/Experience
High School/GED and 1-3 years related experience.

Expected Hours and Compensation
This position is part time. It requires night, holiday and weekend hours, similar to those of restaurants and theaters.

Pay rate: $8 / hour plus tips.

Complexities and Condition of Employment
This position requires TABC certification and a Food Handlers certification. 

Physical/ Environmental Demands: Sitting and/or standing, keyboarding, reading, grasping, mousing, handwriting for 8.0+ hours per day, and lifting or moving weight of 50lbs are essential requirements of the position.

How to Apply
Email your cover letter, resume and three professional references as one PDF to cinemajobs@austinfilm.org with “Bartender- Your Name” in the subject line (e.g., Bartender – Jane Doe).

Always accepting applications.

SPRING 2020 INTERNSHIP & FILM REFERRAL PROGRAM

The AFS Internship and Film Referral Program are comprised of two phases. Our goals are to educate participants about the film and arts industries and facilitate job placement in the field. The first phase is an Office Internship, followed by a Senior Internship and the Film Referral Program. The Internships each last a semester and take place at the AFS Facilities: Austin Studios, Austin Public and AFS Cinema. The Film Referral phase is ongoing. Apply for the Internship Here >>

AFS Internship

The Film Referral Program is a great way to immerse yourself in the local film community, while gaining valuable work experience. Our primary goals are to educate participants and provide an experience that allows for professional growth to assist intern alumni with job placement in the arts.

Structure of AFS Internship Program:

    • Most begin as an OFFICE INTERN working across departments.
    • Office interns, dependent on their first semester’s success, are able to become SENIOR INTERNS, gaining in-depth experience with a particular AFS department.
    • All internship tracks include participation in the FILM REFERRAL PROGRAM.
    • All AFS internships are unpaid.
    • The Office Internship is not a production internship.
Now accepting applications for Spring 2020.
The deadline to apply is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 @ 11:59 PM.

Please read the Application instructions, applicant requirements and internship description below before completing the application.

OFFICE INTERNSHIPS

Participants learn about the inner workings of the film industry, non-profit organization and gain exposure to the local film community. Interns master basic office skills, workplace etiquette, and support event & program management.

All participate in a minimum of three professional development workshops; create a personal video project; and contribute to AFS’ various events.

Interns receive informal feedback throughout their tenure, as well as a formal evaluation at the mid-point of the semester.

Office Interns contribute a minimum of 10 and up to 15 hours per week, divided between:

  • Two office shifts at the Main Office at Austin Studios, one from 9:30 AM-1:30 PM & one from 1:30 PM-5:30 PM.
  • One 3-hour or 5-hour office shift at Austin Public, times vary.
  • Assisting with AFS programs, including staffing AFS events at AFS Cinema, Austin Public, and Austin Studios.
SENIOR INTERNSHIPS

After a semester, office interns have the opportunity to intern in a specific department, where they work directly with staff to enact AFS programs. Departments include: Exhibition, Video & Special Media, Filmmaker & Community Media Resources, Production Services, Fundraising & Membership, Marketing and Graphic Design.

Senior interns are expected to work 15 hours per week.

Depending on need, senior internships may become available for immediate entry. When completing your application for the upcoming semester, you can indicate if you would like to be considered for one of these openings.

Film Referral Program

All Interns that successfully complete a semester at AFS are eligible for our Film Referral Program (FRP), through which we help our intern alumni find job opportunities. To date, we’ve facilitated over 600 FRP placements in part and full-time positions. Participants are placed on a “referral list” in our database and are recommended to production companies when positions become available. Only alumni of the internship program are eligible for participation in the FRP.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?

STEP 1 – MEET THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to commit up to 15 hours per week, which includes:
    (A) an office shift at Austin Studios from 9:30AM-1:30PM, (B) an office shift at Austin Studios from 1:30PM-5:30PM, (C) a 3-hour/5-hour shift at Austin Public
    and (D) additional event shifts
  • Be able to fulfill the weekly and semester requirements asked of you
  • Be able to commit to the full semester for Spring 2020 (January 6th – May 24th), including the mandatory orientation on Monday, January 6th, 2020; 2:00 – 5:00 PM

STEP 2 – COMPLETE THE ONLINE INTERNSHIP APPLICATION FORM.
All applications MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM on Friday, November 29, 2019.

QUESTIONS?

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You can also email afs@austinfilm.org.  No phone calls regarding your application.

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