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Aurora Picture Show Opportunities

Aurora Picture Show is currently seeking applications for the following positions:
  • Public Programs Assistant
  • Media Arts Educator (Hourly Contract Position)
  • Internship (Unpaid Position)
  • Youth Filmmaking Program Apprentice (Paid Seasonal Summer Position)



Position: Public Programs Assistant

Position open until filled

Aurora Picture Show is hiring a Public Programs Assistant to provide managerial and administrative support for Aurora Picture Show artistic and educational public programs.  This is a part-time, non-exempt position reporting to both the Curator and Media Arts Education Manager. Hours are 10 to 20 hours/week, weeknight and weekend work is required. 

RESPONSIBILITIES
Provides the following artistic program support:
  • Responsible for managing RSVPs, online and on-site box office, and attendance tracking for all public programs.
    • Manage online box office on-site ticket purchasing; provides transaction reports to bookkeeper
    • Responsible for all communication with pre-registered event attendees
    • Maintains attendance records for each program
  • Serves as Event Manager for all on and off-site public programs
    • Coordinates with community partners for off-site events
    • Coordinates the acceptance of in-kind donations related to public programs
    • Assists Curator with all program set-up and tear down
    • Responsible for coordinating event hospitality needs
    • Working with the Curator, coordinates travel and accommodations for artists and guest curators
  • Other duties as assigned

Provides the following education program support:
  • Assists with coordination of on-site education programs such as camps and workshops
    • Manages registrations and creates, maintains and distributes any forms related to on-site education programming
    • Responsible for all correspondence with program participants or guardians
    • Assists Media Arts Education Manager with facilitating on-site education programs for youth and adults as needed
  • Manages Internship Program including recruitment, placement, training and scheduling
  • Other duties as assigned.

Provides general administrative support:
  • Orders office, program and facility supplies as needed.
  • Manages general voicemail box and email account.
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS
  • BA/BS or equivalent degree required
  • 1 to 2 years professional experience in a nonprofits arts organization preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, written and verbal communication
  • Comfortable interfacing with various stakeholders (audience, artists, community partners, etc.)
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment; must be detail orientated
  • Familiarity with MSOffice applications required. Knowledge of E-tapestry, InDesign, FinalCut, and Premiere preferred.
  • Some experience working with audio/visual equipment preferred.
  • Ability to handle and transport heavy equipment.

HOW TO APPLY
Send cover letter with resume/cv and 3 professional references to Stauder@aurorapictureshow.org.



Position: Aurora Picture Show Media Arts Educator

Applications accepted year-round

Aurora Picture Show is looking for media art/film educators who can teach a diverse set of media literacy workshops and classes in the community. These lessons will be developed with Aurora Picture Show in conjunction with our mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art.  Instructors should have an interest in experimental and non-traditional video art. Employment is part-time, typically a few hours each week at various locations throughout Houston and surrounding communities. Each opportunity is unique and flexible applicants will have the best opportunity to work on a regular basis. The pay is variable and ranges from flat rates for a multi-hour visit in one day to an hourly rate for a lead teacher or an assistant teacher. In addition to teaching, lead teachers will also be responsible for preparing lessons, responding to student work, and organizing final copies of works created for class. We are looking for media artists and filmmakers with teaching or mentoring experience who can convey their passion for the film and video in ways that are relevant for Houston area children. Experience in other kinds of lens-based work instruction will also apply. Bilingual speaking is a plus, but not required.  Assistant teachers are also needed, who might have less experience in education but have experience in the field and an interest in growing and developing into this area by providing support to lead instructors. Position reports to Media Arts Education Manager.

Aurora Picture Show Media Arts Educator Responsibilities:

- Prepare creative filmmaking lessons focusing on the creative process, incorporating social issues or school lessons, and creating films that are inspiring, relevant, and appropriate
- Provide verbal feedback to students on their filmmaking
- Attend training events with Aurora Picture Show
- Keep track of student work and submit it to Aurora staff as requested for displays, online and print publication, etc.
- Reflect on and evaluate your residency

QUALIFICATIONS
- A love and enthusiasm for filmmaking and a desire to teach students the creative process
- Teaching or mentoring experience preferred
- Interest in collaborating with public school teachers
- Excellent communication skills
- Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
- All candidates must pass a criminal background check

HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in teaching with Aurora Picture Show, please submit a cover letter, résumé, with an online link of samples of your work: 

Submit all materials to:
Media Arts Education Manager
Camilo Gonzalez
Email: gonzalez@aurorapictureshow.org
Applications are accepted year-round.



Position: Internship (Unpaid)

Ongoing Deadline for Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters

Approximate Semester Schedule
SPRING:  1/15 to 4/30
SUMMER: 5/1 to 8/31
FALL: 9/1-12/ 15
 
OVERVIEW
The Aurora Picture Show Internship Program provides students with a bridge between studying media arts as a student and working in media arts field as a professional, by providing hands-on experience within a well-established media art organization. Interns gain insight into the national and international world of new media art, along with basic administrative skills useful in any professional position. Interns at Aurora are involved in: basic operations of arts management (data entry and office errands), programming (screening film submissions), community outreach, fundraising, publicity (press outreach and press clippings), and social events (providing hospitality to filmmakers and screening operations). Though internships are unpaid*, an internship with Aurora is valuable and fun. Aurora prides itself on not only providing experience, but also creating a supportive environment where successful interns are rewarded and encouraged into roles beyond their time at Aurora. Past interns have made strong connections through our network of supporters, which have lead to employment.

QUALIFICATIONS
All interested individuals are eligible to apply for an internship. We seek out interns with the following qualities:
• Understand the Aurora mission and objectives
• Eager to learn
• Understand the many levels of responsibilities that come with a non-profit
• Strong organizational skills
• Have an interest in developing their experience into a professional path
• Some positions may require college, graduate training or professional experience

Interns should be able to work a minimum of 12 hours a week. The exact schedule will be determined in advance with staff. Interns should be able to work a minimum of three months. Majority of hours are in the office during the week, but weekend event support is also required.

HOW TO APPLY
Please complete our application, which can be found under in the Education section of the website. Attach a resume outlining your educational background and past work experience along with a short essay or cover letter indicating why you chose to apply for an internship at Aurora. Also, per the application, please make sure to include contact details for two references from professors or previous/present employers.

* mileage is reimbursed if your car is required for errands
 
Submit all materials to:
Internship Program
Email: gonzalez@aurorapictureshow.org


Position: Youth Filmmaking Program Apprentice (Paid Seasonal Summer)

Deadline for Submission: Friday, April 3

OVERVIEW
Aurora Picture Show is seeking for a Summer Filmmaking Program Apprentice. This full-time internship would be responsible for managing our seasonal education programs for youth and teens offered in June, July and August, specifically focused on the management of our Summer Fillmmaking Boot Camps where youth learn about, create and discuss film and video.  In addition to administering the management of the program (registrations, communications, teacher booking, scholarships), the apprentice would also work at the camps as an instructor. Furthermore, this role would be vital to assisting in the evaluation of the program by assessing strengths and weaknesses, as well as outreach impact for the program. Candidates should be interested in our mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of moving image art, as well as gaining experience in arts education and arts/non-profit administration.  Instructors should have experience in a related field; specifically a background in filmmaking, art and/or photography is helpful. This is a seasonal non-exempt full-time position (35 hours per week) scheduled for nine weeks from June 15 to August 14 in Houston, TX. Mandatory training for the position would be held in advance of the start date during the week of June 1st (exact date and time TBD) and Friday, June 12th. The total salary for this position is $3093.

ABOUT FILMMAKING BOOT CAMPS
Each summer, Aurora organizes filmmaking boot camps where youth and teens can learn about, create, and discuss film and video at Aurora Picture Show. As part of our Media Arts Education programming, Aurora Boot Camps teach hands-on narrative and experimental techniques with digital video under the supervision of professional filmmakers. Campers develop, produce and edit their own short films. Working collaboratively on digital video projects, students are not only exposed to filmmaking techniques but also explore less traditional film and video. On August 8th, all camps will present a red carpet premiere screening of their films on the big screen for family and friends.

APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES
- Organization of the registrations for the Summer Boot Camps
- Work with Aurora Summer Boot Camps (six weeks)
- Assist with organization and implementation of Boot Camp Red Carpet Premiere
- Management of scholarship program, including the application process
- Update our youth filmmaker support program where youth films are submitted to other festivals
- Research and help develop a teen program to enhance Aurora’s youth offerings
- Update and add to binder of curriculum of current education programs for other teachers and future staff
- Weekly updates to parents and campers
- Set up teaching space (opening up for teachers, setting up green screen, lights, tables)
- Create themed curriculum for each week of camp along with other teachers
- Capture video and written testimonials for future promotions
- Create a closing bumper with footage from the camp for the final screening
- Research new technology tools and software specific to digital filmmaking

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Understand Aurora mission and objectives
  • Candidate is a high school graduate
  • Candidate is a currently enrolled, full-time, undergraduate
  • Candidate will be returning to school in the fall of 2014 as a full-time sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Candidate is not related to any employee or permanent contractor of ExxonMobil
  • Candidate is not related to any employee or board member of Aurora
  • Candidate has never served as an ExxonMobil intern at Aurora
  • A background in filmmaking, art, photography and/or youth education
  • A love and enthusiasm for filmmaking and a desire to teach students the creative process
  • Teaching or mentoring experience preferred
  • Interest in collaborating with filmmakers and artists
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • All candidates must pass a criminal background check

HOW TO APPLY
Please download and complete our internship application and specify that you are applying for the advanced internship of APPRENTICE. Attach a resume outlining your educational background and past work experience along with a short essay or cover letter indicating why you chose to apply for an internship at Aurora. Also, per the application, please make sure to include contact details for two references from professors or previous/present employers. Please send all materials together in one envelope. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 3rd.

Submit all materials to:
Apprenticeship Program
Email: gonzalez@aurorapictureshow.org

If you have any questions about the internship or application process, please email us.


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