Employment

Festival Employment

The following year-round opportunities are available at Cinema/Chicago.

Applicants should send cover letter and resume to Vivian Teng, Managing Director, at vteng@chicagofilmfestival.com. No calls please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Development and Membership Manager

This full-time manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Individual Giving and Membership Program for Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival. The Development and Membership Manager collaborates with Festival staff and Board Members to develop and implement Individual Donor and Membership Programs and oversee all grant writing activities.

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Marketing and Media Relations Manager

This full-time manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the marketing and media relations for Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival. The Marketing & Media Relations Director drives audience development for the Festival and the organization’s year-round programs and leads the Marketing & Publicity teams leading up to and during the October Festival.

The Manager is responsible for overseeing and driving all aspects of marketing with a focus on developing a strategic marketing plan to raise awareness of and increase audiences for the Festival and all year-round programs. Other marketing responsibilities include managing the organization’s social media channels, negotiating partnerships and ad buys, overseeing newsletter content and blog posts, and hiring seasonal departmental staff. The Manager will also participate in the transition to an online ticketing CRM (Customer Relations Management) system, which will become an integral marketing tool for the organization.

In addition, the Marketing & Media Relations Director is also responsible for writing and distributing press releases and media pitching. The Manager works closely with any outside firm that may be engaged prior to and during the Chicago International Film Festival to ensure consistent branding and messaging.z

 

 

Seasonal Employment

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 12-26, 2017.  The Festival unites film lovers and filmmakers from around the world with the belief that movies can involve an audience by challenging, entertaining, and inspiring them. In order to produce such an event, the Festival annually hires a group of dedicated individuals to work both at the Festival office and at off-site venues during the months of August through October.

Basic requirements:

  • detail-oriented hard-workers with strong organizational skills;
  • the ability to learn quickly;
  • the ability to work in a very fast-paced environment;
  • knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Docs

These seasonal positions entail long hours, and employees are expected to devote as much time as necessary to complete their tasks.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@chicagofilmfestival.com (unless otherwise noted) with your interest. No phone calls, please; no applications for positions filled, please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.


Assistant to Founder, CEO & President

This position will assist Founder, CEO & President on administrative tasks, new initiatives, scheduling and itineraries, event preparation, etc. Must have excellent professional writing and communication skills, be detail-oriented, and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously.  Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Docs. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Studio/Premiere an asset. Immediately – early November.

Please email resume and cover letter to Managing Director Vivian Teng at vteng@chicagofilmfestival.com


LOGISTICS

Production Assistant
Assist the festival’s day-to-day operations, including venue and event load ins/outs, festival related runs, and event preparation. Must be able to lift up to 25lbs and also have a valid driver’s license. Mid-September – end of Festival.

Volunteer Manager
Duties include coordinating all planning and scheduling of festival volunteers, conducting new volunteer orientation meetings, delegating volunteer tasks and responsibilities, and inspiring volunteer team. Will work closely with Venue Manager and Theater Managers to ensure coverage of volunteers where needed. Must be detail oriented and possess strong communication skills. Long hours and weekend hours are required. September 5 – end of October.

Print Traffic Coordinator
Confirms, tracks, and monitors the transportation of and oversight of hundreds of film prints coming to the Festival from around the world. Ensures the prints are delivered to the right venues during the Festival for screenings. This is a very multifaceted organizational position that requires great attention to detail and the management of a large body of information. Must have excellent communication and time management skills and be level-headed and meticulous. Previous experience with print traffic and familiarity with film projection is desirable. Valid drivers license and proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Docs are required. Mid-August through end of October.

Theater Manager(s)
Duties include managing theater volunteers, maintaining a high standard of guest servicing, controlling crowd traffic, admitting audiences, survey and Audience Choice ballot distribution and collection and coordinating the last-minute rush tickets sales with the Ticketing/Box Office Manager, liaison with the theater projectionists during screening interruptions if occurred. Long hours and weekend hours are required. October 9 – October 27.

MARKETING AND PUBLICITY

Marketing Coordinator
The Marketing Coordinator reports to the Marketing & Media Relations Director and Managing Director to assist in the organization aspects of the Festival’s marketing operations, including implementation of marketing plan, media sponsorship fulfillment, materials production, and promotions execution. The Marketing Coordinator will work with the Marketing & Publicity Team to encourage audience development and event awareness. Must have 2-3 years of non-profit or arts marketing experience, strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Photoshop, social media platforms and familiarity with Chicago. August through November. Please send your resume and writing samples to jobs@chicagofilmfestival.com

Festival Publicist
The Festival Publicist (2 openings) reports to the Marketing & Media Relations Director and supports every aspect of the Festival Press Office. Responsibilities include serving as publicity contact for Festival films (pitching and securing media coverage), managing press materials, coordinating talent/filmmaker press schedules, managing special events and press lines as needed, logging and distributing Festival press breaks and compiling an exhaustive post-Festival wrap report. August through early November. Please send your resume and writing samples to jobs@chicagofilmfestival.com

Social Media Coordinator – Filled
In close coordination with Marketing & Media Relations Director, serve as owner of the Festival’s Social Media channels, posting scheduled content as well as identifying and executing real-time content opportunities. Must have expert knowledge in and experience with social media brand management; position requires nights/weekend availability before and during the Festival. Mid-August through early November. Please send your resume and writing samples to jobs@chicagofilmfestival.com

Publications Manager – Filled
The Publications Manager oversees the production of the Festival’s print and web materials, including the Sneak Preview, Festival Schedule (48 pages) and Program Book (250 pages). Candidate must have strong writing and copy editing skills, must be able to work to meet tight deadlines, and be able to manage a team of writers. Ideal candidate will have experience in print publications and film background. Position starts late-July and runs through the end of September. Please send your resume and writing samples to jobs@chicagofilmfestival.com

Graphic Designer  – Filled
The Graphic Designer role drives our brand identity in support of our organization, our films and audiences. This role will create a range of Festival marketing materials, including ads, graphics, signage and Festival programming pieces (Schedule, Program Book) in line with the existing 53rd Chicago International Film Festival marketing campaign. Designer will be responsible for tracking and hitting deadlines, managing multiple projects at once and responding to on-call requests in a timely manner. Position starts late-July and runs through October; extended hours (evenings and weekends) at key points leading up to the Festival will be required.

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GUEST SERVICES


Travel Coordinator
The Travel Coordinator is responsible for all making travel arrangements for visiting filmmakers and invited guests. Duties include sending travel invitations to filmmakers, jury members and special guests of the Festival, coordinating airline travel and hotel accommodations and welcoming them to Chicago. Will be expected to work within a budget and maintain good relationships with airline and hotel partners. Will work closely with programming, hospitality, transportation, marketing, publicity, operations and special events. Must be extremely well organized, detail oriented, polite and professional, and have strong writing skills. Position begins mid-August and runs through the end of October.

Transportation Manager
Duties include managing the schedule of airport pick-ups and drop-offs for all festival guests, overseeing the drivers’ schedules, and attending to guests’ local transportation requirements. Must have familiarity with the downtown locations and traffic conditions. Good driving skills, detail orientated, polite with professional manner. Clean driving record required. Late-September through end of October.

Drivers
Duties include attending to Festival guests (filmmakers, jury members, and invited guests) according to their respective itineraries. Drivers will work closely with Transportation Manager. Good driving skills, familiarity with the city of Chicago, and a clean driving record are required. Night and weekend availability is a must. During the Festival only. Please include clean driving record with application.

Airport Coordinator 
The Airport Coordinator will be stationed at O’Hare Airport in order to coordinate drivers, Festival guests, and volunteers. They will be in direct communication with the Transportation Manager and Guest Services department. Strong communications skills and wide availability are required. Will be also be required to use personal cell phone.

 

TICKET SERVICES  (please send resumes to ticketing@chicagofilmfestival.com)

Box Office Manager – Filled
Works with Ticketing Manager to oversee the Festival box office. Requires good organizational and customer service skills. Responsible for scheduling employee hours, implementing daily procedures, balancing daily sales and taking inventory of box office supplies.  Early September through the end of October. Evening and weekend hours required.

Assistant Box Office Manager – Filled
Works with Ticketing/Box Office Manager to assist with overseeing Festival box office. Requires good organizational and customer service skills. Responsible for implementing daily procedures, balancing daily sales and managing RUSH ticket sales. Early September through the end of October. Evening and weekend hours required.

Ticketing Agents
Works under the Ticketing Management Team to sell tickets for the Festival through telephones and walk-up sales. Requires good communication and customer service skills. Must have a positive and professional attitude. Responsible for following daily sales procedures and balancing sales sold. Knowledge of Ticketmaster ticketing system is preferred. Mid-September through the end of the Festival. Evening and weekend hours required.

Hotline Supervisor – Filled
Works with Ticketing Manager to manage the Festival ticket sales through telephone and internet. Requires good administrative and customer service skills. Must be organized and polite. Responsible for scheduling employee hours, balancing daily sales and fulfilling internal ticket orders. Early September through the end of October. Evening and weekend hours required.