Director of Youth Education
POSITION: Young Filmmakers Program (YFP) Director
HIRE DATES: Part Time (January-December), 30+ hours a week pending time of year
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Executive Director, Marketing Director and all other staff members
MISSION/ENVIRONMENT: Austin Film Festival is dedicated to championing the work of filmmakers & artists as well as providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation encouraging long lasting community partnerships. While working for this critically recognized organization, applicants are expected to be able to work efficiently and professionally in a fast paced, team-oriented production environment. In such an environment, the ability to work well under pressure, excellent communication skills and intense organizational skills are a must.
OVERALL JOB DESCRIPTION: The YFP Director is in charge of all logistics for her/his programs including dealing with a number of partner organizations and festival sponsors. Director must be able to deal with both public relations and marketing, most importantly marketing to parents and students. With the variety of programs involving AISD, the Director should be familiar or quickly make themselves familiar with AISD teachers, schools, and TEKS goals.
DUTIES & RESONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of the YFP Director include, but are not limited to:
- Work heavily with the Marketing Director to develop and implement a YFP Marketing Plan
- Year Round Programs:
- Arts Education Outreach
- Contacting area high schools to apply for the slots.
- Registering, which will take up majority of the time.
- Getting pre and post surveys from every student.
- Reviewing the applications.
- Creating a program with Conference Director for the students
- Student pitch sessions
- Small & creepy films
- Roundtable discussions
- Teacher panel
- Teacher Training Program
- Developing panels-
- Focusing on digital storytelling.
- Approximately 20 teachers attended this class in 2011.
- Creating programs- 3 panels, one in October and one in May.
- Inviting teachers in the Austin Area.
- Inviting panelists.
- Conducting pre & post surveys.
- Developing panels-
- Digital Storytelling Program. Occurs in May in during the Festival
- Contact teachers and invite them to attend and participate in the program – the total attending teachers should be 20
- May – contact the teachers, invite them and tell them to save the date. Arrange a venue; get a program set up for the specified date (a Saturday and Sunday). Invite the Panelist and devise their program.
- Send out a survey afterwards
- Digital Storytelling – implement a program that teaches screenwriting/filmmaking in AISD Language Arts Classes.
- Arts Education Outreach
- 6 weeks of in-class instructions on screenwriting basics.
- Script formatting
- Use of screenwriting software- Celtex & Final Draft.
- Rework of story
- After which students will submit a short screenplay of 8 minutes or less to be considered for production through the AFF.
- 4 weeks of 4 days per week, 2 hours a day.
- AFF choses the scripts through a competitive process for students to make.
- Bring in filmmakers to help with this process.
- Helping students with scheduling, rewrites, production, post-production and finishing the films.
- YFP Competition – implement a Student Short Film Competition
- Market to get entries before August 1st.
- PSA Competition – implement a PSA Competition in conjunction with the Travis County Sheriff’s Department.
- Hold information sessions in the fall at local high schools
- Award winning PSAs in the early spring
- Contact the Travis County Sheriff’s Department to arrange the details of the event
- Send out entry forms and information to the schools
- Collect submitted PSAs and select winners with the Sheriff’s Department
- Maintain updated website with accurate information
- Work with Kelly on dining prizes for awards ceremony in spring
- Attend awards ceremony and help distribute the prizes
- After-School Claymation- Brykerwoods Elemeantary School.
- 10 to 15 kids per class.
- 2 sessions
- Feb. 7th to Mar. 13th
- Mar. 22nd to Apr. 26th
- 6 week program
- Tuesdays 2:50pm to 4:15pm
- Summer Camp-
- Selling the classes
- Hiring and overseeing the camp teachers
- Overseeing Camp coordinator and volunteers.
- Parent communication.
- Keeping the budget.
- Getting snacks.
- Arranging final screening of the kids’ films.
- Organized and responsible
- Excellent problem solving skills & patience
- Experience working with and communicating with a team
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Intuitive with a high learning curve
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Extensive customer service experience
- Ability to prioritize and delegate in high stress situations
- Able to multi-task and switch tasks quickly
- Great note taking and comprehension skills
Please send your cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to:
Austin Film Festival
c/o Office Manager
1801 Salina St.
Austin, TX 78702
Email materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with the job title in the subject line.