PSU 5th Avenue Cinema
Application Due: September 12, 2014
Job status: 16 hours/week
Weeks: 42 weeks/year
Start Date: September 22, 2014
Compensation: $9.60 per hour
5th Avenue Cinema is a student-operated service within Portland State University’s Student Activities and Leadership Programs. The cinema screens an eclectic selection of camp, cult, classic, and contemporary independent and mainstream films. Our goals are to provide further education for PSU students interested in film as well as a fun place for people to see something they wouldn’t ordinarily get to see on the big screen.
The Projectionist is responsible for running and operating the 35mm projector during each film screening as well as building and tearing down films for shipping. The projectionist works closely with a four-person team: one cinema coordinator, a second projectionist, and a publicity coordinator. All four participate in the selection of film offerings each term as well as the overall running of the cinema. This is a position that requires a high level of technical ability and appreciation for detail, as well superior customer service, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.
Students with prior 35mm projection experience are encouraged to apply, but it is not a requirement of the position. Training will take place during the month of September.
The position requires 16 hours of work per week, primarily on weekends and evenings. The position pays $9.60/ hour. Work study is welcome but not necessary.
Specific Areas of Responsibility:
Safely and efficiently operate a 50+ year old platter 35mm projector
Oversee shipping and receiving of films, using attention to detail and care when constructing and deconstructing film prints
Work with university officials to ensure that cinema facilities are clean and functional
Assist in changing the marquee each week
Ensure projection equipment is in working condition and arrange maintenance as needed
Manage concession, office, marquee and projection booth supplies
With the staff team, establish quarterly and yearly programming and attendance goals
Assist with facilitation of non-5th Avenue Cinema sponsored events and auditorium rentals
Participate in weekly staff meetings
Serious commitment to maintaining a participatory and inclusive decision-making process for development of cinema goals and programming decisions
Cumulative PSU GPA 2.50 or higher for undergraduate students or 3.0 cumulative PSU GPA for graduate students
Earn a 2.5 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA for each term enrolled
Enrollment in and successful completion of a minimum of 6 undergraduate credits or 5 graduate credits per term (one quarter off per year is allowed)
The Successful Candidate’s Application Will Demonstrate:
Experience with delivering superior customer service and handling cash
Excellent communication skills
Serious commitment to maintaining an inclusive decision making process
Articulate a thoughtful, critical approach to film as an art form and cultural artifact
All applications must be submitted on OrgSync: https://orgsync.com/13101/forms/71676
Applications will require a cover letter and resume, as well as a short statement
about three films that have resonated with you recently. Name the films, give the years they were produced, and provide a brief explanation about why they matter to you.
Applications are due by midnight on September 12, 2014. For questions, please contact Evan Burchfield at firstname.lastname@example.org