Summary Description: The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University invites applications for a full-time, one-year position, as a postdoctoral research scholar in our documentary program, during the 2016-2017 academic year. The incumbent may also hold a secondary part-time faculty appointment and be the lead presenter in a class each semester on a relevant subject, to be determined depending on their expertise, and assist in other classes.This position is open to recent graduates of the Graduate School of Journalism; preferably a recent graduate of the documentary program. The candidate may also have a documentary of their own in the works, and benefit from the resources available at the school on their evolving project. Responsibilities: Work with professors to identify resources and guests for documentary classes: the weekly Master's project meetings in the Fall and the weekly Master's seminar in the Spring. Research and compile a file of possible contributors (speakers, presenters and editorial) to the program.Adapt and develop the documentary program website (and other social media sites) to highlight current projects and past projects from previous classes.Coordinate and organize FilmFriday documentary series in concert with the duPont Columbia staff (research potential films and help book films and directors.)Investigate local doc festivals that students could attend, and coordinate access.Coordinate schedules of documentary students and advisers.Organize rough cut screenings mid-third semester (both summer and fall.)In conjunction with professors, organize the Documentary graduation (first Friday evening in December) including identification of graduation speaker. In conjunction with professors, organize DocFest (presentation of documentaries in the first Saturday in December) including social media outreach and marketing to assure high attendance. Engage and develop documentary community which includes, but is not limited to, developing a list of documentary program alumni that would include the outcome of their J School documentaries and subsequent work and conducting outreach to alumni regarding FilmFriday and other doc events. Help identify markets for student work and guide them to sameMaintain a calendar of festivals appropriate for the projects.Create short documentaries of journalistic nature for the department and school.Working closely with the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Documentary faculty, manage budget for the documentary program.Performs other related duties as assigned.
Preferred Qualifications: Recent graduate of Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, preferably the documentary program.Candidate should have a love of documentaries and broad knowledge of the evolving documentary world.Strong shooting and editing skills (Canon C100 and Adobe Premiere)Proficiency with graphics (Adobe Photoshop) Expertise using social media platforms (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)Organizational expertise. Facility with GoogleDocs, MailChimp, Excel and a Content Management System.
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