Open Position: Associate Curator of Film Exhibitions – Rochester, NY

Employment Opportunity
George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY

Job Title:  Associate Curator of Film Exhibitions
Start Date:  ASAP
Status:  Full Time Position
Application deadline: Position open until filled

George Eastman House is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Associate Curator of Film Exhibitions in the Museum’s Moving Image Department. A significant portion of George Eastman House’s film and media program in the Museum’s Dryden Theatre (500 seats), Curtis Theatre (100 seats) and other exhibition galleries is held through George Eastman House’s collection of over 28,000 titles preserved in all film, video, and digital formats.

The Associate Curator of Film Exhibitions directs and manages the Museum’s ongoing film exhibition program (with a minimum of one daily film program) and special Dryden program events; personally administers the program’s budget; oversees front of house activities (box office and theater management staff); develops and maintains contacts with prominent filmmakers, time-based media artists, the academic, scholarly, archival, museum and film festival communities. The professional profile of the applicant should include, but not be limited to, the following:

•         An informed, dynamic approach to the selection, curatorship and public presentation of film exhibitions according to the highest standards in the field;
•         The ability to promote the best achievements of film and media art in a manner that is both accessible and culturally meaningful;
•         An in-depth knowledge of US and international film history, with special emphasis on the preservation of the moving image;
•         Enthusiasm for experimenting with new and innovative approaches to film exhibition, as a means to fostering collaboration with diverse local constituencies;
•         Proactive advocacy of the highest technical standards in the public presentation of films and other time-based media in the format of their original release;
•         A tangible record of the candidate’s skills in networking with notable filmmakers, artists, critics and scholars;
•         Outstanding public presence, social interaction skills, and ability to engage with specialized and non-specialized audiences;
•         Excellent written and oral communication skills, with special emphasis on program notes, film introductions, and public conversations with filmmakers and film personalities;
•         Eagerness to engage in teaching, training, educating new generations of film curators, scholars and film practitioners, within the context of the Museum’s certificate and graduate programs of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation;
•         A firm commitment to the Museum’s overall mission as a cultural institution.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Candidates should possess at the minimum: a) a degree in film studies (preferred) or a degree in a related liberal arts field, with an extensive knowledge of film history; b) at least three years of programming experience in the cultural sector (more experience preferred); c) experience in administration, budgeting, successful grant-writing, and in supervising staff. They should also have demonstrable skills in the following:

Seeking and maintaining technical excellence in the projection of moving images;
Creating and supervising special events with visiting filmmakers and film personalities;
Establishing and developing productive contacts with the local, national and international film community;
Handling issues where attention to detail, multi-tasking, and troubleshooting are essential to the success of the program.

NOTE: George Eastman House accepts applications from US and non-US citizens.

Application Materials:
Send the following information via email to Caroline Yeager, Assistant Curator, Motion Picture Department (cyeager@geh.org):

A letter of intent;
A full curriculum vitae;
Names and contact information for at least three professional references.

*George Eastman House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Caroline Yeager
Assistant Curator
Moving Image Department
George Eastman House
900 East Ave.
Rochester, N.Y. 14607
PH: 585-271-3361 x375
FAX: 585-256-3397
cyeager@geh.org

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