Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

At Rooftop Films, we believe that film is powerful, not only as a creative medium, but as a vehicle for engaging in valuable dialogue with one another about the issues facing our communities. By bringing films directly to audiences, we foster connections between neighbors, artists, activists, youth and the unique spaces we all share. 

A growing nonprofit organization, our mission at Rooftop Films is to engage and inspire diverse communities by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers in outdoor locations, helping filmmakers to produce new films, and renting equipment & supporting film screenings citywide at low-cost to artists, nonprofits and community groups.

Rooftop Films is more than a film festival. We are a community. For over 26 years, Rooftop Films has been championing the work of independent filmmakers and bringing films rooted in compassion, solidarity, learning, togetherness, exploration, and inspiration to tens of thousands of people across all five boroughs of New York City. 

We would love to have you join our team!

Now Accepting Applications for the Following Positions:


Programmer

The Programming department is charged with the responsibility of meeting the artistic objectives of Rooftop Films and especially to discover and present the work of emerging filmmakers from diverse communities. Reporting to the Senior Programmer, the Programmer will participate in all aspects of programming for the Summer Series and off-season events and all aspects of the Filmmakers Fund granting program. The Programmer will also help to manage artist/filmmaker relations and supervise part time contract staff.

This is a full-time, year-round, New York-based, salaried position, eligible for full benefits. Some hybrid remote work is to be expected (some time in the office, some time remote).

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • PROGRAMMING – Supporting the overall artistic goals, take a role in programming the Rooftop Films Summer Series and off-season special events.
    1. Watch and review no fewer than 400 film-related projects including no fewer than 200 features, 200 short films and other episodic, video art, live cinema, performance and VR/AR pieces as necessary. 
    2. Assist with management of the screening committee, interns, Shorts and Features Programmers.  
    3. Track films and productions for the potential screenings. Request films with the assistance of other staff and interns, with an emphasis on discovery and outreach to filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities
    4. Maintain and streamline databases and online submission portals.
    5. Introduce films and moderate Q&A’s at screenings (approx. 5-7 moderations).
    6. Attend festivals, industry conventions and events and local film screenings to research content and build awareness of the organization.  
    7. Assist in long and medium-term planning and brainstorming. Wrap reporting and feedback. 
    8. Foster and sustain programming partnerships with film festivals and arts organizations building collaborations and partnerships in service of promoting new filmmakers and their works to new audiences. 
    9. Assist with planning and administration of additional aspects of festival, including:
      1. Event enhancements and partners
      2. Music and performers coordination (in association with the Music Coordinator)
  • FILM FUND – Assist in administering the Filmmakers Fund under the direction of the Senior Programmer
    1. Serve on the Filmmakers Fund committee to select finalists and grantees. Help to organize and lead panel review meetings.
    2. Assist in supervising first-round and panel review staff.
    3. Assist in the film fund selection and notification process. 
    4. Assist with long and medium-term planning and brainstorming. Wrap reporting and feedback. 
  • FILMMAKER RELATIONS – Act as one of the organization’s connections to the filmmaking community.
    1. Manage Filmmaker communications for the submission drive and Filmmakers Fund, including rejections, acceptances and negotiations. Assisting filmmakers with the application processes when necessary.
    2. Assist in filmmaker teams and distributor connections. 
  • COMMUNITY CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS – Create and foster connections with specific communities, with an emphasis on lower income and culturally underserved communities 
    1. Create and maintain key connections with specific neighborhoods in the five boroughs with an emphasis on lower income and/or culturally underserved communities
    2. Research and do outreach on potential collaborations with cultural organizations, especially up-and-coming organizations in diverse communities
    3. Pitch specific events for funding to elected officials in collaboration with the Senior Programmer, President and Development Manager
    4. Network with local community organizations, electeds, and non-profit funders in order to represent Rooftop’s mission. 
    5. Organize speakers and enhancements related to the events in these areas in collaboration with the Senior Programmer.
    6. Research potential ideas that could work with specific community partners in mind.
  • PRESS/MARKETING- Assist in shaping the marketing strategy for the Summer Series
    1. Liaison between programming team and in-house marketing manager and publicist.
    2. Assist marketing and PR teams with ideas for marketing and social media content.
    3. Assist Print Traffic Coordinator and Production Interns with filmmaker-related video content.

Application Deadline: August 17th
Start Date: Fall 2022

Compensation:

Salary will be based on previous experience, ranging between $48-55k, with health benefits.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit résumé, cover letter and references in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name with subject PROGRAMMER to jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Only applications submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please. Applications are due by August 17th, 2022.

Rooftop Films is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to building a culturally diverse staff and an inclusive work environment, and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities to apply.


Business and Finance Manager

Rooftop Films seeks a skilled, non-profit finance professional with an appreciation for film to join our team. Successful applicants must be detail-oriented, organized, and collaborative problem solvers. The Business and Finance Manager plays a key role in managing Rooftop Films’ organizational accounting and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the general ledger. The Finance Manager will work collaboratively with other senior managers and report to both the President and Managing Director.

Position is available immediately in order to maximize training time with interim Business and Finance Manager, but ideally no later than an October 1st start date.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the general accounting of the organization using Quickbooks Online, including, but not limited to, accounts payable, accounts receivable, debit card transactions, bank and credit card reconciliations, petty cash and receipt tracking, expense reimbursements, payroll, balance sheet maintenance, general ledger maintenance, banking, sales tax filings, etc 
  • Assist in preparation and monitoring of operating budget and program/staffing budgets working closely with Finance Committee and President
  • Assist in preparation and monitoring of grant proposal budgets and reports working closely with Development Manager and President
  • Manage vendor and customer relations
  • Manage loans payable/interest schedules
  • Manage bank accounts and debit cards, including deposits and withdrawals, auto-payments,  recording and reconciling all transactions, processing payments via ACH, Wire, Zelle, Bill Pay, and PayPal
  • Manage insurance policies including D&O, Package, Umbrella, Property, Auto, Workers Comp, Disability/PFL
  • Track, process, and enter bi-weekly payroll with Paychex PEO
  • Manage HR, including drafting and executing staff contracts and offer letters, onboarding new employees, benefits administration, employee record keeping, Paychex PEO maintenance, preparation of 1099s
  • Execute month-end close, including preparation of quarterly financial reports
  • Prepare short- and long-term cash flow analyses
  • Work closely with Finance Committee and Board Treasurer to prepare and run monthly Finance Committee meetings
  • Manage annual audit, CHAR500, and 990 filings (fiscal year ending 9/30/22, filing due 2/15/23)
  • Engage with staff for purposes of financial training, receipt tracking, budget monitoring, invoicing, and contracting
  • Manage all finance related files, including tracking fully executed contracts, contractor tax paperwork, etc
  • Develop effective and efficient procedures to maximize organizational resources
  • Assisting the President in drafting and executing partnership and rental agreements
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications and Qualities

  • A minimum of at least 5 years experience in a similar position in budget management, accounting or bookkeeping.
  • Strong working knowledge of accrual accounting and non-profit budgeting; preference for strong working knowledge of the financial side of grants and fundraising
  • Strong working knowledge of QuickBooks Online and MS Excel, payroll processors like Paychex, and team management software like Google Suite, Airtable, Asana
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to work toward solutions that benefit the organization
  • Impeccable attention to detail and excellent organizational, planning, prioritizing, and time management skills

Compensation

We are envisioning this as primarily a full-time onsite position at our offices in Gowanus, Brooklyn with salary range of $55k – $65k annually. Employer paid health insurance after 30 days, and optional employee paid vision, dental, HSA, 401k, etc. For the right candidate we would consider part-time, seasonal, and/or hybrid work model, with salary rate/benefits to be negotiated. Please include any specific salary or schedule requirements in your cover letter.

Rooftop Films is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff and an inclusive work environment, and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities to apply.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name with subject BUSINESS AND FINANCE MANAGER to jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Only résumés and cover letters submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please.

Deadline for submission is Friday, August 26. We will be conducting first round interviews for qualified candidates on a rolling basis with priority given to those who turn in applications early.


Assistant Venue Manager

Under the supervision of the Venue Manager and senior event staff, the Assistant Venue Managers manage all front of house aspects of Rooftop Films events, including: event load-in/load-out, set-up and smooth execution of the box office, line management, sponsorship activations, implementation of safety procedures, and supporting the Venue Manager in general event preparation and execution as needed. Shifts are typically 6-8 hours. Start and end times vary depending on location and event needs but generally begin from 1-4 PM and end 12-1:30 AM.

All Assistant Venue Managers will be required to obtain an F-04 Certificate of Fitness from FDNY. Rooftop Films will reimburse the application fee.

Assistant Venue Managers can expect to work between 1 and 4 days per week through August 2022.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • General responsibilities: 
  • Venue Setup and Breakdown
        • Load in/out FOH Supplies
        • Set up of all FOH aspects of the event, including but not limited to: 
          • Set up chairs and seating areas
          • Set up barriers as needed for ingress and egress
          • Sponsorship activations (banners, signage, handouts)
          • Crowd management at on-site parties
          • Talent hospitality
          • Set up box office, tents for staff area, and other event areas as needed
          • Ongoing event tidying, 
          • End of night cleanup, trash removal
      • Ensure smooth execution of the event, including:
        • General customer service and hospitality
        • Crowd control and safety
        • Enforce compliance with local public safety regulations including mask usage and social distancing, when necessary
        • Execution of safety/emergency plans
  • Assistant Venue Manager Roles:
    • Box Office:
      • Oversee crowd flow and line management
      • Check in of pre-sale attendees and at the door sales
      • At the door ticket sales, cash handling
      • VIP and Rooftop Films member check-in
      • Checking ID and vaccination requirements, as needed
    • House Management: 
      • Oversee screening area during load in of attendees
  • Set-up of seating, merchandise and information tables
  • monitor reserved seating (for VIP / ADA as needed)
  • Enforcement of safety protocols (ie. crowd management, distancing, or mask use as needed)

Qualifications:

  •  Demonstrated experience in live events,  film festivals, or similar environments involving crowd management
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills. Customer Service / Service industry experience is a plus, but not required
  • Be culturally engaged. A familiarity with and interest in independent film is a plus.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs independently and to safely lift 50 lbs with assistance.
  •  Comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  •  Adaptable to a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends.
  •  Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and remain flexible under pressure. 
  •  Willingness to play a fluid role as part of a small, tight-knit team, balancing professionalism and a great sense of humor.

Start Date: Rolling, events begin on 5/20/2022

Compensation: $20/hour

Rooftop Films is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to building a culturally diverse staff and an inclusive work environment, and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities to apply.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit résumé, cover letter and references in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name with subject ASSISTANT VENUE MANAGER to jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Only applications submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please. Applications are due by April 29, 2022.


Audio Engineer

Rooftop Films is looking for an Audio Engineer to take a crucial role in the production of our Summer Series film festival, taking place May through August 2022 at outdoor locations throughout NYC. Audio Engineers install, operate, and troubleshoot audio equipment for Rooftop Films’ Summer Series outdoor screenings. Under the supervision of our lead technicians, audio engineers setup, calibrate and breakdown our audio systems, and run audio or a feature or short film program as well as sound check and mix a band before our screenings.

Audio engineers meet on-site at one of our many venues and work through the breakdown of the event and leave from the site. Because we screen in all 5 boroughs and occasionally out-of-state applicants should be prepared for a variety of work environments.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Assist Lead Technician, Projectionist with the staging and setup of A/V equipment.
  • Assembly and disassembly of fast-fold and inflatable screens
  • Recovery and organization of equipment at end of night 

Qualifications:

  • Experience operating and configuring digital consoles (X32 or M32 preferred, but not required)
  • Experience with front of house and foldback mixing for live music
  • Knowledge of optimal speaker placement and gain structure for live sound
  • Ability to lift and carry 60 lbs
  • Comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends.
  • Familiarity with professional audio/visual technology and equipment a plus. This includes digital projection, analog and digital video signal routing, inflatable and folding projection screens, and sound reinforcement.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and remain flexible under pressure. 
  • Willingness to play a fluid role as part of a small, tight-knit team, balancing professionalism and a great sense of humor.

Start Date: May 2022

Compensation:

Compensation is $25 per hour and audio engineers can expect to work between 25 and 40 hours per week June through August.  Excellent technicians may have the opportunity to work with us again in the winter season. 

Rooftop Films is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to building a culturally diverse staff and an inclusive work environment, and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities to apply.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit résumé, cover letter and references in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name with subject AUDIO ENGINEER to jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Only applications submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please.


Video Technician

Rooftop Films is looking for a Video Engineer to take a crucial role in the production of our Summer Series film festival, taking place in May through August 2022 at outdoor locations throughout NYC. Video Engineers install, operate, and troubleshoot video equipment for Rooftop Films’ Summer Series outdoor screenings. Under the supervision of our lead technicians, video engineers setup, calibrate and breakdown our video systems, and run video for feature, documentary, and short film programs.

Video engineers meet on-site at one of our many venues and work through the set-up and breakdown of the event and leave from the site. Because we screen in all 5 boroughs and occasionally out-of-state applicants should be prepared for a variety of work environments.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist Lead Technician, and Audio Engineer with the staging and setup of A/V equipment.
  • Assembly and disassembly of rigging for projection, including the set-up of video components at the tech table.
  • Calibrating and assessing projection ranges and determining which lenses are suitable.
  • Able to troubleshoot and quickly make adjustments before screenings.
  • Recovery and organization of equipment at end of night.

Qualifications:

  • Experience operating, configuring, and keystoning projectors.
  • Experience with video switching.
  • Experience with Playback Pro and Macs
  • Knowledge of optimal projection placement.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs independently and to safely lift 50 lbs with assistance.
  • Comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends.
  • Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and remain flexible under pressure. 
  • Willingness to play a fluid role as part of a small, tight-knit team, balancing professionalism and a great sense of humor.

Experience with any of the following a plus, but not required: 

  • Working with DCP/DCI Compliant projection systems
  • Working with surround sound setups
  • Working with outdoor screening setups
  • Projection Mapping

Start Date: May 2022

Compensation:

Compensation is $25 per hour and video engineers can expect to work between 25 and 40 hours per week June through August.  Excellent technicians may have the opportunity to work with us again in the winter season. 

Rooftop Films is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to building a culturally diverse staff and an inclusive work environment, and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities to apply.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit résumé, cover letter and references in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name with subject VIDEO ENGINEER to jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Only applications submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please.


Stagehands

Rooftop Films is looking for Stagehands to take a crucial role in the production of our Summer Series film festival, taking place June through August 2022 at outdoor locations throughout NYC. Stagehands transport, install, operate, and troubleshoot audio, visual, and lighting equipment for Rooftop Films’ Summer Series outdoor screenings. Under the supervision of our AV technicians, PAs aid in the assembly of our outdoor AV exhibition systems and are primarily responsible for the transportation and setup of equipment, including our outdoor movie screens. 

Stagehands meet at our offices in Gowanus, Brooklyn for load-out and transportation of equipment to the site for setup or arrive on-site to work through the run of show, concluding with load-in at the end of the night. Because we screen in all 5 boroughs and occasionally out-of-state PAs should be prepared for a variety of work environments.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  •     Pulling and packing equipment in an organized and efficient manner from our shop into     vehicles.
  •     Safe transportation of equipment to venue.
  •     Assist Lead Technician, Audio Engineer and Projectionist with the staging and setup of A/V equipment.
  •     Assembly and disassembly of fast-fold and inflatable screens.
  •     Recovery and organization of equipment at end of night, including the return of vehicles.

Qualifications:

  •     Must possess a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record, as well as a willingness to drive cargo vans, 14’, 16′, and 21′ box trucks.
  •     Ability to lift 25 lbs independently and to safely lift 50 lbs with assistance.
  •     Comfortable working outdoors in varying weather conditions.
  •     Adaptable to a flexible work schedule, including nights and weekends.
  •     Familiarity with professional audio/visual technology and equipment a plus. This includes digital projection, analog and digital video signal routing, inflatable and folding projection screens, and sound reinforcement.
  •     Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and remain flexible under pressure. 
  •     Willingness to play a fluid role as part of a small, tight-knit team, balancing professionalism and a great sense of humor.

Start Date: May 2022

Compensation:

Compensation is $20 per hour and stagehands can expect to work between 25 and 40 hours per week June through August.  Excellent technicians may have the opportunity to work with us again in the winter season. 

Rooftop Films is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to building a culturally diverse staff and an inclusive work environment, and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities to apply.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit résumé, cover letter and references in a single Word or PDF document saved as candidate’s first and last name with subject STAGEHANDS to jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Only applications submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please.


Fall Programming Interns

Rooftop Films is seeking interns for the Fall semester of 2022 . We welcome students finishing their 1st year of college (or age equivalent) or above and all graduate students. 

Internships at Rooftop Films are for school credit and our team is happy to work directly with your school to facilitate. Applicants are encouraged to check their school’s internship or field work credit requirements before applying. This is a virtual internship as our offices have not yet re-opened. 

Internship Overview: 

An internship with Rooftop Films is a great opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students studying film, marketing, media and/or communications to learn how a nonprofit film festival works and see hundreds of great movies.

An intern’s primary focus will be to work closely with members of the programming team to assist in the pre-screening and rating of film submissions, participating in all aspects of the programming process from submission to selection and screening. Interns will also assist the communications team with marketing and outreach efforts and, when permissible under current safety guidelines, participate on site in the general operations of Rooftop Films screenings, including on site activations and other front of house support duties.

Candidates must possess excellent organizational and communication skills and an enthusiasm for film criticism and/or curation. This internship is an excellent opportunity to participate in the programming process of Rooftop Films and a great way to learn the inner workings of a film festival. 

Responsibilities to include: 

Programming:

  • Tracking and requesting new independent films
  • Researching film festivals to track trends
  • Organizing and maintaining film databases
  • Pre-screening film festival submissions
  • Contacting and corresponding with prospective filmmakers
  • Assisting with operations of off-season projects, including: 
    • Marketing/Outreach/Publicity
    • Fundraising administration
    • Print Traffic 
    • General Office Work
  • Anything else a candidate might be interested in

Candidates must have experience with: 

  • Google suite
  • Microsoft suite

Bonus points for candidates with experience using: 

  • Airtable
  • Adobe Suite (especially inDesign and Photoshop)
  • Managing social media accounts (particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Video editing software
  • Digital photography

Application Process 

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document saved under the candidate’s first and last name to intern@rooftopfilms.com. No phone calls, please.


Volunteer Opportunities

As a non-profit arts organization, we depend on volunteers for our growth and success! Working with Rooftop is a great opportunity to see fantastic movies (for free, of course!), learn about the inner workings of film festivals, get to know our staff, and meet the artists whose work we screen. We consistently seek volunteers for over 40 shows during our Summer Series—and you can help out at as many or as few as you’d like to.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please register here.
(Just follow the link, click “Join Organization” in upper right hand corner, then select “register new account.”)

Already registered with us as a volunteer? Click here to log in to your account to sign up for shifts.