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:


Managing Director

Rooftop Films has grown tremendously over the past several years, as we maintained drive-in and outdoor screenings throughout the pandemic, expanding our reach substantially. We are currently seeking a full-time Managing Director to oversee financial, management, and staffing aspects of Rooftop Films and work directly with the President and other senior staff to oversee outreach, fundraising, communications, and organizational operations.The Managing Director collaborates with the President on short and long-term organizational and financial planning. This position reports to the President.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • LEADERSHIP / MANAGEMENT
    • Provide oversight on the financial and operations aspects of the organization
    • In collaboration with the President, develop all new logistical and operational initiatives, subject to the oversight of the Board of Directors
    • Long term strategic planning and business development
    • Work closely with the President and Board of Directors to ensure actions that organization’s strategy and policies are consistently supporting the mission, fiscal health, and effective governance
    • Manage staff and business productivity and efficiency
    • Conduct regular review of organization structure and identify areas that require new hires or restructuring
    • Hire and train senior staff and department managers
    • Implement Human Resources systems and policies
    • Conduct annual performance reviews
    • Manage Internal Communications to ensure a positive work environment
    • Develop a system of Rooftop Films values and code of conduct, and ensure that all employees act accordingly
  • FINANCE
    • Create and manage annual organizational and program budgets
    • Maintain unaudited quarterly financial statements for the organization (P&L, Cash Flow, Balance Sheet) with the Finance Manager
    • Oversee financial planning and systems (short term and long term) with the Finance Manager, including all banking, loan management, etc
    • Create financial reports and analyses for Board of Directors with the Finance Manager, when needed
    • Compliance with state and federal laws
    • Oversee Quickbooks Online bookkeeping (accounts payable and receivable, petty cash tracking, credit cards, reimbursements, quarterly sales tax filings, balance sheet maintenance, monthly reconciliations, etc) with the Finance Manager
    • Work with bookkeeper/Finance Manager on monthly reconciliation and monitor actual expenses and income for conformity to proper accounting standards
    • Manage and implement biweekly payroll for salaried staff and contractors with the Finance Manager
    • Oversee HR contracting, negotiate rates for PEO and other and HR programs, and work with our providers on all benefit implementation
    • Manage all RF insurance obligations (package, umbrella, workers comp, PFL/disability, health, auto, d&o, etc)
    • Approving and executing partner, sponsor, foundation, city and state contracts. 
    • Staff liaison to Accountant regarding annual audit, taxes, etc. with the Finance Manager
    • Strong working knowledge of and experience with accrual accounting required. 
  • EVENT PRODUCTION 
    • Oversee the financial and logistical/operational elements of the Technical, Operations and Artistic Programming teams 
    • Oversee the creation and compliance of departmental budgets for the Technical, Operations and Artistic Programming departments in collaboration with the Finance Manager
    • Work with all departments to create and streamline departmental systems
    • Oversee communication and coordination between the Technical, Operations, Artistic Programming, Rentals, Sponsorship, Communications, and Development departments
    • Work the the President and Operations Manager to draft and execute contracts for partnership screenings and other event production. 
  • DEVELOPMENT
    • GRANTS
      • Work with President and Development Manager to identify program areas for funding
      • Research and connect with new grant opportunities with President and Development Manager 
      • Oversee the Development Manager to write grant proposals
      • Oversee the Development Manager to renew existing grants and write grant final reports
      • Build and maintain relationships with funders (invites to events, etc.)
      • Oversee the Development Manager on all grant budgets and reports
    • DONORS
      • Oversee the Development Manager in regards to maintenance and expansion of the donor base (invites, calls, meetings, etc.)
      • Identify new donors
      • Plan and oversee at least two annual fundraising campaigns (gala planning, crowd-funding, letter writing, emails, etc.) with the Development Manager
      • Build and maintain relationships with high-level donors
      • With Finance Manager and Development Manager, reconcile Quickbooks with Development CRM
    • MEMBERS
      • Build and maintain member base (call for members, special events, announcements, perks, etc.) with the Development Manager
      • Oversee the Development Manager’s processing of memberships and member/donor communications
    • SPONSORS
      • With the President, provide strategic direction on sponsorships, including setting sponsorship targets and identifying potential sponsors 
      • Aid in negotiating terms and contracts of sponsorship deals
      • Oversee all departments to properly execute sponsorship and partnership agreements.
  • MARKETING / COMMUNICATIONS / AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
    • Lead and manage Marketing Manager and interns in marketing and PR initiatives
    • Oversee the Marketing Manager in development of the vision for marketing plans across various platforms and media
    • Oversee the Marketing Manager in developing, writing and implementing comprehensive annual marketing communications plan
    • Lead audience, member and stakeholder surveys, data analysis and reporting
    • Oversee the Marketing Manager in developing and executing an annual PR plan
  • TECHNOLOGY
    • Research, implement and upgrade office tech, processes and systems based on the changing technology environment
  • OFFICE MANAGEMENT
    • Oversee basic office management, or staff to do such 
    • Rent, utilities, internet, locks, computers, office supplies, etc.
  • OTHER
    • Assist with selection of Filmmakers’ Fund recipients

Requirements:

  • Proven experience as Managing Director or other managerial position
  • An expert multi-tasker with demonstrated experience with prioritizing projects of short and long term scope 
  • Ability to create and implement new systems as needed to get work done efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Applicant should be a proactive, organized, detail-oriented person with excellent communication skills, with demonstrated experience with this type and level of work, ideally in the NYC non-profit arts sector
  • Strong working knowledge of and experience with accrual accounting required 
  • Demonstrable experience in developing strategic and business plans
  • Strong understanding of finance and measures of performance
  • Familiarity with management best practices
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Outstanding analytical and problem-solving abilities

Application Deadline: March 28, 2022
Start Date: May 2022

Compensation:

Compensation is commensurate experience and will be inrange of $70,000 –  $75,000 per year, plus benefits. We intend to fill the position ASAP, no later than May 2022. 

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 MANAGING DIRECTOR to jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Only applications submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please. Applications are due by March 28th, 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.


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 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 Managing Director and President.

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 Managing Director and President
  • Assist in preparation and monitoring of grant proposal budgets and reports working closely with Managing Director and Development Manager
  • Manage vendor and customer relations
  • Manage loans payable/interest and insurance policies
  • Track, process, and enter bi-weekly payroll with Paychex PEO
  • Execute month-end close, including preparation of quarterly financial reports
  • Prepare short- and long-term cash flow analyses
  • Support annual audit
  • Assist with HR duties, including onboarding new employees, benefits administration, and employee record keeping
  • Engage with staff for purposes of financial training, receipt tracking, budget monitoring, 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
  • 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
  • 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:

Compensation could be hourly or salaried, and will be commensurate with experience, ranging from $35 to $50/hr. Please provide salary requirements with your application. Rooftop Films is also open to flexible time and hyrbrid and/or remote work is definitely possible. 

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


Venue Manager

Rooftop Films is looking for a Venue Manager to take a crucial role in the production and operations of our 26th anniversary Summer Series film festival, taking place May through August 2022  at outdoor locations throughout NYC. This is a flexible, creative position, employing a variety of skills. The Venue Manager will assist with in-office preparations for and on-site management of all Rooftop Films Summer Series screenings.

Responsibilities include pre-season preparations, permitting, liaison to sponsors, execution of sponsorship activations, as well as supporting the Operations Manager in general event preparation and execution as needed. Rooftop screens in multiple locations that require unique event management systems and procedures; since there are many venues, each with their own particulars, certain basics change from venue to venue. This position reports directly to the Operations Manager.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • ON-SITE EVENT MANAGEMENT
    • Act as primary liaison between Rooftop Films staff and venue operator/staff to ensure clear communication and that all venue procedures are adhered. 
    • Oversee internal and external security staff in audience safety procedures and reinforce social distancing policies (per city and state guidelines)
    • Coordinate with venue staff and Box Office Coordinator to create a plan for audience traffic flow and procedures
    • Coordinate with Operations Manager and Technical Manager to ensure adequate PPE inventory is maintained and distributed to staff.
    • Manage and lead event support staff 
      • Work  with Box Office Coordinator to ensure smooth check in and audience load in procedures
      • Coordinate with external venue staff and Box Office Coordinator to create and execute audience traffic flow and procedures
      • Supervise set-up of any necessary tables, tents, or other supplies/staging needed for Rooftop Films staff, vendors, and sponsors
      • Oversee crowd flow, ushering, security, audience relations, permit compliance, and safety protocols
      • Oversee daily cleaning procedures and coordinate with third party vendors for deep cleaning as needed
  • EVENT PLANNING
  • In collaboration with the Operations Manager, and other office FOH staff, the Venue Manager will be responsible for the following in relation to events:
  • Assist with securing venue and event permitting (D.O.B, Parks Dept., Catering, etc.)
  • Financial management: track and manage show related expenditures.
  • Coordinate with security, cleaning, facilities and other vendors as needed
  • Create support staff weekly schedules and approve bi-weekly payroll
  • Create and distribute daily event schedules to all staff, venue contacts and partners, as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 3 years event production, house management, venue operations management and/or film festival experience.
  • Possess flexibility, strong organizational, project management, writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Be culturally engaged. A familiarity with and interest in independent film is a plus.
  • An understanding and dedication to our mission.
  • Ability to thrive in a small team environment, to take responsibility and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal staff and external constituencies at all levels. 
  • Supervisory/training experience preferred.
  • Basic computer skills required, including spreadsheets and databases; familiarity with Adobe Creative a plus.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required, including evenings and weekends.
  • Understanding of and experience securing permits a plus.

Start Date: June 2022

Application Deadline: May 27th, 2022

Compensation

Compensation is $960 – $1100 per week The contract period will be June through early September 2022 for the full duration of the 2022 Summer Series and one week of wrap.

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 VENUE MANAGER to jobs@rooftopfilms.com. Only applications submitted in this format will be reviewed. No phone calls, please. Applications are due by May 27th, 2022.


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.


Lead Technician

Rooftop Films is looking for a Lead Technician 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. Lead Technicians are Rooftop Films’ primary technician role on any given event, responsible for the overall execution of a run of show from start to finish with the assistance from a labor crew that they will lead. This position works closely with the Technical Manager and Technical Coordinator in preparatory pre-show logistics, as well as maintaining a concise show-day schedule to ensure the successful execution of the event. Lead Technicians should be experienced individuals with extensive outdoor and indoor event experience and proven leaders with adequate managerial skills.

Lead Technicians mostly 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:

  • Reviewing pre-show materials including runs of show, site layouts, talent arrivals and riders, and labor rosters
  • Being a reliable point of contact for clients, performers, and internal staff alike
  • Leading the labor crew in placement, installation, and troubleshooting of all A/V equipment in tandem with the Audio Engineer, Video Engineer, and stagehand labor.
  • Assessing onsite inventory concisely 
  • Coordinating timing of show moments (audio and video signal checks, doors open, top of show, end of show) with internal onsite hospitality team
  • Executing load in/out schedules safely and efficiently by overseeing and assisting stagehand and AV Leads and their labor

Qualifications:

  • General knowledge of AV and grip equipment (projectors, audio consoles and speakers, signal and power cables/adaptors, generators and power distribution)
  • 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.
  • Valid drivers license and willingness to operate 16’ box trucks

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

Start Date: May 2022

Compensation:

Compensation is $25 per hour and lead technicians 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 LEAD TECHNICIAN 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.


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.