Technical Manager

The Jacob Burns Film Center is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution located in Pleasantville NY whose mission is dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema, promoting visual literacy, and making film a vibrant part of the community. We are seeking a Technical Manager to join our Media Arts Lab Programs team.

The Technical Manager is responsible for leading the curation and maintenance of all equipment for the Media Arts Lab. The position also supports other members of the Lab, including the Media Producer, with production needs as required. The Technical Manager collaborates regularly with the Education and Creative Culture programs within the Media Arts Lab department and supports JBFC colleagues organization-wide.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Tech & Equipment

  • Lead and maintain technical and equipment support for the Media Arts Lab with regards to Education, Creative Culture, JBFC Staff, rentals, and future programs.
  • Lead research into, and management of, production gear and creative technology to support Lab programs.
  • Collaborate with Director of Programs, Media Arts Lab, to equip and support current and future programmatic activity.
  • Collaborate with Tech Team to support all virtual, on-site, and off-site Lab programs.
  • Plan for and manage expenses and budgeting for acquisition, maintenance and repair of all equipment and supplies.
  • Manage and directly supervise technical and equipment support staff.
  • Oversee maintenance of equipment room and technical facilities. Ensure that everything is kept in good working order and authorize and manage repairs or upgrades as needed.
  • Organize and lead regular equipment and technical facility inventory and maintenance.
  • Manage real time troubleshooting of JBFC production equipment inventory and MacOS issues (hardware/software).
  • Propose and implement improvements to the physical production spaces of the Media Arts Lab, with regard for evolving programmatic activity.
  • Support Education and Creative Culture staff in identifying and utilizing appropriate equipment in the Media Arts Lab, out on production, and in school classrooms.
  • Plan and facilitate equipment trainings and production support of fellows, residents, students, and staff as needed.
  • Develop and refine workflows to maximize constituent experience and systems efficiency in our programs, in collaboration with Lab Programs staff as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with Director of Programs, Media Arts Lab, to research, facilitate, and collaborate with current and potential sponsors


Facility Oversight

  • Oversee usage and off-hours security of Media Arts Lab and 5 Grant Street facilities, including regular walk-throughs and appropriate facility opening/closing procedures.
  • Manage facility preparation and operation for all JBFC programmatic activity, special events, and outside rentals.
  • Manage scheduling of Media Arts Lab and 5 Grant Street facilities (through Artifax and complimentary systems implemented by JBFC), in concert with appropriate JBFC staff. Anticipate and resolve space usage conflicts to avoid double booking and/or programmatic overlap.


Content Production

  • Support Media Producer with institutional production and special AV events as required.
  • Support pre-production and planning.
  • Support necessary production roles: camera operator, photographer, sound recordist, etc.
  • Support in post, with feedback on cuts.
  • Manage other appropriate tasks in support of the Media Producer.



  • Support overall efforts of Media Arts Lab department, and organization at- large, as needed.
  • Provide annual planning, production, and event management support to special events and institutional fundraisers.


Other duties and responsibilities

  • Any additional duties related to this position as deemed appropriate by the Department Supervisor.



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred
  • Five (5) + years of relevant experience in film and media production and/or audio-visual facility management
  • Proficiency in production equipment and facility research, maintenance, and training
  • Strong working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, MS Excel and Word, and comfort with equipment and space rental software
  • Experience with budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently or with minimal supervision, meet deadlines, and oversee the work of others
  • Strong organizational, communication


Start date: ASAP

Salary range: $53,000-$58,000

The JBFC offers an excellent benefit package, including:

  • Unlimited PTO after two years of service (23 days of annual PTO for first 2 years)
  • Generous sick leave
  • Fully covered Paid Family Leave (PFL) for all FT staff
  • Summer Fridays
  • 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, including a generous HRA to cover deductibles, as well as a Flexible Spending Account
  • 403(b) plan (non-matching)
  • Potential for flex work schedule (in office vs. remote)
  • Annual Professional Development fund
  • One paid Volunteer Day per 12 month period
  • Office located across the street from Metro North station (Harlem Line)


Please send resume and cover letter to with “Technical Manager 21” in the subject line of your email. No phone calls please.

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The Jacob Burns Film Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring and employment on the basis of race, creed, sex, gender, religion, age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, genetic predisposition and/or carrier status, veteran status, or any other classification as protected by law. Please inform the JBFC if you need any assistance with the instructions provided to participate in our application process. Questions and concerns may be directed to

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