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Cinematographer & Manager, Production Facilities

Emerson College
Boston Campus

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The Cinematographer and Manager, Production Facilities is a staff expert and leader in the use and operation of production equipment on set, with the know-how to shepherd a project through the production and post-production processes. They will oversee the day-to-day operations of production facilities and act as a training and information resource for the students hired by Emerson Productions.


  • Manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of Emerson Productions' production facilities, including scheduling, maintenance, and equipment inventory
  • Manage a team of production student workers, providing training and guidance as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Production Manager and Creative Producer and other key stakeholders to develop and execute production plans for a variety of projects
  • Serve as the primary cinematographer and lighting designer for Emerson Productions' projects, ensuring high-quality production values
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of industry trends, equipment, and techniques, and make recommendations for improvements to Emerson Productions' facilities and processes
  • Ensure compliance with all safety regulations and protocols for production facilities and equipment
  • Stay abreast of emerging technologies in production and post production. Assist with the implementation of new or expanding technologies, equipment and software impacting the production facilities
  • Establish and maintain contact with existing and potential vendors of equipment and software for future production activities and acquisitions. When requested, attend relevant trade shows, vendor visits, seminars, etc
  • Collaborate with other managers to define goals and establish department objectives. Attend weekly team meetings to discuss ongoing facilities operations, budgets, and client relationships and to review periodic and annual departmental goals
  • Assist with development of collateral materials on relevant equipment, software and best practices
  • All other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS – Qualifications are deemed required or preferred and represent what is needed to effectively perform job.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in film, cinematography, or related field required
  • Bachelor’s Degree in film production preferred. Master’s Degree desirable but not necessary
  • 5+ years of experience in cinematography and lighting design, with a strong portfolio of work
  • 3+ years of experience managing production facilities and equipment, with a proven track record of success

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills, and abilities commonly associated with the job.

  • Strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire a team
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of industry-standard production equipment and software, including cameras, lighting, grip, and post-production software
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Commitment to safety and compliance with all safety regulations and protocols
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work in a high demand and fast-paced academic environment
  • Understanding of Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, DaVinci Resolve preferred
  • Digital Cameras: Canon C500 mk II, Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro preferred
  • Skilled at troubleshooting and performing base-level maintenance and repairs preferred

PHYSICAL ABILITIES – Activities commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and move objects that are 50 lb. or less

WORK ENVIRONMENT – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.

  • This is an on-site position, requiring your presence during regular business hours
  • Infrequent nights and weekends production schedule
  • Office and Production environments


Starting salary for this position will be between $61,058 - $ 74,796 annually, commensurate with experience.

Grade of Position: S-23-08E

Scheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25

This position will be exclusively represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 888 for purposes of wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

In addition to a competitive salary, Emerson College is committed to the health and well-being of our employees and family members. We offer a generous benefits package to regular staff scheduled to work 20+ hours per week.

Benefits include outstanding health plans with limited out-of-pocket expenses, dental plans, generous time-off programs, and a 403(b) retirement benefit with a 9% employer contribution once eligible. Additional benefits such as life and disability coverage as well as commuter offerings are available.

Please refer to our benefits website for a full list of benefits and eligibility requirements.


Located in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and the Commonwealth's State House, in the heart of the city’s Theatre District and bordering its Chinatown neighborhood, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning.

Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands.The College has 5,100 undergraduates and graduate students from  58 countries and all 50 states.

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