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Department Technical Director

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Posting date:


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Position Number:


Position Title:

Department Technical Director

Department this Position Reports to:

Film and Media Studies

Hiring Range Minimum:


Hiring Range Maximum:


Union Type:

Not a Union Position

SEIU Level:

Not an SEIU Position

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Employment Category:

Regular Full Time

Scheduled Months per Year:


Scheduled Hours per Week:


Location of Position:

Hanover, NH 03755

Remote Work Eligibility?:

Onsite only

Is this a term position?:


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Is this a grant funded position?:


Position Purpose:

Directs use of Film and Media Studies assets, including facilities and equipment spaces and studio spaces. Responsible for computer station hardware & software installation and upgrades, local server maintenance and administration, and overseeing asset purchasing. Provides support in the development, implementation, and oversight of film and video projects for students and faculty.


M – F, 8am – 5pm

Required Qualifications - Education and Yrs Exp:

Bachelors plus 3-5 years' experience or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Qualifications - Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in film or related field.
  • Possession of management skills and ability to contribute to a healthy departmental culture.
  • Demonstrated experience and proficiency with shooting and editing a variety of film and video projects.
  • Familiarity with digital video, 16mm film, animation, and digital imaging hardware and software.
  • Ability to keep-up with rapidly changing audio-visual technologies and techniques.
  • Evening and weekend availability required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts degree.
  • Three to five years of video production, filmmaking, computer, and internet experience, particularly in a collaborative environment with multiple colleagues.
  • Adobe/Apple/Avid/BlackMagic/Audio Engineer/Electronics Technician certification.

Department Contact for Recruitment Inquiries:

Roopika Risam

Department Contact Phone Number:

Department Contact for Cover Letter and Title:

Roopika Risam, Associate Professor

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Background Check:

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, conduct review, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Is driving a vehicle (e.g. Dartmouth vehicle or off road vehicle, rental car, personal car) an essential function of this job?:

Not an essential function

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Dartmouth College has a Tobacco-Free Policy. Smoking and the use of tobacco-based products (including smokeless tobacco) are prohibited in all facilities, grounds, vehicles or other areas owned, operated or occupied by Dartmouth College with no exceptions. For details, please see our policy.

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Faculty Support

  • Works closely with department faculty in preparation of courses, including media resources and software/hardware/equipment implementation and workshop support.
  • Works with faculty and class TAs to produce final student public screenings.

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Student Support

  • Participates in the direction of student independent study projects.
  • Supervises student use of computing stations, including providing workshops on best practices and strategies for use of department lab spaces.
  • Provides creative and technical guidance to students enrolled in film and video production.

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Department Support

  • Supervises Department Technical Manager and Film & Media Studies Intern.
  • Assures active status of department facilities (classrooms, screening room, studio spaces, edit suites) and schedules maintenance work as needed.
  • Responsible for student computer station and software installation and upgrades, including management of local Avid NEXIS server.
  • Keeps up with rapidly changing audio-visual technologies while at the same time supporting older, established ones; researches and purchases equipment and software.
  • Works with faculty and Department Administrator in archiving student and faculty media projects and resources.
  • Works with Departmental Administrator for budgeting and purchasing needed assets and maintenance.
  • With Department Chair and Administrator serves as department liaison for extra-departmental requests for use of facility spaces such as studio or computer labs.

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Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.


Performs other duties as assigned


Dartmouth welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds, with varied experiences, and a range of talents, who are motivated to learn, develop, and achieve success. 

Inspired by its unique New England setting, Dartmouth is dedicated to effecting positive change within a community where everyone collaborates to generate knowledge, engage with the global community, and enhance their personal growth and purpose.

Join a welcoming environment that fosters exploration and promotes teamwork. Here, you'll discover inclusive spaces, open opportunities, and a culture that values diverse identities and perspectives.

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