DEADLINE 6 March 2020 - UK

RAI Film Officer & Festival Manager
Job Share (0.5, 2.5 days a week)

Further particulars:
The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is seeking to appoint a Film Officer. This position will be a half-time job share with the current Film Officer Caterina Sartori. The Film Officers will be expected to work together to deliver the objectives entailed in the role, and to take an active role in the RAI’s core activities and programmes alongside other members of staff.

The pursuit of ethnographic film has long been a key part of the RAI’s activities. The Film Officers are responsible for the running of the film activities at the RAI, which include the distribution of ethnographic film (digital and DVD), the organisation of the biennial RAI Film Festival, and other film-related events throughout the year. In addition the Film Officers will carry out administrative duties, act as secretary for the Film Committee and support the general day-to-day activities of the institute. It is expected that the Film Officers will have an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology, and have a genuine enthusiasm for the discipline. Equally important is a demonstrable interest and familiarity with ethnographic film and ethnographic film makers, since the role will involve close liaison with practitioners as well as university teachers and researchers using ethnographic film in their work. The Film Officers need to be good communicators, competent at using social and other online media, as well as good at face-to-face contact. Event coordination skills and experience, especially in the field of film festivals, will also be especially valuable. Working as part of a small and dedicated team, the successful candidate will be expected to carry out tasks in close collaboration with colleagues, as well as to work unsupervised, and to lend a hand in more general tasks as required. It is essential that they subscribe to, and are ready to work within the framework of a job share.

Summary job description

The Film Officers work at the RAI’s premises in London. They liaise with the Film Committee on film and academic matters and report to the RAI Director. The main responsibilities of the role fall under the following headings.

•    Ongoing management and development of the RAI’s film distribution, marketing and sales; including administering royalties with the long-term aim of ensuring the stability, economic viability and expansion of the RAI’s ethnographic film programme.
•    Festival managers to the biennial RAI Film Festival.
•    Supervision and care of volunteers and interns as appropriate.
•    External liaison; active development of, and participation in, the RAI’s national and international outreach in the area of film and visual anthropology; and in other areas as opportunities arise.
•    Servicing of the RAI’s Film Committee; liaising with the Committee Chair and members, convening meetings as required; preparing documents and writing minutes.
•    Work with the Director and Film Committee on the development of digital dissemination in order to maintain the RAI up to date with contemporary developments in this area.
•    Active engagement with other RAI operations and staff, harnessing and sharing the potential of film, and related audiovisual media as appropriate.
•    Assist with other RAI events, including research seminars and workshops, and the RAI’s biennial anthropology conference.
•    Interact with other RAI staff members and fellows as part of a small but busy team, and lend a hand in other tasks as required (e.g. receiving visitors to the RAI, covering telephone enquiries when the Office Manager is on leave, generally contributing to the day-to-day administration of the RAI).

Person specification

PERSON SPECIFICATION   Essential Desirable
Post name: RAI Film Officer    
Knowledge & experience Undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology *  
  Postgraduate degree in anthropology   *
  Active interest in ethnographic film *  
  Experience in making ethnographic film   *
  Good command or capability of attaining a good command of the marketing and digital dissemination of contemporary film media   *
  Experience managing online comms on websites and social media   *
  Photoshop and WordPress (or similar)   *
Communication Excellent command of English, written and oral *  
  Excellent interpersonal and communication
  Ability and willingness to develop the ethnographic sales programme of the RAI *  
  Ability and willingness to work in a job share and contribute to collegiality generally in the RAI *  
Decision making Ability and willingness to take responsibility for leading activities related to the ethnographic film activities of the RAI under the guidance of the RAI’s Film Committee and Director *  
  Ability and willingness to take independent decisions *  
General Ability and willingness to work from the RAI’s offices in London *  
  Permission to reside and work in the UK *  


The salary will be £15,192 per annum for a two and a half day a week post (equivalent to full time salary of £30,384) plus 10% pension, permanent after probationary period, inclusive of London Allowance.

Application process

The closing date for applications is Friday 6 March 2020. Applications, which should consist of letter and CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, should be sent
to References will be taken up for short-listed candidates only. If for any reason, a reference should not be taken up at that point, this should be clearly indicated.

It is likely that interviews will be held towards the end of March. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 31 March 2020. Informal enquiries may be addressed to

Starting and end date

The starting date of the position will be 1 May 2020.