Technical Assistant - New York

New York Film Academy, New York, New York

The New York Film Academy was founded in 1992 on the belief that a top-quality education in filmmaking should be accessible to anyone with the drive and ambition to make films. The school opened at Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Center in New York City, and has expanded worldwide to include campuses in New York; Los Angeles; Miami; Sydney, and Gold Coast, Australia.

The mission of the New York Film Academy is to educate students interested in the field of visual storytelling. NYFA courses have been designed to increase students’ creativity and technical expertise through an intense regimen of hands-on and classroom instruction. The Academy’s goal is to enrich its students as visual storytellers by helping them realize their personal artistic visions. NYFA’s expectations center on the growth of each student as a creative individual.


Under the general supervision from the Sr Director of Operations & Administration and the Equipment Manager, will assist and provide be hands on assistance with the safety of technical equipment for film shoots, events, and other day-to-day related to job responsibilities.


The following responsibilities are general duties that a particular employee in this position may or may not be required to perform. The day-to-day duties required of this position may vary.

  • Oversee students and ensure their proper technical and safe use of equipment.
  • Offer technical assistance to students.
  • Set up equipment for classes, events, performances, etc.
  • Set up/film live events. (i.e. graduations, guest speakers, performances, etc.)
  • Adhere to film/TV production safety guidelines
  • Work as additional film/TV crew on certain workshops.
  • Safely pack and deliver equipment to and from locations.
  • Label and deliver media.
  • General technical assistant support for school.
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Equipment Manager and the Sr Director of Operations & Administration, and by senior management


  • Broad knowledge of the industry and professional related experience
  • Camera knowledge: Sony, Blackmagic, Canon: 5D, C100, C300, RED Scarlet,
  • RED Epic Dragon, DSMC2, Arri SR, Arri 535B
  • Audio knowledge: Audio Recorders: Zoom, Roland, Sound Devices, Wireless Lavaliers
  • Grip & Electric experience required.
  • A/V experience preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds including student, faculty and staff.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent skills in database management and record keeping.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong customer service skills with the ability to meet and serve the public, both in person and by telephone, tactfully and effectively.
  • Ability to work well in a team atmosphere.
  • Perform basic math
  • Understand written procedures, write routine documents, and speak clearly; and understand multi-step written and oral instructions.
  • Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes:
    business telephone etiquette; computer operation/skills; and office methods and procedures standard office software.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to analyze and present complex data.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ethical / Honest - evidence of the practice of a high level confidentiality.
  • Service and Action oriented – does what it takes to meet the expectations of customers.
  • Collaborative – enlists information from all sources to ensure the best solution to an issue.


  • Bachelor's degree preferred. Experience may substitute for required education up to 4 years
  • Film/video production experience required.
  • Experience providing technical support on film shoots and art events.
  • Experience driving box trucks or lift gate trucks preferred.
  • Experience working in an higher education, academic setting.
  • Experience working in a fast pace, multi-tasking, results drive environment with attention to detail.
  • Intermediate proficiency with Microsoft Suite – Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint

New York Film Academy (“NYFA”) is an equal opportunity employer. Prospective employees will receive consideration without discrimination because of race, creed, color, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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