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Instructor of Film and New Media 1 (Academy) Starting 8/28/23

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Interlochen, Michigan
Salary dependent on education and experience and includes complete benefits package.
Posted Date
Nov 11, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Film & Video
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

Position Summary:

Interlochen Arts Academy seeks a dynamic film educator for the Film and New Media division who is eager to contribute to a vibrant program dedicated to the overall development of young visual storytellers. The ideal candidate will have a comprehensive knowledge of visual storytelling and its diverse history, drawn from professional experience as a filmmaker/writer/director and the pursuit of higher education. This is a full time faculty position. The Academy enrolls over 500 students, of which approximately 20% are international, and nearly 25% are ethnic minorities. Interlochen is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minorities and other individuals from underrepresented groups. Interested faculty members may also have the opportunity for an additional contract to teach at Interlochen Arts Camp in the summer.

  • The Film and New Media Division at Interlochen Arts Academy consists of two tracks - Live Action Film, and Animation. This position will work primarily with the live action Film track, with some courses to film majors, animators and non-majors as electives. The teaching responsibilities for this position include 1:1 advisory to film students, courses related to film, directing for camera, directing actors, critical studies & script analysis, and participate as one of the faculty members of the Production Workshop, a class in which the entire community of film students enroll, in all stages of development of screenplays/productions/thesis/portfolio.

  • This faculty position has the unique opportunity to serve as the lead faculty member and to creatively direct a new multi-year documentary project in coordination with the Greenacres Foundation to create a feature documentary that will show how the results of scientific research and close observations of nature make new efforts in sustainability and preservation a clear and emotionally accessible story. Some of this work may occur during the summer months.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach filmmaking, directing and script/beat analysis

  • Oversight of the Greenacres documentary project

  • Teach communication with and blocking of actors for camera, dramatic use of lens

  • Teach critical analysis skills with a diverse incorporation of inclusive and international films/filmmakers

  • Provide group and individualized feedback for student films in all stages of production

  • Attend weekly departmental meetings

  • Attend weekly Community meetings

  • Create appropriate curriculum

  • Collaborate and innovate with other divisions at Academy

  • Participate in other faculty requirements (e.g. advisory, committee work as appropriate, recruitment, screenings/guest series, film festival, tours, Cinema Collective etc)

  • Responsible for organizing day-to-day interactions with their respective students in the Film and New Media division, advising story, pre-production, location production.

  • Help students become independent and capable community minded problem solvers within complex circumstances of filmmaking from script to screen.



Education: MA or MFA preferred, BA or BFA required

Experience: Professional experience expected in a variety of the following aspects of filmmaking: directing and communicating with actors, screenwriting & script analysis, pre production, location production and set etiquette.

Equipment Familiarity: Cinema cameras/lenses, basic lighting packages, sound recorders & microphones

Certifications, Licenses or Special Training:

  • Final Draft Screenwriting software, Adobe Suite and film editing softwares: Premiere, Final Cut, and Avid

Physical Demands:

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 35lbs); to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation, and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

To accomplish this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, each essential function satisfactorily. Regular, acceptable attendance for work (excluding excused absences and periods of leave) is an essential function of the job and must be maintained to be successful. Reasonable accommodations that do not cause undue hardship may be made to help enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Employees who wish to request an accommodation or assistance are responsible for notifying the Organization of their request and engaging in interactive communication with ICA to determine available options.


Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a standard office and classroom environment with extensive internal and external stakeholder contact. Varies according to specific position within the Film and New Media Division; faculty host daily classroom conversations/presentations and also oversee location productions in a variety of settings in all weather, familiar with safety and appropriate use of standard camera, lighting and sound technology.


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Application Material:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript

Safeguarding our students, guests, and employees is a valued mission within Interlochen Center for the Arts. As a condition of employment, Interlochen Center for the Arts requires all new hires to receive various vaccinations, including the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, barring an approved exemption. Prior to beginning employment, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and all new hires will be required to submit proof of vaccination prior to their start date.


World-class educational and cultural opportunities converge on our glorious, 1,200-acre campus through Interlochen Arts Camp, our immersive and multidisciplinary summer arts program; Interlochen Arts Academy, the nation’s premier arts boarding high school; Interlochen Presents, a producer of more than 600 annual performances by internationally celebrated guest artists Interlochen students, and faculty, and  Interlochen College of Creative Arts, a convener for continuing arts education and lifelong learning. Interlochen Online brings the Interlochen experience into the homes of emerging artists around the world, and Interlochen Public Radio broadcasts classical music, local news, and cultural programs far and wide.

Interlochen alumni from around the world lead vibrant, purposeful lives in the arts and beyond, having developed confidence and perspective within our diverse and inclusive community. The Interlochen experience equips young people with an enduring skill: the creative capacity to make a positive impact on their world.

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