Harvard University Harvard Film Archive Programmer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

46778BRAuto req ID:46778BRJob Code:386056 Library Professional Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Harvard Film Archive ProgrammerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • BA required, preferably in film or media studies;

  • A minimum of three years full-time programming experience required, preferably in an academic film archive setting.

  • A minimum of three years administrative and budget management experience.

Additional Qualifications:

  • MA preferred.

  • Knowledge of one or more foreign languages is preferred.

  • Excellent writing and communication skills.

  • Ability to speak in public.

  • Knowledge of international archival and commercial motion picture collections and experience with print loan research, protocol and procedures.

  • Knowledge of different film and video formats and projection technology essential.

  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours is essential.

Additional Information:

Position will remain open until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning September 28, 2018.


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Department:Harvard College Library - Harvard Film ArchivePre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentitySchedule:35 hours per weekJob Function:Library Duties & Responsibilities:

The Harvard Film Archive Programmer is responsible for the research, design and coordination of the HFA’s year-round film exhibition program. Frequent public speaking and writing are involved, and regular administrative and supervisorary duties are assigned to the position.


  • Researches and develops innovative film series for the HFA cinematheque in order to create a formally, ideologically and internationally diverse annual program. Consults regularly with the HFA Director about the over-all design and granular details of the HFA cinematheque calendar.

  • Works closely with the HFA Director on the design of select individual film programs.

  • Oversees HFA cinematheque budget, developing programs within parameters of existing funding. Works with HFA Financial Associate to monitor rental, shipping, promotional, travel and entertainment expenses.

  • Raises funding and support for the HFA cinematheque through grant writing and regular collaboration with university and off-campus cultural organizations.

  • Contributes regularly to the research, composition and copy-editing of text in the printed and on-line versions of the HFA cinematheque calendar. Writes original program notes and works with the HFA Programmer to ensure that notes are created by HFA staff or hired writers for all HFA cinematheque programs.

  • Regularly introduces cinematheque screenings and engages with post-screening conversations with visiting filmmakers. Arranges special introductions and lectures to accompany individual screenings and film series.

  • Consults with faculty, university departments, area studies centers and schools to forge and maintain productive collaborative relationships that are expressed in individual HFA film programs and initiatives.

  • Works with the HFA Programming Assistant to arrange print loans with film distribution companies, filmmakers and archives for all cinematheque screenings. Working with the HFA Programming Assistant, ensures that rights holder’s permission is obtained for all public cinematheque screenings.

  • Working with the HFA Film Technician and Box Office Managers to oversee all technical and logistical details related to HFA screenings and filmmaker visits, lecturers and performances.

  • Works with the HFA Publicist to strategically publicize and promote HFA screenings and special events.

  • Consults with the HFA Collections Archivist on questions related to prints from the HFA Collection.

  • Represents the Archive at regional, national and international film festivals.


  • Supervises team of HFA Box Office Managers.

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