Full-time: November 1 – 14 (plus final wrap-up document)
Salary Range: $1,300 – $1,500
Location: McNichols Civic Center Building 144 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, Co. 80202
Reporting Structure: Reports to the Denver Film Festival Virtual Reality Manager
Currently, Denver Film requires all staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and is also requiring everyone in its building(s) to wear masks. “Vaccinated” means fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the CDC (i.e., more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine). Denver Film will engage in an interactive process to determine if a reasonable accommodation is available for those who cannot be vaccinated due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief.
Denver Film seeks an Assistant Virtual Reality (VR) Manager to oversee the execution of VR programming for the Denver Film Festival (DFF), the largest premier film event in the Rocky Mountain region that happens across multiple venues over 12 days filled with films, red carpet events, panels, curated virtual reality and immersive experiences, and special events. With more than a dozen VR, immersive, and interactive programs in play, the Assistant VR Manager’s responsibilities are significant in supporting guests and attendees to have the best possible experience.
About Denver Film:
The first Denver International Film Festival was successfully launched in May 1978. Three years later, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Denver Film Society was created to expand opportunities to bring films to Denver that otherwise might not be shown and to celebrate and cultivate film as an art form. Over the years the organization has grown into one of the largest and most respected cultural institutions in the Rocky Mountain region. In 2019, the organization rebranded to Denver Film in an effort to build a more inclusive organization. This effort continues as we focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across our wide array of year-round programs including the Colorado Dragon Boat Film Festival, Women+Film Festival, CinemaQ Film Festival, CineLatinx Film Festival, Film on the Rocks, and the Denver Film Festival. Denver Film operates the Sie FilmCenter, which is the year-round cinematic home hosting over 800 films, education programs, community conversations, filmmakers from around the world, and special events throughout the year.
Our mission is to create entertaining and transformative experiences for the Colorado community through the power of diverse voices in film.
Creativity – We cultivate curiosity and innovation in everything we do to transform lives through film
Community – We strive to create a sense of fellowship with others; we continuously explore ways in which film can foster community
Accessibility – We advocate for the diverse ideas, cultures, opinions, and needs of our communities. With focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
Professionalism – We act with respect, integrity, and competence. We are accountable for our actions and choices
Excellence – We challenge ourselves to mindfully curate films that educate, inform, and invoke thought provoking conversations
Collaboration – We embrace partnership and teamwork, working collaboratively to build community through film
What You’ll Do:
The VR Manager will play a critical role in ensuring all VR initiatives are properly operational during the festival, hardware is updated, the software is running smoothly, and all systems are in place to provide the best possible experience to all festival attendees and VR creators. Responsibilities include:
Assist with load-in and setup of the VR and immersive experiences
Set up VR stations, update hardware, install software, and troubleshoot technical issues
Train volunteers and support them with technical issues
Identify and repair technical issues in a fast-paced environment
Guide festival attendees through the VR and immersive experiences
Help break down the VR and immersive experiences on the final day of the festival
Write and deliver a comprehensive wrap report following the conclusion of the festival
Work cooperatively with all appropriate DFF staff and volunteers to ensure the lines of communication are open, needs are clear, and the experiences are running smoothly.
Work to support the festival overall and the needs of the virtual reality and immersive staff and volunteers
Ensure that Denver Film’s high festival standards and the expectations of guests are met before, during, and after the festival
Who You Are:
The ideal candidate will be a skilled problem-solver who can communicate clearly with internal and external stakeholders. This individual will have previous festival production/operational experience and will utilize their strong organizational skills to develop and execute plans quickly and efficiently, making adjustments as needed. Familiarity with virtual reality programming and immersive experiences is an important asset for this position. The VR Assistant Manager should have a strong commitment to delivering quality content and engaging, unique experiences to attendees and guests.
How to Apply:
Please visit DenverFilm.org to submit your application. Also required in the application process is a cover letter. You can submit your application below.
Denver Film is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment policies and programs of Denver Film are nondiscriminatory in regard to race, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. All potential candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color, immigrant, living with a disability, low-income, or LGBTQ+ are highly encouraged to apply.
The review of applications begins October 6, 2021, but the deadline for applications is October 11, 2021. If your application is moved forward, the application process may involve 1-2 interviews with Denver Film staff members.