Learning Resources Specialist - Narrative and Emerging Media (Los Angeles, CA)

The New American Film School

Job description:

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks Learning Resources Specialist in the area of film and television practice. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), fiscal-year, fixed-term academic professional position based at ASU California Center at Herald Examiner Building, in Los Angeles, California.

Under the administrative direction of the Program Director, the Learning Resources Specialist coordinates and directs the activities and functions of the Program for Narrative and Emerging Media (PNEM) - a best-in-class research, teaching and gathering venue, with a focus on diversifying the demographics of who gets to create and distribute narratives using emerging media technologies in the areas of arts, culture and nonfiction. The Learning Resources Specialist independently ensures that the goals and objectives of PNEM within course development, production, fundraising, and management of immersive content are accomplished in accordance with priorities, time limitations and funding limitations, to create a center of excellence, bring together pioneers from diverse communities, push underrepresented narrative in technology, and use innovative techniques for practice and policy, all strongly anchored in ASU’s larger purpose of inclusion. Learning Resources Specialist will work primarily out of the new Herald Examiner Building (HEX) in downtown LA although a hybrid of remote and in person may be possible. Some travel to other ASU campuses may also be required.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About The Sidney Poitier New American Film School

The Sidney Poitier New American Film School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is dedicated to training the next generation of cinematic storytellers, digital media artists and innovators of the imagination. With a foundation in ethical and collaborative creative practices, hands-on instruction with industry standard technology, and focused pre-professional training and career planning, we aim to be the most inclusive, most affordable and most innovative film and media production program in the country. Our award-winning faculty combines years of industry success with a passionate commitment to teaching and student success, and our graduates jump-start their careers through engagement with Film Spark, our Los Angeles-based industry relations hub. In The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, each student's unique creative vision and career aspirations are brought to life, giving voice to communities, stories and ideas that can be shared and treasured on screens in cinemas, in our homes, or in the palms of our hands. For more information on The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, visit film.asu.edu.

About ASU California Center at Herald Examiner

The Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles stands out as a cultural landmark in a modern city. As the new home of ASU in Los Angeles, the ASU California Center at the Herald Examiner Building represents ASU’s growing evolution as a university of global impact. The ASU California Center provides students from all of ASU’s campuses the opportunity to make connections within Los Angeles and engage industries through jobs and internships. The new location also helps expand access to higher education for California students and life-long learners through undergraduate and graduate degree programs, executive education, workshops and seminars. The Sidney Poitier New American Film School will run multiple programs from the California Center, including our Semester in L.A. program, a film BA transfer program, along with workshops and seminars.

Required qualifications:

  • Master's degree in field appropriate to area of assignment and 3 or more years demonstrated experience in VR/AR/XR
  • Demonstrated success and recognition in creating work that exemplifies inclusion, diversity, equity, and social engagement
  • Demonstrated experience in leading production in immersive content (VR/AR/XR)
  • Demonstrated experience in event production (masterclasses, panels, keynotes and pitch sessions)
  • 5+ years experience leading XR festivals and events
  • 5+ years experience in fundraising for cultural institutions
  • Demonstrated experience in managing high profile international curriculum and course development in the film and XR industry ecosystem
  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring group of professionals in XR ecosystem

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to develop proposals for external funding of projects set within an academic institution.
  • Skill in planning, budgeting, implementing and evaluating VR/AR/XR and other projects within an academic framework
  • Knowledge of processes to conduct needs assessments
  • Experience in designing training materials and presentations to meet needs assessed
  • Ability to implement training, session reviews, and follow-up procedures
  • Knowledge of processes for dissemination of results through presentations, reports, and publication
  • Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships and establishing and facilitating work teams

Application deadline:

The application deadline is September 4, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. (See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

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COVID-19 Vaccination Arizona State University is a federal contractor and subject to federal regulations which may require you to produce a record of a COVID-19 vaccination. For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s webpage.

Instruction to apply:

Please submit the four following items:

  1. a curriculum vitae including contact information for three references
  2. a letter of interest
  3. a diversity statement of up to two-pages detailing your approach to, and evidence of, diversity and inclusion through creative work/research
  4. links to a portfolio of up to three representative works.

All applications must be submitted electronically via apply.interfolio.com/111192

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