Film Institute Director

National High School Institute Film Director

This position is for the National High School Institute Film Division (the “Cherub” program) at Northwestern University, in Evanston.  This is part time work from March through May and full-time work from June 22 – August 4, 2019.

The National High School Institute at Northwestern University is seeking a qualified candidate to run its 5-week summer Film Institute on the Northwestern campus.

Duties Include:

  • Supervise and monitor a staff of approximately 20
  • Structure and coordinate pre-summer and ongoing training for all staff
  • Assist in pre-summer Institute planning and organization, including:
    • Creating elective course catalog and summer calendar
    • Assisting NHSI Director with dormitory and classroom space allocation
  • Lead and direct the day-to-day aspects of the program including:
    • Plan and organize day to day schedule of the Institute
    • Meeting daily with students and faculty for information sharing and instruction
    • Meeting weekly with faculty formally and every day informally to keep a finger on the pulse of every person participating in the program
    • Student placement in Elective and Master Classes
    • Keeping communication between the NHSI office and the Film program current and well-informed.
  • Monitor the health and safety of all students (80+) and staff (20+)
  • Manage overall program content and structure
Skills & Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate is an experienced educator/artist with extensive administrative experience and management skills and a passion for working with teenagers.  Candidate must have a background in film production.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Film, Arts Education, Education or Arts Administration, preferably Master’s degree, or equivalent professional experience


  • 2+ years of experience in teaching youth
  • 2+years in film production
  • Experience managing and supervising a team

Self-Motivated, Creative, Resourceful Educator/Artist

Strong Work Ethic and Commitment to Teamwork
Communication: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with a variety of personalities.
Strong Organizational Skills and Attention to Detail

Salary Commensurate with Experience

To Apply: 

Please go to; click on careers at the bottom of the home page; click on external applicants and search for job title National High School Institute Film Director.

As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.


People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

About the National High School Institute Film and Video Division

Since 1931, the National High School Institute, a nonprofit organization has brought outstanding students to Northwestern University’s Evanston campus for intense educational experiences.  Our Film and Video Arts Division is an immersive, hands-on exploration into stage performance and production.  A rigorous combination of classes and rehearsals provides students with a challenging and inspiring learning environment every day for 5-7 weeks.  Working with professional theatre practitioners from around the country, students receive extraordinary training in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Jennifer Avery
Contact Phone Number: