Cinematographer & Production Technician

Full-Time, Permanent Position, Non-Exempt 

Compensation Range: $70k - $75k + benefits, DOE

WHO WE ARE

BAYCAT is an innovative nonprofit media production company comprising a professional Studio and a youth Academy. Our work addresses racial, gender and economic inequities in the media industry by building equitable pathways to employment for diverse storytellers. Through the education and employment of aspiring young Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, transgender and non-binary media makers in the Bay Area — and through our production work for socially-minded clients — we are changing the stories that get shared with the world.

WHAT WE CARE ABOUT

  • Creating positive social change through storytelling, design & media.

  • Giving a voice to those misrepresented or underrepresented.

  • Doing well and doing good. As a social enterprise, we're a sustainable nonprofit business model.

  • Excellence. High quality of services in education and media production.

  • Building community, diversity, inclusion & equity from within and with all our partners.

WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE

Cinematographer:

  • Executes and leads camera work on set

    • Designs, transports, sets up, and operates production equipment, including camera, audio, and lighting equipment, for field and studio productions;

    • Manages the raw footage storage after each production: organize files, and upload to the server and Dropbox;

    • Leads camera work on set and/or supports other DPs for productions; and

    • Attends required production check-in meetings and pre-production creative meetings.

  • Develops visual storytelling style

    • Through pre-production and production, works with the studio team to further develop our visual style to best support each story;

    • Thoughtfully incorporates asset-framing and anti-racist practices into storytelling structures to best represent subjects and further BAYCAT’s mission;

    • Regularly monitors industry trends to stay up to date and continue pushing our techniques;

    • Participates in team meetings, rough-cut reviews, and client meetings; and

    • Facilitates and attends required production check-in meetings.

  • Mentor

    • Provide supervision and mentorship to interns, apprentices, and/or youth involved with projects you are working on and during professional presentations; and

    • Support Studio team with maintaining a network database and finding Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQ talent, both in BAYCAT’s alumni pool and within the Bay Area creative community.

Equipment Technician:

  • Maintains all equipment to optimal condition and organization; performs preventive maintenance on equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budgetary constraints; updates and monitors equipment database;

  • Advises necessary staff on the technical specifications and usage of technical equipment required;

  • Regularly reviews equipment needs to ensure Studio and Academy needs are met and that we are staying up to date with industry standards; and

  • Makes recommendations to Studio and Academy teams regarding purchases of video equipment; purchases, leases and/or borrows equipment as needed, within specified budgetary limits as advised by the Production Supervisor or Studio Director.

THE DETAILS

  • This is a permanent full-time salaried position. 

  • Compensation Range: $70k - $75k + benefits, DOE

  • Benefits include: Medical insurance paid 85% by BAYCAT, dental and LTD/Life insurance paid 100% by BAYCAT, annual wellness stipend, home office setup stipend, monthly internet reimbursement, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), annual professional development stipend, 4 personal days off per year, 15 holidays per year, 2.5 weeks accrued vacation to start, 8 days accrued sick time, paid 30 min lunch, no meeting Fridays. 

  • Location: This role will be a hybrid virtual and in-person role onsite at our San Francisco, CA location, with the occasional flexibility to work from home.

  • Must be able to work 40 hours per week. BAYCAT observes a meeting-free Friday and encourages all team members to use Fridays to catch up on work as needed.  

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter and resume to work@baycat.org. No phone calls, please. 

 

Application process and estimated timelines:

6/9/22 → Application closes

6/1/22 - 6/29/22  → Rolling Interview Process (2 rounds + references)

7/6/22 → Final offer made

 

EOE. We strive for a workforce as diverse as the community we serve.

Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.