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The 50th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 9-23, 2014.  The Festival unites film lovers and filmmakers from around the world with the belief that movies can involve an audience by challenging, entertaining, and inspiring them. In order to produce such an event, the Festival annually hires a group of dedicated individuals to work both at the Festival office and at off-site venues during the months of August through October.

Basic requirements:

  • detail-oriented hard-workers with strong organizational skills;
  • the ability to learn quickly;
  • the ability to work in a very fast-paced environment;
  • knowledge of Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel.

These seasonal positions usually entail long hours, and employees are expected to devote as much time as necessary to complete their tasks.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to Managing Director Vivian Teng No phone calls, please. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews immediately.

2014 Available Seasonal Positions


Marketing Manager
The Marketing Manager will oversee all aspects of the marketing operation including development and implementation of marketing strategy and plan, media sponsorship fulfillment, materials production, and promotions.  Direct the coordination of all marketing, advertising and promotional activities with an emphasis on sales-based marketing targets. The Marketing Manager will work closely with the Publicity team to ensure audience development and event awareness. Must have 2-3 years of non-profit or arts marketing experience, strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Social Media and familiarity with Chicago.

Print Traffic Coordinator
Confirms, tracks, and monitors the transportation of and oversight of hundreds of film prints coming to the Festival from around the world. Ensures the prints are delivered to the right venues during the Festival for screenings. This is a very multifaceted organizational position that requires great attention to detail and the management of a large body of information. Must have excellent communication and time management skills and be level-headed and meticulous. Previous experience with print traffic and familiarity with film projection is desirable. Valid drivers license and proficiency with Microsoft Office are required. September 25 – October 24.

Operations Assistant
Reports to the Operations Manager and Managing Director to assist in the organization of all operational and logistical aspects of the festival. Must be detail oriented and have a driver’s license. Mid-September-October 24.

Special Events Manager (FILLED)
Oversees all special events at the Chicago International Film Festival including red carpets, gala receptions, filmmaker dinners, tribute events, after-parties, etc. Duties include planning and execution of all events, coordinating with venue and vendors, ensuring a high standard of event production.  Long hours are required. Must have 5+ years of special events management experience. August 15 – October 24.

Merchandise/Information Assistant (FILLED)
Responsibilities include assisting Festival patrons with ticketing and general information; answering questions about Cinema/Chicago’s year-round programs; sales of Festival merchandise. Must have exceptional inter-personal skills and be detail-oriented. September 25 – October 24.

Volunteer Manager (PENDING)
Duties include coordinating all planning and scheduling of festival volunteers, conducting new volunteer orientation meetings, delegating volunteer tasks and responsibilities, and inspiring volunteer team. Will work closely with Venue Manager and Theater Managers to ensure coverage of volunteers where needed. Must be detail oriented and possess strong communication skills. Long hours and weekend hours are required. Mid-September – October 24.


Transportation Manager
Duties include managing the schedule of airport pick-ups and drop-offs for all festival guests, overseeing the drivers’ schedules, and attending to guests’ local transportation requirements. Must have familiarity with the downtown locations and traffic conditions. Good driving skills, detail orientated, polite with professional manner. Last week of September – October 24.

Theater Manager(s)
Duties include managing theater volunteers, maintaining a high standard of guest servicing, controlling crowd traffic, admitting audiences, survey and Audience Choice ballot distribution and collection and coordinating the last-minute rush tickets sales with the Ticketing/Box Office Manager, liaison with the theater projectionists during screening interruptions if occurred. Long hours and weekend hours are required. October 2 – October 24.

Jury Coordinators
Duties include attending to the main Jury, acting as a local escort to the Jury members. Good driving skills and familiarity with the city of Chicago are required. During the Festival only.

Duties include providing ground transportation to Festival guests in provided vehicles and ensuring they arrive in a safe and timely manner. Hours are flexible, but may involve some evening and weekend hours. During the Festival only.

TICKET SERVICES (please email resume to

Ticketing Manager (FILLED)
Works under the supervision of the Managing Director to oversee all ticketing activities for the Festival, including telephone, mail, online and automated ticketing system. Strong familiarity of Ticketmaster system is strongly preferred but not necessary. In-house training will be provided. Good customer service skills and ability to balance accounts and prepare deposits required. Must schedule employee hours, supply ticketing reports and time sheets, and oversee ticket fulfillment and disbursement. Location will vary amongst Festival office, box office(s), and off-site store locations. Full-time, some evening and weekend hours required.

Ticketing Associates
Works under the supervision of the Ticketing/Box Office Manager to sell tickets for the Festival. Knowledge of automated ticketing systems is preferred but not necessary. In-house training will be provided. Good customer service skills and ability to balance accounts and prepare deposits required. Location will vary amongst Festival office, box office(s), and off-site locations. Flexible schedule, evening and weekend hours required.

Hotline Supervisor (FILLED)
Works with Ticketing/Box Office Manager to manage the Festival ticket sales through telephones, mail orders, and automated ticketing system. Requires good administrative skills. Must schedule employee hours, supply ticketing reports and time sheets, and oversee ticket fulfillment and disbursement. Mid-August through the end of Festival. Some weekend hours required.

Hotline Sales Agent(s)
Works under the Hotline Supervisor to process telephone and mail order sales of Festival ticketing through the TicketMaster system (training will be provided), and answer informational inquiries. Must be polite, have good communication skills and professional phone manners. Mid-September through the end of the Festival.