Job Opportunities


The Documentary Center at the George Washington University seeks a Part-Time Technical Instructor for the spring and summer terms 2018 for the Institute for Documentary Filmmaking, a graduate certificate program in documentary filmmaking. Now in its 29th year, The Documentary Center is one of the few programs in the US exclusively devoted to teaching the non-fiction form.

For more information about the Center and its programs, go to: The Technical Instructor is an integral member of the teaching team for the Institute and his or her expertise provides both theoretical and hands-on experiences for the 18 graduate students who matriculate in this intensive 6-month program.

The Technical Instructor is responsible for:

  • Video Production Instruction (Camera, simple three-point lighting, and location sound recording and mixing) in both intensive workshop and regular classroom setting beginning in February and continuing through March. Instruction is interwoven with conceptual and theoretical instruction, which both complement and augment the technical principles.
  • Post-Production Instruction in Adobe Premiere Editing platform (including editing, sound mixing, color correction, and graphics) in both an intensive workshop and regular classroom setting beginning in March and continuing through April.
  • Must be able to instruct students with variable abilities - beginning, intermediate, and advanced abilities - simultaneously in small-group settings. 
  • Supervise all student production and editing exercises including evaluating student work and performance individually and in a group including oral, written narrative, and grade-based feedback.
  • Supervise and manage instructional aides who assist the technical instructor in executing workshops and classroom sessions as well as in-the-field production exercises.
  • Must have a working knowledge of all technical and IT requirements and methodologies that interface production and post-production functions.
  • May provide lecture-based content instruction in various documentary genres dependent upon expertise.
  • Provides daily hands-on support in the finishing processes of color correction, sound mixing, and output for public presentation to ensure a successful student showcase of finished films.
  • Provides story-based, content-driven commentary (oral, written, and grade-based feedback) on story development and its intersection with any and all technical requirements involved.
  • Works with the principal instructor on a daily basis in providing content guidance and technical support once the students begin the two-month production cycle (late April through June 30), including, but not limited to the full production cycle and post-production editing including assembly edit, rough cut, fine cut, and picture lock phases.
  • Provides daily feedback to students on story development and integrates new technical and production-related support as needs continually arise in the evolving production environment based on student story selection.
  • Must have strong sense of documentary storytelling so as to both respond to student inquiries, pitches, and conceptual learning as they all relate to technical requirements and execution in the field.
  • Works in all senses as a partner with the principal instructor so as to provide a robust technical, intellectual, and conceptual learning experience in documentary production for every student.
  • Must be on call 24/7 during both the instructional and production phases of the program in order to troubleshoot technical issues as they arise so that student work can continue unimpeded.

MFA in Documentary Filmmaking or related field is preferred. Intensive experience in production and post-production environments with full documentary-style production credits is required. Previous teaching experience at the college or professional level is required.

Compensation is competitive with university pay scales in a team-taught environment. This position is at the discretion of the Dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

A cover letter and resume should be addressed to:
Nina Gilden Seavey
The Documentary Center
George Washington University
805 21st St. NW Suite 519 MPA
Washington, DC 20052
and e-mailed to:

Questions about this position can be sent to this e-mail address. No phone calls please.