Multimedia Trainer

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

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Position Summary:

Based at the Critical Media Lab (CML), in the Department of Anthropology, the Multimedia Trainer will serve as the Associate Director of the Critical Media Lab. The Multimedia Trainer will work closely with CML directors, student coordinators and collaborators in CML. They will provide practice-based classes in critical media production and postproduction,and one-on-one support for the creative work of McGill students and faculty. They will also work with L4E staff and faculty and support the training of L4E PhD fellows, postdoctoral fellows, and other multimedia spokespersons for the Ecozoic. The individual will maintain the production lab, audiovisual equipment and CML and L4E websites; serve as an in-person presence and coordinator for the daily running of the lab space; and assist with curation and dissemination of creative work, fundraising, outreach, and event planning, and with other L4E members in strategic communications.

An important focus will be to further the vision of CML and L4E through the creation of multimedia projects that engage with Ecozoic themes. This position allocates time for the Multimedia Trainer’s own creative work and supports the development of independent projects that advance the A4E/L4E vision of building a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of critical media makers at McGill University and UVM.

About Leadership for the Ecozoic:

The Ecozoic represents a vision for the future founded on mutually enhancing relationships between human

societies and the planetary community of life. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the

Anthropology for the Ecozoic the L4E Strategic Plan, and, more broadly, the L4E community and activities.

Primary Responsibilities of Associate Director/ Multimedia Trainer:

  • Attend and represent CML at L4E meetings and activities, and coordinate with L4E staff.

  • Serve as in-person facilitator of the CML lab, and be present on campus during the work week. 

  • Provide technical support for  CML-L4E events held in the lab.

  • Work with students involved in the Critical Media Club.

  • Organize production and post-production equipment; itemize and test equipment, maintain the lab and provide technical support for video, audio, film, and computer hardware, as well as all Software.

  • Prepare and provide training on technical workshops for faculty and students on sound production, post-production sound, DSLR filmmaking, editing in Da Vinci, 35mm motion picture and still work, and visual storytelling, with each workshop consisting of four sessions of three hours.

  • Support CML directors in the teaching of courses in Sensory Ethnography and Sound, for the fall and winter semesters respectively.

  • Lead and facilitate film series and workshops as well as disseminate work online, with other media collectives to organize screenings, exhibitions, and installations in Montreal and beyond.

  • Connect with other media collectives in Montreal, e.g. Cinéma Moderne, La Lumière, GEMLab (Concordia University) and Sense Lab (Concordia University).

  • Develop and direct outreach strategies to support growth of Ecozoic media; in collaboration with L4E associate director, establish and coordinate L4E Development Plans focused on strategic communications, advocacy and social media.

  • Organize and oversee an annual screening series to attract media makers working on themes that are relevant both to ML and the L4E community.

  • Provide training and professional expertise to L4E students, faculty, visiting scholars and postdoctoral students regarding technical production and post-production.

  • Work with students to develop dissemination strategies for their work (through CML and L4E websites, festivals, and in collaboration with local and international eco-activist media collectives).

  • Develop an inventory of all equipment and a system for checking out and returning equipment.

  • Maintain all production and post-production equipment, as well as editing stations in good working order.

  • Assist with the development and maintenance of L4E and CML websites and listservs; upload and manage the curation of student work on both sites; design and develop dynamic digital platforms for showcasing creative work produced through A4E/L4E and CML.

  • Coordinate with L4E Cartographer, CICADA community-based video research associate, L4E PhD fellows and faculty in creating L4E and Territories of Life content, including professional video content for L4E, A4E, Territories of Life Partner Communities, and the L4E strategic communications plan.

  • Assist with identifying internal and external funding source, and help with drafting applications. Develop longer-term funding strategy for CML’s A4E/ L4E/CICADA. Liaise with McGill administration, development office, and Teaching and Learning Services at McGill to capitalize on and expand financial and infrastructural investment in CML.

Qualifying skills

Three years of related experience, and a good working knowledge of DSLR, 16mm and 35mm filmmaking, post-production skills, and sound recording. Established record of internationally recognized critical media production engaging with ecological issues, broadly construed. Strong interpersonal skills and experience working effectively with multiple stakeholders. Excellent communication, writing, documentation, and planning skills. Self-motivated with the ability to work well with multiple, cross-functional teams. Good team player with a strong focus on delivering results to meet the unit needs. Proficiency with computerized applications including Microsoft Office Suite. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills in both English and French. MA/MFA/PhD preferred.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree 3 Years Related Experience /

Annual Salary:

(MPEX Grade 04) $58,470.00 - $73,090.00 - $87,710.00

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time)


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