Maternity cover

DEADLINE 29 October 2018 - London, UK

The Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI) is seeking to appoint a maternity cover for our Film Officer, Caterina Sartori. The Film Officer will be expected to work from the RAI’s offices in London and take an active role in the RAI’s core activities and programmes alongside other members of staff. The pursuit of ethnographic film has long been a key part of the RAI’s activities.

The contract is due to commence with effect from 7th January 2019 for 6 months, with potential to extend to up to 1 year. The person coming into post will especially be charged with managing the RAI Film Festival up until its taking place 27th-30th March 2019 at the Watershed in Bristol. The successful application should therefore have some experience at organising events, ideally film events. The post-holder must be in a position to work from and in Bristol over the course of the festival, and for a few days beforehand. Occasional earlier day-trips to Bristol will also be necessary.

It is expected that the Film Officer will have an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology, and to have a genuine enthusiasm for the discipline. Equally important is a demonstrable interest and familiarity with Ethnographic Film and ethnographic film makers, since the role will involve close liaison with practitioners as well as university teachers and researchers using ethnographic film in their work. The Film Officer will need to be a good communicator, competent at using social and other online media, as well as good at face-to-face contact. Event coordination skills and experience will also be especially valuable. Working as part of a small and dedicated team, the successful candidate will be expected to carry out tasks under their own initiative, to work unsupervised, and to lend a hand in more general tasks as required. It should be noted that affinity with modern developments in the digital dissemination of film is a necessary part of the role, as is the accessing, processing and selling of ethnographic films from the RAI’s important film library.

Summary job description

  • The Film Officer is an officer of the RAI working with the Film Committee on film and academic matters and reporting to the RAI Director. The main responsibilities of the role fall under the following headings.
  • Festival manager to the RAI Film Festival held in Bristol from 27 to 30 March 2019.
  • Ongoing management and development of the RAI’s film, video and DVD holdings, distribution, marketing and sales; receiving and advising visitors to the collection.
  • Supervision and care of volunteers and interns as appropriate.
  • External liaison; active development of, and participation in, the RAI’s national and international outreach in the area of film and visual anthropology; and in other areas as opportunities arise. This may involve, for example, proposing films to other conferences upon request.
  • Servicing of the RAI’s Film Committee; liaising with the Committee Chair and members, convening meetings as required; preparing documents and writing minutes.
  • Work with the Director and Film Committee on the development of digital dissemination in order to maintain the RAI up to date with contemporary developments in this area.
  • Active engagement with other RAI operations and staff, harnessing and sharing the potential of film, and related audiovisual media as appropriate.
  • To interact with other RAI staff members and fellows as part of a small but busy team, and lend a hand in other tasks as required (e.g. receiving visitors to the RAI, covering telephone enquiries when the Office Manager is on leave, generally contributing to the day-to-day administration of the RAI).

Person specification

PERSON SPECIFICATION   Essential Desirable
Post Name: RAI Film Officer    
Knowledge & experience Undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree in anthropology *  
  Postgraduate degree in anthropology   *
  Active interest in ethnographic film *  
  Experience in running events, preferably film events. *  
  Experience in making ethnographic film.   *
  Good command or capability of attaining a good command of the digital dissemination of contemporary film media   *
  Experience managing/developing online social media platforms and forums   *
  InDesign, Photoshop and web design (or similar)   *
Communication Excellent command of English, written and oral *  
  Excellent interpersonal and communication
  Ability and willingness to develop the ethnographic sales programme of the RAI *  
  Ability and willingness to work in a small team and contribute to collegiality *  
Decision making Ability and willingness to take responsibility for leading activities related to the ethnographic film activities of the RAI under the guidance of the RAI’s Film Committee and Director *  
  Ability and willingness to take independent decisions *  
General Ability and willingness to work from the RAI’s offices in London *  
  Permission to reside and work in the UK *  


The salary will be £28,700 per annum for a full-time post, temporary for 6 months, with potential to extend up to 1 year and inclusive of London Allowance.

Application process

The closing date for applications is Monday 29th October 2018 by 5pm. Applications, which should consist of letter and CV, including the names and contact details of two referees, should be sent
to References will be taken up for short-listed candidates only. If for any reason, a reference should not be taken up at that point, this should be clearly indicated.

It is likely that interviews will be held on Monday 5th November. Shortlisted candidates will be informed on Wednesday 31st October. Informal enquiries may be addressed to

Starting and end date

The post is for the purpose of covering a maternity leave and the starting date of the position will be 7th January 2019. The contract will be for 6 months, with the potential to extend to up to 1 year. A notice period 28 days will be given of any change.