Instructor of Film Production and Film Theory
Job Details
New Roads School - Santa Monica, CA

In an authentically diverse community reflective of Los Angeles, New Roads prepares young people for life by developing in them a personal dedication to learning, a respect for independent thinking, an expanding curiosity about the world and its people, and a commitment to the common good.


In alignment with the school's Mission, Statement of Philosophy, and Commitments, the New Roads Middle School Program provides tools to participate intellectually, socially, politically, and morally, “to read well and write clearly,” “to reason and to question thoughtfully, soundly, critically, and ethically,” “to invite and seek to understand contradictory and complementary perspectives,” and “to listen and and understand empathically.”


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Teach middle and upper school film production courses including film theory, film production, and film analysis
  • Assist in producing three department film festivals
  • Responsible for writing curriculum in collaboration with the Film and Digital Media Department Chair
  • Have a commitment to assisting in the assessment, growth, and success of the Film and Digital Media Program.
  • Provide students with opportunities and support in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, the exploration of ideas, and the development of leadership qualities
  • Maintain and communicate high expectations and boundaries in a consistently kind, clear and respectful manner.
  • Maintain a climate of trust and mutual respect, which encourages students to risk asking questions, expressing their opinions, and making mistakes necessary to the learning process.
  • Differentiate for individual students based on their unique learning needs so all students are appropriately engaged and challenged
  • Ensure students are engaged through activities and technology that accommodate various learning styles, personality styles, behavioral styles, and the need for physical movement.
  • Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students on their progress towards meeting big goals by frequently checking for understanding and formative assessment
  • Communicate respectfully and thoughtfully with parents/guardians, remaining sensitive to different families’ cultures,values and needs.
  • Show concern for and nurture the student’s intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and aesthetic development.
  • Show a commitment to supporting the holistic development of the student, both inside and outside of the class
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom by establishing and enforcing rules and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students' progress and development
  • Participate in department, school, and parent meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Specifications:

  • Ability to teach basic fundamentals of filmmaking (screenwriting, producing, cinematography, directing, editing)
  • Ability to teach Film Theory (understanding of  the social, historical, and cultural importance of film)
  • Tech Savvy:  Strong understanding of filmmaking applications (iMovie, Premiere Pro, Final Cut)
  • Equipment Savvy: Basic understanding of Film equipment (cameras, sound and lighting gear)
  • Ability to edit for the production of film festivals
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specification of the position
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional growth
  • Support and participation in the school’s commitment to continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and commitment to, New Roads’ mission statement and  philosophy and approach to education.
  • Demonstrate commitment to access, equity, and inclusion and working with a diverse community.
  • Solid organization, communication, and writing skills
  • Excellent classroom management skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Passion for teaching and understanding of and respect for students’ individual learning styles
  • Passion for personal and professional growth
  • B.A. degree required in Film or related field.
  • 3+ years teaching experience required in Middle and Upper School

ADA Requirements:

New Roads School is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities, and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary.

  • Ability to lift and carry Film supplies/equipment weighing up to 10lbs.

Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, no later than the first date of work, and to receive any and all COVID-19 vaccination boosters recommended for fully vaccinated persons by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and/or the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, unless employee requests and the School grants an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement as a reasonable accommodation for employees disability or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Interested candidates must submit an online application and upload a cover letter and resume.  Submitting a Digital Portfolio/Reel/Website is optional.  All documents should be submitted at: