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Film Scoring Instructor

Position overview

Position title: Instructor
Salary range: $2,700 per course, per quarter. Courses are typically 33 hours per quarter.

Application Window

Open date: July 7, 2023

Next review date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date.

Position description

UCLA Extension is the open-access, self-supporting continuing education division of UCLA. It is considered one of the top institutions of its kind, offering to more than 35,000 students per year approximately 4,500 classes and non-degree certificate programs to meet the professional development, continuing education and personal enrichment needs of the full spectrum of nontraditional students as well as companies and organizations throughout and beyond the Los Angeles region.

Course / Program Description

The Department of the Arts offers a wide variety of certificate programs and courses, including post-baccalaureate credit-bearing (400-level), continuing education (CEU) credit, and non-credit bearing general interest courses.

Course disciplines in the Entertainment Studies Program span subject areas such as Business and Management of Entertainment, Film & TV Development, Producing, Directing, Acting, Cinematography, Post-Production, Film Scoring, Independent Music Production, and Music Business. Our courses and certificate programs offer students the opportunity to learn from highly qualified practitioners who are passionate about teaching.

Job Description

Applications to teach are accepted throughout the year in order to fill immediate program needs and to increase the depth of the instructor pool, but interviews will only be scheduled with qualified applicants who can fill anticipated openings.

Film Scoring Instructor Search
Qualified applicants possessing teaching experience and professional experience in the following area(s) are encouraged to apply:
-Film Scoring
-Instrumentation
-Orchestration
-Composing for Video Games
-Composing for Animation
-Recording, Mixing, & Editing Techniques for Film Composers

All instructors should have current or recent professional experience in Film Scoring so that they can help students understand and navigate the evolving landscape of film composition today.

Classes are primarily offered in-person. There are also a handful of online classes that are offered either remotely (via Zoom) or entirely online (non-synchronously). Classes that are held in person or remotely via Zoom meet once a week for 11 weeks, typically on evenings from 7-10pm PT or on the weekend. Online classes are asynchronous (no live interaction) and deadline driven. All courses use Canvas, an online course support platform, for distributing course materials, syllabi, assignments, and feedback.

Instructor Duties

• Develop or update course syllabus to meet campus approval requirements, in consultation with the UCLA Extension Program Director and Program Manager.
• Use subject-matter expertise to impart knowledge to students and leverage additional resources appropriately to enhance the curriculum (i.e. make arrangements for guest speakers, etc.)
• Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning
• Update materials periodically, and regularly monitor course evaluations in order to make adjustments and improvements to the curriculum.
• Utilize Canvas as a course support platform in in-person/ remote via Zoom courses, and as the delivery platform in online and hybrid courses.
• Post final student grades to the transcript system in a timely manner, no later than 2 weeks after course end date.
• Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
• Communicate with Program Director and Program Staff in a timely manner.
• Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: completing all new hire paperwork, submitting updated quarterly syllabus, posting bio and photo on the UCLA Extension website, accepting quarterly contract, submitting required textbook orders, and communicating classroom needs to the appropriate people.
• Participate in required orientations and instructor training programs.
• Assisting in occasional program activities such as open houses, guest lecturing, community events.
• Employ culturally sensitive teaching methodologies in the classroom inclusive of both domestic and international student populations.
• Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in the field of Screenwriting.
• Respond to student inquiries about final grades and consult with Program Director as needed.
• Maintain a record of final grades for up to 13 months following the last class session.

General Employment Information

Employment as a UCLA Extension Instructor is dictated by contract terms and conditions. Please take the time to read the UCLA Extension Instructor Employment Policies.

For information on UCLA Extension instructor benefits, please visit Pay, Benefits, & Privileges.

Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AEDI) is one of UCLA Extension’s guiding principles. We strive to extend access to UCLA, our programs, and services to underrepresented communities and populations, while serving as a model organization for AEDI in the field of continuing higher education. Committed to attracting and retaining diverse staff & instructors, UCLA Extension welcomes your experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. Please visit our website dedicated to our AEDI efforts as an organization: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion @ UNEX.

Special Conditions of Employment

Because Extension is a division of UCLA, all Extension degree-credit instructors and courses must be formally approved according to the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California. Eligibility to teach a course is contingent upon this formal academic approval. Once approved, teaching assignments are “by agreement.” The Instructor’s Contract outlines the deliverables for the course, the course schedule, and the compensation terms, subject to Extension policies and procedures. UCLA Extension makes no commitment to hire an instructor until it has sent and received a signed Instructor Contract. Should the course section an instructor plans to teach be cancelled for any reason, the Instructor Contract, including rights to compensation for future section meetings, is voided.

In an effort to promote and maintain a healthy environment for our students, visitors and employees, UCLA is a smoke-free site. Smoking is prohibited within the boundaries of all UCLA owned, occupied, leased, and associated building and facilities.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Professional experience in the area that you apply to teach in.
• Must be committed to the highest level of academic standards and integrity.
• Current knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in subject area.
• Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence.
• Proficiency in or willingness to learn the use of instructional technology and online teaching tools, even if your assignment is in person or remote via Zoom.
• College-level and/or continuing education teaching experience. (preferred)
• Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance. (preferred)

Preferred qualifications

• College-level and/or continuing education teaching experience. (preferred)
• Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance. (preferred)

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume - Your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae / Resume.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

References will be conducted through SkillSurvey 3rd party service.

Apply link: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF08633

Help contact: ehr@unex.ucla.edu

About UCLA

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy, please visit https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/apm/apm-035.pdf.

For the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, please visit https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/1001004/Anti-Discrimination.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA