Jobs & Internships

Programming Coordinator

The Nickelodeon Theatre seeks a detail-oriented, self-motivated, and highly organized Programming Coordinator to support all of the Theatre’s public programs. The Nickelodeon’s next programming coordinator should be passionate about cinema, a skilled communicator, and committed to providing the public with an excellent moviegoing experience.  

This is a part time, 25 hr/ week position. $14 per hour.  

The Programming Coordinator reports to the Nickelodeon Director.

Job Duties and Experience

  • Maintain a high-level of knowledge of contemporary and classic cinema.
  • Assist the Nickelodeon Theatre Director in pre-screening and selecting films for possible exhibition at the Nickelodeon Theatre.
  • Reporting to Nickelodeon Theatre Director, create and maintain an annual public programming calendar for Nickelodeon Theatre screenings, proofreading to ensure accuracy.
  • Track correspondence with film booker to ensure timely payments to film distributors.
  • In conversation with Nickelodeon Theatre projectionist, ensure timely and cost-effective print trafficking.
  • Maintain a detailed record of upcoming special events.
  • Research and negotiate film rights.
  • Prepare and write film synopsis for print and web.
  • Prepare professional, polished film introductions, and moderate post-screening Q&As as assigned.
  • Produce 6 trailers annually.
  • Assist in proofreading content for Nick Mag and website.
  • Coordinate the Nickelodeon Theatre Community Partnership program, preparing contracts, maintaining database and fielding all requests.
  • Field requests from the public about possible programs and collaborations.
  • Research guest speakers, panelists, and potential partners for special programs.
  • Coordinate welcome packets and acknowledgement letters for guest speakers.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum one year of administrative experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Extreme professionalism and ability to handle sensitive information.
  • Experience with Excel and some financial management preferred.
  • Knowledgable about cinema.
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere.

To Apply

Interested parties should submit three writing samples (as described below), a cover letter, and a resume to [email protected] in PDF format by July 13 with the subject heading Programming Coordinator. 

Writing Samples:

All applications should include the following writing samples:

  • A film description written for the web (100 words)
  • A film description written for our magazine (50 words)
  • An example of a 4-part film series including an overall series description (100 words) and a list of 4 films.

The Nickelodeon is a 501(c)3 art house cinema and an equal opportunity employer, that has served Columbia and the state of South Carolina since 1979. Our organization does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, class, creed, physical or mental disability.

This position description is intended to describe the general nature of the work performed by the Programming Coordinator. It is not an exhaustive list of the duties required of people in this position and is subject to change.

Columbia Film Society CEO

We will begin screening applications on May 29 and will continue screening until the position is filled.

The Columbia Film Society is looking for a dynamic, forward-thinking innovator to lead one of the most creative and hard working teams in the art house cinema sector. The Columbia Film Society’s Nickelodeon Theatre serves Columbia, South Carolina, as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy and aspiration of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, the Nick provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety. Founded in 1979, the Nickelodeon is South Carolina’s only non-profit arthouse cinema and has played a critical role in the development and growth of the arts space in Columbia, SC and surrounding region.  With a budget that’s tripled in size in the last 5 years, the Columbia Film Society is poised to play an even greater role in the region and nationally.

Job Duties and Experience

General Leadership & Management

  • Leading and managing the staff to best fulfill the mission of the CFS
  • Crafting the vision for the future of organization through building and executing on a strategic plan
  • Leading the organization-wide planning efforts to ensure best use of resources to meet CFS goals
  • Building the brand of the organization and its business units
  • Raising the stature of the organization through deliberate institutional marketing efforts and coordination with the Board and the Leadership Team as resources
  • Directly managing the Nickelodeon Theater Director, the Indie Grits Lab Director, and the Development Director
  • Creating and maintaining an employee culture that drives performance through strong human resource practices
  • Ensuring organizational compliance with all applicable local, state, and national laws and regulations

Development & Finance

  • In collaboration with the Board and staff, creating a financial strategy that includes earned income, individual, corporate, foundation and government income sources
  • Developing long-term relationships with national and local funders that ensure the financial health and sustainability of the organization
  • Leading the process of developing an organization-wide budget that makes efficient use of resources
  • Regularly monitoring the budget and reforecasting if necessary
  • Ensuring management and health of the physical assets of the organization, including projecting and planning for depreciation and replacement costs

Board Management  

  • Effectively and timely communicating the progress of the organization to the Board
  • Engaging the Board in strategic decisions
  • Working with the Board Chair to build and maintain a Board that represents a cross-section of the community and the skill sets needed to provide effective governance of the organization
  • Serving as primary liaison between Board and staff


  • Responding to needs in the community and trends in the field by developing new creative projects
  • Serving as a thought leader in the arts community locally and nationally
  • Documenting and sharing the successes of the organization
  • Participating in industry leadership

Traits and Characteristics

The new Columbia Film Society CEO will be an energetic and hardworking person dedicated to positively transforming his/her community through the arts.  Understanding that art house cinemas like the Nick, and arts education programs like Indie Grits Labs, play a critical role in fostering conversations of importance to our communities, the CEO must be a strong communicator who can effectively listen and respond to the community we serve.  To be successful, the CEO must enjoy working with a creative and diverse team, staying open to new ideas and differing viewpoints while remaining committed to helping his/her team reach its highest potential. Finally, the CEO is someone who will thrive in a challenging environment, working well with a leadership team committed to shaping a brighter and more equitable future for the Nickelodeon, Indie Grits Labs, the art house cinema field, and the city of Columbia.


A candidate should have a minimum of 7 years of experience in nonprofit management, a passion for the arts, strong leadership and project management skills, as well as:

  • Experience managing a team of individuals to meet ambitious goals
  • Experience raising money from corporations, foundations, individuals, or government entities
  • Experience managing an organization, including its budget and staff
  • Ability to be in touch with and reactive to the needs of the local community
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer literacy skills, including familiarity with programs like Quickbooks and the Google suite

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resumé and three professional references to [email protected].  We will begin screening applications on May 29 and will continue screening until the position is filled.

All positions at the Columbia Film Society are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

Download a pdf of the job description here

Indie Grits Labs Internship

Indie Grits Labs at the Nickelodeon Theatre works to foster the 21st Century skills necessary to be an active citizen in our increasingly media-heavy society and to plant the seeds for the film and media artists of the future by offering training, space and resources for the creation and appreciation of media in all of its forms. We are looking for qualified candidates with experience in video production, audio production, editing, media theory, and education that are interested in working with students of all ages to create and engage with media in a critical fashion.

About Indie Grits Labs:

IG Labs will serve the City of Columbia with a strong focus on underserved communities as well as the public at large. With a mix of in-house and off-site programs with several community partners, we offer summer camps, grade specific field trip programs to the theater, after school programs, and adult workshops.

Job Duties and Experience

Come Around My Way / TakeBreakMake Responsibilities:

  • Assist students with Pre-production, Production, & Post-production
  • Work closely with instructors to aid with in-class instructions
  • Assist faculty and volunteers with student engagement and services
  • Maintain and supervise student equipment
  • Digital management of student files and projects
  • Assist students with project research and development
  • Video & Photography Documentation

Media Literacy Labs Responsibilities:

  • Help develop curricula built around media literacy
  • Research films, television shows, and other forms of media that are educational and suitable for lessons
  • Work closely with instructors to aid with in-class instructions
  • Assist instructors with preparation for lessons
  • Video & Photography Documentation


Experience in the following areas a plus:

  • Video production equipment (DSLR or HD Video, Audio Recorders, lights, grip equipment, etc)
  • Digital video editing software (Premiere, iMovie)
  • Digital audio editing software (Garageband, Audition)
  • Compositing or special visual effects software (Photoshop/After Effects)
  • Google Docs, Powerpoint, WordPress
  • Organized multi-tasker with a creative mindset
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. In the subject header please specify: IG Labs Internship.