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Director / Lead Mentor

Youth Development Australia

Youthworx is a pioneering youth media social enterprise that trains and employs young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in creative and commercial media production. Since commencing in 2008 Youthworx has established an ongoing accredited training program for young people, developed a multi-faceted workshop program, run a number of large funded participatory media projects for marginalised young people and established a production company Youthworx Productions, that employs graduates of the training and delivers professional media services to a broad range of clients.

Position overview

The role of the Director / Lead Mentor is to lead the production process on client jobs within Youthworx Productions while mentoring young emerging filmmakers from disadvantaged backgrounds. This role requires overseeing the production of projects from brief through to finished product. This includes leading shoots, supervising and working on edits and liaising with clients from rough cut through to completion of the finished film. An integral element of the role is providing ongoing supervision and mentoring support to identified mentees (emerging filmmakers) throughout the process. The ideal candidate will be a clear thoughtful communicator, highly organised, have good time management skills and the ability to delegate and prioritise within tight time frames. They will also need to have the experience to remain calm under pressure, be flexible and have the ability to problem solve. A good understanding of the privilege and a passion for creating a more equitable and diverse media landscape is essential.

This role is for 32 hours per week.


  • Work collaboratively as part of a dynamic production team
  • Lead assigned projects and work together with the Producer to understand scope of job brief.
  • Liaise with clients in pre production to establish a production plan
  • Lead shoots while actively mentoring Assistant Youth Producers (AP’s)
  • Coordinate and supervise edits whilst mentoring AP’s throughout the process, offering additional editing where required to bring films to commercial output level.
  • Oversee the implementation of client feedback
  • Lead or support the delivery of participatory media production workshops
  • Strong ability to develop creative concepts; collaborating with Producer from idea generation through to script writing and storyboarding.

Selection criteria

  • Proven ability to engage with young people ‘at risk’ and young people exhibiting challenging behaviours.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in training and group facilitation
  • Ability to produce professional quality media as part of a production team.
  • A sound understanding and ability to implement the practice of confidentiality
  • Excellent written, analytical and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks concurrently and within specific timelines
  • Comfortable to liaise with clients throughout the entire process; from initial meetings through to delivery
  • Experience as a filmmaker with broad range of technical skills (see below)

Technical skills required

  • Proficient with a range of cannon cameras (5D, C100 etc),
  • Knowledge of lighting set-ups and equipment to achieve well-lit interviews
  • Knowledge of basic sound equipment, recording sound via boom and lav mic.
  • High level of expertise with Premier Pro Able to colour-grade footage to achieve a cohesive finished product.
  • Ability to use compatible sound software program to mix sound
  • Basic knowledge of After Effects to create titles.

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