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Allied Vaughn,
The History Makers and Columbia
College are seeking qualified
candidates for their new positions.


Allied Vaughn is one of the fastest growing physical media “On-Demand” companies, whose customers are a who’s who in film, television, and special interest video entertainment – names like Warner Bros., Fox, Sony, MGM, Universal, NBC, Discovery and Disney.


We are looking for an experienced individual in prepress graphics.  You should be self-motivated and comfortable working independently.  Your ability to manage multiple projects through collaboration with clients, vendors and co-workers is a vital asset in this fast paced environment.  


  • Image retouching:  Reworking disc and wrap art files for CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Products
  • Prepping and/or changing various file formats to meet Allied Vaughn specification.  For example, work includes changing a JPG to TIFF file, relinking images, loading fonts, exporting print files, cropping size dimensions, adding barcodes, etc.
  • Taking in files from a variety of sources and clients
  • Ensuring that elements are linked appropriately and fonts are loaded correctly.
  • Packaging and transferring files via FTP correctly


  • Ability to understand the various file types and which is appropriate for a given application
  • Understanding of basic color theory and color correction.
  • Knowledge of building and utilizing templates
  • Knowledge of backing up prints for duplex printing and pagination for booklets

Desired Skills and Experience


  • Two years’ experience in prepress graphics
  • Demonstrated knowledge of graphic file formats, set-up and programs
  • Bachelor’s Degree (four year college or graphics program) or equivalent
  • Proficient in the use of Mac and Windows  applications
  • Some experience with typesetting, image retouching and setting up “press sheets” for cutters and hot folder networks is desired. 
  • Familiarity with the major graphics programs

This position reports to the Director of Operations but is required to interact with multiple areas of our organization. 

Please send a cover letter and your resume to Rick Polizzi, general manager,   See



The HistoryMakers is the nation’s largest  African American national nonprofit organization located in Chicago’s South Loop.

This individual hired must be extremely detailed-oriented and able to effectively multi-task and manage several tasks simultaneously at once with an attention to detail.  Prior experience in migrating footage and/or working in a TV master control environment critical. Knowledge of Photoshop and extensive database experience(FileMaker Pro) important. Knowledge of Final Cut Pro a plus.  The person hired will be expected to be flexible and to work days, evenings and weekends as needed(a total of 50 hours per week).  The position involves data entry and review, migration of its analog tapes to digital using the Samma Solo and procesings new interviews. 


  • Migrate and process video interview footage on a daily basis:
  • Make DVD dubs of The HistoryMakers‘ interviews;
  • Data entry into The HistoryMakers database;
  • Produce reports using The HistoryMakers database;
  • Photo captioning using Photoshop;
  • Troubleshoot equipment and software as necessary.


  • FileMaker Pro
  • IT background(network server administration)
  • Windows/Mac experience
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Photoshop CS5
  • MS Office (Word, Access, Excel)

The HistoryMakers is a growing and dynamic 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an unprecedented national video oral history archival institution recording the stories of both well known and unsung African American HistoryMakers. The goal is to record at least 5,000 oral history interviews and to expose this material to the public through strategic media, technology, academic and community partnerships. 

For a look at our current projects visit: Password: review1234

Send resume to TheHistoryMakers,1900 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616.




Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution of approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students emphasizing arts, media, and communications in a liberal arts setting. 
Position Summary, Job ID: 900197: 
The position reports to the Post Production Manager and provides operational maintenance and first level support of investigation and resolution of hardware, software, networking, security and system design problems, associated with digital video editing systems in the Cinema Art + Science post production facilities.  
Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate and prioritize user issues. Follow up with users on routine problems, referring and documenting more complex problems to the Post Production Manager.
  • Trouble shoot digital editing and finishing workflow issues. Insure both equipment and software calibration and OS compatibility.
  • Perform routine monitoring, maintenance and upgrade of equipment on a schedule appropriate to facility wide compatibility standards as set forth by the Post Production Manager. Provide reports documenting historical and up to date status of equipment and software releases in use.
  • Manage networked student storage servers. Collaborate with other technical staff to build and maintain IT infrastructure; work closely with college IT and Facilities staff to assist with special projects. Maintain student network storage accounts.
  • Assist in the distribution, installation and configuration of software and hardware for CA+S classrooms, faculty and staff. Work closely with CA+S staff on supporting digital workflow in the broader curriculum.
  • Provide curricular support for classes using post production facilities. Prepare documentation and training materials for classes. Teach tutorials and modules of, the post production curriculum.
  • Assist students, faculty and staff with equipment and application use department wide. Troubleshoot and repair Apple and PC systems.
  • Assist with day-to-day operations of computer labs, including opening/closing evening and weekend hours as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a Cinema related field (e.g., Digital Film Production, Post Production, CVFX).
  • 2 – 3 years’ experience communicating with and supporting the technical needs of end users and providing technical support and maintenance for the technical operation and support of video and computer-related facilities.
  • 2 – 3 years’ experience supporting digital workflow in either a commercial/advertising or feature film post production facility preferred.
  • Apple desktop, laptop and server certifications are preferred.
  • Working knowledge of basic network troubleshooting including TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP recommended.

Skills and Experience:

  • Proficiency with current protocols in digital video networking, storage, applications and operating systems for both Mac and PC. Knowledge of film and digital post production workflow.
  • Demonstrated level of proficiency in trouble shooting MacIntosh and PC hardware and operating systems, along with advanced knowledge of digital applications for post-production, motion graphics and digital animation. Knowledge of AVID, Apple and Adobe products, along with an appropriate understanding of specific system requirements for digital editing storage and applications is mandatory.
  • High attention to detail with a demonstrated, proactive ability to organize and respond to varying requests/priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both verbally and in writing, as well as the ability to express thoughts and ideas effectively to others through a variety of media to individuals or groups; demonstrated ability to convey information to non-technical colleagues in a concise and understandable way.
  • Ability to maintain regular consistent and professional attendance, punctuality, and adherence to office protocols and college policies and procedures; a motivated self-starter with a strong work ethic and conscientious about getting the job done quickly and well and knowing when assistance is required in problem-solving.
  • While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to manage complexity associated with a fast-paced work environment and multiple priorities/tasks. The employee will be required to make judgment decisions and adapt to changing work situations, grasp and apply new ideas, communicate with various personalities at all levels and have the ability to lead and innovate.
  • Incumbent may be required to work afternoon, evening, and Saturday hours, with rotating days off throughout the academic year. Hours through the summer months may also vary.
  • This position entails interaction with students and faculty, individually and in class settings, as well as staff, and thus requires an awareness of and comfort with standards of collegiality and responsibility.

Association Status: This is a union position. 
To view the complete job description and apply, please visit: (Job ID 900197) 
Application Guidelines: 
Please submit cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references as ONE document (.doc .docx or .pdf). Have a short, letter characters only, title of the document. Upon successful submission, an e-mail notification will be sent to the e-mail provided in your application. 
Equal Employment Opportunity 
Columbia College Chicago encourages qualified female, LGBTQ, disabled, and minority individuals to apply for all positions.


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