Career opportunities at Catalyst

Catalyst is an international creative production and performance learning community based at the extraordinary Funkhaus. Our courses span electronic music production and performance, music production and sound engineering, film production, tech arts & visual effects, and acting and follow a progressive educational approach. We provide students with a safe space to dream big, grow their own greatness and build a life they love.

Our international team of professionals work under a progressive work model called Holacracy - a decentralised management system where decision-making is distributed throughout different circles that hold clear and driven purposes and all feed back to our core values. Working with purpose means that our roles and accountabilities adapt to always align with our purposes and this provides for a flexible and dynamic work and collaboration amongst our team members.

What can you expect from us:
- Opportunity to learn and exchange experiences with a vibrant creative community
- Dynamic and fast changing work environment
- Encouragement to express yourself and take initiative in shaping your role
- Freedom to express yourself within your specific academic focus
- Possibilities to develop yourself as teacher as well as a music professional

Current open positions at Catalyst

See the open positions and consider joining the Catalyst community.

Programme Lead - Visual Effects, Digital Arts and Animation B.A. (Hons)

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced professional to refine and run our Visual Effects, Digital Arts and Animation B.A programme. As the programme lead you will be tasked with developing, enhancing and delivering a cutting edge B.A (Hons) programme according to your own practical experience in the industry, whilst aligning with our teaching and learning philosophy. You will have the support of multiple roles within the organisation, both to ensure cohesion between all of our courses and to get inspiration from what we’ve done before - but your hands will be free to develop the course that you feel will excite, motivate, and create the best possible space to learn in.

Below you’ll find a list of responsibilities that the programme lead role carries, along with more details. This position is a part-time position and can be structured around other professional work. The actual hours offered will depend on the subject areas that you can teach and the amount of teaching that is available. We encourage applications from adaptable and flexible individuals who are looking for new opportunities to grow! We look forward to hearing from you!
Purpose

Upholding the vision and direction of the programme through thorough planning, development and refinement processes.

Key Accountabilities

  • Key Accountabilities
  • Setting out objectives, vision and strategy
  • Designing programme content, course structure, schedules, outlines, and delivery methods.
  • Managing, and providing educational support and planning for tutors.
  • Helping to design appropriate spaces and equipment.
  • Developing marketing copy.
  • Interviewing prospective students.
  • Communicating with potential students about the course.
  • Advertising for, interviewing, hiring and onboarding new tutors.
  • Developing projects and module handbooks with tutors in line with module descriptors.
  • Running weekly team meetings.

About You
You may have many or all of these qualities/experiences:-

  • Strong pedagogical background, with a relevant B.A/M.A to back it up.
  • Relevant industry experience with a strong creative portfolio.
  • Strong communicator speaking and writing in English at a high level.
  • An interest in progressive education methodologies (PBL a bonus).
  • Highly developed real-world teaching practice.
  • Efficiency in designing and carrying out administration processes.
  • Ability to critique and guide the teaching and assessment of others.
  • Experience in conceiving, developing and enacting planning strategies.
  • Achieving great results with ideas rather than large budgets.
  • Happy to get your hands dirty and be a team player

You should be able to demonstrate that you are exceptionally capable with evidence of earlier real-world roles/ projects to prove your abilities.

We will be testing your capabilities and role fit as part of our interview process. Short-listed applicants may work a trial day as part of the interview process.

Next Steps
Please describe to us (in 500 words) why you’re the perfect fit for the job. Please send that text in the body of your email with your most recent CV attached as a PDF to the indicated email address. Email this to [email protected] with 'Visual Effects PL' as a subject.

Tutor - Music

About the role

We’re currently looking for experienced freelance tutors to join our team here at Catalyst Berlin. We are interested in applicants with industry and academic experience in one or more of the following areas:

-Music Production (beyond bedroom production)
-DAW based tools, techniques and processes
-Proficient in Pro Tools to a professional level
-A vision for Music Production and how it could be taught
-Music Production Technology
-A broad understanding of musical and compositional concepts

Key accountabilities

Writing and developing schemes of work and content for workshops.
Delivering classes, workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Monitoring student progress and providing academic support.
Assessing and grading student submissions.
Providing feedback to programme lead and attending programme meetings.
Experience with online teaching would be beneficial.

About you

Prior experience in teaching preferable.
A bachelor's degree or higher, or equivalent industry experience.
Fluent in English, both spoken and written (other languages are a bonus).
Ability to deliver different narratives with an inspiring personal perspective.
An open mind and supportive approach to teaching.
Strong motivational skills to draw students into study.
Interested in helping to build a growing creative community.
Willingness to develop your teaching capabilities .
Available to teach weekly between mid-September 2022 and mid-May / end-July 2023 (depending on different semesters and not including semester breaks and holidays).
Ability to adapt and improvise when necessary.

What can you expect from us

Opportunity to learn and exchange experiences with a vibrant creative community.
Dynamic and fast changing work environment.
Encouragement to express yourself and take initiative in shaping your role.
Freedom to express yourself within your specific academic focus.
Possibilities to develop yourself as teacher as well as a music professional.

Next steps

Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in 500 words your perspective on music education and how you feel it could develop (in PDF format). Please also include your most recent CV (in PDF format). Link to some examples of your work or portfolio (if available) - this can be included in your CV document.

Please email us your application documents to [email protected], include ‘Music Tutor’ in your subject.

We will be accepting applications until 29.08.2022. Relevant candidates will most likely be invited for initial online interviews between 30.08. - 09.09.2022.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tutor - Film Production B.A(Hons)

Role

We’re looking for enthusiastic and experienced freelance artists, professionals and academics for our teaching team in the Film Production B.A. and M.A. programmes. We are primarily interested in applicants with artistic or industry expertise and academic experience in the following areas, but open to receiving applications with other expertise:

  • Directing for Film
  • Producing & Production Management
  • Film Financing, Development and Distribution
  • Film History, Context and Analysis - with a range of diverse global and micro-contexts
  • Advanced Cinematography
  • All-rounder: Advisor(s) for First Year Filmmakers

Below you’ll find a list of responsibilities that the teaching positions carry, along with more details. This position could be anything from a few hours to a few days a week, depending on the skills you have to offer and the amount of teaching that is available. We encourage applications from adaptable and flexible individuals who are looking for new opportunities to grow!

Purpose

Upholding the vision and direction of the programme through thorough planning, development and refinement processes.

Accountabilities

  • Writing and developing module handbooks and schemes of work.
  • Attending weekly team meetings.
  • Setting assessments in line with learning outcomes.
  • Writing and developing module content.
  • Preparing exciting content for lessons (Including lesson handouts).
  • Delivering classes, workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials.
  • Monitoring student progress.
  • Assessing and grading student submissions.
  • Providing feedback to programme lead.
  • Carrying out second marking.
  • Completing module reports.
  • Attending programme meetings.
  • Providing academic support for students.

About you
You may have many or all of these qualities/experiences:-

  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written (other languages are a bonus).
  • An open mind and supportive approach to teaching.
  • Strong motivational skills to draw students into study.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent industry and teaching experience.
  • Interested in helping to build a growing creative community.
  • Artistic or industry experience.
  • An interest in progressive film/acting education methodologies (PBL a bonus).
  • Highly developed real-world teaching practice at Higher Education level.
  • Ability to critique and guide the teaching and assessment of others.
  • Achieving great results with ideas rather than large budgets.
  • A team player.

You should be able to demonstrate that you are exceptionally capable with evidence of previous real-world roles/ projects to prove your abilities with a deep knowledge and practical understanding of working in a higher education environment.

We will be testing your capabilities and role fit as part of our interview process.

Next steps
Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in 500 words your perspective on education and how you feel it could develop in the future. Please also include your most recent CV, and email both to [email protected] with the subject “Film Production Tutor”.

Marketing - Paid Advertising Specialist

Role: This position is part-time / hybrid and 2 days per week.

The Paid Advertising Specialist’s main purpose is to maximise the potential audience engaging with our website and offers through engaging online advertising campaigns and cost-effective paid advertisement strategies. 

Accountabilities

  • Building and optimising paid advertising campaigns across both Google and Facebook/Meta platforms (these include Google Search, Display, YouTube, FB and Instagram).
  • Creating dynamic paid ad strategies and adjusting to real-life data input.
  • Integrating admissions timeline and communication milestones into advertising campaigns.
  • Providing clear and easily-digestible reporting which will enable actionable insights for the team.
  • Developing and implementing the paid marketing strategy, maximising the efficiency and effectiveness of an annual budget split across an international target audience.
  • Supporting the Storytelling & Admissions circle with weekly catch-ups and reviews.

About you

You may have many or all of these qualities/experiences:-

  • Experienced in building and optimising paid advertising campaigns across both Google and Facebook/Meta platforms.
  • Experience in creating dynamic paid ad strategies and adjusting to real-life data input.
  • A data-wizz who is able to provide clear and easily-digestible reporting which will enable actionable insights for the team.
  • Organised, self-motivated and keen for autonomy within a team working towards a common goal.
  • Proactive in keeping up to date with the latest trends in digital marketing.
  • Happy to get your hands dirty and be a team player.
  • A passion for the creative arts and an interest in any of our subject areas would be beneficial!

We will be testing your capabilities and role fit as part of our interview process. Short-listed applicants may work a trial day as part of the interview process.

Next steps

Instead of sending a traditional cover letter, describe to us in 500 words your perspective on education and how you feel it could develop in the future. Please also include your most recent CV, and email both to [email protected] with the subject “IT Support & Help Desk Technician”.

IT Support & Help Desk Technician

Role: This position is part-time

Across our offices, classrooms, and studio production facilities for film and music, you will work closely with our IT Administrator and broader technical support team to deliver desktop, laptop, and other user device support for our students and team.

Key accountabilities

  • Installing and configuring computer hardware, software, systems, networks, printers and scanners.
  • Troubleshooting and maintaining software, computer systems and networks.
  • Responding in a timely manner to service issues and requests.
  • Providing daily break/fix support for hardware and software.
  • Repairing and replacing equipment as necessary
  • Testing new technology.
  • Analysis and diagnostics and escalation to the System Administrator, as needed.
  • Inventory of IT devices.

About you

  • You're native to both Mac and PC environments.
  • You have strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • You have experience in Level 1 and 2 Desktop Support.
  • You are interested in learning more about film and music production IT environments .
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written (German is a bonus).
  • An open mind and supportive approach are your tools in every interaction.
  • You are interested in building a growing creative community.
  • Bonus - You have networking and scripting (bash/zsh) experience.

Closing date: July 25th, 2022
Interviews starting: August 1st, 2022
Ideal start date: August 10th, 2022

Submit your CV for future vacancies

If there are no open positions but you're interested in sharing your CV, interning or skill-sharing please feel free to send us en email: [email protected]