Job posting - Film Classification Officer

Date: Mar 19, 2024

Deadline: Apr 9, 2024 - 11:45 pm

Job Title: Film Classification Officer 

Posting Date: Mar 19, 2024
Job Requisition ID: 54532
Ministry: Arts, Culture and Status of Women
Location: Edmonton
Full or Part-Time: Full Time
Hours of Work: 36.25 hours per week
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary - up to 12 months
Scope: Open
Closing Date: April 9, 2024
Classification: Program Services 3 Market Adjustment
Salary: ​$2,626.89 to $3,448.73 bi-weekly ($68,561 to $90,011 / year)

Film Classification Officers (FCO) serve the public and the film distribution and exhibition industries by providing an age rating for each film and theatrical trailer shown in a theatrical setting in Alberta. The FCO works as part of a team viewing films and trailers to assign the appropriate age rating. In addition, the FCO provides classification services and/or capacity building to not-for-profit organizations (e.g. film festivals) to assist them in providing content information for film screenings that are open to the public.

FCOs contribute to and promote the website to make information available to the Alberta public, exhibitors, and distributors.

This includes movie ratings, rationale for the ratings, and information about the Alberta classification system. FCOs work collaboratively with exhibitors throughout the province to ensure that accurate ratings and advisories are posted at box offices and that the ratings system is enforced.

The FCO works as part of a team of other FCOs and must be able to work both collaboratively and independently with minimal supervision, to fulfill the requirements of the Film and Video Classification Act and Regulations.

The content being reviewed is highly confidential as it is viewed before public release. As such, the FCO must exercise confidentiality related to the position. FCO's report directly to the Film Classification Team Lead, who reports to the Director of Arts Services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Watch, review, discuss, and classify all films and trailers submitted for classification.
  • Write film classification reports, which are available and accessible to Albertans.
  • Ensure that commercial film exhibitors and non-profit exhibitors have easy access to rating information and comply with legislation.
  • Ensure Albertans have detailed, consistent information to use when making viewing choices.
  • Assist in developing responses to questions and concerns about film classification related issues.
  • Records and data are managed, maintained and preserved.
  • Support other initiatives related to film classification, as required.


A university degree or equivalent work experience in an area related to film classification. e.g. psychology, social work, education, law, film studies, consumer studies, plus two years progressively responsible related experience; or equivalent as described below.

  • A broad knowledge of film, film festivals, film exhibition, film history, etc. 
  • Knowledge of child development, children's media use and related academic literature, and parental awareness of media content
  • Ability to clearly articulate rationale for rating decisions, both orally and in writing 
  • Excellent facilitation skills, experience in community outreach and/or teaching 
  • Ability to manage job-related stress resulting from regular exposure to film content that is disturbing or repulsive such as sexual violence, mutilation, horror, etc.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment with a minimum of supervision.
  • Computer literacy, especially Outlook, database, spreadsheet, word processing and internet research skills

Minimum recruitment standards outline the minimum education and experience required for appointment to a job classification. 

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