Assistant Director

Needed competencies and skills

  • Organizational and time management skills
  • ability to plan ahead, trouble shoot and pay close attention to detail
  • excellent communicator, with tact and diplomacy skills
  • must routinely deal with problems and resolve conflicts
  • ability to multi task is crucial
  • Supervisory skills<
  • Leadership skills
  • Approachable team player
  • Authoritative motivator
  • Administrative ability
  • Information technology skills
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to work on own initiative and under pressure
  • Stay on top of things

Career Progression and Training Opportunities

No formal qualifications are required to become an Assistant Director.  Extensive industry experience gained through working on set or on location is the key route to develop the necessary skills.  Most top Assistant Directors start as Runners, before progressing through the other Assistant Director roles (Third Assistant Director and Second Assistant Director then to First Assistant Directors).  This route may take a number of years.  In particular, Assistant Directors need specific experience in planning and budgeting (and how this affects scheduling), as well as in-depth knowledge of, and qualifications in, current Health and Safety legislation and procedures.  Regular Health and Safety training courses should be undertaken, in order to keep this knowledge up to date.  A full driving licence is generally deemed necessary.

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