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Film Festival Alliance is looking for an Executive Director!

We're searching for our next Executive Director! 

Please share the details and job description below with anyone you see fit (or learn more about applying yourself!) Applications will be accepted through March 22, 2022. Questions may be directed to hiring@filmfestivalalliance.org

About Us:
Film Festival Alliance (FFA) creates a collaborative global community for mission-driven film festivals. FFA advocates for a sustainable and inclusive environment for our industry within the cinema exhibition ecosystem and creates a powerful collective voice for film festivals and the people who run them.

Founded in 2010 as a program of IFP, FFA was established in 2015 as an independent non-profit networking organization, and now serves a membership of more than 250 organizations and individuals – representing a diverse array of size, geographic location and annual budget. FFA presents year-round professional development, and engagement opportunities around the country, offers valuable money-saving benefits and creates a collective community for festival professionals.

The Role: 
A full job description including details on how to apply can be found here. 

The Executive Director steers the direction and strategy of FFA through programming and partnerships. The Executive Director also serves as the outward-facing leader of the organization for both the membership and the industry at large. The Executive Director oversees the staff to ensure that programming and tasks are completed in an efficient and timely manner and communicates all necessary information to the board of directors.

Key Responsibilities:
Project and Staff Management: Serve as high-level project manager for organization’s work, collaboratively manages staff to set and achieve short and long term organizational and individual professional goals, empowering staff ownership projects and work
Programming: Sets strategic direction for FFA programs, assuring alignment with short and long term goals as well as financial parameters; participates in the execution of select programs

Board Management: Facilitates board meetings, consent agendas and communications with the board; guides board to effective work within expectations of their roles; works with Executive Committee on board nominations and other governance issues as needed

Financial Management: Creates yearly organizational budget and sets financial goals (in collaboration with staff leadership), responsible for managing to a balanced budget, identifying shortfalls and solutions when needed

Fundraising: Leads organization efforts toward grant writing, sponsor proposals, and other contributed revenue goals

Industry Leadership: Serves as the leading face of the organization within the industry and promptly and warmly communicates with membership and stakeholders; develops relationships with allied organizations to create beneficial & strategic partnerships for FFA

Performs other duties, as needed.

Qualifications:
– Significant experience in the film festival or independent exhibition industry
– 3+ years experience in film festivals or comparable events
– Demonstrated experience managing and leading a team to success

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
– Deep understanding of the film festival and independent exhibition terrain, positive relationships with key partners and players
– Robust understanding of non-profit leadership, including experience with fundraising and other nonprofit-specific activities
– Able to communicate and guide a variety of stakeholders (staff, board, partners, members) to success, using strong communication and empathy skills
– Demonstrated management and teambuilding skills, using principles of empowerment and professional development. Must also allow team members with specific skill sets to   utilize said skill sets without micromanaging or interference
– Demonstrated project management talent, able to track details and big picture   simultaneously to progress to goals and deadlines
– Must possess deep analytical and problem-solving skills using judgment that is consistent with FFA’s standards, practices, policies, and procedures. Must also be able to use intuitive decision-making skills more promptly, as needed.
– Past experience successfully managing multiple responsibilities simultaneously with competing deadlines. Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems in a timely manner and proactively develop alternative solutions.
– Must be a dynamic, resourceful, authentic, level-headed leader/professional with the confidence to express a strong point of view and provide honest feedback, and who can work collaboratively to drive the best results for our membership. Must also possess the ability to speak with/listen to a variety of personalities contained with our membership and industry.
– Adept with digital tools (gSuite or similar), WordPress or similar, social media, ticketing platforms, etc.

Work Relationships & Scope:
Reports to Board President. Frequent contact with Executive Committee and all FFA staff. Occasional interaction with other Board members.

The Executive Director possesses all decision-making authority around the organization’s programming and hiring, goal setting, and strategy implementation. Most of this decision-making is done collaboratively with input from staff and at times Executive Committee and Board President, and at times, certain decisions are left solely to the Executive Director – these are typically financial decisions that may not be explicitly accounted for in the budget, final say on hiring contract workers, etc. The Board of Directors possesses sole authority to hire/fire Executive Director and approve the annual budget as recommended by staff.

Hours/Pay/Benefits
This role is a part-time year-round role, with an annual salary range of $47,000-$52,000 paid on a monthly basis. While the position is expected to average 30 hours a week, hours vary from week to week given the rhythms of the work and is exempt from overtime per FLSA federal guidelines. No other benefits are offered.

See the full job description & details on applying here.

 

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