FYI--Job Opening--San Francisco Cinematheque

From: DOMINIC ANGERAME (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jan 17 2008 - 20:36:17 PST

Position Available:

Executive Director, San Francisco Cinematheque

The San Francisco Cinematheque, one of the oldest and
most respected presenters of experimental media in the
country, is seeking an Executive Director. A
successful candidate must possess a proven track
record as a fund-raiser in the areas of foundation,
corporate, and individual donors; strong leadership
skills; and a passion for experimental media. The
Executive Director must also bring exceptional
financial, managerial, and marketing experience and a
significant knowledge of current international and
domestic experimental cinema practice and
presentation. Because the creation and delivery of
moving-image art is constantly evolving, the selected
individual will have the opportunity to oversee a
programming philosophy that builds on the legacy of
The San Francisco Cinematheque while celebrating new
visionary work. The Executive Director reports to the
Board of Directors and is supported by two part-time
staff (30 hours and 16 hours).


Direct and manage the artistic and financial
development of the organization, in pursuit of the
mission of the San Francisco Cinematheque: to educate
and develop audiences for experimental media.

Oversee day-to-day operations of the organization;
guide, mentor, and manage current part-time staff,
interns, and volunteers to ensure audiences, artists,
and educators experience a courteous and reliable

 Maintain long-established high programming standards
by featuring imaginative guest curators and traveling
programs and artists, by fostering collaborations with
other arts institutions, and by presenting educational
forums and exhibitions.

 Create multiyear programming and event plans, in
collaboration with the board and staff, and
partnerships with local, national, and international
organizations, government agencies, and arts
organizations to ensure the vibrancy and visibility of
the Cinematheque.

Direct all development efforts, including grant
writing and reporting, membership drives, and donor
development; foster earned income opportunities and
audience development.

Publicly represent the organization at Cinematheque
programs, at screenings of colleague organizations, at
gatherings within the grantor community, at local
policy forums, and at other Bay Area visual arts

 Manage the financial operations of the organization,
using “best practices” nonprofit fiscal procedures and
standards. Prepare an annual budget for board
approval, and supervise and monitor cash flow and
monthly income and expense reports for Board review,
in consort with administrative staff and an
independent bookkeeper.

Coordinate and facilitate a rigorous marketing plan to
promote the Cinematheque and its programming
initiatives, research archive, Web site, and online
and print publications.


Three years managerial experience in a nonprofit arts
presenting institution; preference to those candidates
specifically involved with experimental moving-image

Demonstrate a background in successful grant writing,
individual donor development, and the creation and
implementation of an annual strategic fund-raising

Knowledge and appreciation of experimental media, from
legendary forbears to current artists working to
expand the boundaries of moving-image expression.

Excellent writing ability, proven public-speaking
experience, and good interpersonal communication

Familiarity with print, press, and online promotion,
and the production of effective marketing materials
for these outlets.

Experience and enthusiasm working with a small,
dedicated staff and committed intern and volunteer

Background in special-event production, including the
successful integration of board members and energetic

Excellent organizational, administrative, and
financial experience geared to the capricious nature
of current funding for the arts, and the business
acumen to increase revenue from earned income and
corporate sources.

The ability to think strategically to implement the
Cinematheque’s priorities through a coherent plan of
imaginative programmatic strands, audience
development, and education

A sense of humor and energetic passion for nonprofit

Compensation and Benefits

Salary and Benefits: $40,000 to $45,000 per annum,
depending on experience; 35-hour workweek (flexible
day/eve schedule); health and dental; three-week

To Apply

Submit a resume, writing sample, relevant ancillary
materials, and a letter of interest explaining the
particular strengths you would bring to the position.
Apply via email suppressed or mail to:
Search, Attn: Gail Silva, San Francisco Cinematheque,
145 Ninth Street, Room 240, San Francisco, CA 94103.
No phone calls, please. Deadline for receipt of
applications: January 28, 2008.


The San Francisco Cinematheque is an equal
opportunity, affirmative action employer.


The Organization


Founded in 1961, the San Francisco Cinematheque is
widely recognized as a vital contributor to the growth
of experimental cinema in the United States. From the
early years of Bruce Baillie and Chick Strand to the
present, it has offered a consistent venue for the
West Coast premieres of the most influential and
respected moving-image artists. Its publications have
provided an indispensable forum for discussion,
dissemination, and development of many of the most
promising and fruitful new directions in cinematic
expression. Today, the Cinematheque continues to
strengthen this legacy by presenting the most exciting
experimental media from the Bay Area, the nation, and
the world and by serving as a lively forum for
educators, students, and audiences.



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