Northwest Film Forum Executive Director Position Opening

From: Adam Sekuler (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Apr 25 2008 - 17:05:29 PDT

For Immediate Release - lease Post Until 27 May 2008

Northwest Film Forum Executive Director Position Opening

April 2008

Northwest Film Forum in Seattle seeks an Executive Director to pilot
the thriving, growing non-profit film arts organization. The
Executive Director takes the lead in shaping the vision of the
organization, oversees all of Northwest Film Forum’s operations,
spearheads development and fundraising efforts for the organization,
and is the chief advocate of the organization’s mission to its
members, its stakeholders, to the community at large, and to the
cinema community world-wide.

Overview of Northwest Film Forum:

Northwest Film Forum is a Seattle-based non-profit organization
operating innovative and award-winning film exhibition, production,
and education programs year-round. Noted Seattle arts critic Regina
Hackett has called Northwest Film Forum “the dominant one-stop shop
for the city’s cultural life.”

Annually, Northwest Film Forum supports over 600 filmmakers, aids in
the production of nearly 80 original works, exhibits more than 200
separate film programs, and offers more than 60 workshops. The
organization’s facilities include two cinemas that are open 360
nights a year (120-seat and 50-seat, equipped for 35mm, 16mm,
Super-8, and digital projection and live theatre), workshop space,
editing rooms, and filmmaker offices. Northwest Film Forum’s
operating budget has grown over 35% in the last three years and is
currently over $600,000. The organization now operates with a staff
of nine under the Executive Director. These include Managing
Director, Studio Director, Program Director, Technical Director,
Associate Program Director, Communications Director, Children’s
Cinema Curator, Assistant Technical Director, and Business Manager.
More than 80 volunteers support almost every aspect of the
organization. The organization currently has nearly 1000 members.


· full-time, year-round programming, featuring numerous guest
artist presentations

· innovative programs in collaboration with other disciplines
(music, dance, theatre, visual arts, etc.)

· Local Sightings Film Festival and Children’s Film Festival Seattle

· film director retrospectives, including outside touring programs

· film programs that are toured nationally

· the cinemas also function as satellite venues for numerous film
festivals, including the Seattle International Film Festival


· innovative “Start to Finish” program, in which the organization
directly supports the production, completion, and distribution of a
feature film by a selected artist

· commissions 35mm shorts through ”Signature Shorts” program

· Super-8, 16mm, and digital production gear and post-production

· sponsorship, assistance, and support for filmmakers in all phases
of production

· fiscal (umbrella) sponsorship of independent film projects


· year-round workshops in all aspects of cinema, from the technical
to the aesthetic

· youth filmmaking programs, both year-round and summer intensive

· master classes with visiting guest artists

The Role of Executive Director:

The Executive Director is responsible for guiding the vision and
growth of

all Northwest Film Forum projects and programs, managing the

staff, and leading development and fundraising activities in
collaboration with the board and staff.

The Executive Director...

· plays a critical role in shaping and maintaining the culture and
identity of the organization;

· represents the face of the organization, acting as spokesperson
both internally and to the community at large;

· drives the development of special programs and new initiatives;

· leads the effort in building and maintaining strong relationships
between Northwest Film Forum and the rest of the film arts community,
the commercial film industry, diverse community groups, and with
artists and arts groups from other disciplines;

· oversees the day-to-day operations of the staff and the facility,
manages department heads and conducts their annual reviews, and runs
staff meetings;

· reports to the Board of Directors, serves as an ex-officio member
of the board, and is expected to attend board meetings and act as the
primary liaison between the staff and the board; and

· plays a leadership role in board development.

Qualifications and Experience:

The ideal candidate for this position…

· is deeply passionate about film as art;

· is knowledgeable about and experienced in film production,
exhibition, and education;

· is able to shape, articulate, and implement the vision and goals
for the organization;

· has experience in non-profit and film arts management;

· has proven capacity in non-profit fundraising and strategic
planning and will be able to open up new avenues of financial and
community support for the organization;

· is an excellent manager of human resources, nurturing the
collaborative spirit and providing guidance and support for the staff
without dictating or micro-managing;

· is able to communicate frequently and effectively with the
organization’s board, staff, membership, and donors;

· has well-established connections in the film arts community

· is able to balance a bold, aggressive artistic vision with fiscal
responsibility; and

· is eager and able to represent Northwest Film Forum in the best
possible light to the arts community, the city, and the world.

Compensation & Benefits:

· Salary: $40,000--$45,000, depending on experience

· Vacation and sick leave

· Medical, dental, and vision insurance

· Free popcorn

To Apply:

Submit a resume and a letter of interest which briefly addresses the
following questions: (Maximum length of two pages please)

What are the most interesting changes and challenges for independent
film exhibition today?

What are the key issues facing independent filmmakers today?

Please send your materials by post or email to the address below.

Deadline: May 27, 2008
Mail materials to: Executive Search Committee

c/o Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave, Seattle, WA, 98122

Email materials to: email suppressed

Northwest Film Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages
candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

For further information on Northwest Film Forum, our community, the
position, and application materials, please see
No phone inquiries, please.

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