Chicago Filmmakers Hiring for New Program Manager

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APPLY HERE: Position Summary: Chicago Filmmakers is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Program Manager to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a well-rounded understanding of filmmaking, a passion for the organization’s mission and programs, and a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the film industry. The Program Manager will be responsible for developing, planning, and implementing Chicago Filmmakers’ core year-round programs, including education, film screenings, and filmmaker services, as well as seasonal tasks in relation to CF’s two film festivals. About Chicago Filmmakers: Chicago Filmmakers is a vibrant, dynamic, and growing not-for-profit organization serving the independent film community through education, exhibition, and filmmaker support. CF offers classes for adults and youth; empowers local artists to create new work through production grants, equipment access, fiscal sponsorship, and other resources; encourages the professional advancement of media artists through seminars, panels, and networking events; creates opportunities for artistic exchange through webcast interviews with industry luminaries and podcast conversations with international guests from the film and arts worlds; and provides workforce training for jobs in the film and TV industry in Chicago. CF develops diverse audiences through its film screening series and its two annual film festivals, Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival and the Onion City Experimental Film Festival. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Educational Programs: Develop and implement educational programs that cater to the needs and interests of the film community, including classes, workshops, summer camps, seminars, panels, and other professional development programs; recruit, hire, and evaluate instructors and TAs and provide technical and logistical support for them; oversee class registration processes; field public inquiries; evaluate the impact of film education programs, using data and feedback to make improvements and drive continuous improvement; keep abreast of trends and developments in film education and use this knowledge to inform the development of our programs; and collaborate with schools and community organizations to build partnerships and develop new opportunities for providing contracted educational services. Film & TV Industry Workforce Training Program: Oversee the development and management of this expanding program that prepares participants for entry-level positions in the film and TV industry. Recruit trainees; develop and refine curricula; schedule and manage classes; hire industry professionals to teach; arrange guest speakers; provide technical and logistical support for instructors; and evaluate the success of the program. Additionally, develop a network of relationships in the film industry to create a pipeline to work opportunities and job leads for trainees and maintain communications with trainees to track their progress. Filmmaker Services: Oversee CF membership processes and develop new services, benefits, and resources. Manage fiscal sponsorship services; organize and run filmmaker meet-up events; handle equipment and space rentals; and maintain equipment and classroom facilities. The Program Manager also coordinates the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, a grants program for filmmakers, including tracking grantee progress and coordinating the grants award process. Screening Series: Coordinate regular film screening series in cooperation with programming staff and outside curators and co-presenting organizations; book and schedule films; recruit box office volunteers; hire and schedule projectionists; and manage/project screenings when needed. Prepare films for exhibition and oversee projection system operations. Film Festival Operations: Support the operations of the Onion City and Reeling Film Festivals by overseeing theater management, box office and ticketing, volunteer coordination, and print traffic, including handling digital files and prepping for projection. In addition, the Program Manager will coordinate with the Marketing Manager to promote CF programs, including writing class descriptions and collaborating on marketing strategies. Additional responsibilities will include recruiting and supervising interns, volunteers, and seasonal staff who will assist in the above tasks; maintaining records, databases, and statistics related to programs and preparing program reports; representing CF at local events and in the filmmaking community; and other duties that may be assigned as needed. QUALIFICATIONS Required Qualifications: ● B.A. or advanced degree in film, education, non-profit management, or a related field of study. ● At least three years of experience working in non-profit, academic, or film production settings. ● Working knowledge of digital video production equipment. ● Strong project management, planning, and organizational skills, with the ability to effectively utilize timelines, work plans, and project management systems. ● Highly motivated, productive, deadline-oriented, and strategically-minded, with the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously. ● Ability to utilize tools or design systems and processes to track data and monitor progress. ● Good written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to build relationships with a range of stakeholders. ● Ability to work well independently as well as part of a team. ● Demonstrates the necessary experience, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally diverse services and work effectively for cross-cultural audiences. ● Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the film industry. ● Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace Preferred Qualifications: ● The ideal candidate will have a track record of developing and delivering high-quality film education programs. ● At least three years of previous teaching, film programming, film festival, and/or film educational administrative experience. ● Experience with the Chicago film community and knowledge of the independent film scene and organizations. ● Contacts in the feature film and TV industries in Chicago. ● Previous experience working at a media or small non-profit arts organization. ● Experience with Eventive and Quickbooks. How to Apply: Please apply through this link: , to submit your résumé as well as a cover letter describing why you are interested in working at Chicago Filmmakers and why you feel you would be successful in this role. References will be requested during the interview process. No phone calls, please. Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please reach out to [email protected] with any requests. Equal Opportunity Statement: Chicago Filmmakers is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply and are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment for all employees. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital or familial status, pregnancy, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws. Hiring decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and business needs.


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