Salary: Competitive – Based on Experience
Submission Deadline: July 31 or until position filled
Apply: Online Portal Here
The Talented Youth is a media arts nonprofit based in Seattle, Washington. Its mission is to encourage young media artists by promoting their accomplishments through programs that celebrate their talent. We constantly seek ways to expand networking for young artists and opportunities to promote their work. Our flagship program is NFFTY, the world’s largest youth film festival, annually screening over 200 films by filmmakers 22 years old and younger to audiences of more than 10,000. Increasingly we are engaged with working with corporate sponsors to develop projects and original content in collaboration with NFFTY filmmakers to enhance brands and storytelling.
The Managing Director (MD) works in tandem with the Artistic Director (AD) to help shape the vision of the organization, based on its mission and long-term goals. The MD implements the organization’s operational policies, procedures, strategic objectives, and initiatives. The MD plays a critical role in shaping and maintaining the culture and identity of the organization, and leads the effort in building and maintaining strong relationships between NFFTY and the film community. The MD is responsible for maintaining fiscal solvency and leading development and fundraising activities in collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff.
- Social Entrepreneur. You want to make enough money to do more than simply survive, but you also need to be doing work that makes the world a better place.
- Numbers Don’t Frighten You. You thoughtfully consider the bottom line while maintaining a solid focus on organizational goals. You know how to develop a realistic budget for a project. You can interpret a Profit and Loss Statement and are familiar with nonprofit accounting, or willing to learn about it.
- Hands On. You are not an executive who enjoys sitting behind a desk and delegating. Rather, you prefer getting involved with day-to-day tasks, and sincerely believe that being directly involved is the best way to understand, develop and run an organization.
- Collaborative. You own your responsibilities, but also work effectively as a part of a team. Your communication style is to be honest and direct about what you think. If you say you’ll do something, you do it.
- Creative. You consider yourself good at coming up with new ideas and solutions. You get excited about brainstorming and generating ways to consistently push the envelope. You are confident and capable of figuring out how to do something if you don’t know how to do it. You’re not intimidated by out-of-the-box thinking.
- Organized. You can multi-task and keep track of many things at once. You diligently keep up with emails and phone calls. You are detail and results oriented.
- Personality. People tend to remember you favorably once they’ve met you. You enjoy meeting people and making connections. You know how to listen and value other people’s perspectives when making decisions.
- The Ask. You’ve had experience writing grants or business proposals. You can speak in front of groups as well as make a personal connection with people one-on-one. You don’t mind picking up the phone to call someone with a request and/or opportunity. You know how to close a sale and get agreement at the end of a meeting.
- Into Film. You have a working knowledge of film production or go to movies, watch TV, read books, or generally absorb pop culture. A good film or story affects you emotionally.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Oversee operational aspects of organization including staff, film festival, and other organizational programs
- Ensure that sufficient sponsorships, earned revenue, grants, and donations are secured to meet the organization’s expenses
- Provide financial oversight, including budget preparation and monitoring
- Work closely with the board and AD to develop new year-round initiatives and revenue sources
- Manage relationships and deliverables for sponsorships and content deals
- Creatively contribute to the organization and NFFTY festival along with AD and Festival Manager
- Manage organization’s presence in the community and build new opportunities and partnerships
- Liaison with Board president and Board committees
- High level festival operational duties, delegate other duties to Festival Manager
- Create or oversee all correspondence and other communications relating to NFFTY’s grant seeking, fundraising, Board meetings, and community outreach
- Maintain organizational records, ensure that all financial and personnel records are kept confidential, file all required legal documentation.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- A strong record of leadership and entrepreneurship
- Solid organizational and administrative experience including management of staff and budget
- Financial management experience including preparation of budgets, cash flow projections, and financial statement analysis
- Ability to write concise and coherent reports, passionate and creative pitches, basic contracts, grant applications, and correspondence
- High level of customer service and client management experience and understanding
- Film production and/or exhibition experience and/or understanding
- Proof of new media, digital distribution experience and/or understanding
- Strong computer skills including knowledge of generally used programs and technology
- Experience with QuickBooks or nonprofit accounting
- Ability to work with no supervision and yet be compatible within a team environment
- Able to manage multiple tasks and maintain a sense of humor within a deadline-oriented and often stressful environment
- Ability to speak clearly to employees, the Board, grantors, funders, sponsors, vendors, press, and the public
- Experience in nonprofit fundraising including government grant funding, annual giving, foundation support, and corporate giving
- Strong experience with project management and/or event production
- Tackles responsibilities in an imaginative, innovative, and energetic way
- Exhibited political savvy, tact, and diplomacy
- Ability to recognize trends and keep the organization flexible and responsive to new opportunities or requirements
PRIORITIES. The priorities of the Managing Director for the next 8 months include (not necessarily in priority order):
- Ensuring adequate funding and operational success for NFFTY 2014
- Developing strong working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, sponsors, funders, and community leaders
- Ensuring the momentum and continued development of key organization opportunities: NFFTY, online distribution opportunities for festival films, and content partnerships
To Apply: Online Portal Here with a detailed cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references with telephone numbers and email addresses. No phone calls, please.