Film Program and Festivals Associate
July 29, 2022
**This is a permanently remote, full-time, salaried position.**
Who We Are
Art With Impact is a nonprofit organization that promotes mental wellness by creating space for young people to learn and connect through art and media. We partner with colleges and universities to offer arts-based workshops that raise awareness about mental health, increase empathy in campus communities, and reduce the stigma around reaching out for support. Most of our workshops are built around the films in OLIVE, Art With Impact’s Online Library for Interactive Video and Engagement. We have built OLIVE into the world’s largest and most diverse library of short films about mental health through a monthly online short film competition and through our annual production grant and festival program, Voices With Impact.
The Film Program and Festivals Associate is responsible for managing our year-long Voices With Impact program, which supports the creation and premieres of five-minute short films on underrepresented topics in the field of mental health, as well as our biannual Our Stories, Our Voices festivals, which use OLIVE films to spark discussions about mental health as it relates to specific identities and lived experiences.
Who You Are
You love film and firmly believe in its power to change the world. You’re passionate about good storytelling and love promoting stories that have traditionally been excluded from mainstream media.
You consider yourself a big-picture thinker with keen attention to detail. You love the combination of control and speed that working autonomously on a small team gives you and are aware of your limitations and don’t hesitate to ask for support when it could make your work better. You’re dedicated to seeing a project through but can also pivot quickly when organizational needs change. You like wearing a bunch of hats because it means that your work is different day to day, and sometimes even hour to hour.
Finally, you’re a true people-person. Having a lot of conversations throughout the day is energizing for you, and helps build your passion for the work. To you, it would be fun to chat with a sponsor, a couple filmmakers, and a vendor on the same day, all while managing an active email inbox.
Here’s What You’ll Do
You will be responsible for end-to-end management of our annual Voices With Impact film program and our biannual Our Stories, Our Voices festivals. This includes managing the RFP Process, supporting and empowering selected filmmakers, coordinating the Voices With Impact and Our Stories, Our Voices film festivals, and recruiting and managing festival sponsors.
Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
- Portfolio of several multi-phase projects and/or events that you have planned and executed
- Demonstrated ability to keep multiple deliverables with competing deadlines moving at once while keeping relevant stakeholders up to date
- At least four (4) years relevant professional experience in film, arts nonprofits, mental health, or a related field
- Strong examples of written communication pieces that address sensitive and complex subject matter, including email, web copy, press releases, and / or speeches
- Lived and/or professional and/or educational experience with mental health issues and maintaining mental wellness
- Track record of quickly learning and mastering a variety of software applications. (We use a lot of different tools including Asana, Slack, WordPress, Google Suite, Restream, BigBlueButton, Insightly, YAMM, Mailchimp, and PersistIQ.)
Preferred Skills and Experience
- Experience speaking and writing about mental health as it impacts diverse communities
- Experience in the film industry, including production companies, festivals, independent film, etc.
- Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite
We value an inclusive work culture and are looking for applicants who can reflect some of the identities of those we serve. People of color, people with disabilities, first generation college students, LGBTQIA+ folks, and people who have immigrated to the United States are especially encouraged to apply.
This is a full-time position beginning on September 15, 2022. You will work from home with weekly and ad hoc video meetings with the Executive Director and other team members. Occasional travel will be required, including our annual in-person retreat in San Francisco and the Voices With Impact film premiere in Los Angeles.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range is $50,000 – $55,000 / year. In addition, we offer the following benefits and perks:
🏥 Health insurance stipend: $454 / month towards health care expenses.
💻 Permanently remote: We are a distributed team living across the U.S. and Canada, so you’ll get to do it from the comfort of your own home (jammies all day FTW!), neighborhood coffee shop, or co-working space.
🏠 Home expenses reimbursement: $75 / month toward cell phone and / or other work-from-home related expenses.
🪑 Home office setup: $500 / year to deck out and set up equipment for your remote working space.
🌴 Minimum vacation: 2-week per year mandatory vacation, and an unlimited PTO policy for additional R&R.
✈️ Annual retreats: When we can, we meet twice per year in Los Angeles and San Francisco for a film festival and all-staff retreat.
How to Apply
To apply, please record a 60-second video* of you talking about what you see as the connections between mental health and social justice. Please upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo, as an unlisted or public video.
Note: If your video’s settings are set to “private,” please be sure to give us a password to access it. Applications with private / unviewable videos or missing videos will not be considered.
*This role requires being able to have a wide range of conversations about mental health. Your video submission will help us get a sense of how you speak to these topics. If you would like to apply and have accessibility concerns regarding recording a video, please email us at [email protected] and we will work with you to arrive at a solution.
PLEASE COMBINE YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER INTO ONE PDF titled “[Your Name] Film Program and Festivals Associate – September 2022”.
Submit your video and PDF for consideration using our Google Form by 11:59pm Pacific time on July 29th, 2022. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Contact [email protected] with any questions. If you’re unable to use a Google account to access this form, please send your materials to [email protected] with the title “Film Program and Festivals Associate – [Your Name]” instead; otherwise, please do not send your application materials via email.
For those candidates with whom we would like to continue the conversation, we will send a short written interview to get a sense of critical thinking and communication skills. Candidates with strong responses to the written interview will go through up to two video interview rounds with different members of our team. All applicants will be contacted by the end of September, regardless of status.