Houston Cinema Arts Society
- Project Type: Industry
- Pay Status: Paid
- Location: Houston
- Start Date: Monday, April 12, 2021
Via the Houston Cinema Arts Society seeks:
- Executive Director
The Houston Cinema Arts Society seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization, implement its strategic plan, and manage its day-to-day operations including its annual festival. They have put the nation’s fourth largest city on the map among film industry professionals, artists, and film aficionados as a premier showcase for the moving image. The organization celebrates and illuminates the vitality of America’s most diverse city with film, mixed media, performance and installation focused exhibition programming as well educational and film industry field building focused programming.
Reports To: Board of Directors, Works With: Artistic Director, Supervises: Contract staff, Administrative staff, volunteers, interns, employees.
The organization’s Executive Director has the responsibility of strategic planning and institution building for the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, working with its board of directors, advisory board and staff. The ED will work in concert with the organization’s Artistic Director. The Artistic Director reports to the Executive Director, who reports to the Board of Directors.
▪ Functioning as lead fundraiser, cultivating individual donors, soliciting gifts, and stewarding relationships. Responsibilities will also include oversight of foundation grant writing, special events, and pursuit of major corporate sponsorships for the Festival.
▪ Serving as ambassador for the organization along with the artistic director, developing its brand identity in collaboration with the artistic director, articulating a clear vision, securing funding support, and fostering audience engagement.
▪ Developing and implementing an organizational strategic plan, working closely with the HCAS board, as well as artistic director and staff.
▪ Recruiting, retaining, and supervising the HCAS staff, including Operations Manager and other positions to be determined.
▪ Providing rigorous fiscal oversight and budget management for HCAS and its
Festival. Overseeing and maintaining efficient bookkeeping and accounting systems and providing regular financial reports at board meetings.
▪ Working with expert consultants and vendors on HCAS and Festival marketing and public relations campaigns including pursuit of local, national, and international media coverage, creating print materials and placing advertisements, and recruiting of sponsorship support.
Ideal Personal Profile:
▪ Extensive background in setting and executing specific fundraising goals including cultivating corporate, foundation and individual giving. Experience leading non-profit organizations and working with Board of directors.
▪ A strong vision and philosophy about leadership and management of an arts institution.
▪ A knowledge of the fields of film, new media, and/or contemporary art, and the ability to support the vision of the Artistic Director and programming staff.
▪ Ability to set and meet goals and objectives while working in a small, collaborative team environment.
▪ Ability to manage activities at multiple venues throughout a geographic area.
▪ Excellent organizational skills and able to develop detailed systems, policies and procedures.
▪ Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities.
▪ Confidence, integrity and strong ethics.
▪ Multi-venue film festival experience is a plus.
▪ Familiarity with the Houston arts, philanthropic, and business communities is a plus, but out of state applicants are also welcome.
▪ Familiarity with national arts and film programming funding, and corporate sponsors a plus as well as an understanding of the national film and field building ecosystem landscape.
Experience and Qualifications:
▪ 5-10 years of non-profit experience, preferably in an arts organization.
▪ Minimum B.A., B.F.A., M.A., or M.F.A. in a related field.
▪ Working knowledge of current, commonly used business related software, databases, and applications, including Google Docs, Word, Excel, Dropbox, Quickbooks, Adobe Acrobat Pro, among others.
Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) provides equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and employees, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity, political preference, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, or other status protected by law or regulation. HCAS prohibits discrimination in any aspect of employment, including hiring, promotion, demotion, transfer, layoff or termination, rates of pay, or selection for training.
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As with any workplace, the film and television industries can present a wide range of potential occupational health and safety hazards to workers. The Texas Film Commission expects all productions, regardless of budget to employ best practices such as establishing a workplace harassment prevention policy as well as maintaining overall industry safety standards in order to encourage and accomplish safety on set. Please visit the Safety On Set page for additional industry safety resources as well as information about employee rights and laws in Texas.
Project posted April 7, 2021