BIG SKY FILM INSTITUTE SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
APPLICANTS SHOULD EMAIL ONLY THESE DOCUMENTS Cover letter, resume, and two professional references. Do not send additional materials at this time.
March 21, 2014
The Big Sky Film Institute (BSFI) is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for overall organizational operation, staff management, planning and budgeting; and for the planning and successful presentation of the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF), 2015 Big Sky Doc Shop, and the year-round weekly Big Sky Film Series. Applicants must be available to start work full-time in Missoula, Montana, on May 1, 2014. The Executive Director role requires strong organizational leadership to maximize existing strategies and develop new directions, while conducting festival and film series planning, administration, budgeting, fundraising, and staff management in an effective manner and in accordance with policies set by the Big Sky Film Institute Board of Directors. The Executive Director is the chief staff member of the organization and is the public “face” of the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and weekl
y year-round Big Sky Film Series.
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Create and administer the annual BSFI budget, working collaboratively with program and development staff In conjunction with festival staff, plan and execute the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and Big Sky Doc Shop.
Execute the weekly Big Sky Film Series in conjunction with staff.
Execute effective annual branding and marketing of BSDFF locally, regionally, and nationally, and identify strategies for developing filmmaker, film industry, and audience participation.
Work with development team in creating and cultivating successful relationships with major donors and business partners/sponsors.
Represent the organization in the local community and in the media.
Foster positive, productive relationships and teamwork among staff, board and volunteers.
Work with the Board President to facilitate meetings and participation of the Board of Directors.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking Knowledge of the fields of film, video, and new media Experience with financial management in a small non-profit corporation Demonstrated ability to work with a governing board Ability to lead and motivate staff and volunteers Minimum B.A., B.S.., B.F.A., M.A., or M.F.A. in a related field.
To be determined based on candidate experience and availability.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should submit a resume, brief introductory letter, and a minimum of two professional references, to <firstname.lastname@example.org
> with the subject “Executive Director Application.”
Send only the requested information.
We will request additional information if necessary.
ABOUT THE BIG SKY FILM INSTITUTE
The BSFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Missoula, Montana. Major programs of the Big Sky Film Institute include the annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the weekly year-round Big Sky Film Series, and the annual Big Sky Doc Shop. Additionally, BSFI offers fiscal sponsorship for non-fiction filmmakers with projects in-production. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (BSDFF) is the largest cinema event in Montana and the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. The 2014 BSDFF drew an audience of more than 25,000 and received more than 1,000 film entries from every corner of the globe. The BSDFF offers a unique setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and for audiences to see innovative new films, as well as classics in the genre. The festival hosts visiting artists, and presents an average of 125 non-fiction films annually at multiple venues in downtown Missoula, Montana including the Crystal Theater, Top Hat Lounge, and the historic
1,000-seat Wilma Theater. In addition to screenings, events include panel discussions, workshops, pitch sessions, parties and receptions. The festival is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards. Winning films in the Short Documentary and Mini-Doc categories automatically qualify to compete for an Oscar the following year. The weekly Big Sky Film Series screens new and classic non-fiction films every Monday night at the Top Hat Lounge in downtown Missoula. The Big Sky Film Series is free and open to the public.
Big Sky Film Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.