Director of Artist Development

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San Francisco, CA
Published 21 days ago

Job Summary:

The Director of Artist Development oversees all artist programs, including the robust suite of activities associated with SFFILM’s areas of granting, fellowships, and residencies. A significant aspect of this position involves being a leader and mentor to the Bay Area filmmaking community. Within SFFILM’s structure, this is a highly collaborative position that includes work with SFFILM’s Programming, Education, Communications, Operations and Development departments. The Director works closely with all department heads on strategic planning and organizational leadership.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

•     Hire and manage all SFFILM Artist Development staff and personnel related to SFFILM Makers

(3 year-round full-time employees and 1 to 2 seasonal employees)

•     Build upon existing creative mentorship program for narrative and documentary grants and residency recipients

o  Recruit and retain local and national creative leaders to function as creative advisors to filmmakers

•     Strategically build and manage a cohesive vision for the Makers program portfolio which currently includes:

o  FilmHouse Residency Program

o  FilmHouse Programming and Events

o  SFFILM Invest

o  SFFILM Rainin Filmmaking Grants (Rainin Fellows and Filmmakers with Disabilities Fellows): grantmaking, project development, residencies

o  SFFILM Sloan inclusive of Screenwriting Fellowship and Development Fund – grantmaking, project development, residencies.

o  SFFILM Documentary Film Fund: grantmaking, project development

o  Other fellowships, inclusive of New American Fellowship, Dolby Institute Fellowship, Djerassi Screenwriting Fellowship.

•     Maintain and nurture relationships with all current SFFILM Makers funders.

•     Help the Development department identify relationships with potential future SFFILM Makers funders. Advise on cultivation and stewardship strategy in collaboration with Development teams.

•     Work closely with Communications department on Artist Development’s integration into communication strategy, especially as it relates to SFFILM supported films.

•     Oversee FilmHouse programming and Filmmaker Meetings during the SFFILM Festival.

•     Strategic holistic planning of Makers activities including filmmaker presentations, industry and artist led talks, masterclasses and panels.

•     Lead SFFILM Invest program and manage SFFILM Invest producer, overseeing curation and producing of Invest slates and bespoke events for Invest members and filmmakers throughout the year.

•     Foster and maintain strategic relationships with partner organizations, industry professionals, and key talent; leverage these relationships for Makers activities.

•     Represent SFFILM in the Bay Area and nationally at festivals, markets, conferences, and industry events; be a public facing advocate for SFFILM and the Makers program.

•     Participate in SFFILM external grant reviews and internal grant reviews.

•     Develop and monitor annual budget in conjunction with Finance Department.

•     Attend SFFILM Board Meetings; engage with the SFFILM Board, in particular the Board Chairs of the Artist Development Committee.

•     Represent Artist Development department at SFFILM's weekly Senior Leadership meetings.

•     Develop one, three, and five-year funding strategy for Artist Development in collaboration with Executive Director and Managing Director.

Preferred Skills:

●     Legal authorization to work in the United States.

●     3+ years of leadership experience within an arts nonprofit or a film production/development company or film project equivalent.

●     An active understanding of the independent film ecosystem including areas of funding to development to distribution.

●     Clear leadership and the ability to build strong relationships and teams while working across the organization in order to drive results.

●     A desire to work closely with artists and filmmakers in supporting their work and careers through the program.

●     Experience and knowledge of the independent film industry and the wider media landscape, including new and emerging technologies, and trends around distribution, engagement, and outreach is preferred. Experience working with organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area is highly valued.

●     Experience and familiarity in working with high level donors and sponsors in conjunction with the Development team.

●     A genuine passion for and excitement about SFFILM’s not-for-profit mission, and a culture defined by collaboration, curiosity, and creativity.

●     Commitment to collaborative, team-driven work.

●     Ability to design and articulate a creative vision for the overall program and organization.


SFFILM is deeply committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) in both its internal management and external programming. Since 2018, the organization has actively been working in collaboration with two Advisory Boards focused on accessibility and inclusivity and officially began work with a DEI consultant in 2019 to further invest in and build on that work. Candidates are invited to discuss their interest and involvement in DEAI practices in their cover letter, and ask us more about our DEAI process in their interview.

SFFILM, in accordance with federal and state law, is an equal-opportunity employer. SFFILM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth, medical condition, disability, age, ancestry, marital status, citizenship or veteran status. This nondiscrimination policy covers all candidates, staff members, interns, and volunteers.


Job Summary:

The Director of Artist Development oversees all artist programs, including the robust suite of activities associated with SFFILM’s areas of granting, fellowships, and residencies. A significant aspect of this position…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 2, 2021
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near San Francisco, CA
Associated Location
San Francisco, CA, USA

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