Artist Development Manager, Documentary

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San Francisco, CA


Published 11 days ago

January 4, 2021
December 7, 2020


The Artist Development Manager, Documentary will serve as the primary lead for the execution of SFFILM Makers’ programming and support for documentary filmmakers. This includes working with the Artist Development Manager, Narrative to manage the FilmHouse Residency Program, and working-cross functionally with Development, Programming, Operations and Communications to ensure that all grants, events and film programs are administered correctly. The Artist Development Manager, Documentary will serve as the key liaison for all supported filmmakers developing non-fiction projects, and will help in the design and lead the execution of programs for this group.

This is a full-time permanent role, and the position will be remote for the next several months but will return to in person in mid-2021. We are accepting applications through Monday December 7th. Please apply on the SFFILM website.


Documentary Filmmaker Support & Programming:

  • Supervise management and administration of Makers programming and talks related to documentary and non-fiction. Including: SFFILM Doc Talks, San Francisco Conservatory of Music series, work-in-progress screenings, Table Reads, and more.
  • Working with the Manager of Narrative to design the calendar for documentary Makers programming with the support of the Director of Artist Development.
  • Oversee programmatic and operational elements of the FilmHouse Residency Program with the Manager, Narrative inclusive of Resident Orientation, Production Meetings, mentor recruitment, Peer-to-Peer workshops, outings/field trips, and more with a focus on direct support for documentary filmmakers.
  • Support planning and execution for Doc Congress, a bi-annual convening of documentary funders, plan Makers-focused programming during Doc Stories, and participate in the Doc Stories Brunch.
  • Work with Education and Programming as needed to support special events, filmmaker camp and other programs.
  • Onboard documentary grantees, fellows and residents, taking orientation meetings, preparing contracts, facilitating payments and selecting individual mentors.
  • Support SFFILM-supported filmmakers and alumni in providing feedback on projects and rough cuts, supporting industry relationship-building, and connecting alumni with potential collaborators, when possible.
  • Work with the Communications team to share announcements for the release of supported documentary films, and other supported filmmaker news.
  • Support the Director of Artist Development to identify and strategize potential sponsors, partners and funders with Development team.
  • Track projects that may be a fit for granting, and connect with filmmakers that are interested in our programs. Follow Alumni projects with support from Sr. Coordinator.
  • Work with Manager, Narrative to organize SFFILM’s Festival Industry Meeting Schedule including matching filmmakers to relevant industry representatives in the non-fiction space.
  • Serve as SFFILM Festival Liaison for all non-fiction supported filmmakers and non-fiction festival Makers programming.
  • Represent SFFILM in the Bay Area and nationally and internationally at festivals, markets, conferences and industry events and take meetings/respond to requests as needed with filmmakers that are not supported by SFFILM.

Documentary Grant Administration and Selection:

  • Manage pre-screener recruitment and quality for all documentary grants, including the SFFILM Documentary Film Fund, New American Grant and other documentary grant programs.
  • Manage all grant administration for documentary grants, including application opening/closing, application distribution and review execution with support from Grants Coordinator.
  • Utilize AwardForce, SFFILM’s grant management system, to manage grant applications and grant reviews
  • Participate in internal and external Makers grant and fellowship application review panels for all non-fiction programs. Support other grant reviews as needed based on team capacity.
  • Co-manage the residency application and selection process with the Manager, Documentary with support from the Grants Coordinator
  • Develop and implement an outreach plan for all documentary grants and programs to ensure wide outreach and competitive applications.
  • Work with the Communications team to plan announcements for documentary grant opening, closing, winner and finalist announcements.
  • Manage recommendations for projects to invitation only programs including SFFILM Invest.
  • Provide feedback to finalists and supported filmmakers on grant applications when necessary.
  • Support the Development team to complete grant reporting to partners and funders, and to develop proposals for new grants and programs.


  • An ideal candidate has worked within the film industry as an assistant at an agency or production company and/or in some capacity on documentary films. They have a deep understanding of the non-fiction landscape and a network within the industry. They have worked directly with filmmakers and creators offering substantive notes, feedback and guidance on projects in development.
  • At least 2-3 years experience in the film industry (agency, production company, funder or broadcaster). Working knowledge of the industry and its key players.
  • A desire to work closely with artists and filmmakers in supporting their work and careers through the program. Experience giving notes on scripts and reviewing rough cuts.
  • Collaborative team player, able to work cross-functionally and within the team to accomplish ambitious goals.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Some experience planning and executing events.

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.


The Artist Development Manager, Documentary will serve as the primary lead for the execution of SFFILM Makers’ programming and support for documentary filmmakers. This includes working with the Artist Development Manager…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule


39 Mesa Street, Suite 110, San Francisco, CA 94129

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the SFFILM website.

Please submit your resume and cover letter through the SFFILM website.

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