Position: Executive Director
Reports To: Board of Directors
Works With: Artistic Director
Supervises: Administrative Staff, Volunteers, Interns, Contract Employees
The Houston Cinema Arts Society seeks an Executive Director (ED) to lead the organization, implement its strategic plan, and manage its day-to-day operations including its annual Cinema Arts Festival.
About the Organization
The Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) has 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 and the creative process. The organization celebrates and illuminates the vitality and diversity of the city of Houston by programming innovative cinema, mixed-media performances, new media, and installations.
HCAS launched its inaugural five-day Film Festival in 2009. In addition to its now-annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF), held in November, HCAS presents a variety of initiatives and programs, including a growing schedule of year-round screenings, events, and performances, HCAS is proud to collaborate on many of its programs with a number of Houston’s finest arts, cultural, and other nonprofit organizations.
Houston Cinema Arts Festival is the most ambitious of the HCAS programs. This eight-day, multivenue festival includes over 50 narrative and documentary films, an interactive video installation gallery, live multimedia performances, panel discussions, and free outdoor and student field trip screenings. In its relatively short history, HCAS has brought notable guest artists, such as Tilda Swinton, Alex Gibney, Guillermo Arriaga, Isabella Rossellini, John Turturro, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Robert Redford, James Ivory, Julie Taymor among many others, to the Festival.
The most recent initiative related to the Festival is the CineSpace short film competition, a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to create work inspired by and using actual NASA imagery. The second edition of CineSpace will premiere at the 2016 HCAF.
Current initiatives in progress include expansion of educational outreach with Houston Cinema Arts Festival on the Road to take films about the arts to Houston area high schools.
For more information visit www.cinemartsociety.org
Executive Director Responsibilities
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 Festival Artistic Director, with the two positions dually reporting to the HCAS board.
The ED responsibilities include:
▪ 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 the primary ambassador for the organization, developing its brand identity, articulating a clear vision, securing funding support, and fostering audience engagement.
▪ Developing and implementing an organizational strategic plan, working closely with the HCAS board.
▪ 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
The ideal Executive Director will possess the following characteristics:
▪ Extensive background in setting and executing specific fundraising goals including cultivating corporate, foundation and individual giving
▪ Experience leading non-profit organizations and working with boards 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
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.
▪ Facility with Mac computers and working knowledge of current, commonly used businessrelated software, databases, and applications, including Word, Excel, Dropbox, Quickbooks, Adobe Acrobat Pro, among others
How to Apply
Email CV and references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line.
No phone calls please.
Deadline: October 15, 2016