Iowa City's Nonprofit Cinema
FilmScene is currently hiring a Program Coordinator to caretake our organization’s growing slate of community-building film programming and educational engagement through film.
The Program Coordinator will play an integral role maintaining FilmScene’s status as a first-class cinema as FilmScene expands with a new state-of-the-art facility. The successful candidate will cultivate a growing film community in Iowa City by building on FilmScene’s world-class, first-run foreign, documentary, and independent film programming; overseeing first-run film administrative details; crafting community partnerships; managing special film screenings and series; coordinating FilmScene’s educational film programs and more.
The position works closely with FilmScene staff to build on the successes of the organization, and maintains relationships with numerous partners, including the University of Iowa’s student-led Bijou Film Board, key film community professionals, film distributors, series partners, and more.
The ideal candidate believes in collaboration, that outreach and engagement through film is paramount for a nonprofit cinema’s vision for its community, possesses the ability to shift effortlessly between programming discussions, essential administrative duties, and on-site day-to-day responsibilities executing that vision.
FilmScene is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the cultural vitality of the Iowa City area through film programming that challenges, inspires, educates, and entertains. FilmScene operates a full-time community-supported cinema in downtown Iowa City. Since opening full-time in December 2013, FilmScene offers an intimate two-screen plus rooftop venue showcasing the best in American independent, documentary, and international filmmaking. Special events, repertory selections, arts education, filmmaker support, and community development are all program areas of prime importance to FilmScene.
FilmScene is seeking a candidate skilled in the areas of film selection, scheduling, and reporting; arts program development; patron, partner, and sponsor relations; and more. Specific duties include:
- Develops FilmScene’s specialty series, repertory, and one-time film event programming. Works closely with community partners through the process of film selection, event coordination, and reporting. Works closely with distributors on related film bookings, manages external delivery of all box office reports, film rental payments, and maintains regular, good communications with all film distributors.
- Works with a team of core FilmScene staff and contract booking agent to monitor and report first-run new release films at FilmScene's two-screen cinema.
- Responsible for the scheduling and management of all film showtimes internally and online, coordinating with Marketing on all publicity materials.
- Works closely with the Bijou Film Board’s Programming Director and Programming Committee on selection of their titles and pitch meetings to the overall FilmScene calendar.
- Work with FilmScene’s volunteer Board of Directors Education Committee to develop and execute FilmScene’s growing educational efforts, including the Youth Summer Animation Camp.
- Work closely with FilmScene’s Executive Director to shape new series partnerships, and fulfill the programming requirements for all established and new series agreements. Assists in developing strong relationships with partnering businesses and organizations, donors, and the University of Iowa community.
- Work with FilmScene's Marketing department to ensure proper promotion of selected films.
- On occasion, moderate and/or host special events, Q&As and panel discussions and work with filmmakers and arrange workshops, panel discussions, introductions, and other on-site event visits.
- From time-to-time, as staffing requires, assist with projection and other on-site duties critical to a first-rate cinematic presentation.
- Maintains a culture conducive to staff and volunteer development and growth; helps develop a work environment that attracts, motivates, and maintains a highly skilled and diverse staff.
- Helps create an environment and a flexible facility that promotes educational and programming partnerships.
Required Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experiences:
- Demonstrated experience in film programming.
- A passion for film and educational outreach through film.
- Experience working in program management, arts administration, or arts nonprofit sector.
- Experience working and partnering with community groups and organizations.
- Strong leadership and management skills.
- Public speaking skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- An understanding of and appreciation of FilmScene’s mission.
- Bachelor’s degree or four years equivalent experience.
Desired Skills & Experience
The following skills and experiences are desirable, but not required:
- Experience working with film distributors on booking new release film programming.
- Experience developing arts educational and outreach programming.
- Experience in, or aiding in, arts fundraising efforts.
Compensation: $35,000 salary range plus stipend towards health insurance
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Joe Tiefenthaler at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header: FilmScene – Program Coordinator
Any questions can be directed to Joe Tiefenthaler at email@example.com
Application Deadline: September 4th
FilmScene is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment.