The Executive Director (ED), through strong leadership, strategic thinking and fund development, is accountable for achieving all the major organizational goals and objectives of the New Orleans Film Society. The successful ED achieves these objectives by working closely with a diverse team of high-performing staff while also being at the ready to roll up her/his sleeves to help “get the job done.” The ED is a leader and a do-er. The Executive Director is responsible for continuing to expand the mission of the NOFS by leveraging relationships and networks and working across private, public and corporate sectors. The ED is further responsible for maintaining a strong working relationship with the Board of Directors.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Executive Director will be committed to effectively leading this distinguished organization, strategically growing NOFS for future generations of film-lovers. The ED will nurture and maximize staff and volunteer resources while also better positioning NOFS financially and strengthening the national reputation of the organization.
Key responsibilities include:
Leadership Provide imaginative, innovative and energetic leadership.
Participates with the Board of Directors in developing a clear vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
Implements all aspects of the organization's operational policies, procedures, strategic objectives and initiatives.
Identifies, assesses, and informs the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization. Acts as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of the organization's activities.
Fosters effective teamwork with the Board.
Acts as a spokesperson, along with the Board President, for the organization, serving as a leader within the national film festival landscape and in the New Orleans arts community.
Lobbies for and champions film production throughout the state of Louisiana.
Human Resources Management and Staff Development
Attract and retain the best talent available for a world-class organization.
Coach and mentor, empowering staff and developing staff leaders.
Create and encourage cross-functional collaboration opportunities within the staff.
Direct supervision of four employees: Director of Programming, Director of Operations, Director of Development & Community Relations and P/T Business Manager. Indirect supervision (through direct reports) of Marketing & Communications Manager, Artistic Director Emeritus, P/T Technical Director, interns (15+), work study students (4+ a year), seasonal staff (50+) and volunteers (200+).
Determine tangible goals for both contributed and earned revenue (including sponsorships, grants, memberships, etc.), grow existing revenue, develop new revenue opportunities, and evaluate effectiveness of marketing and giving campaigns.
Grants – in tandem with the Director of Development and Community Relations, identifies, writes and manages grants while also coaching staff to do the same (identify, write proposals, apply for, and manage grants) throughout year.
Corporate Sponsorships – in tandem with the Director of Development and Community Relations, develops and pursues leads; has the ability to “sell” corporate decision makers
Drives strategy for membership programs and for growing, retaining, and nurturing member loyalty.
Oversees staff involvement with and provides support to annual fundraising event.
Secures individual gifts.
Program Planning and Management
Ensure, with the assistance of the Director of Operations, the Director of Programming, and the Artistic Director Emeritus where appropriate, that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization's mission, are creative in nature, of high quality, reflect the priorities of the Board and the strategic plan, and are efficiently managed.
Oversees the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality.
Oversees and manages the presentation of the annual New Orleans Film Festival. Works with staff, seasonal employees, volunteers and the Board to produce the Festival, a presentation of films from established and emerging filmmakers, in several venues throughout the city. In addition to the screening of films, the Festival includes a series of panels and workshops, after-hours events, and other publicity-worthy happenings.
Creates a strategic outline for year-round programming to keep the NOFS visible to the public.
In collaboration with the Director of Programming, oversees filmmaker services, including the Emerging Voices Mentorship Program and the Create Louisiana Filmmakers Grant Programs.
Oversees special events throughout the year.
Oversee the efficient, effective and professional day-to-day operation of the NOFS team.
Develops an operational plan that incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of NOFS while maintaining approved budget.
Determines staffing requirements and oversees the day-to-day management of NOFS personnel.
Oversees the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices as set forth in the personnel manual.
Establishes a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.
Maintains positive and productive relationships with staff and volunteers and assures completion of their assigned tasks.
Implements a performance management process for all staff that includes monitoring the performance of employees on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review for each.
In collaboration with the Director of Operations, ensures that files are securely stored, privacy/confidentiality is maintained and data is backed up on a regular basis.
Maintains contracts and corporate records (including by-laws, articles, minutes of meeting) in the office and available for review.
Ensures that the Board of Directors and the organization carry appropriate and adequate insurance coverage.
Financial Planning and Management
Works with staff and the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget and ensures that the organization operates within budgetary guidelines.
Works with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization.
Leads and participates (with the Director of Development & Community Relations) in fundraising activities to meet the objectives of the NOFS organization.
Approves expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board.
Ensures that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.
Administers the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and monitors the monthly cash flow of the organization.
Provides the Board with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the organization.
In collaboration with the Business Manager, oversees the organization’s annual audit.
Ensures that the organization complies with all legislation regarding taxation and withholding payments.
Maintains internal controls, safeguarding compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
Is responsible for the development of the NOFS and NOFF brand and re-inventing the brand as needed.
Works closely with national and local PR firms to develop priorities for expanding the organization’s reach locally, nationally and internationally.
Insures that stakeholders are informed about the work of the organization and identifies changes in the community served by the organization.
Establishes good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, elected officials, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.
Insures the website is maintained, monitored, and updated.
Oversees all promotional materials and products.
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS
The ED is a results-oriented leader, committed to all NOFS stakeholders, including donors, Board Members, staff, community partners and volunteers. S/he must be a decisive, tenacious, forward-thinking, and optimistic leader committed to achieving objectives regardless of shifts in direction, priorities and/or work schedules and to maintaining productivity even in the midst of chaos. With a track record of seeing solutions in unexpected opportunities, this individual will possess the ability to forecast long-range outcomes and develop suitable business strategies. Comfortable with delegating appropriate levels of responsibility and authority to staff, the executive director will be equally adept at leading by example and engendering trust, demonstrating integrity and successfully interfacing with a wide range of people for diverse backgrounds.
Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, in a relevant arts field and a minimum of five (5) years of increasing management responsibility of similar scope and visibility to NOFS, preferably in the film industry or in the arts, entertainment or hospitality sectors with a mix of nonprofit and for-profit experience. Candidates must also demonstrate quantifiable success in fundraising with a proven track record in donor stewardship or in business development in an organization (non-profit or for-profit). To meet the organizational objectives of the NOFS, successful candidates will have established connections in the film community. Candidates must possess strong strategic planning, staff development, communications, public speaking and financial management skills. The executive director will pursue personal connections, project confidence, use diplomacy, and enjoy attending community and national events on behalf of the organization to further the awareness of and appreciation for NOFS.
Additional Salary Information: NOFS offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.
The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) is dedicated to providing audiences access to a diverse selection of local, national, and international film. The mission of the Society is to engage, educate, and inspire through the art of film. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989, the NOFS presents year-round film programming including the annual New Orleans Film Festival, the French Film Festiv...al and screenings and special events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists and professionals.
NOFS also has a strong commitment to increasing opportunities for independent filmmakers, with a special focus on highlighting the work of underrepresented storytellers through two highly acclaimed programs:
• The Emerging Voices Mentorship Program was founded in 2014 with a grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on the principle that to create a more diverse storytelling landscape, filmmakers of color need greater access to gatekeepers. The program pairs six Louisiana-based directors of color with industry veterans for intensive one-on-one mentoring and access to industry leaders through facilitated meetings.
• The Create Louisiana Filmmakers Grant program launched in 2015 with key partners Deep South Studios and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. In its first year, Create Louisiana awarded one $50,000 grant to a Louisiana filmmaking team (Nailah Jefferson and Jon Wood) to make the short narrative film “Plaquemines.”
Born in a city known for its eclecticism and artistic vibrance, NOFS’ signature event, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest ?lm festivals in the South. NOFF has built its reputation around: DISCOVERY, HOSPITALITY, COMMUNITY + CONNECTION. Over 3,800 entries were received for this year’s Festival, with films coming from 115 different countries. Of the final selections, 45% are from female directors and 36% are from directors of color.
Americans for the Arts serves, advances, and leads the network of organizations and individuals who cultivate, promote, sustain, and support the arts in America. Founded in 1960, Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.