Established in 1971 and now the 10th largest arts organization in Portland, the NW Film Center is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which individuals may flourish. In 1979 the NW Film Center combined with the Portland Art Association under the umbrella of the Portland Art Museum. The Film Center provides a variety of film and video exhibition, education, and information programs primarily directed to the residents of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and British Columbia. It’s current annual budget totals approximately $2 million, and the organization touches about 85,000 people per year.
Largely known to the public for exhibition programming that includes the popular Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival and its education programs that include classes, workshops and outreach programs for underserved youth, the Northwest Film Center provides broad support and education to the region’s film and creative communities. It serves to connect and catalyze a diverse cross-section of community members for film appreciation, skill- and community-building and technical support. Additionally, the NW Film Center continues to explore and deepen its commitment to equity and is finalizing its equity statement and the lens through which it makes strategic and tactical decisions. Learn more at https://nwfilm.org/!
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The Director will bring innovative perspective, artistic leadership, management experience, strategic insight, significant fundraising capabilities, and operational skill to the NW Film Center. Reporting to the Director of the Portland Art Museum, the Director is responsible for the overall profile, growth and operation of the Film Center, including exhibitions, education, regional filmmakers’ support, and financial development. In partnership with PAM’s Director, board and staff as well as the Film Center staff and members, the Director will evaluate the landscape to define a vision that will grow and steward the NW Film Center, a place where individuals from a range of backgrounds find and cultivate their personal voices as storytellers and image makers, and audiences explore our region and the world through film. This Director position comes as the result of the longtime leader’s retirement and offers broad strategic, artistic, operational, outreach and fundraising opportunities for the NWFC and its constituents along with the ability to explore further synergies and collaborations with the Museum’s curatorial, education, development and marketing departments, among others.
We seek to have someone in place by early March, 2019.
Compensation and Scope
This position offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience; excellent benefits available. Regular travel is necessary to represent the organization in the international, national, regional and local film, arts and education communities, communicating the Center’s mission and advancing its programs of interest. The NW Film Center is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity of all types.
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To be considered, applications should be received no later than 5 pm PST on November 21, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.
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