Arts & Culture
Executive Director, NewFest
Location: Chelsea; New York, New York
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic, fiscal and operational responsibility for the organization, including oversight of NewFest’s staff, programs, expansion and execution of its mission.
The Board of Directors of NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ film & media arts organization, is currently seeking a highly qualified individual to be the Executive Director of this dynamic non-profit organization when the current Executive Director steps down in early 2019 after four years at the helm. This position will report to the NewFest Board of Directors.
NewFest’s mission is to give voice and visibility to the full spectrum of the LGBTQ experience by championing films, supporting storytellers and engaging audiences to inspire dialogue, shift cultural bias and empower the diverse LGBTQ community.
Founded in 1988 and offering year-round programming, including the signature event — New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, NewFest has grown into New York’s largest presenter of LGBTQ film and media content, and the largest convener of LGBTQ audiences in the city. The annual film festival itself attracts approximately 13,000 attendees per year.
Beyond the annual film festival, year-round events include screenings, and educational and empowerment programs, such as:
● NewFest at The Center Presents
A monthly series at The LGBT Community Center, featuring films,
talkbacks and receptions
An annual, three-day, Pride Month event in partnership with NYC Pride
and the SVA Theatre
● Coming Out Again
A monthly retrospective screening series at The Quad showcasing
LGBTQ culture and history
● Summer Outdoor Screenings
In partnership with Rooftop Films, NewFest presents the best of LGBTQ
cinema at outdoor venues throughout the five boroughs
● After-school Program
In partnership with the NYC Department of Education, this free program
engages high school students and GSAs through the lens of LGBTQ film
● New Voices Filmmaker Grant
This financial grant, in partnership with corporate partners, provides support to
emerging LGBTQ filmmakers through a nationwide competition
● Pre-release Screenings
NewFest presents free tastemaker and community engagement screenings
of films prior to their release to the public
Leadership & Management
● Work with NewFest’s Board of Directors and staff to develop and execute a short- and long-term strategic growth plan.
● Provide leadership for executing this plan in a consistent, timely manner.
● Set the tone for the organization by providing the effective leadership of an ambitious thinker who delivers and can dynamically lead a group of high-performing LGBTQ media experts. Stay up-to-date, constantly learning the evolving LGBTQ culture in the NYC metropolitan area, nationally and worldwide.
● Set and manage NewFest’s annual budget and deliver financial resourcing and oversight to achieve and exceed annual budgetary needs. Spearhead sound financial practices. In collaboration with Board members, set goals and develop the necessary reserves to provide for long-term viability and appropriate staffing.
● Provide direct oversight and management of NewFest’s two full-time staff members (the Programming & Operations Manager and the Development & Events Coordinator) as well as venue partners, consultants, interns and vendors.
● Oversee the hiring and management of the seasonal Festival Producer and staff for New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival.
● Manage and provide oversight of the annual festival and all year-round programs.
● Ensure effective systems to track and regularly evaluate programs and fundraising efforts.
● With the Board Chair, Executive Committee and full Board, shape and enable the Board to fulfill its governance, oversight, representation and fundraising functions.
● Interface between Board and staff to maintain a communicative, supportive relationship.
● Work with the Board chair to build and diversify the Board to make it a key component of fundraising and institutional growth.
● Actively engage and energize NewFest donors, corporate sponsors, members, staff, volunteers, board members, partnering organizations, etc.
● Represent the organization as a proud, confident ambassador of NewFest’s mission, and as a leader in the LGBTQ community.
Fundraising & Communication
● Guide strategic planning to approach all aspects of fundraising.
● Solidify and expand the organization’s financial base of support through direct leadership, and active pursuit of corporate sponsorships and individual major donor gifts and grants.
● Lead the application and reporting process for all existing and prospective civic, corporate and foundation grants.
● Work with staff to expand NewFest’s membership base, program attendance, social engagement and overall community visibility.
● Create strategy to refine all aspects of communication (email, website, social media).
● Identify new funding sources for all existing programs.
Experience & Qualifications
● Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach, manage and develop high-performance staff, set and achieve strategic objectives, prioritize and manage budgets
● Ability to point to specific examples of having developed and executed strategies that resulted in organizational growth
● Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
● Passion for film and the media arts, and a strong, personal connection to NewFest’s mission
● Prior non-profit experience preferred
● Prior experience working with a board of directors preferred
● Prior experience working with organizations that serve LGBTQ+ communities
● Quantifiable fundraising success with corporate sponsorships, major gifts and grants preferred
● Experience putting together fundraising events a plus
● Prior experience managing finances and operational budgets <$1,000,000
● Excellent writing skills, with pitch letters, sponsorship decks and grant proposals
● Excellent public speaking skills in addressing potential funders, live audiences and the press
● Strategic and entrepreneurial thinker with a track record of building successful businesses
● PR and media-savvy a plus
● Strong sales and negotiating skills, and a great deal closer
● Strong networking and social skills; ability to connect with many different audiences and community partners
● Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
TO APPLY: Please email [email protected] with “Executive Director” in the subject line, and the following attached:
● Overview letter, including preference of salary range
● Examples of budgets managed and revenue successes
NewFest is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to complying with all federal, state and local equal employment opportunity (“EEO”) laws. NewFest strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, height and weight, disability, marital status, partnership status and any other characteristic protected by law