Facets, which celebrates its 44th year as a visionary, non-profit media arts center active in film exhibition, distribution and education, seeks new leadership to guide the organization into the next half-century. This exceptional individual brings together consummate management, administration, communication, finance, marketing and fundraising experience, grounded in the knowledge and love of independent and art cinema.
Working with a committed team, the Executive Director leads all Facets’ major programs, including the Facets Cinematheque, a non-profit cinema which is a major Chicago source of independent and art films, the Facets Videotheque, an archive of 65,000 films on digital formats, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, the largest festival of films for children in North America, numerous film-based, year-round and summer educational programs for children, youth and adults, distribution of films on the Facets DVD label, and Facets’ pioneering streaming and download platforms, Facets Kids and Facets Edge.
A significant portion (50% or more) of the position is development-related: seeking grant opportunities, the grant application and reporting process, donor cultivation and solicitation, creating and managing special events, and creating strategic earned revenue growth opportunities.
The Executive Director works directly with a committed Board of Directors in planning and providing sustenance and growth for Facets. S/he is a problem-solver and builder who seizes opportunity while creating opportunities for others and who embraces film as a dynamic, vibrant art form capable of helping society face and resolve problems.
-a creative leader and a collaborator, adept at people management, policy and process control, and building consensus
-energetic, not easily daunted in the face of adversity
-capable of astute critical judgment, an innovator who thinks outside the box who would never say, “But that’s the way we’ve always done it.”
-curious and tireless in the pursuit of knowledge and learning, capable of seeing beyond the surface, able to create magic from limited resources, and always able to find a way
-entrepreneurial in spirit, critical of your own ideas, visionary in your goals.
-financially astute, able to navigate financial reports, manage cash flow, and comfortable asking donors for their financial support
-detail-oriented, always ready to question, unafraid to acknowledge what you don’t know and always ready to create new pathways to success
-motivated not by praise from others, but from seeing your ideas in action, opening eyes and minds, stars which you helped unleash so they light up the universe
You understand that being the Executive Director of Facets is a unique opportunity to change society for the better and leave a lasting legacy resonating far into the future.
Minimum Job Requirements include:
-a B.S., B.A. or equivalent college degree
-a minimum of ten years demonstrable, successful people management and leadership expertise
-experience managing P&L, Income Statements, and Cash Flow management. (Financial oversight and fundraising are significant elements of this position.)
-exceptional written and oral communication skills. (The ability to articulate Facets’ mission and be a powerful story-teller to market Facets at one-on-one meetings, public presentations, and donor events is a critical skill for this position.)
-a track record of successfully envisioning new initiatives, leading business development and strategic planning processes to ensure future sustainability while balancing hands-on management of day to day business processes
-above average knowledge of world cinema and an intractable belief in the power of film to promote social justice and unleash individual growth and fulfillment
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