Director of Cinematheque

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Cleveland Institute of Art seeks a collaborative, dynamic and entrepreneurial Director for our Cinematheque, which the New York Times has called “one of the country’s best repertory movie theaters”.  The Director will be responsible for operations and programming presenting a global selection of specialty films to the public and the CIA community. Building on Cinematheque’s legacy of introducing trailblazing films, and CIA’s rich history of art and design education, the Director will be expected to expand and enhance Cinematheque’s influence on its communities. This position is well suited to an individual who thrives when working among creative people. Candidates who are motivated to connect with a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community are encouraged to apply. The new Director will have strong leadership and management skills, a deep knowledge of film and the industry, excellent communication, networking, and fundraising skills, and outstanding interpersonal skills. In addition to providing oversight of the staff and operations, this individual should be prepared to roll up their sleeves as needed, to get the job done. Academic credentials in the field will be a plus, with the consideration to teach film to both degree-seeking students and participants in continuing education programs a possibility. Basically, you gotta love film!
A successful candidate should be a film lover who has a passion for the creative process and appreciates the power of film. You will require an in-depth knowledge of the film business, film history and aesthetics. This deep knowledge of film, and the industry and film history come through work or other experience –possibly including academia. You’ll have the background and credibility to speak for the Cinematheque and the CIA among filmmakers, the media, and others in the industry. This level of knowledge and skills can be acquired through a graduate degree and/or undergraduate studies in film or a closely related field. An exceptional knowledge of film history and aesthetics, and significant years of experience in the film business (e.g., film programming, motion picture promotion, theatre operation, grant writing) will be balanced against such academic credentials.

We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized or underrepresented in art and higher education and who will contribute to the breadth and diversity of our community.
This is a full-time exempt position.  Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Cleveland Institute of Art offers a benefit package including; vacation, sick, personal time accrual as well as additional time off while the college is closed during winter break; health and dental insurance, life and disability insurance, 403B retirement contribution, tuition remission, free campus parking, and inter-museum council discounts.
Review of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.

Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, CIA complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity or national origin.


The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation’s leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, producing graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, photographers, contemporary craftspeople, and educators.  With approximately 600 students, CIA offers a personal educational experience with the benefits of a larger institution. Students choose from 13 majors and live and work in Cleveland’s University Circle, one of the country’s most unique cultural centers – recently named by USA Today as the “Best Arts District” in the country.
The mission of CIA is to cultivate creative leaders who inspire people, strengthen communities, and contribute to a thriving and sustainable economy through an innovative education in art and design.

CIA is also a great place to work, and manifesting a positive culture and sense of belonging is a big part of who we are. We work hard and are proud of our employees’ collective contribution to our mission — but we also play hard and like to have fun. We challenge and support one another, integrate our institutional values in our work in a meaningful way, celebrate our successes, embrace learning and continuous improvement in all that we do, and are driven by our students’ success and the creative environment that inspires us every day.

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