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We're hiring an Executive Director!

We're looking to add an amazing Executive Director to our WIFT-AT ranks! Have a read through the job description below and if it sounds like you'd be a good fit for the role send in your cover letter and resume to info@wift-at.com by Wednesday, October 13th at 6:00pm. 

Executive Director - Women in Film and Television Atlantic

About the organization

Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is a non-profit professional association of over 200 industry professionals that works to expand representation and gender equity in film, television, and screen-based media based in Atlantic Canada. WIFT-AT seeks to advance, connect, and inspire the careers of its members. Reflecting the collaborative nature of the screen-based industry in the region, WIFT-AT has been operating since 2009 through the extraordinary efforts of a volunteer Board of Directors and many gracious industry volunteers.

WIFT-AT is growing, and is seeking to hire its very first Executive Director as an integral part of advancing the organization’s efforts. We are undergoing a revisioning and long-term strategic planning process for the organization, and the new Executive Director will play a central role in shaping the future of WIFT-AT.

Key organizational activities

  • Programming (including Women Making Waves conference, pitch competition, workshops, etc.)

  • Career advancement opportunities (including mentorship programs)

  • Tidings newsletter

  • Networking opportunities

  • Creating and fostering partnerships with other organizations and film festivals

  • Education and advocacy

Roles and responsibilities

The Executive Director (ED), accountable to the organization's Board of Directors, will be the person who guides the organization towards achieving WIFT-AT’s vision and its strategic direction, which will be set in collaboration with the board (with a focus on member-benefit). The Executive Director is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board and is a member of all standing committees established by the Board. The ED is expected to attend to the many activities essential to the attainment of the organization’s goals. 

The Executive Director will oversee daily operations, lead the development and fundraising initiatives of the organization, guide the planning, delivery, and execution of new and existing programs, coordinate the overall services of WIFT-AT, and  advocate for members and the organization’s goals in all appropriate venues. They will also coordinate the delivery of programs and services to its members.

 

The Executive Director will provide the Board with information and advice on matters pertaining to the operations of the organization. The ED represents WIFT-AT to its members, outside agencies, government departments, and the public. The ED oversees operations, the budget, all employees, and evaluates the ongoing operations and future development of WIFT-AT. 

WIFT-AT is also currently staffed by annual teams of two to three very talented short-term employees, hired through the support of Employment Nova Scotia’s Job Creation Partnership (JCP) Program. The ED will manage this team of employees and will be responsible for their respective onboarding, training, oversight and performance evaluations. 

The organization will embark on a strategic planning process later in 2021 and we are seeking an individual able to both contribute to those discussions and carry out organizational change flowing from this process. The organization is continuously evolving and is very invested in continued JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) training and initiatives. The Executive Director, as the leader of the organization, must approach all work with an intersectional lens and strong understanding of progressive values. WIFT-AT invites a leader to apply who is keen to think beyond the status quo to achieve a future in the screen industries that is safe and equitable for those of all identities.

The organization encourages all interested applicants to apply. We acknowledge the systemic barriers to entry into leadership positions for people holding certain identities in our society and we acknowledge the validity of transferable skills and the richness of varied experiences and perspectives. We seek to accommodate qualified individuals in ways that have the employment situation work for them and acknowledge them as a whole person in the role (accessible, safe, accommodating personal needs and commitments, etc.). We continue to evolve as an organization so we hope to keep the lines of communication open so we can learn and become better allies.

Qualifications and competencies

- Proactive and self-starting

- Excellent project and people management experience

- Computer literacy and the ability to adapt to new platforms and tools

- Successful track record of writing/applying for grants

- Experience in event planning

- Experience in multi-year strategic planning

- Strong interpersonal skills

- Ability to have brave conversations, be respectful, and resolve conflict

- Ability to confidently discuss issues of systemic oppression and discrimination in the screen-based industries and incorporate intersectional language comfortably into advocacy work

- Familiarity with the not-for-profit sector

- Knowledge and experience in film and television or a related field (desired but not required)

- Experience in a similar role or having reported to a board previously (desired but not required)

- Donor/sponsor development and relations

- Experience in financial management and ability to create and maintain a budget

Values (identified by the Board of Directors that the ideal candidate will embody):

- Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion

- Community oriented

- Inspired

- Collaborative

- Integrity

- Open mindedness

- Willingness to learn

- Accountable

Details of employment

Hours: Full-time (**35 hours weekly); flexible. The ED will maintain their own schedule, but must be willing to accommodate organizational meetings and events. As the Board of Directors is composed entirely of volunteers, occasional evenings and weekends are required. 

 

Compensation: The salary range is $55,000 - $65,000, commensurate with experience. The ED has 3 weeks of vacation each year. 

 

Working conditions: The Executive Director role will be a virtual role for the foreseeable future, meaning the employee will work remotely or from home. Thus, the successful candidate will require access to the internet, as well as access to a workspace appropriate for taking video calls. The contract will be for one year with option for renewal. This role will begin as soon as possible. An ideal start date would be October 25th, but this is negotiable for the right employee. The candidate would ideally be based in Halifax (as a return to a brick and mortar office is anticipated for 2022-2023), but those from all areas of Atlantic Canada are encouraged to apply.

 

**Please note: total hours for this position can also be negotiated and four-day work weeks are a possibility.

How to apply

Submit your cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications and competencies, past successes, and ideas for how you will contribute to WIFT-AT in this role by Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 to info@wift-at.com. Only selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.