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BFI Doc Society Fund Executive - Doc Society, London

Job Title BFI Doc Society Fund Executive

Reports to Doc Society Directors

About DOC SOCIETY

We are an innovative non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works with the most inspiring independent documentary filmmakers all over the world. We are a team of around 25 people working from the UK, US, The Netherlands, Colombia & Australia.

Our mission:

We bring people together to unleash the transformational power of documentary film. We stand in solidarity with filmmakers and work to unite them with new friends and allies, building new models globally. We aim to innovate, share and innovate again.

A commitment to anti-racism, economic justice and climate justice is embedded in all we do and how we do it.

Our driving principle:

Great documentaries enrich the lives of individuals. They have a unique ability to engage and connect people, transform communities and improve societies.

Equity and Inclusion:

We want Doc Society to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and to do their best work. Doc Society’s promotion of diversity and inclusion is clearly reflected in all of our documentaries and across all of our programmes. We are fully focused on equality and believe in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us who we are. For this reason we strongly encourage applicants from under-represented groups.

MAIN PURPOSE OF POSITION

To manage and lead the BFI Doc Society Fund and the associated support programme, to place inclusion and creativity at the heart of UK documentary and to provide a robust platform for British documentary film making to flourish in the UK and on the global stage.

What is the job’s core purpose?

  • To contribute towards the strategy of and articulate a clear vision for BFI Doc Society Fund.
    • To create, enable and support the strategic plan for the BFI Doc Society Fund ensuring alignment with Doc Society’s and BFI’s goals.
      • Contribute thought leadership to the documentary sector working groups to build and sustain a robust and sustainable future for documentary film in the UK.
        • Through short and feature funding, foster new forms, new content, new talent and fresh ideas to UK documentary making.
  • Oversee all aspects of the Film Fund including the application processes, assessment, shortlisting, decision making, grant allocation and team management.
    • Maintain overview of creative and business affairs progress on all funded projects across the slate.
      • Collaborate on providing practical advice and creative support to projects at critical stages
  • Ensure that the associated Support Programme is effectively supported and managed. Managing regional outreach events and Edit Lab to ensure their success. Ensuring that new filmmakers not connected with the industry are given routes in to the industry. Attending events to represent the fund.
    • Acting as the BFI’s day to day point of contact for running the Documentary Programme.
      • Liaising with Doc Society Directors on progress, challenges and strategic issues.

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

Essential

  • Knowledge of Doc Society’s mission and work and enthusiasm for independent documentary film
  • Highly proactive and organised, able to manage and prioritise a busy workload and stakeholders to deadline with consistent quality
  • Team player, establishes good working relationships and works confidently with more and less experienced colleagues
  • Meaningful experience in similar roles at a comparable sized organisation
  • You will have a desire to amplify the voices of the people we support and have demonstrable experience of having done this previously.

Terms

  • Optional office working at 180 Strand
  • 28 days including bank holidays and extra days on top between Christmas and New Year when we close the office
  • Employer pension contribution after 3 months
  • The role runs to the end of Doc Society’s delegation, March 2023.

Location:

Position can be based from home or our London offices. If home based, will require occasional travel to those offices.

Salary:

  • From £60K depending on experience
  • Probationary period: 6 months (with 3 months mid-point review)

Interested to apply?

Please submit a CV along with a cover letter that speaks to what excites you about the position and what opportunities you see to develop UK independent documentary via in this role.

Please include examples of specific experience related to this role.

You also have the option to submit a short video (up to 3-min) to outline how you are suited to the role.

If you have access needs and require additional support in order to apply, please get in touch by emailing jobs@docsociety.org and put BFI Doc Society Executive in the subject.

We would also appreciate you filling out our Equality Monitoring Form, which is anonymous, so we can better track who we are reaching.

How to apply

The closing date for applications is Monday 1st November 12pm BST.

To apply, please follow this link:

https://airtable.com/shrJ0vcon1P2lCjX1

and then answer the Equality Monitoring form, available here:

https://airtable.com/shrmJrh4pAlmR7oGZ

Interviews in the first instance will be by Zoom. We may, lockdown permitting, request a follow-up interview in person.

Should you have not heard from us by 12th November you should assume that your application has not been successful. We will be unable to give feedback to applicants not selected for interview.


Fund Officer, The Climate Story Fund @ Doc Society

Reports to: Megha Agrawal Sood, Head of Climate Story Unit

Preferred Location: Doc Society is a distributed team. This is a work from home position. Due to time zone coordination, there is a strong preference for candidates who are available during the Eastern Time Zone (UTC−05:00) working hours. This includes North America, Central and South America.

Hours: Full Time

Salary: $50,000

Terms:

  • 28 days including national holidays and extra days on top between Christmas and New Years when we close the office
  • Preferred Start Date: 1st December 2021 (or sooner if the candidate is able)

The Fund Officer Role

The Climate Story Fund supports stories and impact campaigns from around the world that move us closer to a climate just and biodiverse future. The global fund is open to creative non-fiction projects, including shorts, animation and episodic documentaries, as well as podcasts, AR/VR.

The Fund Officer is the first port of call for all Climate Story Fund storyteller relations, and will work with the whole Climate Story Unit team in supporting existing grantees and assessing future projects. The Fund Officer should have proven experience in arts administration and be able to support ongoing work with grantees in production, post production and impact campaign implementation.

The Fund Officer is the lynchpin of a globally distributed team and should be ready to act as the glue between team members, coordinating and planning together.

Core Responsibilities

  • To be the first point of contact for all storyteller inquiries
  • Ensure smooth running of all the administrative processes involved in running the Climate Story Fund including working in collaboration with the Fund Executive and Business Affairs Executive contracting with new grantees and securing deliverables
  • Working in collaboration with the Film Lead + Impact Lead on the Climate Story Fund to help capture production, distribution & evaluation updates
  • Tracking industry opportunities for our grantees from funders and festivals etc.
  • Helping organise workshops and bespoke virtual events for our grantees
  • Manage all aspects of the Fund’s online application system
  • Sharing news about our grantees on social media and in our monthly newsletter
  • Preparing annual reports and key communications for our partners

Ideal Qualifications:

  • A broad understanding of climate related issues
  • A deep love for nonfiction storytelling
  • Minimum 3 years experience working in documentary production, grant making or artist support
  • Team player committed to radical collaboration and the success of Doc Society’s vision
  • A self-starter, comfortable working independently with minimal supervision
  • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills (including written and verbal) with an ability to manage a high volume of daily phone and digital communications
  • Attention to detail and skilled at managing competing priorities
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge and use of the internet, email, and applications including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Dropbox, Airtable, G-Suite
  • Proficient writing skills
  • Available during the Eastern Time Zone (UTC−05:00) working hours
  • Fluency in multiple languages is a plus!

About DOC SOCIETY

We are an innovative non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works with the most inspiring independent documentary filmmakers all over the world. We are a team of around 20 people working from offices in London and New York.

Our mission:

We bring people together to unleash the transformational power of documentary film. We stand in solidarity with filmmakers and work to unite them with new friends and allies, building new models globally. We aim to innovate, share and innovate again.

A commitment to anti-racism, economic justice and climate justice is embedded in all we do and how we do it.

Our driving principle:

Great documentaries enrich the lives of individuals. They have a unique ability to engage and connect people, transform communities and improve societies.

To find out more about our organisation go to www.docsociety.org

Equity and Inclusion:

We want Doc Society to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and to do their best work. Doc Society’s promotion of diversity and inclusion is clearly reflected in all of our documentaries and across all of our programmes. We are fully focused on equality and believe in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us who we are. For this reason we strongly encourage applicants from under-represented groups.

How We Work

We are a small dynamic organisation which can pivot easily and elegantly in response to the needs of the filmmakers and communities we serve. That means we are always ready to embrace new ideas. To roll our sleeves up and deliver with smarts, rigour and perfectionism. We often improvise, without a lot of formal process and set policy. We aim to get the job done right, no matter what.

We want to stay bold, energetic and entrepreneurial whilst also always living up to our core values and creating an environment which is friendly, inclusive, open and collaborative. We are deeply loyal and nurturing of those we work with, inside and outside the office.

Now some people perform best in more structured environments, with someone to regularly report to and a fixed job description with plenty of notice of future plans. Doc Society offers a more flexible, changeable workplace where people are able to take the initiative.

This way of working is not for everyone. If it all sounds a bit exhausting and uncertain, joining the team at Doc Society may not be right for you.

If it sounds exciting and liberating, we may be just the place you are looking for.

To Apply

If your skills & experience fit the above requirements and you would like to take the next step, please provide a CV and covering letter via the following Airtable links below by Monday, November 1, 2021.

How to apply

To apply, please follow this link:

https://airtable.com/shriREFm7PsvhgHal

First interviews will be held w/b November 8th.

Interviews will be via Zoom.

Should you have not heard from us by November 25th, you should assume that your application has not been successful. We will be unable to give feedback to applicants not selected for interview.