Director, Artist Programs - International Documentary Association

The International Documentary Association (IDA) is searching for a creative hands-on, documentary field leader to join the team as the Director of Artist Programs. 

The Director will be a key member of IDA’s core senior leadership team and a thought partner for the Executive Director and staff, contributing broadly to strategy, resource development, and organizational direction across multiple program areas and representing IDA and our artist programs and initiatives with diverse constituents in the US and internationally.

They will lead Getting Real, IDA’s high-profile biennial field-building and educational conference next slated for September 2022. They will shape all conference content and programmatic strands, developing programming in collaboration with constituents and partners in the field. They will also partner with a cross-functional conference team, including a Conference Producer responsible for event operations, to plan the conference’s scope, budget, and goals and execute all aspects of the event. 

The Director will have the unique opportunity to develop a new vision and plan for all IDA year-round artist programming. They will lead efforts to create, refine, and maximize the impact of programs that provide professional development, networking, and community-building opportunities to a diverse range of documentary makers at all stages of their careers. 

The ideal candidate for Director of Artist Programs will demonstrate a deep commitment to the documentary field and to the vision, values, and ethos of Getting Real; a strong curatorial voice and desire to innovate our approach to programming, experiences, content, and formats; extensive connections within the documentary community; and a vision to lead IDA’s artist programs into a new era of sustained relevance and impact.

Full Time/Exempt

$99,000 – $116,000

Executive Director

Los Angeles, CA (Currently Remote). Will consider full-time remote within the US for exceptionally qualified candidates.

Apply by February 18, 2022 - Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Key Responsibilities:

Getting Real Documentary Conference

  • Lead and oversee biennial conference serving 1000+ in person and 2500+ online attendees

  • Collaborate with filmmakers and other field stakeholders, grassroots groups, funders, sponsors and partner organizations to develop responsive and relevant themes and programming across multiple strands.

  • Hire and lead a diverse programming team, working together to secure keynote speakers, presenters, panelists, moderators and case studies.

  • Partner with IDA’s Director of Advocacy and Field-Building to use the conference to engage with and advance IDA’s broader field-building and advocacy work, including initiatives around career sustainability, diversity, freedom of expression, legal needs, fair use, funding, and resource development.

  • Work closely with IDA’s Development and Communications teams to create compelling messaging and cases for support that will engage funders and sponsors and drive attendance and industry interest in the event.

  • Collaborate with the Development and Finance departments on proposals, reports, and program budgets for funders.

  • Work closely with the Event and Operations, Development and Finance teams to ensure we deliver an exemplary attendee and sponsor experience on budget.

  • Drive timelines and ensure the programming team meets critical deadlines.

  • Serve as a high-level spokesperson for and representative of IDA and Getting Real on panels and public presentations and engagements.

Year-round Artist Programming

  • Develop an overall cohesive strategy for IDA’s artist-serving programming, including a year-round vision for Getting Real. Our year-round artist programming currently includes educational seminars, masterclasses, filmmaker conversations and work-in-progress screenings. 

  • Lead an internal process to develop a year-round schedule and work plan for artist programming.

  • Partner across the organization with IDA’s staff to ensure programs have deep reach and impact while meeting grant deliverables, budget and programmatic goals.

  • Coordinate with the IDA Funds and Enterprise Program team on programming that serves documentary filmmakers integrating journalistic practices into their work. 

  • Oversee the integration of artist programming into the organization’s existing and evolving communications strategy and plan.

  • Develop department goals and provide ongoing evaluation and reporting to ensure program goals are met.

  • Ensure that programs are accessible and inclusive and that audiences are being built and nurtured.

  • Supervise, mentor, and support the growth and development of department staff, including an artist programming manager. 

  • Travel to and attend industry events in the US and internationally as a representative of IDA (when it’s safe to resume regular travel).

Qualifications and Desired Competencies:

  • A proven, experienced manager with strong leadership skills and 10+ years of work experience in the documentary field; working independent filmmakers who meet requirements are encouraged to apply.

  • A deeply collaborative leader who models and inspires cooperation, positivity and resilience, with a track record of building and leading effective teams.

  • A creative professional with a distinguished curatorial voice.

  • Deep knowledge of and extensive connections in the documentary field in the US and internationally.

  • A skilled communicator with excellent public speaking and presentation skills, strong writing skills, and a proven track record of creating compelling messaging and promoting work to external constituents, including funders.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with high-level industry contacts, including funders, filmmakers, and community partners. 

  • Inspired by IDA’s mission with a demonstrated commitment to supporting documentary storytellers.

  • Drive to act on personal and organizational values of racial equity and justice, and a commitment to care for the health, safety and well-being of IDA staff and the constituents we serve.

  • Able to apply an equity and racial justice lens to programming and to guide and lead conversations with programming teams and filmmakers about ethics, authorship, accountability, equitable and just documentary practices, and the ways that race and other identities are relevant to our work.

  • Degree in relevant field or comparable work experience.

  • Experience managing budgets, tracking expenditures and exercising fiscal responsibility.

To the best of our ability, this job description outlines the current scope of the role, with the understanding that jobs evolve and change over time. No job description can capture all of the responsibilities of a job or detail everything that may be expected in a role.

Compensation and Benefits:

The pay range for this role is $99,000 – $116,000 annually.

Benefits include 100% employer-paid medical, dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid parental and family leave and access to contribute to pre-tax commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts and a 401k retirement savings plan. 

Generous paid time off, including sick days, 15 vacation days in the first year of employment, 14 paid holidays, and a paid week off when our office closes from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. We offer a friendly, casual work environment, flexible schedules, and work-from-home opportunities.


IDA’s main office is located in Los Angeles, California. The role remains remote until it’s safe to return in accordance with local health guidelines. Will consider permanent remote for exceptionally qualified candidates.

How to apply:

Apply by February 18, 2022. Please fill out fill out this form, upload a letter of interest and a resume or CV.

Successful candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States of America. IDA does not currently sponsor visas to work in the United States. 

If hired, we require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed, as determined on a case-by-case basis.

To request accommodations for completing this employment application please contact [email protected] or call (818) 635-1090.