Director, IDA Funds And Enterprise Program - International Documentary Association

The Director, IDA Funds and Enterprise Program oversees a portfolio of IDA's granting programs including:

  • IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, which supports in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process.

  • Logan Elevate & Equity Program, which supports works by, and the professional development of, emerging women and non-binary filmmakers of color. 

  • Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, which supports feature-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz's work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling and high production values. 

  • The IDA+XRM Media Incubator, which supports short vérité documentary films from around the globe, with an emphasis on emerging filmmakers and new perspectives.

  • IDA Netflix Global Emerging Filmmaker Award supports an international filmmaker undertaking their first or second documentary project.

  • These funds provide over $1 million annually in philanthropic support to films at various stages, from development through post-production.

In addition, the Director leads the broader support provided by the Enterprise Program, including developing and managing partnerships with organizations and individuals who provide expertise, resources, and direct support to IDA's grantees, as well as overseeing the development of tools, resources and educational opportunities that inform and support the responsible practice of documentary journalism more broadly, benefiting a wide range of documentary makers around the world, at all stages of their careers.

The Director is a field builder and resource, regularly speaking and presenting on a wide range of issues with a focus on funding, advocacy, ethics, just and equitable documentary practices, safety and risk, and other related areas, with a specific focus and expertise on documentary journalism and nonfiction film.

The Director is a vital member of IDA’s senior leadership team and a critical thought partner for the Executive Director and IDA staff. They will contribute meaningfully and deeply to developing the organization’s programmatic priorities, contribute broadly to the organization’s strategy, and resource development across multiple programs. The Director will collaborate internally and externally on a range of educational programming, artist support, and public programs, including the Getting Real Documentary Conference. They will work closely with IDA's Development team, building relationships with and identifying funders and supporters to sustain and support existing programs and to support building and growing new funds and initiatives.

Full Time/Exempt

$103,000 - $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: 

  • Lead and oversee grantmaking of $1 million+ per year to support documentary projects. 

  • Continue to refine and evaluate grantmaking criteria and evaluation processes to reflect current priorities and evolving field needs and best practices. 

  • Assemble and lead advisory and review committees that include filmmakers, journalists, academics and other professionals.

  • Develop and oversee support systems, labs, trainings and resources for funded projects and filmmakers .

  • Advise and consult with grantees on questions related to journalistic practice, documentary production, funding and distribution.

  • Stay fully informed on developments and trends in documentary storytelling worldwide. 

  • Together with Artist Programs, Events, Communications and Editorial staff, lead the development and design of trainings, educational programs, resources and tools that support the wider documentary field and journalistic documentary practice. 

  • Serve as a high-level spokesperson for and representative of IDA funds, and IDA in general, on panels, and in public presentations and engagements.

  • Work with IDA's Director of Development and Executive Director to raise funds for current and future funds, projects and initiatives. 

  • Develop and track program budgets, proposals and reports for funders as needed.

  • Manage, mentor and support the growth and development of the IDA Funds Program Officer, who oversees the day-to-day functions of granting programs, and the IDA Funds Grants Coordinator.

  • Job requires travel to film festivals and other industry events and, if working remotely, regular travel to our office in Los Angeles.

Qualifications and desired competencies:

  • Extensive, high-level experience in documentary funding, curation, and programming a range of documentary and nonfiction film forms including documentary journalism and creative nonfiction.  

  • An understanding of how documentary and nonfiction film intervenes in cultures and societies and a curiosity for integrating learnings from multiple disciplines to inform program design, development and efficacy.  

  • Ability for creative problem-solving and willingness to assess and reassess approaches to effective granting and program efficacy.  

  • A truly collaborative spirit who thrives in a nurturing team environment that harnesses individual talents and contributions to build a cohesive collective organization vision. 

  • Experience in acquisitions, distribution, and story development is a plus. 

  • Advanced degree in film or journalism, or comparable experience and/or training required.

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

  • Excellent communication skills, including writing for publication, public speaking and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with high-level partners including funders, filmmakers, partner organizations and other industry professionals.

  • Driven by IDA’s mission, with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the work of documentary storytellers and to defending the rights and freedoms of documentary artists, activists and journalists.

  • As a key member of the IDA leadership team, driven to act on personal and organizational values of racial and ethnic equity and justice, and commitment to act with care for the health, safety and well-being of IDA staff, grantees and other constituents we serve.

  • Able to apply an equity and racial and ethnic justice lens to programmatic work, and to guide and lead conversations with filmmakers, reviewers and grant panelists on ethics, authorship, accountability, equitable and just documentary practices and the ways that race and other identities are relevant to works being evaluated.

  • Knowledge of security protocols for working with high-risk projects, safeguarding sensitive information and maintaining strict confidentiality.

This job description outlines to the best of our ability, the current scope of the role, with the understanding that jobs evolve and change over time and that 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 $103,000 - $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, and flexible schedule and work-from-home opportunities.


Preference is given to candidates located in or willing to relocate to Los Angeles, California. However, IDA will consider full-time remote within the US for exceptionally qualified candidates.

How to apply:

Apply by February 18, 2022. Please 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.