Hybrid: 2+ days a week in Brooklyn office
Compensation Range: $100,000-$125,000
Robust benefits package (details below)
Posted: August 28, 2023
Chicken & Egg Pictures is seeking a Communications Director to lead the strategy and execution of its communications program.
This senior level position is an exciting, unique opportunity to contribute to the growth of Chicken & Egg Pictures (C&E). The communications program is a core component of our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan. You will create and shape the communications and media strategy to raise C&E’s profile within and beyond the documentary community; implement brand-building that reflects our new vision and mission; and develop and execute a strategy and plan that amplifies the new strategic plan, programs, and the filmmakers who we support.
See our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan here:
In recruiting for this position, we’re seeking a colleague who has significant communications experience working in a nonprofit or in a mission-driven organization or company, ideally, working in one or more of the following fields: gender justice, documentary film, human rights, and social justice. If you do not have experience in the documentary film industry, you are deeply curious about it. You are inspired by Chicken & Egg Pictures’ vision of an inclusive and equitable media industry and our mission to amplify diverse voices in nonfiction film, and you are motivated by a culture of openness and learning and are eager to grow with a team that is passionate about putting our values into practice.
Who We Are
Chicken & Egg Pictures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a global community of women and non-binary documentary filmmakers with creative and financial support to realize their cinematic visions and build fulfilling careers in a gender inclusive media industry. We envision an equitable and just world shaped by the power of documentary films. Our work responds to the reality that sexism, racism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia can still slow or even halt too many people’s careers. Our mission lays the groundwork to disrupt these barriers.
Filmmakers need resources, opportunities, and access to thrive in an unbalanced film landscape. So we match strategically timed grants with creative mentorship and community, building peer networks and bringing artists together to learn from and champion one another. This support system is tailored for the unique challenges women and non-binary people experience in their filmmaking and career trajectories.
Since our founding, Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded over $12 million in grants and devoted thousands of hours of creative mentorship to over 500 filmmakers from around the world. Films supported by our work have been nationally and internationally recognized with the industry’s highest honors, including Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Peabody Awards. And they have raised visibility and driven social change on urgent issues.
Since 2013, the organization has been led by Chief Executive Officer, Jenni Wolfson. Under her leadership, our budget has grown and our programs have expanded, and our stellar team has won honors including the Social Impact Media Awards, Vanguard Award, and the International Documentary Association’s Amicus Award; we were also a finalist for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Additional information about us and our current programs may be found on our website: www.chickeneggpics.org
What You’ll Do
This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer and will oversee and manage the Communications Manager. This role also works closely with every member of our team, as well as with filmmakers, industry, and partners. Your responsibilities will include:
Communications Strategy and Implementation
Team Collaboration and Management
Who You Are
You must have significant experience - ideally at least 10 years - successfully leading and managing communication and branding strategies, as well as in media relations; this includes in leadership roles, managing people, and collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications below, a strong candidate will be ready to hit the ground running and possess many of the following abilities, attributes, and experiences.
To be successful in this position, you excel in the following professional areas that contribute to the foundational elements of Chicken & Egg Pictures’ work culture:
What Else You Should Know
Start Date: As soon as possible.
Deadline: Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Early submission of your application is recommended. First-round interviews will take place in mid-September.
Application Process: If your application moves forward, the application process may include up to three interview rounds with Chicken & Egg Pictures team members. Finalists will be sent a prompt and prepare an exercise, for which they will receive an honorarium.
Location and Hybrid Work Policy: This position is based in NYC. Staff are working a hybrid schedule with a standard schedule of at least two days a week in our Brooklyn office.
Compensation: Chicken & Egg Pictures offers a salary informed by the organization’s Total Rewards Philosophy and Practices, which is grounded in market data. The salary range for this full-time position is $100,000-$125,000. Actual salary from this range will be based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications.
Benefits: 100% premium coverage of health, dental, and vision insurance, plus life and short and long-term disability insurances. Flexible spending accounts for medical, dependent care, transit, and parking expenses. A 403(b) plan with a matching employer contribution. Annually 15 vacation days (20 at the two-year mark), 10 safe and sick leave days, and 4 personal days. The office is closed for 10 holidays, in addition to December 24 - 31, and offers a Summer Fridays schedule. Professional development opportunities and home office stipends offered.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Chicken & Egg Pictures is an at-will and equal opportunity employer. As such, we strongly encourage and seek applications from all backgrounds, including but not limited to women and non-binary individuals, people of color, bilingual and multicultural individuals, people with working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
We take great pride in providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, genetics, protected veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or familial status, arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
E-Verify: We participate in the E-Verify Program.
How to Apply
Complete the form on this career page to submit your cover letter and résumé.
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Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please reach out to [email protected] with any requests.
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