Offices in the Presidio
Offices in the Presidio
Offices in the Presidio

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We believe in taking a chance on filmmakers who have ideas for artful and compelling nonfiction films that inspire us to think differently about the world. Catapult provides research and development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a meaningful story to tell, have secured access to their story, and are ready to create a visual sample to help unlock production support.

We embrace supporting filmmakers at a stage where funding for projects is hard to find and considered the riskiest. We seek filmmakers with authentic voices who tell stories with integrity, creativity, and genuinely represent their vision and perspective. Catapult is not tied to any specific subject matter or issues. We support a wide range of stories and storytelling approaches.

We expand the impact of the program grants by providing customized mentorship to filmmakers. The Catapult teams serves as advisors and advocates for our community of filmmakers, often introducing them to key stakeholders in the field where they can fund and distribute their work.

Since our founding in 2010, we have awarded over $5.4 million in direct grants to filmmakers through our grant and mentorship programs. We are proud to help launch films such as The Territory (2022 Sundance Audience and Special Jury Documentary Craft Award winner), Crip Camp (2021 Academy Award nominee), and Always In Season (2019 Sundance Festival Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency).

Current Openings

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Co-Director/Chief Operating Officer

Overview

The Co-Director/Chief Operating Officer will oversee Catapult Film Fund in a time of significant transition and growth by providing the leadership, vision, strategy, and management necessary for the organization to realize its mission and ambitions. This person will have the opportunity to lead an established independent documentary organization, leverage an exceptional and diverse network of filmmakers, and set an ambitious direction to further advance Catapult’s work and ensure its continued relevance and impact.

These executive leadership responsibilities will be shared with the Co-Director/Chief Program Officer, who oversees the direction of all programmatic initiatives. Collectively, they provide effective operational and artistic leadership for Catapult. Catapult is transitioning towards a model of co-leadership to better meet the organization’s overall needs as a result of operational and programmatic growth and existing leadership transitions. The Co-Director/Chief Operating Officer will have specific oversight of the day-to-day operations and play a central role in developing, implementing, and managing key organizational systems, including people management, finances, and communications. This person reports to the Board of Directors.

Responsibilities

Leadership, Strategy, and Communications

● As a co-leader of Catapult, set organizational strategy, goals, and best nonprofit practices; ensure the organization’s strategic objectives are in line with its mission.

● Serve as an advocate and public voice for the work, impact, and vision of Catapult. Proactively engage with the Catapult community and wider documentary industry as an advocate for a sustainable, ethical, and equitable documentary ecosystem.

● Leverage the success of Catapult’s programs and raise its profile through the development and implementation of comprehensive communication and branding plans.

● Oversee the design, production, and distribution of communication and promotional materials, website, and media content such as newsletters, press releases, announcements, and social media posts. Develop and implement an equity plan to advance Catapult’s aim to become a more relevant, accessible, and diverse organization.

Operations, People Management, and Finance

● Build and manage the day-to-day operational systems to ensure that the infrastructure is positioned to support a growing organization; translate aspiration and strategy into programmatic outcomes and an implementation roadmap; align the organizational resources, structures, and accountability practices to meet those goals.

● Serve as a creative thought leader to the Board of Directors; help manage and grow the board, maintain open communication, professional working relationships, and meaningful engagement with board members.

● Provide staff with strong management that promotes cross-team collaboration and communication; guide the team to understand and commit to the execution implications of strategic ideas and goals.

● Develop protocols around equitable hiring practices to diversify, mentor, and retain talent; ensure consistent staffing structures in support of programming and operations; strengthen and implement professional development opportunities, performance evaluation, and training. Maintain oversight of the organization’s finances to ensure they are managed with fiscal and fiduciary accountability; implement an annual budget process and long term planning.

● Work closely with Catapult’s contracted finance and HR advisory firm to manage payroll and grant payment processing.

Development

● Oversee development operational efforts; with the Co-Director/Chief Program Officer, build a strong cycle and pipeline that identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards philanthropic giving.

● Create and implement short- and long-term development plans; build the organizational infrastructure to support expanded fundraising needs and activities.

● Write and edit grant funding proposals; research and track progress and reporting requirements.

Qualifications

● Extensive experience in a leadership position at a media organization, cultural, or nonprofit organization is preferred.

● Proven skills in developing and implementing strategies and solutions, with a successful record of executing projects and expected outcomes within budget and time restraints, is required.

● Clear thinking, strong communication, and sophisticated systems and habits for self-organization is required; experience with platforms such as Airtable, Siteleaf, and Google suite of software is ideal. Excellent writing and editing abilities with impeccable grammar and composition skills.

● Ability to prepare, give presentations, and comfortably interact with different constituent audiences.

● An elevated understanding of how entrenched challenges and structural inequality affect organizational culture and sustainability is ideal; seeking ideas to resolve and dismantle them through internal and external approaches that provide opportunities for social dialogue in an open-minded environment is highly valued.

Cultural Competency

● Knowledge and understanding of the independent documentary field, including new and emerging technologies, documentary distribution platforms, and trends around engagement and outreach is ideal.

● Exemplify a genuine passion for filmmaking (especially documentary) and belief in the power of storytelling to help drive and shape the public imagination.

Work Culture

● We’re looking for people to join us who are passionate about nonfiction storytelling and committed to contributing to building a more equitable field for documentary film.

● We pride ourselves on being adaptive, responsive, and believe that each person is an integral part of an eco-system grounded in trust. We offer ample flexibility within our working culture because we believe it leads to a better work-life balance.

● Catapult is based in San Francisco and the team works in a flexible hybrid structure. The Co-Director/Chief Operating Officer will have the option to work remotely; regular travel to Catapult’s office will be required on a schedule to be determined.

Compensation

The salary begins at $110,000 and includes 100% employee medical and dental coverage, participation in a 403 (b) retirement plan, paid time off, public holidays, and professional development opportunities.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume in PDF format detailing relevant experience to jobs@catapultfilmfund.org. Please be prepared to provide contact information for 3 references upon request (they will not be contacted without advance notice to you.) Applications are due May 31, 2022. Early applications are strongly preferred and will be given priority.

No phone calls please. We appreciate your understanding the resource constraints of our small team to handle the anticipated volume of interest. We are committed to the principles of being an equal opportunity employer (EOE). Our organizational policies, practices, programs, activities, and decisions regarding employment are not based on a person’s race, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, parental status, housing status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable law.

To request reasonable assistance for completing the application due to a disability, please contact info@catapultfilmfund.org or leave a message at 415-738-8553.

Program Officer (PO)

Overview

The Program Officer will play a central role on Catapult’s team by supporting the artist development programs: Catapult’s signature development grants, research grants, momentum grants, and mentorship. Through the combination of critically-timed early funding and creative mentorship, Catapult’s artist development programs propel film projects while nurturing the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers.

The PO will work to implement and expand these programs through strategic and equitable approaches to grantmaking practices. With support from the Co-Director/Chief Program Officer, this individual will have key responsibility in reviewing and curating film project submissions, serve as a point of contact for filmmakers, help maintain and develop relationships throughout the documentary film industry, and support the development of Catapult’s operational formats. The PO reports to the Co-Director/Chief Program Officer.

Responsibilities

Grantmaking

● Support the development, implementation, and management of artist programs in collaboration with the programming team.

● Review, analyze, and provide recommendations on film proposals and other submissions for grant funding.

● Review footage of rough and fine cuts with notes; collaborate on creative project fundraising strategies.

● Plan and manage programming events such as workshops and panels as needed.

● Ensure program and partnership effectiveness and quality through consistent monitoring of grantmaking processes; create the resources and evaluation tools needed to support progress reporting and deliverables.

● Monitor and manage contracts, fiscal sponsorships, deliverables, report gathering, and media intake.

● Coordinate grant disbursement with Catapult’s contracted finance firm.

● Develop and compile the data outlining program strategy, achievements, and impacts as related to programmatic needs.

● Participate, source, hire, and onboard the team of application readers.

● Manage applicant correspondence; provide feedback to applicants as needed.

Mentorship

● Provide support and maintain positive relationships with current grantees.

● Strategize with film team on decisions related to the release and distribution for film festivals, sales agents, publicists, and buyers.

● Develop and facilitate grantee events such as workshops, screenings, and other industry networking convenings.

● Manage grantee call scheduling calendar.

Industry Relations

● Seek, engage, and leverage the ideas, talents and spirit of both the Catapult community and the wider documentary community to build and deepen ongoing involvement in the organization.

● Help foster relationships with key partners and stakeholders.

Communications

● Capture grantee activity to support development and communication efforts by assisting with program materials, funding proposals, articles, social media postings, or other forms of media.

● Maintain knowledge of relevant issues in the documentary landscape to help inform colleagues of upcoming topics, news and milestones, and other opportunities to guide communications content planning.

Qualifications

● A record of accomplishment and experience with a minimum of four years at a film, media, arts, and/or cultural organization is required.

● Knowledge and understanding of the independent documentary field is required.

● Experience in project management with strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks and and self-manage workload is essential.

● Clear thinking, strong communication, and sophisticated systems and habits for self-organization is essential.

● Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to write clear and analytical content is required.

● Experience with platforms such as Airtable, Siteleaf, and Google suite of software is ideal

Work Culture

● We’re looking for people to join us who are passionate about nonfiction storytelling and committed to contributing to building a more equitable field for documentary film.

● We pride ourselves on being adaptive, responsive, and believe that each person is an integral part of an eco-system grounded in trust. We offer ample flexibility within our working culture because we believe it leads to a better work-life balance.

● Catapult is based in San Francisco and the team works in a flexible hybrid structure. The Program Officer will have the option to work remotely; regular travel to Catapult’s office will be required on a schedule to be determined.

Compensation

The salary begins at $70,000 and includes 100% employee medical and dental coverage, participation in a 403 (b) retirement plan, paid vacation time, paid sick time, public holidays, and professional development opportunities.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume in PDF format detailing relevant experience to programs@catapultfilmfund.org.

Please be prepared to provide contact information for 3 references upon request (they will not be contacted without prior notice to you). Early applications are strongly preferred and will be given priority. The position will be open until filled.

To request reasonable assistance for completing the application due to a disability, please contact info@catapultfilmfund.org or leave a message at 415-738-8553.

No phone calls please. We appreciate your understanding the resource constraints of our small team to handle the anticipated volume of interest.