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).

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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.