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Monday, September 15, 2008

Rooftop Films Is Seeking a Development Director

(New York, NY) September 15, 2008 –THE ORGANIZATION Rooftop Films is a non-profit film festival and production collective based in Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films is a grassroots group that has grown into one of New York's leading film organizations. Above all, we are a community—a collective collaboration between filmmakers and festivals, between audience members and artists, between venues and neighborhoods. Our goal is to create a vibrant independent filmmaking community that bridges cultural boundaries. At Rooftop Films, we bring the underground outdoors.

Our work includes:

+ Summer Series (festival of new, independent films in various outdoor locations)

+ Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund (grants for filmmakers)

+ Rooftop Films Production Collective (collaborations between filmmakers)

+ Tours / Curating (Rooftop at universities, museums, etc. in cities around the world)

+ Equipment Rentals (low-cost production and exhibition for artists and non-profits)

+ Classes (low-cost classes in editing, animation, film sound, screenwriting)

+ Education (collaborations with schools and youth media organizations to teach video)

+ Rooftop Films Discussions (seminars with filmmakers)

+ The Companion Guide to Rooftop Films magazine


Rooftop Films has grown tremendously over the last few years, and we are now looking for a Development Director to take a creative role in ambitiously expanding our budget in the coming years. The Development Director will work closely with the artistic staff and our dedicated Board of Directors to increase and maintain the budget, forge connections with individual donors, sponsors and grants organizations, and help shape the future of the organization. This is a flexible, creative position, employing a variety of skills. Applicants can come from the non-profit or for-profit worlds and will have the opportunity to work in a number of areas, including grants, donations, sponsors and business management. Applicants must have the ability to shape their own job. The atmosphere is exciting and creative, and there is tremendous room for growth, both for the Development Director and for the organization as a whole.

The person in this position must possess excellent organizational skills, writing skills, verbal communication skills, flexibility, and the ability to work collaboratively with internal staff and external constituencies at all levels. This is a full-time, paid position, though hours can be flexible. Salary commensurate with experience. HOW TO APPLYWe recommend you look over our website thoroughly and learn about our organization. And, if possible, please attend one of our events. Then send a resume, references, and a cover letter to: Mark Rosenberg at
Applications must be received by Wednesday, October 1. NO PHONE CALLS OR FOLLOW UP EMAILS PLEASE.Your cover letter should explain why you want this job, what you think you bring to the job, and what your vision for the job is. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged via email. Interviews will be conducted in October, and the position will begin in as soon as the candidate is chosen. Not all applicants will receive interviews. Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.

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