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Industry & Artist Development Manager

Full Time

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Arts & Culture

Full-time position
Hybrid: 2+ days a week in Brooklyn office
Compensation Range: $65,000-$77,000
Robust benefits package (details below)
Posted: March 20, 2023

Chicken & Egg Pictures is seeking an Industry & Artist Development Manager to join our program team. This position will manage our programs geared toward providing Chicken & Egg Pictures (C&E) supported filmmakers with career-building opportunities, new networks, resources, and a vibrant community to deepen their craft and further develop their projects.

As part of a collaborative organization, this is an opportunity to contribute to the continued development of Chicken & Egg Pictures. Our 2023–2025 Strategic Plan includes our newly annual convening, Doc Nest (formerly Next Gen Egg), and a robust expansion of our AlumNest programming, which are two programs you will manage.  

The successful candidate enjoys exploring new ideas to build bridges and partnerships within the nonfiction ecosystem, and has a talent for turning those ideas into actions that will advance the organization, the filmmakers, as well as the field at large. 

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. 

Since 2005, we have supported 400+ filmmakers, providing over $10 million in grants and thousands of hours of mentorship and creative support. We are known for our ability to spot exciting new talent and compelling projects with great potential. We elevate and amplify voices that make universal themes accessible, personal, and resonant. Our team has received numerous recognitions from the documentary industry and beyond, including the 2018 International Documentary Association Amicus Award, the 2019 Social Impact Media Vanguard Award, and runner-up for the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Award for Overall Management. Additional information about us and our current programs may be found on our website:  

What You’ll Do  

This is a mid-level position that reports to the Program Director and works closely with every member of the C&E team, as well as donors and industry partners. The position will supervise an intern and/or a temporary event production staff member for Doc Nest. 

As the main lead managing a series of programs geared towards building community and connecting filmmakers with the documentary industry and funders, you will be responsible for engaging our 400+ AlumNest filmmakers. 

Working closely with your fellow program staff to develop AlumNest and Doc Nest programs, your responsibilities will include: 


    Create and manage a menu of year-round workshops, panels, and masterclasses that speak to film projects at various stages from development through production, and post-production/impact, as well as honing craft, financial education, and community building opportunities.
    Create and manage the content of the AlumNest programming page on the C&E website and the AlumNest newsletter, where events are promoted and opportunities are shared.
    Foster ongoing relationships between filmmakers and documentary industry funders, leaders, and other supporters, including managing requests for industry referrals, recommendations, and introductions.
    Spearhead inclusion of producers of C&E-supported projects into the AlumNest.
    Assess the current AlumNest network and gather and maintain contact information, career developments and project statuses.

Doc Nest 

    Plan and manage Doc Nest, our annual all-day convening that brings together filmmakers, potential supporters, and industry representatives in order to open doors to C&E-supported filmmakers, increasing their access to resources and opportunities.
    Identify filmmakers and industry representatives throughout the year to participate in Doc Nest.  
    Continue to nurture and track relationships between filmmakers and industry representatives/potential supporters following Doc Nest.

Program-wide responsibilities 

    Manage budgets, timelines, and logistics for AlumNest and Doc Nest.
    Represent C&E in public forums and meetings, building industry relationships and collaborations. 
    Research and implement inclusive processes that are in line with organizational DEIA and anti-racism values across programs under purview. 
    Collaborate with the Program Manager in evaluation activities for programs under purview. 
    Participate in film/filmmaker review and selection processes, where appropriate.
    Work on other projects and tasks, as needed.

Who You Are  

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. 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.

Minimum Requirements

You have significant experience, likely at least 5+ years in the documentary field, and 2 years working as a filmmaker and/or manager at an artist development organization, production company, distributor, or film festival. 

    Film and Media Industry: Knowledge of the documentary filmmaking landscape, including production and distribution entities, film festivals, pitch markets, and artist development institutions. You keep abreast of news and trends, and “who is doing what.” 
    Film Funding: Knowledge of the current film funding landscape and models for documentary film.
    Event Management: Significant experience executing and managing events, workshops and/or panels. 
    Film Submission Review: Experience reviewing film submissions for programs and/or festivals.
    Artist Development: An understanding of the challenges that filmmakers face and the kinds of opportunities that would be beneficial for the ongoing professional development of documentary directors and producers. 

Desired Qualifications

    Network: Experience building relationships and partnerships in the documentary field, US and globally, and will bring your extensive industry networks to the position.
    Event Development: Experience designing events, such as workshops and panels, to expand filmmakers’ skills and knowledge, and to build relationships and community.
    Artistic Sensibility: Experience providing feedback to filmmakers and a keen eye for potential film projects. 
    External Representation: Experience representing an organization as a speaker and moderator at industry events, such as panels, markets, and festivals. 

Professional Competencies 

    Project Management Skills: You are adept at managing and executing complex projects that require ingenuity, attention to detail, and accuracy. Your approach to the work is methodical, detail-oriented, creative, and enthusiastic. 
    Communication and Interpersonal Skills: You consider relationship building and networking with a diverse range of people to be one of your strongest talents. You have the ability to manage sensitive situations with care, maturity, and professionalism.
    Work Habits and Approach: You have excellent judgment, a strong work ethic, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills. Good humor, initiative, and flexibility are among the traits you bring to the table as a collaborative team member. You are curious, a life-long learner, and you value a diversity of thought, background, and perspective.
    Systems and Technology Proficiency: You are tech savvy and quickly learn new tools and platforms. You delight in new ways to work more efficiently.

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 late March/early April

Application Process: If your application is moved 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/presentation, 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 $65,000-$77,000. Actual salary from the range above 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 and transit 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 3 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.

COVID-19: All employees are required to have up-to-date vaccines, subject to reasonable accommodations to the extent required by law.

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 our career page to submit your cover letter and résumé.

In your cover letter, we invite you to respond to the following prompts. Please limit your cover letter to a maximum of one and a half pages.

    Why is being Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Industry & Artist Development Manager the next best step for you professionally?
    Chicken & Egg Pictures strives to create a gender inclusive documentary film industry by working with filmmakers from different backgrounds and communities. Tell us about how your background and experiences could help you to work towards this mission in your role as the Industry & Artist Development Manager. 

Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please reach out to with any requests.

Please, no phone calls. 

Hiring companies: We will not respond to emails about this position.

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