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Programming Manager

Role Summary/Purpose

The Independent Feature Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new feature and documentary works each year. IFP also operates the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, a collaborative workspace dedicated to supporting and connecting the next generation of media entrepreneurs and creators by providing industry resources, events, mentorship and educational opportunities.

Our 20,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in DUMBO combines workspaces, classrooms, exhibition venues and a public café, where storytellers, industry professionals and curiosity seekers come together to work, learn, innovate, explore and grow — together.

The Programming Manager reports to the Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships and is responsible for developing annual programmatic offerings, networking opportunities and providing customer service for members. The programmatic offerings will align with the organization’s mission to support independent creators from around the world develop new projects, connect within the industry and champion collaborative and impactful storytelling at all stages.

The Programming Manager works with all teams within the IFP staff to create a positive and functional environment for the membership community.

The Programming Manager will have a varied schedule working some early mornings to open the Media Center as well as evenings and weekends for events. The Programming Manager will also spend significant time at the front desk greeting members and guests as they enter the space.

Essential ResponsibilitiesDevelop programmatic offerings for IFP members in conjunction with Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships as well as programming team. Offerings include existing industry access events, screenings and networking offerings. Duties will include procuring panelists/industry experts, sourcing screenings and talent through conversations with distributors and publicists, etc. In total, candidate will program 32 industry access events, six mixers and 72 screenings per year.

  • Coordinator membership events including pre-production/planning, onsite management and post-event recaps.
  • Work with Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships to address member inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Work with Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships and Marketing Manager on newsletter creation as well as social media strategy and implementation.
  • Work with Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships and Marketing Manager on strategies and tactics to acquire new members and retain existing members.
  • Create and send surveys to members to receive feedback on membership needs and events.
  • Onboarding of new workspace members and conduct one-one-one consultations with new members to understand their business goals and needs in conjunction with Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships. Onboarding includes working directly with the finance department to ensure all tenancy license agreements, refunds, license extensions, and cancellations are accurately reflected in the central database. On boarding also includes setting up member backend portals, desk set up, storage and mailbox assignments.
  • Coordinate deliverables for grant and fellowship programs – procedure, guidelines, copy, and implementation.
  • Work closely with the Manager, Education and Programming to provide recommendations for programs and educational initiatives that will appeal to and support the member community. Also support programming team with onsite event logistics as needed.
  • Responsible for workspace member operational satisfaction in conjunction with the Operations team.
  • In conjunction with Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships, conduct tours of Media Center space for potential members and partners.
  • In conjunction with the Director, Membership & Strategic Partnerships, strategize and attend industry trade events and act as ambassador for IFP.
  • Support Director, Marketing, and Strategic Partnerships in development and implementation of annual giving campaign (above and beyond membership).


Successful candidate will have a proven history of working within the film industry and have a passion for providing benefits and resources to creators. The candidate should be personable, have a go-getter attitude and able to proactively execute designated tasks.

  • Experience in film industry and/or community building for a not-for-profit organization, 4-6 years.
  • Preferred experience in community membership atmosphere with direct experience in programming and membership engagement.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Exceptional people and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities effectively while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Strong customer service skills and ability to work well with all levels of internal and external partners.
  • Team player who supports co-workers.
  • Strong analytical and strategic skills.
  • Comfortable in a fast paced and nimble environment.
  • Passionate and dedicated to mission-based organizations and the film/media/tech sector.
  • Ability to balance multiple and simultaneous projects and priorities.
  • Results orientated with a drive to create effective solutions.
  • Familiarity with Slack, Constant Contact and Mailchimp.

Compensation based on experience. Please send CV and Cover Letter to [email protected]