Director, Episodic Program
Sundance Film FestivalLos Angeles, CA
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The Director envisions, leads, and executes the Episodic Program, with the goal of providing year-round creative and tactical support for emerging television writers. This unique position focuses on organizing a program that provides specialized support for approximately 20 artists a year. Artists who have gone through the program include writers Bary Jenkins, Desiree Akhavan and Heather Rae. Other Fellows have gone on to staff shows including This is Us, You're the Worst, Better Call Saul, Silicon Valley, Fresh off the Boat, American Gods, The Baby-Sitters Club, and The Americans. Many writers that have participated have sold their Lab projects to networks including HBO, Amazon, Hulu, FX, ABC, CW and AMC.
The Director ensures that the selected Fellows have the tools, training, and industry access to advance their projects and careers. This role focuses on pilot development, staffing, and securing representation, and aligns with all Institute programs that value independent voice, inclusion, equity, and a commitment to supporting historically underrepresented writers.
This position works closely under the Founding Director of the Sundance Feature Film Program and is a full time, benefit eligible role, who in normal times works out of our Los Angeles, CA office. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are all working completely remote until we can safely return to in-office work. Applicants will need to be able to work extended hours, including evenings and weekends at key points throughout the year. Again in normal times, travel to other Institute offices and events, including festivals and labs will also be required.
Top priorities include but are not limited to:
Program Strategy and Management
• Working closely with the Founding Director, designing, planning and leading the agreed upon program elements of the Episodic Program including the Labs, Industry Engagement and career development, craft workshops and year-round customized support of the selected Fellows.
• Overseeing the Lab's application process, including: outreach, submission, and final selection
• Cultivating and developing a strong and diverse network of Creative Advisors and Industry Mentors
• Designing and leading all follow-up support for Episodic Alumni for staffing, representation, pitching, continued learning, and networking.
• Designing and overseeing granting program for selected episodic Fellows
• Cultivating and building relationships with Sundance Alumni as well as emerging and newly established writers.
• Participating in cross-disciplinary work with other Sundance Institute programs, including Outreach & Inclusion initiatives.
• Planning and implementing designated events at Sundance Festival in collaboration with Indie Episodic programming team, when needed.
Program and Institute Representation
• Cultivating existing contacts and conducting outreach to develop new ones, with the goal of increasing inclusion and raising the profile for the Program.
• Building strong networks within the Episodic field to collaborate on strategy, stay abreast of trends, and establish the Institute as a ''thought leader'' in this space.
• Representing the Institute at external events, including panels, conferences, and other opportunities.
• Working closely with the Advancement team to support the fundraising efforts for the Episodic Program.
• Working closely with the Marketing team to ensure that the program and fellows get visibility that will enhance their career opportunities and bring value to the program.
• Managing staff, including selecting and training highly effective individuals, delegating appropriate and meaningful work, and providing mentorship and development opportunities to ensure their growth.
• Reviewing and refining department workflows to ensure efficiency and best practices are applied.
You have the following direct or transferable skill sets:
• Legal authorization to work in the United States.
• 8 years experience in increasingly responsible positions within the episodic field, including script development or film producing.
• Strong knowledge of the creative and business of the episodic field.
• Extensive contacts in the television field, including with showrunners, executives and production companies
• Strong leadership skills and demonstrated excellence in managing employees.
• Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, foresight to understand the implications their actions will have on the organization.
• Demonstrated experience as a strategic and creative leader who can deliver results from the big-picture of our mission and work.
• Highest levels of personal and professional integrity and ethics.
• Strong consultation, presentation, meeting design, and facilitation skills including public speaking.
• Ability to work nights and weekends around events and key deadlines.
• Bachelor's degree in film, communications, related, or equivalent experience preferred.
• Experience within a comparable arts, culture, or film organization preferred.
• Experience in developing artistic workshops preferred. This job is no longer available. Click here to view current job listings.