Director, Indiana University Cinema (Bloomington, IN)

Job Summary

The IU Cinema Director will be a strong advocate on and off campus for IU Cinema and Indiana University. The Director will be a conscientious administrator with managerial expertise, operational experience, demonstrated success in fundraising. This individual will work effectively in a university setting and operate comfortably in the dynamic world of film and media. The Director will lead a high-performing staff to secure and strengthen IU Cinema’s now-established identity and culture. They will grow the organization’s infrastructure in balanced and sustainable ways, including strengthening funding and targeting strategic initiatives to advance IU Cinema’s mission, vision, and goals. The Director will be IU Cinema’s primary ambassador to other Indiana University departments and organizations, to the people of the City of Bloomington, the surrounding region, and the global film industry. Reporting to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Director will manage three direct reports and oversee six full-time employees, eight part-time employees, and a committed team of volunteers.

Roles and Responsibilities

Organizational and Artistic Vision

  • Develop a clear, future-focused plan for IU Cinema for its second decade, engaging with its staff in the formation of long- and short-term strategic planning in alignment with the university’s strategic plans and IU Cinema’s mission and vision.
  • Provide creative thinking and expertise in the new areas of producing innovative digital programming in a rapidly changing industry.
  • Innovate ways of utilizing collaborative activity between IU Cinema and the university to provide unique opportunities for artistic creation and student advancement, in the model of IU Cinema’s current programs in commissioning film scores.
  • Clearly articulate IU Cinema’s role as a university and community resource, assuring its active engagement with all current and future collaborators.
  • Enhance and promote IU Cinema’s brand as a visionary and innovative curatorial film program through effective promotional, media, and communication strategies that further elevate the organization locally, globally, and with industry partners.
  • Apply personal experience and broad knowledge of the film industry in its traditional, modern, and future forms to infuse IU Cinema’s programming with perspective, relevance, and discovery, including the dynamic and fast-changing methods of distribution, streaming, technologies, and audience engagement.
  • Support and advance the IU Cinema’s DEIJ strategy and initiatives in partnership with existing University committees and departments.
  • Commit to programming that features diverse artists and reflects the organization’s commitment to engaging a variety of stories and identities.

Financial Stability and Growth

  • Serve as lead fundraiser for IU Cinema, acting as the primary major gifts officer and participating in the execution of fundraising plans for annual fund and institutional funding initiatives.
  • Develop, oversee, and implement IU Cinema’s annual budget and its short- and long-term financial goals, with direct accountability for financial performance.
  • Strategically grow philanthropic support for IU Cinema through major gifts by working collaboratively and proactively with the Provost, the Office of Strategic Campus Advancement, current IU Cinema donors, and IU Foundation development officers.
  • Strengthen IU Cinema’s ongoing support through the detailed oversight of and investment in annual fund and grant writing efforts managed directly by the Director and IU Cinema staff.

Partnerships and Collaborations

  • Act as the primary spokesperson and champion for IU Cinema in its official business with the university and community.
  • Foster existing and new relationships to reinforce IU Cinema’s role as cultural center and hub for intellectual discourse on campus and in the Bloomington community.
  • Provide leadership to develop a sustainable model for IU Cinema’s role in supporting film and media across disciplines on the Bloomington campus, in the region, nationally, and internationally.
  • Strategize with university leadership and faculty to integrate IU Cinema’s programming with university goals and academic curriculum to further the development of the university’s student population and IU Cinema’s relevance and sustainability.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with all IU Cinema stakeholders, including students, faculty, administrators, trustees, alumni, donors, parents, filmmakers, industry leaders, archivists, legislators, and international constituents.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with faculty and academic administrators on effective daily functioning of the university environment.
  • Actively engage with the film and media industry network to build program and networking opportunities.

Management and Team Development

  • Partner with the Associate Director in the planning of innovative, relevant, collaborative, and engaging public programs that are inclusive and representative of diverse university and community audiences.
  • Efficiently and effectively utilize and empower the existing staff to meet the organization’s needs while ensuring a positive and safe work environment.
  • Direct and support staff, manage budgets, establish priorities, and organize operations to ensure timely and smooth delivery of external programs and internal activities.
  • Develop and maintain a sustainable staffing model, including attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce, to fulfill IU Cinema’s ambitious mission and vision while supporting a healthy and balanced internal structure rooted in IU Cinema’s guiding principles and commitments.


Traits and Characteristics

The Director will be a thoughtful provocateur with an intellectually curious and rigorous approach to planning and executing public film and education programs. The Director will have a passion for IU Cinema’s mission, a commitment to strategy, and a dedication to continuous evaluation and evolution of both operations and programming processes. This individual will have a history of building and nurturing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, including artists, partners, and donors, and will be energized by broadly sharing IU Cinema’s work with people of all kinds. The Director will be a decisive and results-oriented leader who succeeds by building their team and partner relationships, creating welcoming and inclusive environments, and communicating decisions clearly with compassion, empathy, and respect.

Experience equivalent to a master’s degree and significant senior leadership positions in a cultural or higher education setting are required (advanced degree preferred). A track record of results-oriented success in overseeing dynamic and multifaceted artistic planning, building donor relationships, securing public and private funding, and navigating multilevel bureaucracies is necessary. Qualified candidates will have experience managing and leading collaborative public programming in a university (or comparable) environment with a vision toward internally and externally continuing IU Cinema’s momentum. Thorough knowledge of cinema, including current strategies for virtual distribution, and access to networks in the professional film industry are strongly preferred. Nonprofit governance expertise and university academic experience are greatly appreciated.

Other Key Competencies

  • Collaboration and Teamwork – The ability to lead by understanding, incorporating, and prioritizing the needs and interests of many constituents and partners to fuel the execution of an organizational vision that engages a diverse and expanding network of people and organizations.
  • Planning, Organizing, and Resource Management – The experience and thoughtfulness to establish strategic goals and accomplish them in a well-thought-out manner through the use of limited time, money, and other resources.
  • Accountability and Customer Focus – The capacity to conduct decision making with honesty, professionalism, and transparent accountability standards and to anticipate and understand customer needs, wants, and expectations with a strong commitment to delivering exceptional service.
  • Self-Starting and Resilient – The patience and dedication to overcome obstacles and the drive to advance IU Cinema’s mission on a daily basis with energy and creativity and without significant external direction, fully appreciating short-, medium-, and long-term efforts.

To Apply

To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments, please click here or visit Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity, including anticipated salary range, please contact us at:
Douglas R. Clayton
Senior Vice President
201 West Lake Street, Suite 133
Chicago, IL 60606-1803
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext. 202

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021