NYWIFT Seeking Executive Director

NYWIFT Seeking Executive Director: Applications Due August 27, 2018

Job Description- Executive Director

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York. NYWIFT is a $1.2 million organization with a 40 year old history.  It employs 4 full-time staff, several part-time staff and maintains a robust 18- person Board of Directors that services our more than 2300 members. It is well known and respected and is supported by the important companies, associations, guilds and individuals that make up the film/TV/digital community in New York. NYWIFT speaks for women in the business as well as being an active participant with other industry leaders in building and protecting the industry.

NYWIFT advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women at every stage of their careers. NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants and providing access to a supportive community of peers. NYWIFT has more than 2,300 members working above and below-the-line and is part of a network of 50 Women in Film chapters worldwide, representing more than 10,000 members.

NYWIFT is seeking an experienced professional for the position of Executive Director (ED) to manage the staff, to lead the membership and to oversee, with the Board of Directors, the administration, fundraising, advocacy activities, programs and strategic planning of the organization. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.



  • Ensure that NYWIFT operates in accordance with the mission and principles under which it was founded and provide leadership for the operationalizing and implementation of the 2016 strategic plan.
  • Foster effective teamwork and serve as a leadership role model to the staff by sustaining a high performance, safe and supportive culture.
  • Promote active and broad participation by volunteers.

Board Governance

  • Communicate effectively with the Board including providing all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Set Board meeting calendar, agendas and annual Board planning retreats in conjunction with Board President.
  • Attend Board meetings as defined by 501c3 guidelines.


  • Create and motivate the Board to develop a fundraising plan that includes prospecting for grant opportunities, and building relationships with private donors, corporations and foundations in order to support existing programs and the expansion of program offerings.
  • Raise funds to ensure the financial health of the organization including for said expansions.
  • Creatively oversee the planning and implementation of NYWIFT’s fundraising and public facing events.
  • Work with the Board VP of Development to schedule and attend Development Committee meetings.

Work with the Board Treasurer to prepare monthly financial statements for the Board.

  • Create the annual budget and administer the funds of the organization according to the approved budget and accepted nonprofit financial management guidelines.   Monitor the monthly cash flow of the organization.
  • Serve as liaison with legal counsel and accountant.  Support head of audit committee as well as members who serve on the committee.
  • Oversee the annual production of an audited financial statement by an independent auditor; provide information as needed and attend to all management letters and recommendations.

Organization, Management and Operations

  • Oversee an effective and efficient administration of day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Hire and work to retain competent, qualified staff. Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
  • Oversee the implementation of human resource policies, procedures and practices.
  • Create transparent policies for dealing with staff reviews and grievances.
  • Foster continued growth, retention and composition of NYWIFT’S membership based on goals set forth by the Board and the strategic planning process.


  • Communicate the mission and work of the organization in verbal, written and presentation formats as well as in digital formats.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization and represent NYWIFT at events, online and in the press and raise the profile of NYWIFT among membership and the community at large.
  • Work with Board members to generate and exploit media and new technology opportunities.

Community Relations/Advocacy

  • Foster and maintain relations of trust with all stakeholders, (Board, staff, members, volunteers, leaders of chapters, partner organizations, corporate partners etc.).
  • Establish partnerships and join coalitions with other organizations, unions, government agencies, networks, studios etc. that are working towards the same objectives.

Programming and Events

  • Oversee effective management of all major programs including monthly professional development programs, member screenings, The Writers Lab, From Script to Pre-Production, the New Works Lab, and the Women’s Film Preservation Fund, the Fund for Women Filmmakers and the Scholarship Program, among others.
  • Attend all programs as needed.


The ideal candidate is an innovative thinker who is adaptable to new technologies and will possess:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent business and/or work experience.
  • A work history of transparent and high intensity leadership including managing an organization and/or serving in a senior role.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; including compelling public speaking abilities.
  • Proven fundraising experience and knowledge of creative fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector and membership organizations.
  • Organizational abilities including planning, delegation, program development and task facilitation and compassionate staff management.
  • The ability to help create and communicate a vision of NYWIFT’s strategic future to staff, Board, membership, volunteers and donors.
  • The ability to mediate a variety of personalities with grace, tact and a sense of humor.
  • The ability to work many evenings, mornings and other non-traditional times.
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States.


The salary for this position is a minimum of $100,000 with room for negotiation based on experience.  The salary is accompanied by a package of excellent benefits.


Please send a full cover letter including why you both want and would be good for this position as well as your resume or curriculum vitae.  Please address letter to the Transition Committee.  Email to Ellen Gurzinsky, Transition Consultant at NYWIFTED@gmail.com no later than August 27, 2018.


NYWIFT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants regardless of color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, actual or presumed belonging to an ethnic group, or any other legally protected status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.