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Managing Director

Jan 25, 2021
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Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Three Dollar Bill Cinema (TDBC) is seeking a Managing Director

Three Dollar Bill Cinema, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization celebrating 25 years of service to the Seattle, Washington and LGBTQ film community, seeks a full-time Managing Director to build upon its tradition of excellence. Founded in 1996, Three Dollar Bill Cinema started as a weekend film festival and is now a year-round film arts organization. TDBC is supported by an active and engaged Board of Directors, staff, interns, and volunteers.

Our Vision: Elevating the spectrum of queer stories to help create a just and equitable world.

Our Mission: Three Dollar Bill Cinema fosters deeper community engagement by showcasing queer film programming, educational experiences, and social dialogue.

With a devoted audience throughout the Puget Sound region, TDBC produces year-round programs including Seattle Queer Film Festival, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Outdoor Summer Movies, Reel Queer Youth (media literacy summer camp) and other annual LGBTQ film programs. TDBC co-produces numerous events with other local non-profits. More information about our programs can be found at

The organization is seeking a passionate business leader to continue the positive momentum from our rebuild year of 2020. We are focused on individuals with strong business management, team development, Development, Grants & Sponsorships skills.

The Managing Director is responsible for the overall financial and operational health of the organization, and ensures TDBC’s activities, programs, board, and staff are aligned with our vision & mission. This is a hands-on position involving significant fundraising, program development and implementation, staff development, event administration, and office management responsibilities. The Managing Director supports the Board of Directors in developing organizational goals and establishing policies. Ideal candidates must possess proven leadership experience, history of successful corporate and individual fundraising, community development and partnership, as well as knowledge of the local, regional, and national LGBTQIA+ film arts community.

Responsibilities of Position:
Strategic Development: The Managing Director, working with the Board of Directors, is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans to accomplish TDBC’s mission.

Financial Management: The Managing Director is responsible for TDBC’s fiscal management and budget, including preparing and facilitating the annual budget and audit process; grants administration, and processing accounts payables and receivables. Key success is maintaining the fiscal health within budgeted parameters and building the framework for long term financial stability.

Fundraising and Development: The Managing Director is responsible for actively participating in raising and leveraging funds. They leverage the Board and staff to cultivate donors and secure donations and sponsorship from corporations and small businesses, both cash and in-kind. They will research grant opportunities, prepare and secure general operating and capital proposals and identify and pursue new revenue sources. They also play a significant role in supporting the annual board-led fundraising auction, including but not limited to sponsorship, item procurement, and recruitment of attendees/table captains.

Staff Management: The Managing Director is responsible for recruiting & supervising all staff (including contractors, volunteers, interns, and vendor relations) including developing, leading and coaching a high performing team. They will be adept at developing the skills and knowledge of staff, as well as fostering and encouraging a work environment that supports TDBC’s vision and mission.

Program Oversight: The Managing Director will oversee and ensure the success of each of TDBC’s programs, and ensure that each program operates effectively and efficiently within budget and timelines.

Organizational Relationships and Public Relations: The Managing Director is responsible for promoting and marketing TDBC’s mission, brand and programs, including representing the organization in public and legislative forums, and developing and maintaining relationships with local and national partners and media.

Coordination with Board: The Managing Director is appointed by and accountable to the Board, and is responsible for reporting to the Board on all essential matters, including the budget, operations, and staff issues.

Culture Builder: The Managing Director will incorporate the fun and joy of queer life throughout the engagements of TDBC within the staff, programs and all interactions with the community.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills:
● Commitment to TDBC’s vision, mission, values and beliefs and the communities it serves.
● Proven leadership and management skills, including the ability to train and mentor employees, interns, and volunteers.
● Knowledge and experience with non-profit governance, management and program development or evaluation, and demonstrated ability to grow a non-profit organization.
● Proven track record with at least 3 years of cultivating donors and sponsors exceeding annual targets.
● Ability to network and build strategic partnerships, locally and nationally.
● Knowledge and experience creating and managing agency and program deliverables and budgets.
● Comfortable and knowledgeable with technology to effectively lead the organization and programs: Zoom, GSuite, Streaming Media, Quickbooks, etc.
● Excellent public speaking and writing skills.
● Hands on motivational leader who thrives on nurturing queer cinema and community. ● Bachelor's degree

Desired Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills:
● Experience working directly in a Film Festival/Media Production organization.
● Experience with Elevent, Cinesend, DonorPerfect, GiveLively systems.
● Experienced as a Film Program Producer/Festival Programmer
● Deep knowledge of Arts Grants and Funding sources on the local, regional and national levels.
● Knowledge of local Corporate Giving programs and contacts.

This is a full-time exempt position located in Seattle, WA. Three Dollar Bill Cinema is committed to a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

REMUNERATION: $50,000 per annum to start
Please email a cover letter and resume to

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