Associate Communications Manager

Status: Full-time Exempt
Reports to: Manager, Communications, Design and Digital Projects
Benefits: Paid sick, vacation and holidays; full medical, dental, and vision coverage; life and long-term disability insurance; 401K and FSA
Salary: $54,000 - $58,000

The International Documentary Association (IDA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides funding, education, resources  and services to filmmakers, creates community across a diverse nonfiction field, and defends the rights and freedoms of documentary artists, activists and journalists around the world.

We’re looking for a cross-channel storyteller to serve as the key communications point person for advancing IDA’s mission and presence. The successful candidate will develop proactive and reactive data-driven communications strategies, provide support across the organization to promote all IDA programs, implement digital advertisements and engage the wider documentary community. The role works directly with and under the supervision of Manager, Communications, Design and Digital Projects. With team members working both onsite and remote, we are looking for someone who is an active virtual and in-office collaborator.

Key Responsibilities

  • Researches, coordinates, writes, and edits a diverse range of stories that lift the visibility of IDA and its work, including fundraising campaigns, event descriptions, outreach materials, press releases, and blogs 

  • Executes the organization’s day-to-day communication activities including but not limited to  drafting and scheduling emails and social posts, adding and promoting new website content, and coordinating cross-promotions

  • Tracks and analyzes website, social, email and press analytics, develop data-informed content strategies and communications campaigns

  • Create winning social media content, engages with the audience and responds to inquiries and comments. Monitors and identifies opportunities to participant in relevant social discussions within the documentary community

  • Assists in the development of organizational and programmatic communication plans

  • Manage and drive events and campaign rollouts

  • Help maintain communication and content calendars, photo/video library, and email lists

  • Provides live coverage of IDA events on social media

  • Researches ongoing updates to social media platforms and emerging technology trends

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


  • Exceptional attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills

  • Ability to quickly adapt and learn new platforms, tools and processes

  • Keen eye for design, visual details and accuracy

  • Reliable self-starter who takes initiative, sets and responds to priorities, meets goals, drives work forward and sees projects through to completion

  • Clear and proactive communicator

  • Enjoys working with diverse multi-functional teams

  • Professional, helpful and diplomatic demeanor

  • Commitment to personal and professional development, including a willingness to accept and act on feedback 

Qualification and Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in writing, film, communications, marketing, and other related majors preferred. Equivalent work experience in a relevant field considered

  • Minimum 3-5 years of full-time experience in communications in a professional environment, ideally with a nonprofit arts or media organization

  • A compelling and effective storyteller with strong demonstrated writing skills, including the ability to draft event, social media, press, fundraising, advocacy and blog posts to various audiences

  • Demonstrated interest in film and/or nonprofit work and a passion for documentary film 

  • Tech-savvy with strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Apps, HTML and CSS

  • Proven proficiency with digital communications platforms: email marketing (e.g. Constant Contact or MailChimp), social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube), CMS (e.g. Drupal, WordPress, Joomla), events management (e.g. Eventbrite or Splash), CRM (e.g. DonorPerfect, Neon, Salsa) 

  • Experience with photo-editing software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate) and/or simple video-editing software (e.g. Adobe Premiere Rush) preferred but not required

  • Availability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings as called for by events

How to Apply

Rolling deadline, please upload your cover letter, resume, and 3-5 writing samples of previous work (press releases, blog posts, social media campaigns, fundraising campaigns, advocacy appeals, marketing materials). Application without supplemental work will not be reviewed. No phone calls or drop-ins, please. References will be required.

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Director of Programming, Getting Real '20

Position type: Seasonal Exempt Full-Time
Position duration: January 2020-October 2020

The Director of Programming will be the team lead and head programmer for IDA’s biennial field-building and educational conference, Getting Real (September 22-24, 2020). They are responsible for working closely with IDA's leadership team to develop and drive the overall conference programming strategy, building and leading a programming team and orchestrating a cross-functional conference team.

The Director of Programming will lead a deeply collaborative process to shape the overall conference experience and develop all conference programming and content including: 

  • Working closely with IDA’s programs, events and leadership teams to plan for the size, scope, budget, and goals of the event; 

  • Developing programming themes and strands that are responsive to the needs of documentary creators; 

  • Developing and managing external programming partnerships; 

  • Building and leading a diverse team of internal and external conference programmers and working together to identify and secure keynote speakers, panelists, case studies, etc.;

  • Driving research to understand ongoing issues and needs of the field including the Biennial State of the Field Survey in collaboration with the Center for Media and Social Impact;

  • Working together with the events, operations and finance teams to ensure we deliver an exemplary attendee and sponsor experience in an efficient and cost-effective way;

  • And working closely with IDA’s Development and Communications teams to create compelling messaging and cases for support that will engage funders and sponsors and drive attendee and industry interest in the event.

Our Ideal Candidate is: 

  • A highly collaborative leader. This is a radically collaborative position, both inside and outside the organization. Our ideal candidate has a proven track record of leading and being a member of diverse cross-functional teams and building and nurturing successful partnerships across the field. 

  • Deeply committed to the vision, values and ethos of Getting Real as a filmmaker-to-filmmaker event with solutions driven programming that goes deep, challenges systems, assumptions and power dynamics, and gives filmmakers a powerful voice.

  • Creative, with a strong curatorial voice and desire to innovate our approach to programming, experiences, content and formats.

  • A planner who understands that vision means nothing without a plan to execute it.

  • Deeply knowledgeable of the documentary community, industry and landscape.

  • A skilled communicator with excellent public speaking and presentation skills, strong writing skills and a proven track record of creating compelling messaging and being able to evangelize and promote work to internal and external constituents, including funders.

  • A proven, experienced manager with 10+ years of work experience in the documentary field and a track record of building and leading effective teams. 

  • A force for good who demonstrates a deep commitment to equity and inclusion, leads with energy and purpose, and models cooperation, positivity and resilience. 

How to Apply

Please submit a resume or cv, as well as a letter of interest by December 31, 2019.

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Year-round IDA Internships Opportunities

Interning at the IDA is an excellent way to learn about the world of documentary filmmaking, enhance your skills and build your resume—while supporting a great organization. IDA interns work with the Programs and Events Departments to produce educational programs, the IDA Documentary Screening Series, the IDA Documentary Awards, and DocuDay. As an IDA Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to attend IDA events, interact with some of your favorite filmmakers and grow your production, editing, social media and design skills. Interns must receive school credit. 

For more information about how to become an IDA intern, please contact

IDA is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. We provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to  sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or maternity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law.