Job Status:

Full Time/Exempt


$108,160 - $118,560

Reports to:

Executive Director

Job Location:

Los Angeles, or will consider full time remote


November 13, 2020. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Job Summary:

The Director, IDA Funds and Enterprise Documentary Program, is responsible for the overall direction and management of all of IDA’s granting initiatives, currently consisting of the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, which supports in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process, the Logan Elevate Fund, and the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund. Combined these funds provide over $1 million in philanthropic support to films at various stages, from development through post-production, each year.

In addition, the Director leads the broader support provided by the Enterprise Documentary Program, including developing and managing partnerships with organizations and individuals who provide expertise, resources, and direct support to IDA's grantees, as well as overseeing the development of tools, resources and educational opportunities that inform and support the responsible practice of documentary journalism more broadly, benefiting a wide range of documentary makers around the world, at all stages of their careers. The Director is a visible field builder and resource, regularly speaking and presenting on a wide range of issues with a focus on funding, advocacy, ethics, just and equitable documentary practices, safety and risk, and other areas related to documentary practice, with a specific focus and expertise on documentary journalism.

The Director is a key member of IDA’s senior leadership team and a critical thought partner for the Executive Director and IDA staff, contributing broadly to strategy, resource development, and organizational direction and priorities across multiple programs. They will collaborate internally and externally on a range of educational programming, artist support, and public programs, including the Getting Real Documentary Conference. They will work closely with IDA's Development team, building relationships with and identifying funders and supporters to sustain and support existing programs and to support building and growing new funds and initiatives.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and oversee grantmaking of $1 million + per year to support documentary projects. 

  • Continue to refine and evaluate grantmaking criteria and evaluation processes to reflect current priorities and evolving field needs and best practices. 

  • Assemble and lead advisory and review committees that include filmmakers, journalists, academics and other professionals

  • Develop and oversee support systems, labs, trainings and resources for funded projects and filmmakers 

  • Advise and consult with grantees on questions related to journalistic practice, documentary production, funding and distribution

  • Together with Artist Programs, Events, Communications and Editorial staff, lead the development and design of trainings, educational programs, resources and tools that support the wider documentary field and journalistic documentary practice. 

  • Manage existing partnerships with organizations such as The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, law firms, policy centers, academic institutions, and partner organizations to sustain and grow a network of supporters and allies in the documentary journalism space that can be deployed to advocate for and support grantees and other filmmakers at risk. 

  • Serve as a high-level spokesperson for and representative of IDA funds, and IDA in general, on panels, and in public presentations and engagements.

  • Work with IDA's Director of Development and Executive Director to raise funds for current and future funds, projects and initiatives. 

  • Develop and track program budgets, proposals and reports for funders as needed.

  • Manage, mentor and support the growth and development of the Program Officer, who oversees the day-to-day functions of granting programs, and the Grants Coordinator.

  • Job requires travel to film festivals and other industry events and if remote, regular travel to our office in Los Angeles 

Qualifications and desired competencies:

  • Extensive experience in both documentary and journalism is a firm requirement; working independent filmmakers who meet these and other requirements are encouraged to apply

  • Experience in documentary funding, curation, programming, acquisitions or development a plus

  • Advanced degree in film or journalism, or comparable experience and/or training required

  • Deep knowledge of and extensive connections in the documentary field in the US and internationally is required

  • Excellent communication skills, including writing for publication, public speaking and presentation skills required

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with high-level partners including funders, filmmakers, partner organizations and other industry professionals required

  • Driven by IDA’s mission, with a demonstrated commitment to supporting the work of documentary storytellers and to defending the rights and freedoms of documentary artists, activists and journalists

  • As a key member of the IDA leadership team, driven to act on personal and organizational values of racial equity and justice, and commitment to act with care for the health, safety and well-being of IDA staff, grantees and other constituents we serve

  • Able to apply an equity and racial justice lens to programmatic work, and to guide and lead conversations with filmmakers, reviewers and grant panelists on ethics, authorship, accountability, equitable and just documentary practices and the ways that race and other identities are relevant to works being evaluated

  • Knowledge of security protocols for working with high-risk projects, able to safeguard sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality

This job description outlines to the best of our ability, the current scope of the role, with the understanding that jobs evolve and change over time and that no job description can capture all of the responsibilities of a job or detail everything that may be expected in a role.

Compensation and Benefits:

The pay range for this role is $108,160  - $118,560 annually

Benefits include 100% employer-paid medical, dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid parental and family leave, and access to contribute to pre-tax commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts and a 401k retirement savings plan. 

Generous paid time off, including sick days, 15 vacation days in the first year of employment, 14 paid holidays and a paid week off when our office closes from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. We offer a friendly, casual work environment, and flexible schedule and work-from-home opportunities.

We would love to work together in our beautiful new offices in Los Angeles (when it’s safe to return), however, we also welcome highly qualified candidates based outside of Los Angeles to apply.

How to apply:

Apply by November 13. Please fill out this form, upload a letter of interest and a resume or CV. 

To request accommodations for completing this employment application please contact or call 213-332-1660 x209.