Hybrid: 2+ days a week in Brooklyn office
Compensation Range: $100,000-$115,000
Robust benefits package (details below)
Posted: March 9, 2023
Chicken & Egg Pictures is seeking a Communications Director
to lead the strategy and execution of its communications
This senior level position is an exciting, unique opportunity to
contribute to the growth of Chicken & Egg Pictures (C&E).
The communications program is a core component of our
2023-2025 Strategic Plan. You will create and shape the PR and
media strategy to raise C&E’s profile within and beyond the
documentary community; implement brand-building that reflects our
new vision and mission; and develop and execute a strategy and plan
that amplifies the new Strategic Plan, programs, and the filmmakers
who we support. See our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan here:
In recruiting for this position, we’re seeking a colleague who
has significant communications experience working in a nonprofit or
in a mission-driven organization or company, ideally, working in
one or more of the following fields: gender justice, documentary
film, and social justice. If you do not have experience in the
documentary film industry, you are deeply curious about it. You are
inspired by Chicken & Egg Pictures’ vision of an inclusive and
equitable media industry and our mission to amplify diverse voices
in nonfiction film, and you are motivated by a culture of openness
and learning and are eager to grow with a team that is passionate
about putting our values into practice.
Who We Are
Chicken & Egg Pictures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
that provides a global community of women and non-binary
documentary filmmakers with creative and financial support to
realize their cinematic visions and build fulfilling careers in a
gender inclusive media industry. We envision an equitable and just
world shaped by the power of documentary films.
Since 2005, we have supported over 400 filmmakers, providing
over $10 million in grants and thousands of hours of mentorship and
creative support. We are known for our ability to spot exciting
talent and compelling projects with great potential. We elevate and
amplify voices that make universal themes accessible, personal, and
resonant. Our team has received numerous recognitions from the
documentary industry and beyond, including the 2018 International
Documentary Association Amicus Award, the 2019 Social Impact Media
Vanguard Award, and runner-up for the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence
Award for Overall Management. Additional information about us and
our current programs may be found on our website: www.chickeneggpics.org
What You’ll Do
This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer and will
oversee and manage the Communications Manager. This role also works
closely with every member of our team, as well as with filmmakers,
industry, and partners. Your responsibilities will
Communications Strategy and
Develop and implement C&E’s
communications strategy and plan, in alignment with our new
2023-2025 Strategic Plan.
Roll-out and integrate a refreshed
brand identity for the organization.
Generate key narratives and
communications materials that tell the story of C&E’s
programmatic strategy and role in building a more inclusive and
sustainable documentary ecosystem.
Create tailored action plans for
owned, earned, shared, and paid media.
Build and maintain relationships with
PR firms, journalists, thought leaders, and media outlets.
Create equity-centric and
strengths-based messaging guides.
Ensure that organizational
commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and
anti-racism are prioritized in our communications.
Review external messaging to donors,
partners, and filmmakers to ensure framework consistency, as
In the event of a crisis, oversee the
communications process in collaboration with senior management,
design and deploy strategy, and advise on tactics.
Team Collaboration and Management
As a member of the senior management
team, engage with the CEO, COO, and Program Director in identifying
opportunities that promote the sustainability, growth, reputation,
and visibility of C&E and its team.
Provide guidance and coaching to team
members in public speaking; and identify opportunities for external
Identify and manage communications
and communications related resources and consultants.
Supervise the Communications Manager,
providing guidance and professional development.
Who You Are
You must have significant experience - ideally at least 10 years
- successfully leading and managing communication and branding
strategies, as well as in media relations; this includes in
leadership roles, managing people and collaborating with internal
and external stakeholders.
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications below,
a strong candidate will be ready to hit the ground running and
possess many of the following abilities, attributes, and
Knowledge and Experience:
Vision and Strategy:
Creating and developing innovative communication strategies,
institutional messaging, and measurable plans to reach
Telling powerful stories that synthesize complex issues and cut
through a crowded media landscape.
Media: Pitching and
landing top tier media; and coaching others to be effective
communicators in diverse outlets.
Field: Working in a
nonprofit or mission-driven organization/company. Ideally, working
in one or more of the following fields: gender justice, documentary
film, and social justice.
Representation: Representing an organization as a speaker
on panels, public events, and film festivals; and meeting with
filmmakers and industry peers to explore collaborations.
Experience with advertising tools available to nonprofits (e.g.
Google and Microsoft Ad Grants).
Leadership: You know
how to communicate a vision and are able to facilitate
collaboration cross-departmentally to make that vision a reality.
You are comfortable dealing with ambiguity and leading others
have proven experience developing and empowering high-performing
staff and learning the strengths and challenges so as to place
staff in a position to succeed. Your approach to supervision is
oriented toward coaching, facilitating and leading through
influence rather than authority.
Skills: You are adept at managing and executing complex
projects that require ingenuity, attention to detail, and accuracy.
Highly agile, you are able to synthesize information and be
decisive and thoughtful in responding to rapid-response scenarios
and tight deadlines.
are a clear, concise, and innovative writer with expertise in
working across platforms and materials that reach different
audiences. You prioritize advancing equity through external
communications; you are able to write persuasively about
documentary filmmaking as well as the nuances of films exploring
complex social justice issues. You are adept at building new
relationships and serving as a spokesperson.
Work Habits and
Approach: You have excellent judgment, a strong work
ethic, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills. Good humor,
initiative, and flexibility are among the traits you bring to the
table as a collaborative team member. You are curious, a life-long
learner, and you value a diversity of thought, background, and
What Else You Should Know
Start Date: As soon as possible.
Deadline: Applications will be processed on a
rolling basis until the position is filled. Early submission of
your application is recommended. First-round interviews will take
place in late March/early April.
Application Process: If your application moves
forward, the application process may include up to three interview
rounds with Chicken & Egg Pictures team members. Finalists will
be sent a prompt and prepare an exercise, for which they will
receive an honorarium.
Location and Hybrid Work Policy: This position
is based in NYC. Staff are working a hybrid schedule with a
standard schedule of at least two days a week in our Brooklyn
Compensation: Chicken & Egg Pictures offers
a salary informed by the organization’s Total Rewards Philosophy
and Practices, which is grounded in market data. The salary range
for this full-time position is $100,000-$115,000. Actual salary
from this range will be based on the candidate’s experience
Benefits: 100% premium coverage of health,
dental, and vision insurance, plus life and short and long-term
disability insurances. Flexible spending accounts for medical,
dependent care, transit, and parking expenses. A 403(b) plan with a
matching employer contribution. Annually 15 vacation days (20 at
the two-year mark), 10 safe and sick leave days, and 3 personal
days. The office is closed for 10 holidays, in addition to December
24 - 31, and offers a Summer Fridays schedule. Professional
development opportunities and home office stipends offered.
COVID-19: All employees are required to have
up-to-date vaccines, subject to reasonable accommodations to the
extent required by law.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Chicken & Egg
Pictures is an at-will and equal opportunity employer. As such, we
strongly encourage and seek applications from all backgrounds,
including but not limited to women and non-binary individuals,
people of color, bilingual and multicultural individuals, people
with working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, as well
as members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
We take great pride in providing equal employment opportunities
to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit
discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race,
color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry,
ethnicity, disability, genetics, protected veteran or military
status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
political affiliation, marital or familial status, arrest or
conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any
other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
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How to Apply
Complete the form on our career page
to submit your cover letter and résumé.
In your cover letter, we invite you to respond to the following
Why is being Chicken & Egg
Pictures’ Communications Director the next best step for you
professionally? What motivates you to want to join Chicken &
Beyond gender parity, Chicken &
Egg Pictures strives to create an inclusive documentary film
industry by working with filmmakers from diverse communities. Tell
us about how your background and experiences could help you to work
towards this mission in your role as the Communications
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