Careers at IFP


Executive Director

The Board of Directors of IFP has engaged the firm Korn Ferry to find its next Executive Director, following the impending departure of its current Executive Director, Joana Vicente who has served since December 2009.

This position reports to the IFP Board of Directors.

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Organizational Background/Culture

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) champions the future of storytelling by connecting artists with essential resources at all stages of development and distribution. IFP fosters a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, represents a growing network of 10,000 storytellers around the world, and plays a key role in developing 350 new fiction and non-fiction feature films, television, web series and podcasts each year. During its 39-year history, IFP has supported over 10,000 projects and offered resources to more than 30,000 filmmakers, including Barry Jenkins, Miranda July, Michael Moore, Dee Rees and Richard Linklater.

IFP guides storytellers through the process of making and distributing their work. It offers creative, technological and business support through year-round programming, which includes Filmmaker Magazine, IFP Week, The Gotham Awards, Filmmaker Labs and IFP’s latest initiative, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, an incubator space developed with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where storytellers and start-ups from multiple disciplines, industries, and platforms can create, collaborate and connect. Through its programming—which also includes classes, workshops, screenings, conferences, and mentorship—IFP creates exciting opportunities for promising new voices from a diverse range of racial, ethnic, religious, ideological and gender perspectives.

The core values of the IFP are artistic expression, diversity, and sustainability. We value personal, inquisitive, committed, and challenging content, where storytellers can express their unique artistic vision without limitations. We celebrate diversity in its myriad forms: from the personal identity of storytellers to storytelling platforms, approaches, and styles that they employ. We are dedicated to creating an environment that is capable of sustaining and expanding the creative community. To this end we advocate for supportive public policy, work with philanthropic and business concerns to bring resources to storytellers and entrepreneurs and provide artists with the tools to create their work and access to distribution modalities tailored to the needs of their projects.

IFP was founded in 1979. It is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in New York City with members throughout the world; it is the largest membership organization in the United States dedicated to champion the future of storytelling. The IFP is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors. The organization has a budget of approximately $8 million per annum and 22 full-time employees and 2 part-time employees, excluding seasonal program staff and consultants.

Key Responsibilities

The Executive Director will be responsible for the organization’s overall mission and stewardship of the IFP and the Made in NY Media Center day-to-day operations and activities by collaborating with the various components and constituencies, including the Board of Directors, senior management team, staff, donors, sponsors, partners, members and audiences.

The Executive Director will develop, articulate and implement the long-term vision and strategy for the IFP, including plans designed to advance the organization’s mission and creative direction while: broadening programming, attracting new members, and generating new sources of revenue. Externally, the individual will play a significant and active role in cultivating donors, marketing the organization and its programs, building brand awareness, and generally increasing levels of private and public support and engagement.

Reporting to and communicating regularly with the Chair and the Board, the Executive Director will be responsible for the financial condition of the organization, including formulating, implementing and monitoring annual and long-term financial plans and budgets.

The Executive Director will have the skills to ensure a high level of communication and cohesiveness among staff so that all work together to help the IFP maintain and expand its level of excellence and achieve its artistic and financial goals.

The Executive Director will be a charismatic and visionary leader who will inspire confidence and will have the following priorities and key responsibilities:

  • Thoroughly understand all facets of the IFP and the Made in NY media Center; gain a comprehensive knowledge of the organization’s history, culture, tradition, programs and its base of financial support, including the economics of individual programs.
  • Establish a collaborative relationship with the Chair, the Executive Committee and other Board members; know the individual Board members and understand their strengths and capabilities and working closely with them to support the IFP’s mission and activities, and bring forth their best ideas, efforts, resources and contacts.
  • Develop innovative plans to continually redefine the organization and elevate it to new levels of relevance and effectiveness with the key stakeholders, creators, audiences and the industry. Continue to expand the organization’s digital presence and leverage digital media, extend IFP’s mission and ensure meaningful community engagement.
  • Enhance the IFP’s branding, marketing and public relations efforts to ensure the development of present and future audiences and explore ways to broaden public awareness and involvement.
  • Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for the organization and for storytelling in general to a wide variety of constituencies, including the media, artists, business and civic leaders, donors and patrons, students, and the general public and develop and maintain relationships with key city leaders and decision makers, including MOME and Department of Cultural Affairs.
  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication with the staff and create a level of professionalism and teamwork across the organization; supervise, motivate, empower and delegate responsibility among staff members.
  • Work with the CFO, Director of Operations to provide effective leadership and management, of the day-to-day operations and activities of the IFP and that the organization is fiscally responsible, on budget and meeting revenue projections to ensure on-going financial stability.
  • Assess and strengthen the IFP and Made in NY Media Center membership package offering expanded benefits and program opportunities when appropriate, reach out to potential new members and build awareness for the organization’s activities in an increasingly competitive landscape.
  • Work with the marketing and communications team to ensure that the IFP’s marketing materials and publications, including the Filmmaker magazine, website, printed materials, advertisements and other public communications, are compelling, effective and establish relationships with the media, the film industry, and those who write or comment on the IFP’s activities.

Professional Experience/Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have an abiding interest in storytelling, with some critical knowledge of the film industry and the startup culture, and have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Senior-level management and leadership responsibility with a successful and respected nonprofit organization or for-profit media, content or film-related business known for quality and excellence. Experience in cultural institutions, while not required, is desirable.
  • Strong financial management and analytical skills combined with a record of success in managing people, operations and multimillion-dollar budgets for an institution of significant size and scope.
  • Demonstrated skills to set strategic direction, seek and obtain buy-in from all constituencies with the ability to implement that direction and the ability to bring about change in exciting and creative ways and the ability to articulate a vision of the IFP’s role in the cultural and intellectual life of New York and beyond.
  • Enthusiasm for and a commitment to fundraising and marketing with measurable and successful results in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors, furthering a capital campaign, increasing corporate sponsorship, and generating new sources of revenue.
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to presenting the kind of diverse and thoughtprovoking programming that attracts and engages audiences and preserves artistic integrity while being cutting edge and financially viable.
  • Commitment to advancing the use of technology with an awareness of how digital tools for filmmakers can be leveraged to attract a broader community to the IFP.
  • A track record as an effective communicator with the presence and credibility to serve as an effective and enthusiastic spokesperson for the IFP with community leaders, the media, donors, and the general public.

Personal Characteristics

The ideal candidate will be:

  • An entrepreneur who expresses an appreciation for the IFP, its programming, with an understanding of the artistry and business of storytelling who is able to welcome, engage and host established and emerging creators from around the world.
  • A creative and energetic leader who is able to articulate and implement vision and policy and a team-builder committed to the mission of the IFP and its role in connecting with and serving a diverse and evolving constituency and membership base.
  • A diplomat who is able to collaborate and negotiate skillfully with an open-minded, patient and consultative manner; a leader who listens well, bends when appropriate, and yet is firm and decisive when necessary.
  • Confident enough to delegate, handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities.
  • An intelligent and articulate self-starter and finisher who is creative and entrepreneurial, yet collaborative, and team oriented.
  • Emotionally mature, with a sense of humor, and the sensitivity to work with diverse personalities.


Commensurate with the level of responsibility and the successful candidate’s capabilities. IFP is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package to the final candidate.


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