Wild & Scenic Film Festival Director

Wild & Scenic Film Festival · Nevada City, California
Department Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $60,000-$65,000


The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a watershed conservation organization located in Nevada City, CA SYRCL “unites the community to protect and restore the Yuba River.”  Much of our community interaction occurs through our Wild & Scenic events, including our largest, the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.  Created in 2003, this 5-day festival draws more than 7,500 attendees and launches an annual “On Tour” program designed to raise awareness and encourage grassroots environmental action nationally and internationally.  Additionally, this festival is SYRCL’s largest annual fundraising effort and proceeds fund SYRCL’s other programmatic work.


Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Festival Director is responsible for maintaining a sustainable and financially successful Wild & Scenic Film Festival Flagship event and On Tour program, including curating the creative content for the program. The Festival Director is responsible for the oversight and management of the event overall and will directly manage programming and creative content. This individual is responsible for reflecting the mission of Wild & Scenic Film Festival and SYRCL through diverse, high quality, and unique programming. This is accomplished through working with the Program Committee to assure that films screened adhere to our high standard and overseeing the development of an impactful and inspiring festival. This position performs duties including managing film submissions, researching and soliciting films, securing Official Selections, creating logical and inspiring film sessions, curating a wide range of additional programming including workshops, panels, book signings, and coffee talks, and delegating filmmaker relation duties. The Festival Director is also responsible for oversight and management of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour program and other Film Festival related and/or other off-season events.


Program Management

  • Serve as the primary individual dedicated to delivering and sustaining a successful Wild & Scenic Film Festival and On Tour program, including curating creative content                                 
  • Manage and oversee Wild & Scenic Film Festival staff including hiring and managing regular and personnel and seasonal staff and contractors including the filmmaker liaison, filmmaker lounge staff, and filmmaker party staffing
  • Manage and oversee Wild & Scenic On Tour staff including hiring and managing personnel
  • Creates, manages, monitors, and reports on WSFF programmatic budgets
  • Represents WSFF on SYRCL Leadership Team
  • Additional duties as needed

Festival Programming

  • Oversee “Official Selection” of Wild & Scenic Festival films, for both the home festival and the “On Tour” season, including management of call for submissions, solicited films, official selections, and notifications
  • Develop creative content and recruit guests and speakers for workshops, creative and programing elements, ensuring all Festival programming relates to Wild & Scenic’s niche of environmental activism and adventure films
  • Develop and implement original activities that promote the South Yuba River Citizens League during the Festival
  • Develop and ensure successful production of partner/sponsor programming at the Festival
  • Develop, implement, and expand Wild & Scenic Film Festival School Program during the January Film Festival.
  • Oversee coordination/production of the following event elements:
    • Festival trailer
    • People’s Choice ballots and winners
    • Art exhibitions and reception
    • Filmmaker Party
    • Awards Party
    • Filmmaker Lounge
    • VR Lounge
    • Jury
  • Collaborate with the Festival Producer on the following:
    • Establishing annual theme, art, and branding
    • Production of content for official festival program book
    • Post-event wrap up including event reports and thank yous
  • Oversee production vendor relationships (Cinematiq or equivalent)
  • Lead Wild & Scenic Program Committee
  • Lead Wild & Scenic Committee, composed of staff, community, and board members
  • Lead Wild & Scenic Art Exhibition Committee and ensure a successful art exhibition program
  • Expand and produce additional annual Wild & Scenic events
  • Other duties as assigned.



Experience developing dynamic programming for film festivals or similar artistic events. Experience leading and producing major fundraising events for nonprofit organizations.  Experience developing youth educational programs. Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility and is detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills.  Hiring and managerial experience necessary.  Experience working in a high energy office setting and a drive to do what it takes to get the job done well; non-profit work experience a plus.  Ability to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers. Computer skills required including proficiency with Word, Excel and basic graphic design programs (e.g. Publisher, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.).  Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate experience required.  Positive, self-motivated, and quick learning performer highly valued.  This position requires confidentiality and a sense of humor is a must.

Occasional evening and weekend work is required, and extensive work during the film festival is necessary.  Some travel required, must possess a valid California driver’s license.


This position requires frequent computer use and occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds. Must be able to sit for extended periods of time. Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanor within a flexible (and at times noisy) work environment.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


 Annual salary is $60,000-$65,000, depending on experience plus 14 days paid time off (PTO), 3 sick days, 100% individual health insurance coverage, 401K, and 10 paid holidays annually.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Preference will be given to applications received by July 30. Our interview process begins will be a phone screen interview; semi-finalists will be invited to video call panel interview if not local; and finalists will be invited for an in-person interview.


This position is open until filled. Submit your cover letter and resume online.

SYRCL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.  Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

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  • Location
    Nevada City, California
  • Department
    Wild & Scenic Film Festival
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
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