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As a nonprofit arts organization, Heartland Film greatly relies upon the hard work of interns and seasonal staff. Interns are typically hired in the Spring, Summer and Fall, with seasonal positions opening in mid-Summer. Don’t see an opening? Consider becoming a Heartland Film volunteer!

Job Opening: President, Heartland Film

Heartland Film is a nonprofit arts organization founded in 1991 with the mission to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of film. Heartland Film is a curator and supporter of purposeful filmmaking, honoring a wide variety of cinema and awarding storytellers from all over the world. The films that they select and exhibit – whether they inspire and uplift, educate and inform, or have the ability to shift audiences’ perspectives on the world – all have one thing in common: they are films that do more than just entertain.

The 11-day Heartland Film Festival (October 20-30, 2016) will bring together filmmakers, film lovers, and students in a thought-provoking dialogue about the ways in which film can create discussion, community, and impact. Attended by more than 20,000 people, the 2015 Heartland Film Festival was called “one of the top film festivals worth the entry fee” by MovieMaker magazine. Each year audiences and filmmakers come together to celebrate the ways in which film can promote engagement.

Recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category, artistic process, integrity, and quality are at the heart of the festival. Every one of the nearly 1,800 films submitted to the festival is screened by a panel of peers and then 150 are selected for inclusion and award consideration. This year, awards will total $129,000 and include grand prizes of $45,000 for both feature and documentary winners. Since its inception in 1991, Heartland Film has awarded more than $3 million to independent filmmakers from all over the world.

Bringing together Hollywood and the heartland, and known for its Hoosier hospitality, the Heartland Film Festival is attended by filmmakers, celebrities, and audiences, and is a space where passionate dialogue and interaction can occur. Attendees have included Robert Downey Jr., Geoffrey Rush, Sydney Pollack, Vanessa Hudgens, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dick Cook, and more. Heartland Film fosters conversation between audiences and filmmakers about films that inspire, uplift, and engage.

More than just a film festival, Heartland Film offers year-round programming that supports the film industry through the Truly Moving Picture Award, the Heartland Film Roadshow, and the Heartland Film Institute. The Truly Moving Picture Award is given to theatrically-released films submitted by studios and producers based on their artistic merit and transformative power. The Heartland Film Roadshow brings award-winning films to communities across Indiana with year-round screenings, and the Heartland Film Institute educates and engages young filmmakers with seminars, workshops and the High School Film Competition.

Indianapolis, the capital of Indiana and the largest city in the state (14th in the United States), is known as the Crossroads of America. With a broad range of business and economic interests, including three Fortune 500 companies (Anthem, Calumet Products, Eli Lilly), its economy is driven by manufacturing, health care, social services, and motorsports. A quick three hour drive from Chicago, Indianapolis prides itself on being the heartland of America, possessing an international airport, four interstate highways, and convenient public transit. It has been recognized by as one of the top ten downtowns, and USA Today named Indianapolis the best convention city in 2014. Within the metropolitan area resides 1.8 million people who take advantage of the city’s notable electric car share and bike share programs.

Indianapolis’ recent history has been marked by a revitalization of the downtown area, construction of a new airport, creation of a new sports stadium, and renewed focus on an urban quality of life. Home to the Indianapolis 500, the largest single day sporting event in the world, this vibrant city is marked by a downtown considered to be one of the best in the United States. Athletics play a large part in the city’s identity, with teams from both the NFL and NBA (Colts and Pacers), the home of the NCAA, and the host of the 2012 Super Bowl.

The city has recently reestablished its focus on arts and culture. With six newly designated cultural districts, including Heartland Film’s Fountain Square neighborhood, Indianapolis has seen tremendous progress in integrating the arts into urban life. Numerous museums and international festivals, as well as the new $63 million eight-mile bike-friendly Indianapolis Cultural Trail which connects five of the downtown cultural districts, help bring a community-wide focus to the role the arts play in creating a vibrant urban landscape. Fountain Square is a retro district located three miles from downtown, brimming with shops, ethnic eateries, and live music.

Indianapolis boasts the first new airport built since 9/11 (ranked the best in the United States for the last five years by Airports Council International), the largest Children’s Museum in the world, and monuments and memorials that rival those found in Washington, DC. Renowned universities and hospitals across the metropolitan region ensure the quality of life for all residents.

With affordable housing costs, a vibrant downtown, diverse population, ethnic cuisine, numerous museums, festivals, and world-class sporting events, Indianapolis was recently named by TIME magazine as “one of the top ten cities to start a new career.”


The President will have the singularly exciting opportunity of joining Heartland Film at a pivotal point in its evolution toward becoming one of the great film festivals in America. S/he will be charged with positioning the festival for its next quarter-century and beyond, which will include the crystallization of the festival’s brand and the cultivation of a sustaining revenue base. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President will provide a guiding hand and leadership in all areas of the organization, including budgeting, fundraising, marketing, and personnel. S/he will be responsible for shepherding the organization and creating and implementing the annual operating budget. A quick thinker, good listener, and effective communicator, the President will be the public face of Heartland Film and will maintain the highest artistic and financial standards while upholding institutional integrity.

The President of Heartland Film will be committed to effectively leading this distinguished organization, building on its acclaimed reputation, and helping it become a central player in the film festival industry. Looking to the future, the President will nurture and maximize staff and volunteer resources, with an emphasis on better positioning Heartland Film financially. The core responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Revenue Enhancement

  • Craft, implement, and track successful fundraising plans with incrementally higher goals.
  • Develop a skilled team to capably and consistently increase contributed revenue.
  • Cultivate, steward, and maintain sponsorships and donor relations.
  • Motivate and counsel the Board to achieve short and long-term fundraising goals.

Strategic Leadership & Governance

  • Engage effectively and personally with all members of the Board.
  • Articulate a compelling institutional message to the Board.
  • Implement and communicate the vision and strategic plan.
  • Identify the steps necessary to become a “Top Ten Festival.”

Staff Leadership

  • Recruit, mentor, and advance successful employees at all levels.
  • Inspire staff investment and productivity.
  • Build a culture and reputation in the community as a desirable workplace.
  • Establish clear job specifications, expectations, and accountability.

Financial Management

  • Collaborate with the Finance Committee to create, implement, and track annual budgets.
  • Account for adherence to timely, accurate financial reports.
  • Generate a financial model that includes larger endowments and promotes financial stability to support longterm
    organizational goals.
  • Enhance and expand financial resources to reduce risk during economic downturns.


  • Investigate, examine, and identify various customers of the festival.
  • Draft and execute a marketing plan utilizing existing databases.
  • Secure Heartland Film’s brand as a destination festival within the film industry.

The President will be a results-oriented leader, committed to all Heartland Film stakeholders, including donors, Board Members, staff, and volunteers. Highly principled and driven toward the successful completion of projects, s/he will value scholarly advancement and independent thinking as they pertain to achieving desired outcomes. Accomplished at flourishing in a dynamic work environment, the President will make constructive communication, in all forms, a personal priority, and will engender within the staff a strong sense of commitment in all areas of daily institutional activities. Able to rapidly analyze data and translate that information into practical application, the President will be capable of skillfully articulating the Heartland Film brand to multiple audiences both within the organization and externally.

The selected candidate will also demonstrate the following proficiencies:

  • Goal Achievement – Identify and prioritize activities that lead to a goal.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Effectively communicate, build rapport, and relate to all kinds of people.
  • Consensus Building – Convince others to change the way they think, believe, or behave.

The President of Heartland Film must possess a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, in a relevant arts field and seven to ten years of increasing management responsibility. Candidates with experience in the film industry and festival world will be given priority but all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. S/he should have quantifiable success in fundraising and possess a proven track record in the identification, cultivation, acknowledgement, and stewardship of existing donors and potential donors at all levels. S/he should have the ability to nurture and inspire the staff in both written and oral communication and will have excellent facility with grant writing, donor research, strategic development, and plan implementation.

Heartland Film offers a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

Send letter and résumé (electronic submissions preferred) outlining demonstrable accomplishments and a verifiable track record of results to:

Ms. Nicki Genovese, Associate Vice President
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
8581 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 406
Los Angeles, CA 90069-4120
Tel (323) 721.0141 Ext. 210
Fax (323) 936.1196

Heartland Film is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.