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Call for Emerging Documentary Artists
Communications Manager, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (a program of the Center for Documentary Studies)


As part of a strategic priority to diversify the documentary pipeline, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) invites applications from young people (ages 18-24) from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups who are not in school full-time or employed full-time for an 18-month, full-time position, to begin on January 8, 2018. This three-year pilot program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust; the goal is to build pathways for more people of color to engage with the documentary arts and become documentarians, to support their achievements, and to promote their work.

Job Description
The 18-month position will be divided, roughly, into three segments, each intended to build upon those preceding it.

  • First six months: Emerging documentary artists will work alongside CDS faculty, staff, and artists, exploring and developing their skills in audio, photography, writing, film, and/or other documentary mediums. Emerging documentary artists will participate in program activities (workshops, conferences, classes, trips, etc.) to further develop and encourage community connections and their voice in the arts.
  • Second six months: While continuing to work alongside CDS faculty, staff, and artists, emerging documentary artists will plan and work on their own documentary arts projects and interact with local and national mentors.
  • Third six months: Emerging documentary artists will continue creating their portfolios, present their projects to the larger community, serve as mentors to incoming emerging documentary artists, and receive support as they plan for their next steps (within the documentary arts or otherwise).

What CDS will provide

  • Position is full-time (40 hours per week) and will pay a living wage with health benefits.
  • Access to CDS libraries, computers, audiovisual equipment, labs, facilities, studio/office space, and parking.
  • Access to CDS’s long-established community networks for collaboration and creative exchange.
  • Programming to support and enhance knowledge of the documentary arts and mediums, as well as professional development.
  • One-on-one mentoring from a variety of successful documentary makers, teachers, and other professionals.
  • Opportunities to present work publicly.
  • Space and time to create, refine, and significantly enhance an artistic portfolio and resume.

Individuals selected for this program are expected to:

  • Contribute to a creative, open environment by building relationships, engaging in dialogue, and sharing lived experience.
  • Maintain open lines of communication and participate in regular check-in meetings with CDS staff and mentors.
  • Engage in program activities and work at CDS and/or in the local community full-time for 18-months.
  • Mentor and engage with younger or otherwise less experienced documentarians, including those participating in other CDS programming and the incoming cohort of emerging artists (final six months).
  • Engage in supported, ongoing reflection on successes, challenges, and general experience.
  • Present work through an exhibition, screening, performance, or reading.

Application Requirements/Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be from one or more of the following groups: Black, Latinx, Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian), Asian or Asian American, Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican, and Middle Eastern/North African.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 24 on the proposed start date (January 8, 2018).
  • Applicants must NOT be enrolled in school full-time or working full-time.
  • Applicants must demonstrate some form of artistic engagement (all creative forms encouraged) and interest in exploring the documentary arts (no previous experience in documentary arts required).
  • Preference will be given to applicants currently living in Durham, NC.

Application Materials Required:

  • Completed application form
  • Examples of your own work in a field of art that interests you, submitted or available electronically. Possibilities include but are not limited to photography (up to 10 photos); a short film, video, recorded spoken word piece, theatrical performance, or recorded dance (up to 5 minutes total from 1 or more pieces); Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, YouTube, or other social media accounts (downloaded and submitted or publicly available); music (up to 2 songs); drawings (up to 5); and writing (up to 5 pages single-spaced). These times are approximate.
  • One to two references (community leaders, teachers, mentors, etc.) who can speak to your character, leadership potential, and/or your creative work.

Applicants must fill out the application form and upload examples of their work online by Friday, October 13, 2017.

Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to participate in the first selection round on Friday, October 20, at which time they will be sent information on a series of optional pre-interview workshops that will take place between Monday, October 23 and Friday, November 3. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to participate in the second selection round on Wednesday, November 8, at which time they will sign-up for an interview slot between Monday, November 13 and Friday, November 17. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for this program on Monday, November 20.

Please email or call (919) 660-3666 with any questions.

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Communications Manager
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Position Summary: The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is seeking a communications manager for its Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Full Frame) to assist with graphic design, social media, and general marketing and communications support for Full Frame. The marketing department is responsible for the overall marketing and public relations duties for Full Frame, a program of CDS. The department develops, plans, and implements all marketing, outreach, communications, visibility, press, and public relations activities for Full Frame. It is responsible for the brand (design + execution) for Full Frame, including all print and online media, signage, merchandise, video, and collateral. The communications manager reports to the Full Frame marketing director.

The ideal candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ability to work under tight deadlines with input from multiple stakeholders; an extensive knowledge of visual communication techniques, and a working knowledge of and facility with social media platforms and analytic tools. Candidates must possess demonstrated knowledge of and ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures. Knowledge of documentary and independent film is helpful, but a sincere interest in the field, and a willingness to educate oneself, is mandatory. The ideal candidate must also have a high attention to detail, strong organizational skills, ability to work well on multiple overlapping projects and deadlines, have strong interpersonal communication skills, and a willingness and ability to jump between tasks on short notice.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Design print ready ads, web graphics, promotional materials for Full Frame development and fundraising activities (including graphics for holiday and year-end giving campaigns), visual collateral (including preshow slides, graphics and promotional posters for the festival and year- round programming), and graphic elements for the Duke University Box Office for pass and ticket holders.
  • Research, draft, schedule, and publish content across all of Full Frame’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr) and website in accordance with the voice and brand of the organization. Compile raw web data into monthly reports for review and analysis by marketing director.
  • Assist in the creation of content for all e-newsletters, and in scheduling, planning, and distribution. Design and maintain templates and distribution lists.
  • Provide outreach to communities where documentary arts are not well known, to develop new communications channels, audiences, and potential sponsors.
  • Design merchandise and giveaways, including Speakeasy collectible, volunteer T-shirts, and festival tote bags.
  • Assist in the creation and printing of brand elements including signage, banners, on-screen visibility, promotional materials, posters, press backdrops, the seating music playlist for the festival (including Speakeasy panels) and year-round events.
  • Provide support for the creation of the festival program in adherence with the Full Frame style guide and communication strategy. Compile and track sponsor ads for the program, adhering to deadlines and specifications in collaboration with the programming and development teams, and prepare film images for festival program book and website.
  • Coordinate media management for photo and video assets, including archiving and backing up content, uploading to Flickr, and maintaining asset organization.

Skills/Software: Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, and Lightroom), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), social media scheduling platforms (such as Tweetdeck, Buffer, or Hootsuite), Wordpress. HTML is desirable.

Experience: Work generally requires 3-5 years of experience and knowledge with general marketing and communications work, graphic design, and social media. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

To apply, two steps are necessary: 

  1. Send cover letter, resume, and work samples of communications materials that you have designed (online portfolio URL or as attachments) to with the subject “Full Frame Communications Manager – (Applicant’s Name)”. Your cover letter should outline how your qualifications, work history, and experience make you a good fit for this position. We accept electronic submissions only.
  2. Go to the Duke University jobs site and follow the instructions to submit an application for the following requisition number: 401330781

DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.