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Director
 

NOTE: This is a partial job description. Go HERE for a full description, including instructions on how to apply. Applications are requested by March 31, 2021, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is dedicated to documentary expression and its role in creating a more just society. A nonprofit affiliate of Duke University, CDS teaches, produces, and presents the documentary arts across a full range of media – film, photography, audio, narrative writing, experimental and new media – for students and audiences of all ages.

CDS believes that a story, well told, can deepen insight and empathy, encourage connection across differences, and open possibilities for meaningful change. The Center values documentary work that balances community goals with individual artistic expression, and promotes work that cultivates progressive change by amplifying voices, advancing human dignity, engendering respect among individuals, breaking down barriers to understanding, and illuminating social injustices. As one of its major goals, CDS seeks to cultivate new talent in the documentary field, particularly among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) makers.

Having steadily grown over the past three decades, The Center for Documentary Studies is poised to move into an exciting new phase in its evolution, and seeks a bold and strategic leader who will identify a compelling path for an expansion of the Center’s mission, vision, and impact.

The Director should bring:

  • a thoughtful knowledge of the broad documentary landscape, to determine where opportunities for CDS might lie;
  • a demonstrated commitment to documentary practices that are non-extractive and that hold artists accountable to the communities and individuals with whom they work; and
  • a passion for advancing the documentary field through CDS’s unique Teaching— Producing—Presenting model.

While embracing the Center’s programmatic multiplicity, the Director will focus CDS’s diverse offerings into a more impactful whole – ensuring a clear and collective vision that:

  • anchors and guides the internal work;
  • aligns with the needs of the documentary field;
  • further distinguishes CDS’s external identity; and
  • encourages substantially increased support of, and investment in, CDS.

Reporting directly to CDS’s Board, the Director is also accountable to Duke University’s Provost, Associate Provost for the Arts, and Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences on the intersection of CDS’s programs with Duke. The Center currently has an operating budget of $5 million, sourced almost evenly from Duke University, CDS’s $27 million quasi-endowment, and private fundraising. Leading a dedicated team of approximately 80 (full & part-time) staff and faculty, the Director will provide the strategic guidance, fundraising leadership, and management expertise needed to grow the Center and deepen its impact. CDS also works with other Duke units and faculty, neighboring universities, community partners, and documentary organizations in the United States and abroad.

The Director will drive a bold agenda which includes CDS’s current priorities of bringing more diverse voices into the organization and into the documentary field, strengthening the organization’s educational foundations, and broadening support for artists of color long underrepresented in access to documentary resources. Pivotal to the Director’s success will be the ability to empower others; engender creativity among the staff and faculty; further anchor CDS within the Duke Arts family; and effectively advocate for the Center’s long-term vision of using documentary, in all its forms, to be a force for change in the world.

NOTE: This is a partial job description. Go HERE for a full description, including instructions on how to apply. Applications are requested by March 31, 2021, but will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.