Three Dollar Bill Cinema is seeking an Executive Director


Three Dollar Bill Cinema, a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization celebrating 22 years of service to the Seattle, Washington and LGBTQ film community, seeks a full-time Executive Director to continue its tradition of excellence. Founded in 1996, Three Dollar Bill Cinema started as a weekend film festival and is now a year-round film arts organization, and has been recognized with several annual grants and received the 2012 Seattle Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence. Three Dollar Bill Cinema is supported by an active and engaged Board of Directors, staff, and hundreds of devoted volunteers.

With an annual budget of $500K and a devoted audience throughout the Puget Sound region, TDBC produces year-round programs including the TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Outdoor Summer Movies, Reel Queer Youth (media literacy summer camp) and other annual LGBTQ film programs. TDBC also serves as a fiscal sponsor for up and coming media projects, and co-produces numerous events with other local non-profits. More information about our programs can be found at

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall financial and operational health of the organization, and ensures Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s activities, programs, board, and staff are aligned with our mission. This is a hands-on position involving significant fundraising, program development and implementation, staff development, event administration, contributing to Board development, and office management responsibilities. Ideal candidates must possess proven leadership experience, history of successful corporate and individual fundraising, community development, as well as deep knowledge of the local, regional, and national film arts community.

Responsibilities of Position:

Strategic Development: The Executive Director, working with the Board of Directors, is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans to accomplish TDBC’s mission.

Financial Management: The Executive Director is responsible for TDBC’s fiscal management and budget, including preparing and facilitating the annual budget and audit process; grants administration, and processing accounts payables and receivables.

Fundraising and Development: The Executive Director is responsible for actively participating in raising and leveraging funds. They lead the Board and staff to cultivate donors and secure donations and sponsorship from corporations and small businesses, both cash and in-kind. They will research grant opportunities and prepare general operating and capital proposals and identify and pursue new revenue sources. They also play a significant role in supporting the annual board-led fundraising auction, including but not limited to sponsorship, item procurement, and recruitment of attendees/table captains.

Staff Management: The Executive Director is responsible for supervising all staff (including contractors and vendor relations) including developing, leading and coaching a high performing team. They will be adept at developing the skills and knowledge of staff, as well as fostering an encouraging work environment that promotes leadership and collaboration.

Program Oversight: The Executive Director will oversee the seamless performance of each of TDBC’s programs and ensure that each program operates effectively and efficiently within budget and timelines.

Organizational Relationships and Public Relations: The Executive Director is responsible for promoting and marketing TDBC’s mission, brand and programs, including representing the organization in public and legislative forums, and developing and maintaining relationships with local and national partners and media.

Coordination with Board: The Executive Director is appointed by and accountable to the Board, and is responsible for reporting to the Board on all essential matters, including the budget, operations, and staff issues.

Office Management: The Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the TDBC office, including all ordering and maintenance of office supplies and equipment, storage of festival and event inventory, landlord relations, ensuring the safety and security of the property, equipment, and staff/volunteers.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven leadership and management skills, including the ability to train and mentor employees and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated track record with at least 3 years of cultivating donors and sponsors to grow funding.
  • Commitment to TDBC’s mission, values and beliefs and the communities it serves.
  • Superior public speaking and writing skills.
  • Knowledge and experience with nonprofit governance, management and program development/evaluation, and demonstrated ability to grow a non-profit organization.
  • Ability to network and build strategic partnerships, locally and nationally.
  • Knowledge and experience creating and managing agency and program deliverables and budgets.
  • Bachelor's degree (non-profit management preferred), Graduate Degree a plus.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of non-profit management experience.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Full health benefits. This is a full-time exempt position. The position will be open until filled. Three Dollar Bill Cinema is committed to a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

Please email cover letter, resume, and three professional references, along with salary requirements to:

NOTE: Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Priority consideration will be given to applications received no later than Friday, February 23, 2018.