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    Austin Asian American Film Festival
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    August 28, 2019, 

    The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF), Austin’s premiere organization for showcasing and promoting Asian and Asian American Cinema, is seeking a new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. We are looking for a dynamic, passionate individual to lead the continued evolution and growth of AAAFF as we solidify our position as a vital cultural mainstay of our diverse and growing city. The organization just successfully concluded its 11th annual film festival, with the largest attendance in its history. 

    The EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR will lead the planning committee in the preparation and execution of the AAAFF and year-round programming. S/he will report to the Board of Directors and be responsible for developing and overseeing the organization’s budget. 

    AAAFF is also working to increase its support of Asian American media creatives and establish relationships with other Asian American film festivals in the country in an effort to solidify the Austin market as a hub of Asian American creative talent. 

    AAAFF is wanting to expand on its mission of helping Asian Americans explore opportunities in cinema by offering educational opportunities in addition to its film festival. The EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR will play a key role in exploring avenues to meet this goal. 

    This is an excellent opportunity to support diversity in media and lead a project that is essential to the Asian American community. AAAFF offers an open, collaborative work environment where the board and staff are engaged in meaningful work that directly contributes to our mission. We are an equal opportunity employer. 

    Salary based on experience with a minimum stipend of $10k. This is a non-benefited annual position with flexible hours based on activities. 


    Fundraising (Approximately 50%)

    • Work collaboratively with the Board to prepare grant proposals and reports 

    • Submit final proposals and all supplemental materials on time 

    • Execute and manage fundraising events 

    • Meet with prospective and current sponsors, funders and donors

    Management (Approximately 30%):

    Oversee all aspects of the film festival and year-round programming including programming, operations, and marketing 

    Recruit, train, and manage festival staff, interns, and volunteers 

    Foster positive, professional, and productive working relationships among members of the Board and Staff 

    Ensure the highest level of artistic content and presentation at the festival and year-round events 

    Build and maintain professional relationships with filmmakers, distributors, community partners, and community leaders 

    • Manage the Festival’s budget and expenses 

    Communications (Approximately 10%)

    Represent AAAFF in the local community and in the media 

    Maintain the organization’s branding and lead any rebranding efforts as approved by the board 

    Maintain existing and establish new local community relationships, as well as national and international partners 

    Other Administrative (Approximately 10%) 

    Participate in board meetings and provide planning and budget updates 


    • Detail oriented and extremely organized;

    • Diligent and able to independently manage time, prioritize tasks, and meet goals and deadlines consistently;

    • Reliable self-starter who takes initiative, sets and responds to priorities, drives work forward and sees projects through to completion;

    • Proactive communicator who surfaces issues, asks questions for clarity, and takes the initiative to gather the information and context needed to make decisions independently;

    • Professional, helpful and diplomatic demeanor;

    • Commitment to personal and professional development, including willingness to accept and act on feedback from board members, colleagues and constituents;

    • Flexible, collaborative working style and positive can-do attitude;

    • Excellent listening, oral and written communication, including presentation and public speaking skills;

    • Excellent anticipatory skills with ability to think and plan ahead;

    • Ability to take direction and constructive feedback, work independently and participate as a collaborative team member; and

    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of organizational, financial and member information.


    3+ years of leadership experience, preferably in a non-profit arts organization 

    College Associate’s Degree or greater 

    Demonstrated organizational leadership and management capability 

    Demonstrated ability to work with a governing board 

    Experience with financial management in a small-to-medium-sized organization 

    Proficient in social media 

    Strong leadership and collaboration skills 

    If you have a passion for cinema and are committed to diversity and inclusion, this can be an ideal opportunity to help AAAFF grow and flourish! 


    CLICK HERE to apply through the Indeed posting. Please email andrew.lee@aaafilmfest.org with any questions.


    The mission of the Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is to tell Asian and Asian American stories via media arts and help Asian Americans explore opportunities in cinema. Learn more at www.aaafilmfest.org.

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