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Current Job Openings:

  • Communications Associate 
  • Programming Intern
  • Communications Intern

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

(Part-Time to Full-Time)

NewFest is currently seeking a Communications Associate to help expand the reach of New York’s leading LGBTQ film and media arts organization. The position will help create and implement a short- and long-term communications strategy relating to year-round growth as well as the 2019 New York LGBTQ Film Festival, October 23 – 29. This is a part-time position with potential to become full-time in the future. Ideal candidate should be qualified to serve as the Social Media Manager during the 2019 Festival. The associate is responsible for working with staff to manage and oversee all of NewFest’s communications, including social media platforms and email marketing, and will work in conjunction with our Public Relations team. The associate will join a small and vibrant team that offers the potential to grow with the
non-profit organization and make a positive impact within the LGBTQ community. The work will be done primarily in NewFest’s offices in Chelsea, with some remote work possible. The ideal candidate has a strong editorial background, and is a digital native with an almost instinctive understanding of digital products and social media. They are passionate about LGBTQ narratives and documentaries, as well as LGBTQ issues, news, politics, and pop culture. Salary is commensurate with experience.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following, and may change as the needs and priorities of the organization evolve.

  • Develop overall social media strategy to drive engagement and increase following
  • Develop channel-specific, timely content and campaigns to support an editorial calendar for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., while appropriately maintaining the organization’s voice across platforms to engage followers
  • Manage digital advertising (Facebook) for year-round events, festival and individual films
  • Collaborate on creating and circulating e-newsletters and other email marketing efforts (via MailChimp)
  • Provide sponsors and partners visibility via communications channels – includes executing social media portions of sponsor and partner agreements
  • Collaborate with programming, events, and filmmaker departments to develop compelling content to support attendance, reach wider communities, and drive engagement
  • Attract, excite, and engage with audiences
  • Follow-up with community promotional partners to ensure they’re spreading the word per agreements
  • Execute engaging live coverage of NewFest events on Instagram and Twitter and direct interns to do the same
  • Monitor the Contact Us email and forward messages to the correct departments
    (Development, Programming, etc.)
  • Remain aware of news events and media cycles to identify relevant points of engagement in trending topics
  • Engage with journalists, LGBTQ activists and influencers in the social media world to assist in the attendance and/or coverage of films and events
  • Pitch creative concepts for organization-wide social media initiatives, influencer outreach, and campaigns
  • Work with given social templates to create assets to share with filmmakers and encourage promotion
  • Report actionable insights and KPIs on a regular basis
  • Run cross-platform social advertising campaigns
  • Submit a wrap report following the festival tracking relevant highs and lows, communication successes and festival-specific growth information
  • Hire and manage social media interns to assist in coverage leading up to and including the festival
Details at a glance
On-site Location
Part Time Schedule
Contract
4-Year Degree Required Language Proficiency: English
 

NewFest’s Mission: NewFest gives voice and visibility to the full spectrum of the LGBTQ experience by championing films and supporting storytellers who inspire dialogue, shift cultural bias, and empower our diverse community. NewFest began in 1988 as a response to the AIDS crisis, when images of the queer community were hard to find and often imbued with shame. Over 30 years and through an evolving cultural landscape, we have grown into the largest convener of LGBTQ audiences in New York City. Acceptance has come a long way since 1988, but we still have a long way to go.

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to opportunities@newfest.org. Please indicate “Communications Associate at NewFest” in the subject of your email. 

PROGRAMMING INTERN

NewFest’s internships are 10-hour-a-week and unpaid; however, interns will receive access to NewFest’s year-round events, pre-release screenings and other exclusive film industry opportunities. They will also receive a 2019 Festival Pass in exchange for their work, and NewFest is also open to arranging academic credit and/or stipends. Interns will join a small and vibrant team that offers the potential to grow with the non-profit organization and make a positive impact within the LGBTQ community. The work can be done preferably in NewFest’s Chelsea location, with some remote work possible.

NewFest is currently seeking a Programming Intern who is an organized self-starter with a proven interest in LGBTQ film. Candidate should be a current student or recent graduate. The intern will assist with administrative, research, and screening tasks vital to programming departmental operations. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Films research/tracking
  • Assisting in coordinating submissions
  • Assisting in coordinating screening committee
  • Screener solicitations
  • Reviewing submissions
  • Updating the films database
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Filmmaker communications

The intern’s tasks will be in preparation for NewFest at The Center Presents (monthly screening series), OutCinema (June 2019) and NewFest: New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival (October 2019).  

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Computer-savvy and able to pick up on new systems
  • Detail-oriented
  • Immense interest in the LGBTQ film landscape
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc) and Google Docs
  • Knowledge of film editing and film exhibition formats a plus
  • Must be available to work at least two days a week, between the hours of 11am to 5pm, Monday through Friday

NewFest’s Mission: NewFest gives voice and visibility to the full spectrum of the LGBTQ experience by championing films and supporting storytellers who inspire dialogue, shift cultural bias, and empower our diverse community. NewFest began in 1988 as a response to the AIDS crisis, when images of the queer community were hard to find and often imbued with shame. Over 30 years and through an evolving cultural landscape, we have grown into the largest convener of LGBTQ audiences in New York City. Acceptance has come a long way since 1988, but we still have a long way to go.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter and CV/résumé to Director of Programming Nick McCarthy at nickmccarthy@newfest.org. Please indicate “Programming Internship” in the subject of your email. 

COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

NewFest is currently seeking a Communications Intern to help expand the reach of New York’s LGBTQ Film and Media Arts Organization. The position will help create and implement a short- and long-term social media strategy relating to year-round growth as well as the 2019 New York LGBTQ Film Festival, October 23 – 29.

This is a 10-hour-a-week, unpaid internship; however, the intern will receive access to NewFest’s year-round events, which include pre-release movie screenings. They will also receive 2019 Festival Pass in exchange for their work, and NewFest is open to arranging academic credit in addition. The intern will join a small and vibrant team that offers the potential to grow with the non-profit organization and make a positive impact within the LGBTQ community. The work can be done preferably in NewFest’s Chelsea location, with some remote work possible.

The ideal candidate has a strong editorial background, and is a digital native with an almost instinctive understanding of digital products and social media. They are passionate about LGBTQ narratives and documentaries, as well as LGBTQ issues, news, politics, and pop culture.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work hand-in-hand with the Director of Programming & Operations and the Development & Events Coordinator to create social content, plan social media posts and draft all copy through an editorial calendar.
  • Help drive engagement with NewFest’s audience and growth to new audiences
  • Involved in day-to-day management of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including content creation, copywriting, social planning and community management
  • Draft social content across social platforms
  • Update website events
  • Coordinate email blasts
  • Organize and schedule social content with a focus on bold and engaging copy
  • Identify can’t-miss social media engagement opportunities for the brand, including local/national community awareness days, film and media-related news, etc.
  • Create content that is emotive and exciting, while scaling to a global audience
  • Develop, pitch and execute new ideas for original social content

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Work at a fast pace without compromising attention to detail
  • Must be creative!
  • A sound knowledge of streaming media apps, the web, social media, and native digital analytics tools (Instagram, Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics)
  • Experience with WordPress and MailChimp highly suggested; photography experience a plus 
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the ability to learn new and related technologies
  • The ability to research, retrieve, and organize information from the internet
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
  • Strong copywriting and editing skills
  • Some knowledge of Facebook Paid advertising preferred
  • A self-starter with demonstrated problem solving capability
  • Professional, proactive, organized, and always prepared
  • Knowledge and understanding of the LGBTQ community, as well as the issues that affect them
  • Knowledge of and passion for LGBTQ Film
  • Understanding the importance of sharing LGBTQ storytelling to create positive change
  • Awareness of, or willingness to learn
  • Passion for NewFest’s mission

NewFest’s Mission: NewFest gives voice and visibility to the full spectrum of the LGBTQ experience by championing films and supporting storytellers who inspire dialogue, shift cultural bias, and empower our diverse community. NewFest began in 1988 as a response to the AIDS crisis, when images of the gay community were hard to find and often imbued with shame. Over 30 years and through an evolving cultural landscape, we have grown into the largest convener of LGBTQ audiences in New York City. Acceptance has come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

To apply, please email your resume and a brief cover letter with the subject line “Communications Intern” to radhikarajkumar@newfest.org.

 

NewFest is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V committed to a diverse workforce.