PROGRAM MANAGER – IF/Then Shorts - Reporting to the IF/Then Shorts Program Director, and working closely with additional TFI staff, the Program Manager’s primary responsibility will be to manage and implement all facets of the IF/Then Shorts program. Find out more »  

IF/Then Shorts awards monetary grants through public pitches at industry events and provides year-round production and distribution mentorship to short form storytellers and media makers globally. The program provides new audiences, starting in the U.S., with a better understanding of American and international stories by discovering and empowering more inclusive voices in short-film storytelling. It also fosters multi-platform distribution and financial sustainability for short filmmakers in a global and increasingly complex marketplace.

Successful candidates for this newly created position are self-starters with the ability to work independently and manage projects that require input from various staff members and industry partners. The ideal candidate will possess not only the requisite experience, but also strong creative producing and mentorship skills, partnership development and event management skills, good judgement, industry connections, strong attention to detail, and a commitment to racial and gender equity. Ideal candidates will also be adaptive and will complement and grow with our team as our program continues to expand.


IF/Then Shorts is committed to building leadership in the short form nonfiction landscape. 

  • Film Fund & Regional Pitch Competitions: [Event Management & Content Curation skill sets] In collaboration with industry partners, manage and run open calls and pitch events in up to 4 US regions and 2 international regions per year.  Includes application platform set up, outreach to solicit applications from a diverse set of emerging as well as seasoned filmmakers, participation in application reviews and final selection process, liaison with filmmakers and jury members, and coordination of all logistics related to the pitch events. (May require travel and some evening/weekend work)
  • Production Mentorship: [Producing skill set] Throughout the production process to delivery of completed films from grantees, facilitate and provide direct support to filmmakers and work to increase their access to resources and opportunities. Includes providing story feedback at several stages of their production process, advice on funding resources as required, coordinating legal or other mentorship support according to the needs of each project, coordinating with filmmakers on deliverables and deadlines, reviewing final deliverable paperwork (releases, licenses, cue sheets, etc.), coordinating with post-production professionals to confirm technical deliverables, and digital asset management of completed films and related materials. 
  • Distribution Mentorship: Provide strategic guidance to filmmakers on film completion, festival launching, outreach, and distribution. Coordinate filmmaker mentorship with IF/Then partner mentors for EPK creation and press strategy, outreach, curriculum development, etc.  Includes distribution platform outreach and solicitation for supported films aimed at windowed, multi-platform release. 
  • Special Projects: Manage and coordinate all logistics, program curation, filmmaker deliverables, and press outreach for special projects including: 1) IF/Then Shorts Airline partnership 2) Theatrical release and Special Events for selected grantee projects and 3) additional duties, as assigned by the Director of IF/Then Shorts,  Senior Director of Programs, and Executive Director. 

General Administration & Organizational

  • Attend workshops, film markets and forums to represent TFI and to keep current in the field. 
  • Initiate and develop industry partnerships and collaboration for the funding, production, and distribution of short form content based on the needs of our grantees and to advance the program and the field at large. 
  • Maintain filmmaker and industry contact lists including funding and distribution entities relevant to the nonfiction shorts landscape. 
  • Write and contribute to e-blasts, blogs and newsletters. 
  • Proofread all content/materials related to IF/Then Shorts - events, press, and web pages. 
  • Maintain electronic files and digital assets. 
  • Participate in the review and selection process for other TFI programs, as needed. 


  • Production experience. Candidate should have produced at minimum one independent nonfiction film (feature-length, short, and/or short series) that has achieved some level of distribution. 
  • Film and Media Industry connections. Experience building partnerships in the nonfiction film and media field, in the US and internationally. Knowledge about the current film funding and distribution landscape.
  • Creative sensibility. A keen eye for reviewing, selecting, and providing feedback on a range of film and media projects that fit TFI eligibility. 
  • Mentorship and coaching experience. You know how to and enjoy mentoring and coaching other filmmakers through their production and creative storytelling challenges. 
  • Project Management experience. 
  • Communication and interpersonal skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Public speaking experience, including on panels in front of audiences of donors and/or filmmakers. 
  • Excellent judgment, decision making, and problem solving skills.
  • Detail and deadline oriented, with an ability to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to anticipate obstacles, and to prioritize tasks across multiple simultaneous projects. 
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint.
  • Tech proficiency. Ability to quickly learn new tools and platforms.
  • Basic Post-Production organizational skills for digital asset management of completed grantee films and related materials.
  • Passion for advancing the mission of Tribeca Film Institute. 

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) non-exempt position with some after-hours, weekend work, and travel required. TFI intentionally considers candidates from historically underrepresented communities including ALAANA (Asian, LatinX, African, Arab and Native American) populations and people with disabilities.

Compensation: Salary range: Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package includes leave time, health insurance, transit benefits, and summer Fridays.

TO APPLY: Candidates should email a [cover letter, resume, and 3 references] to  PLEASE no phone calls. Include “IF/Then Shorts Program Manager – [your name]” in the subject line. In the cover letter, please share why you are interested in the position, and what you are bringing to the role. Please, no phone calls. 

Application Deadline: Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will only respond to shortlisted candidates.


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