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Now Hiring: Executive Director

Cinema Center is currently seeking to fill the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for the long-term sustainability and growth of Cinema Center, fundraising, and providing a vision for the organization’s path to success through community-driven artistic programming.

The Responsibilities of the Executive Director are:

Finance and Development

Chief fundraiser and fund development facilitator

Draft annual budgets and present to committees and board

Review monthly financial statements and report to finance committee and/or board

Assist in preparing the monthly financial statement, the annual audit, and the filing of tax forms

Research, write, and submit grant proposals; attend workshops and information sessions related to submitting proposals

Write and submit interim and final reports on grants

Work with staff and board on preparing all financial information

Operations and Administrative

Assist board and committee meetings for Cinema Center

Assist the Board by maintaining and distributing meeting notices, minutes, and other documents, as needed

Maintain current files and perform other duties related to organizational administration

Approve weekly film and special event schedule drafted by Director of Operations

Introduce screenings for events

Facilitate internships

Programming and Outreach

Research potential programming, including working with community partners to book specialty films and series

Establish and maintain relationships with distributors; negotiate film rental rates and book films

Promote Cinema Center programming and events through local media outlets

Establish and maintain relationships with other arts and nonprofit community partners

Attend relevant community events and meetings; act as advocate of Cinema Center

Respond to questions and issues raised by the community regarding Cinema Center or its programming

Implement film education initiatives

Work with local filmmaking community and promote screenings of their work


Participate in and assist with the work of committees in planning, organizing, and implementing Cinema Center events

Assist with the recruitment of new board and committee members, as needed

Work with Arts United to maintain and improve facilities

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

A love and familiarity with Cinema Center, and its mission

At least 5 years in management, preferably at a successful nonprofit arts organization

Experience working with a dedicated board of directors

Extensive experience fundraising, especially regularly generating major gifts greater than $10,000

A proven track record of expanding the financial resources for an organization and developing new relationships with promising fund development leads, donors, community organizations, local businesses and potential partners that translate into sustainable revenue-generating ventures

Experience researching grant opportunities and ability to be a strong written communicator through grant proposals

Ability to spearhead all sponsorship procurement, including major sponsorships for annual Hobnobben Film Festival

Ability to draft annual budgets, with board and committee input, as well as review monthly financial statements

Experience as a public speaker and comfort in being the “face” of an innovative arts organization that routinely pushes the envelope of film art programming

Able to negotiate all programming arrangements with film distributor partners, managers and agents; maintain these important relationships so Cinema Center is in the best position for procuring excellent, artistic, revenue-generating programming

Experience creating and implementing a calendar of year-long programming, including special series, events, late-night screenings, and discussions with community leaders, and filmmakers that not only strengthen the organization’s commitment to its mission but also create important streams of earned revenue

Working knowledge of current independent film world, trends, and programming available to Northeast Indiana community

Carry on current investments and projects, including but not limited to conversion of the organization’s Spectator Lounge into a second screening room and securing the sale of real estate in organization’s possession

Ability to program a successful independent movie theater in an increasingly challenging landscape, sometimes with little more than a couple days’ notice

Preferable to have some familiarity with the current theatrical art house and film festival landscape


At least a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in film, nonprofit management, or business

To apply

Please send a resume, a cover letter carefully explaining qualifications, and three references to the Executive Director Search Committee at

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with benefits, including health.

About Cinema Center

Cinema Center is a 501(c)3, film arts organization with more than 40 years of service to the Northeast Indiana community. The organization operates a year-round, first-run independent movie theater, as well as produces the Hobnobben Film Festival every year on the downtown Arts United campus, in June.

About Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is Indiana's second-largest city and is home to over 250,000 residents. (Allen County, Indiana's largest county by size, has a population of 355,000.) The median home value in Fort Wayne is $100,200.

For the past ten years there has been an effective revitalization effort of the city’s downtown, where Cinema Center is located on the Arts United campus. In addition to Cinema Center, the arts campus is also home to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, the Fort Wayne Ballet, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, and Artlink Contemporary Gallery. Downtown Fort Wayne is busting at its seams with delicious restaurants, fun and comfortable bars, two university campuses, hip retail, an amazing music scene, and because of Cinema Center – some of the most film-loving folks you will meet in the Midwest.

Fort Wayne is a three-time All America City Award winner, and are consistently sited for our high quality of life, low cost of living and warm Hoosier Hospitality.

Nearly equidistant from Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit, it has historically served as a transportation and communications center for Northeast Indiana, and an incubator for many products and companies.