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  • 1.  Now Hiring: FT Assistant Director at Tallgrass

    Posted 04-19-2024 14:28

    Assistant Director Job Description 

    Tallgrass Film Association

    Reports To: Executive Director

    Classification: Full Time, In person, Salaried


    About Tallgrass: 

    Tallgrass Film Association entertains, educates, and inspires audiences in the Wichita community and beyond showcasing the best of independent films from around the world through an annual 4-day film festival, year-round special screenings, filmmaking competitions, and filmmaker labs. We strive to preserve the cultural tradition of film as a communal adventure. Movies bring us together: they entertain, spark conversation, build community, and forge new relationships.

    Our core values and vision are listed here. 


    The Assistant Director works full-time year-round and assists with all aspects of Tallgrass, including but not limited to the following established programs:


    • Tallgrass Film Festival

    • Emerging Filmmaker Program 

    • Take 36 Film Race

    • Emily Bonavia Tallgrass Film Center


    Event Operations:

    • Coordinate all aspects of festival operations, including venue logistics, transportation, box office management, and customer service.

    • Oversee event scheduling, staffing, and volunteer coordination.

    • Manage production logistics, ticketing, and technical requirements.

    • Provide suggestions for improving operations based on audience and staff feedback.

    • Assist with private rental marketing and operations.

    • Ensure each screening is staffed appropriately and theater pre-roll is updated.

    Marketing and Communication:

    • Assist with event marketing strategies, including design feedback and signage.

    • Attend and contribute to year-round meetings, offering input on program planning and event strategies.

    • Manage year-round customer service efforts, gathering feedback and improving the end-user experience.


    Theater and Office Operations:

    • Manage theater operations, including film playlists, staffing, and inventory updates.

    • Maintain, develop, and strategize year-round box office and membership systems.

    • Oversee office operations, including intern orientation, software management, and communication systems.

    • Coordinate and design operational manuals for in-house and partnered programs.

    • Deep clean theater and office monthly.

    • Cross-count cash weekly and at the end of the month with ED.

    • Assist with filing and scanning as needed.

    Additional Duties:

    • Assist with association development as needed.

    • Perform other duties as assigned.


    • Background clearances.

    • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.


    • Ability to prioritize tasks and work under time constraints.

    Comfort with technology and troubleshooting.

    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

    • Basic knowledge of film festivals or willingness to learn.


    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent job experience

    • Prior experience working at a film festival or coordinating large-scale events

    • Strong attention to detail and adaptability.

    • Ability to remain calm under pressure.

    • Demonstrates initiative in tackling tasks and projects.


    If this sounds like you, please apply for this position. Send your resume and cover letter to by Wednesday, May 1, 2024 by 5 p.m. for priority consideration. 


    Compensation: Salary Range: $42,000 - $45,000 plus health insurance benefits. Flexible PTO and relaxed work environment.  

    Tallgrass Film Association reserves the right to change or modify the employee's job description whether orally or in writing, at any time during the employment relationship. Tallgrass may require an employee to perform duties outside his/her normal description.

    Melanie Addington
    Executive Director
    Tallgrass Film Association