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Venue Coordinators

Sheffield Doc/Fest are looking for Venue Coordinators to oversee operations at various locations during the 2019 Festival. These are front-line roles acting as the central point of contact for audiences, guests, volunteers, venue and Festival staff at each location.

They will support the rehearsal and delivery of all aspects of events at Film, Talks, and Special Event venues, facilitating the smooth running of the Festival programme and reporting of any issues to the wider Festival team as and when required.

The ideal candidates will have experience in event, venue, or production management, and demonstrable experience in customer services within the arts, cinema, theatre, and event environments. They should be confident, pro-active, and customer-focused, with excellent communication skills.

Positions will be available on various days throughout the Festival and across Films, Talks, and Special Events venues, and will require evening and weekend work.

Does this sound like you, or someone you know? For more information about this opportunity to join the Doc/Fest team please download the application pack here.

Deadline for applications is 17:30 GMT on Monday 18 March 2019.

Festival Director

Sheffield Doc/Fest is inviting applications for the role of Festival Director to take us in to our 2020 edition, and beyond.

Sheffield Doc/Fest is an internationally renowned organisation presenting one of the world’s leading documentary festivals and marketplaces – celebrating the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms.

The Festival Director is responsible for leading the organisation, and for keeping it one step ahead of its international competitors. The chosen candidate will come with a vision for the artistic direction and development of the Festival and its programme going forwards. They will have a commitment to supporting documentary makers, developing new talent, and growing audiences for documentary.

We are looking for a visionary; someone not afraid to take risks and innovate. The chosen candidate will be well-connected in the international documentary industry, having previously collaborated with filmmakers, commissioners, funders, foundations and broadcasters. Applicants must be passionate about, and have an understanding of, feature documentaries, digital documentary formats and broadcast.

Does this sound like you, or someone you know? For more information about this opportunity to join the Doc/Fest team please download the application pack here.

Searchlight Executive is managing this search on behalf of Sheffield Doc/Fest. CVs should be sent to Cathy Alford, Managing Director, Searchlight: cathy[at] searchlight.com

Deadline for applications is 17:00 GMT on Thursday 28 March 2019.

Festival Assistant Programme

Every year Doc/Fest recruit a number of Festival Assistants to assist the team with preparations for the next Festival and the various year-round projects we coordinate. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team. It's a wonderful chance to make a network of contacts, and gain professional office experience which will include taking and transferring calls and queries, taking minutes in team meetings and working with various departments within the Doc/Fest team.

You will be based in our Sheffield office, where you will see how Doc/Fest operate on a day-to-day basis as well as carrying out a range of duties such as: research tasks, maintaining databases, updating copy on the website and social networks, processing film submissions, and office runner tasks. These positions are unpaid internships which last for three month periods with a minimum commitment of two days a week. Our office hours are 9:30am – 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

Our Festival Assistant positions often lead to choice volunteer roles and could lead to employment opportunities at the Festival. We are also happy to provide you with professional advice, references and letters of recommendation if requested.

Our 2019 Festival Assistant blocks run from:

14th January to 29th March

1st April to 28 June

1st July to 27th September

1st October to 20th December

If you would like to apply please send a CV and covering letter, explaining why you would like to apply to the Festival Assistant programme, why you think you would be suitable for the role and what you would hope to gain whilst at Doc/Fest. Please send this to lena.nitsch [at] sheffdocfest.com

Volunteer Opportunities

There are more ways than one to get involved and be a part of Sheffield Doc/Fest. Whether it's joining our 500-strong team of Doc/Crew Volunteers, or helping out in the Doc/Fest office as part of our year-round Festival Assistant programme, these opportunities are not to be missed.

If you have any queries about volunteering with Sheffield Doc/Fest, or would like our team to visit your institution to discuss how you can get involved with us, please get in touch via volunteer [at] sheffdocfest.com.

For more information on our Doc/Crew Volunteer Programme, click here.

Equal Opportunities Statement

Our jobs are like our festival, open to all.

Sheffield Doc/Fest believes that documentaries, and those working in the arts and in media – including ourselves - have a part to play in creating a society which is proud of its diversity and its multi-cultural heritage.

Doc/Fest’s programme-centred approach to inclusiveness puts diversity at the forefront of its activity. Through the documentaries we showcase and the talent we develop, we aim to celebrate diversity, promote equality, and challenge discrimination.

Equally, we are committed to providing a welcoming, accessible, inclusive and positive experience for all festival attendees, and for all team members and volunteers – regardless of age, disability, sex, gender, sexuality, marital/civil partnership status, pregnancy/maternity/paternity, race, religion/belief, or socio-economic background. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident committed employer, supporting disabled people in the workplace.