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Director, Film Programs 


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

The Academy Museum presents a robust film exhibition program, presenting ongoing and limited series as well as individual screening events in our two state-of-the art theaters. Film programs span the range of historical periods, genres, and global cinemas, presented in the full spectrum of celluloid and digital formats.

Reporting to the Chief Audience Officer, the Director, Film Programs will be responsible for curating and managing all facets of the Academy Museum’s film programs and projects. Collaborating with colleagues, film artists, Academy members, and organizational partners, you will develop, implement, and maintain innovative programming and series in alignment with exhibitions and Museum priorities that serve to engage with diverse communities.


You Will:

  • Supervise and lead the conceptualization of all film screenings and series: curate select series and screenings independently and identify staff or contracted guest programmers who will collaborate on the curation of other programs.
  • Oversee all related responsibilities of mounting film programs, including but not limited to authoring original descriptive text, sourcing images, identifying film material locations, and ideating and booking potential guest speakers.
  • Work closely with the museum’s marketing and publications teams to develop printed collateral, including the film program print calendar and digital program pages.
  • Create and track the department’s budget.
  • Work with Museum leadership on setting and tracking film program audience goals.
  • Oversee sourcing of material for internal presentations, including photographs of programs, statistics, and data points communicating audience attendance, and stories of impact.
  • Be the spokesperson for the department in presentations to staff members across the Academy, advisory groups, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Introduce screenings and conduct Q&As with panels.
  • Ensure that the year-round calendar of screenings and series aligns with the museum’s cultural calendar of priorities and fundraising obligations.
  • Work with the Curatorial department to ideate and create film programs/series to accompany and amplify exhibitions.
  • Consistently update and engage with donors to the Museum’s film programs on upcoming series and screenings.
  • Work with A/V and the Theater Operations department to ensure that all film programs follow consistent standards and practices, but also accommodate flexibility as needed, to ensure high quality of presentation and optimal cross-team collaboration.
  • Work with the Talent department to coordinate and manage talent for screenings.
  • Work in partnership with the Academy Film Archive to secure films for museum screenings.
  • Manage department staff, approve timesheets, and handle performance reviews.
  • Attend select festivals as a Museum representative to stay both current with contemporary cinema and new restorations, as well as network on behalf of the institution. Festival attendance will be decided upon in partnership with the Chief Audience Officer and Director and President of the Academy Museum.
  • Work with the Events department to manage flexible theater-use calendar.
  • Collaborate with the Education department to ensure accessible and contextual film notes resources are audience-centered.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • A master’s degree in film studies, cinema arts, film production, museum studies, or related professional experience.
  • 7+ years’ experience implementing and overseeing programming initiatives, as well as managing staff.
  • A successful track record of developing high-quality, innovative, and impactful programming.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate partnerships and work proactively and collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Record of published work, such as articles, film program notes, or other texts that demonstrate fluency in film history, aesthetics and/or criticism.
  • Knowledge of global film history and passion for sharing films with diverse audiences.
  • Professional experience in arts, cultural, and/or educational settings, or related non-profit leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • High emotional intelligence and ability to communicate effectively with colleagues across multiple levels and departments.
  • Experience overseeing and implementing a high volume of projects and multiple tasks simultaneously, meeting deadlines.
  • A strong and demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
  • Software competency in Microsoft Office Suite and Airtable.


Other Requirements:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required, including any booster vaccinations as applicable.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision.
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)



The expected base salary range for this role is $100,000 to $115,000. The actual base pay offered will be determined on factors such as experience, skills, training, location, certifications, education, and other factors permitted by law. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.





Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Director, Film Programs  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 8/23/2023  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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