Doc Society was founded in 2005 by a small team of women who wanted to focus on supporting and growing the possibilities for independent documentary storytelling. Our mission is to bring people together to unleash the transformational power of documentary film. We stand in solidarity with filmmakers and work to unite them with new friends and allies, building new models globally. We aim to innovate, share and innovate again. We have put great emphasis on our communications from the start, with responsibilities widely spread and without relying on any specialised team members. We now seek a team member to join this unbelievably committed and dynamic team to take the lead on some of these key areas and to grow and deepen engagement with our online tools and programmes. Audience Who do we speak to?
- Our audience is filmmakers, independent film industry, a wide range of civil society partners (NGOS, philanthropists, policy makers) and funders with the hope of adding additional partners and funders. We are the delegate partner for the BFI’s national documentary funds so the UK is a key location, but we also work globally - with offices in New York, London & Amsterdam.
- Our filmmakers are from all over the world and our major organisational partners are in India, Kenya, Indonesia, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the US.
- On individual projects we have other communications priorities. Doc Academy targets teachers in the UK, Kenya and the US and our podcast Mothers of Invention targets a general consumer audience of listeners in English speaking territories.
The communications producer position provides ample space for bigger strategic thinking. Doc Society works as a team, with all members informed of all activities (no silos) and able to contribute to our ever-evolving understanding of the needs of independent filmmakers and the optimal role of the organisation. Please pay particular attention to the description below of our work culture. Responsibilities The new communications officer will take over these functional responsibilities:
- Use the latest technologies and tools to drive more innovative approaches to create more engagement on our website and social media platforms.
- Collate, write and grow the reach of our monthly newsletter.
- Create and distribute press releases in the UK and US.
- Implement and be part of creating an annual strategy for securing strategic press in UK, European and US focussed publications. Including but not exclusively targeting the film & philanthropy industry.
- Be responsible for maintaining & refreshing the content and news sections of our websites.
- As well as curating engaging articles for our community, the communications officer should work with all the Doc Society programme leads to devise a calendar of alerts & reminders for social. To create the relevant social media assets and be responsible for publishing in coordination with the Doc Society programme leads.
- Make sure our efforts adhere and are consistent with our brand and editorial guidelines.
- Monitor, analyse and report on our media and digital impact for our tri-annual board meetings.
- Supporting our fundraising team, coordinating and shaping key messages for funders and stakeholders.
- Provide planning for and support at Doc Society live events, including but not limited to securing stills & video, publishing updates and narrative during live events, securing press where relevant, providing a report out on the social / media reach of event.
Skills and Experience
- Writing - you are a great writer and should be able to master our informal but informed tone
- Basics - you have a solid understanding of communications principles and approaches and have excellent communication skills
- Digital skills - you have demonstrable digital skills and a strong awareness of what works and doesn’t, and are well versed in the latest digital tools
- Innovation - you have a track record of driving change, fostering a culture of ideas and innovation, and instilling new thinking amongst colleagues
- Producer - you can manage jobs and people to bring about the desired outcomes in a collaborative way
- Creative - you have strong creative judgement and a good eye for design and you are competent in the use of Adobe Creative Suite, video-editing software, content management systems and graphic design skills for social media
- Spokesperson - you have experience speaking on the record and of risk, reputation and crisis management
- Social Impact - you should have experience working/volunteering in a third sector or social impact organisation and/or a proven passion about social impact
- Field knowledge - you are passionate about independent documentary film
- Coding - you should have a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS
- 5-7 years experience in a similar role at a comporable sized organisation
- Further Education is not required.
Details Job title: Communications Producer Reporting to: Doc Society’s CEO Hours: Full-Time Salary: from £30,000 pay depending on experience Holidays: 29 days per year including Public Holidays Pension: Workplace pension scheme after 3 months Probationary period: 6 months (with 3 months mid-point review) Work Culture We want each member of our team to have the opportunity to develop themselves whilst they are at DOC SOCIETY and to do their best work here. DOC SOCIETY is a small, dynamic organisation which can pivot easily and elegantly in response to the needs of the filmmakers and communities we serve. We embrace new ideas. We roll our sleeves up. We deliver with attention, smarts, rigour and perfectionism. We improvise. We get the job done right no matter what. We don’t need a lot of formal process and set policy. We don’t much like fixed plans and reporting to line managers. We don’t say “sorry, that’s not my job” and we do say “wow, looks like you need a hand with that”. We want to stay bold, energetic and entrepreneurial whilst always living up to our core values and be friendly, inclusive, open and collaborative. Our team behaviour is kind and supportive. We are loyal and nurturing of those we work with, inside and outside the office. Equity and Inclusion We want Doc Society be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and to do their best work. Doc Society’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is clearly reflected in all of our documentaries and across all of our programmes. Diversity is more than a commitment —it is the foundation of what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. About Doc Society A team of 30 based in London, New York and Amsterdam, we engage and support the global network of documentary filmmakers with direct grants and editorial expertise throughout the life of their film. We work relentlessly to explore new models of funding and distribution to make the projects reach their full potential. To connect filmmakers to new partners from across civil society. To explore how documentary can create social impact and work with change makers on major social justice campaigns. We aim to lead by example – innovate, share and be copied and innovate again. Our major funders and partners in this work are foundations, state bodies, and individual donors. This includes support from Creative Europe and the Swedish Postcode Lottery in the EU. We are also recipients of state funding in the UK where we manage the national documentary film fund on behalf of the British Film Institute. In the US, we are supported by the Ford Foundation, Compton Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Wyncote Foundation amongst many others. We believe in radical collaboration and commit to initiatives that lift up our community of funders and cultural organisations to solve structural challenges, together. If you are interested and meet the qualifications for this position, please send your CV and a cover letter.