Full Time Job

Chief Of Equity, Impact, and Belonging

Sundance Film Festival

Remote / Virtual 09-17-2022
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  • Paid
  • Full Time
  • Executive (10+ years) Experience
Job Description


As a champion and curator of independent stories, the Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists across storytelling media to create and thrive. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute's signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the US and internationally. Sundance Collab, a digital community platform, brings a global cohort of working artists together to learn from each other and Sundance Advisors and connect in a creative space, developing and sharing works in progress. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling. Sundance Institute has supported and showcased such projects as Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), CODA, Flee, Passing, Clemency, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Zola, On the Record, Boys State, The Farewell, Honeyland, One Child Nation, The Souvenir, The Infiltrators, Sorry to Bother You, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Hereditary, Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Big Sick, Mudbound, Fruitvale Station, City So Real, Top of the Lake, Between the World & Me, Wild Goose Dreams, and Fun Home.

Sundance Institute believes that a story driven by an individual, authentic voice can awaken new ideas that have the power to delight and entertain, push creative boundaries, spark new levels of empathy and understanding, and even lead to social change. As it looks toward the future, it is focused on continuing to develop audiences for independent film in the midst of a rapidly changing media landscape, to increasing artist accessibility, representation and sustainability, and to growing its reach to global audiences. The Equity, Impact and Belonging Department builds upon the values and methods established by our historic Indigenous Program and gender-based research of Women at Sundance. Our first diversity initiative launched in 2012 to deepen and expand our connections to racially diverse communities in an effort to increase the diversity of projects submitted for consideration to our Programs. Over the past few years, the focus was broadened to additionally include initiatives to foster inclusion among our staff, volunteers, contractors, audiences, and other key stakeholder communities such as peer organizations, press, and industry.

Sundance Institute has offices in Park City, Los Angeles, and New York City and currently operates remotely in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia. The 29-member board of trustees is led by President and Founder Robert Redford and Board Chair Ebs Burnough. Joana Vicente serves as Chief Executive Officer and there are 180 year-round employees.

Position Summary

A member of the senior executive team, the Chief of Equity, Impact, and Belonging (CEIB) will work strategically to cultivate Sundance Institute’s commitment to building an inclusive and respectful culture that understands and celebrates the diversity and human nature of its team members and community. The CEIB will be able to establish credibility and build authentic relationships across a complex, decentralized, and diverse organization. They will lead the development and adoption of the organization’s cultural impact strategy by ensuring that equity and belonging are core values to its work: within its workplace, within its programs supporting artists, and within its public programs and partnerships that engage audience and industry partners. Working closely under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, this individual will partner across the organization to develop policies and practices that embed equity, belonging, and accessibility into every space of the organization to provide employees equal opportunities to do their best work, feel valued, and thrive, as well as for artists and audiences to experience equitable engagement and practices from curation to programmatic work. The CEIB will simultaneously drive and influence the process of deepening Sundance Institute’s cultural impact work both internally and within the industry.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic Visioning and Impact
• Advance a strategic vision that drives impact and expresses the values of equity, belonging, and accessibility while further embedding and operationalizing this work across all systems, processes, and policies.

• Translate complex subject matter related to privilege, power, marginalization, and oppression into actionable frameworks to interrogate and dismantle how they manifest personally, interpersonally, structurally, and institutionally.

• Develop and execute an equity, impact, and belonging communication strategy that engages internal and external stakeholders on strategy, programs, and progress.

• Engage the Board of Trustees’ Racial Equity Task Force as an advisory committee to inform practices and initiatives, in addition to supporting their work in advancing equity, impact, and belonging.

• Collaborate with leaders across Human Resources, Artist Programs, Finance, and other departments to set the strategy for and ensure the execution of specific divisional equity, impact, and belonging initiatives and projects from talent acquisition and management to curatorial equity, vendor selection, and more.

• Identify trends and leading best practices and benchmarks to inform equity, impact, and belonging strategies and programs.

• Embrace other strategic visioning and impact responsibilities, as needed.

Leadership Development, Resource Building, and Training
• Devise and guide the implementation of iterative learning and development initiatives that address equity, impact, and belonging needs and deepens these values throughout the organization.

• Cultivate and nurture strong relationships internally and externally to align equity, impact, and belonging efforts and associated education and training programs.

• Develop key metrics, tools, and analytics to evaluate the effectiveness of resources and programs for employees and artists.

• Present reports and make recommendations that increase organizational equity, impact, and belonging.

• Identify trends and leading best practices and benchmarks to inform equity, impact, and belonging strategies and programs.

• Recruit, mentor and develop employees, providing opportunities for their growth and fostering a positive team dynamic.

• Provide leadership and coaching, as appropriate, to an array of stakeholders both one-on-one and in groups.

• Oversee and develop annual budgets for the Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging department and related initiatives.

• Embrace other leadership development, resource building and training responsibilities, as needed.

Community Engagement and Resource Development
• Establish departmental and Institute-wide artist support and identify gaps and interventions for underserved communities.

• Support the cultivation of fundraising and granting opportunities that advance equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility programming, including partnering with and supporting corporate teams.

• Develop partnerships and build c


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Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Our annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films.