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Operations Manager 2018
Exempt, Salaried
Reports To: Executive Director
Works With: All Staff
Supervises: Interns, Contract Employees


The Operations Manager for HCAS plays a critical role in the success of the Society and its year-round activities, including the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Julydoscope and CineSpace.  The Operations Manager assists the Executive Director (ED) with all aspects of the Society's management with direct responsibility for maintaining the HCAS offices and all administrative support systems.

In addition to administrative support, the Operations Manager takes on key operational leadership duties during the Houston Cinema Arts Festival and is primarily responsible for the smooth execution of all aspects of the Festival.

The Operations Manager is a professional that maintains state of the business practices and systems for the Society; establishes, maintains, and executes a comprehensive Festival Operations Strategy and Guide; and actively engages the physical and online community as an important face of the organization.



-Creates a comprehensive Administrative Management Strategy in consultation with the Executive Director, Artistic Director, and Board Executive Committee.   Maintains the strategy year-round.
-Executes Administrative Strategy.
-Creates a modern and comprehensive Festival Production System and Strategy in consultation with the Executive and Artistic Directors.
-Self-evaluates and takes training courses as needed to gain new skills and maintain state of the art knowledge of existing administration and festival operations skill sets.
-An important liaison to the community, the Operations Manager attends local and regional events relevant to the Society.
-Actively engages professional community, is active in local and national professional organizations as they pertain to HCAS and the film festival profession.

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-Business Degree or equivalent experience.
-3+ years of film festival experience.
-Experience managing a staff.
-Database experience.
-Competency in modern office systems (Quickbooks, MS Office suite, Hootsuite, marketing automation,
-Proven ability to thrive in a deadline-driven environment, while working both independently and as part of a team.
-During the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, working long hours is a requirement.  During the Festival we have an "all hands on deck" mentality where all staff does what it takes, no matter how unrelated the task is to the normal routine.

Salary and Benefits

-Competitive salary commensurate with experience level.
-Paid Time Off.
-Other benefits commensurate with experience levels.


Please send resume, one writing sample, and three references to Patrick Kwiatkowski, Executive Director at this address:


Houston Cinema Arts Society - Since 2008

10 Years of Festival Success!

Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) has put the nation’s fourth largest city on the map among film industry professionals, artists, and film aficionados as a premier showcase for the moving image and the creative process. The organization celebrates and illuminates the vitality and diversity of the city of Houston by programming innovative cinema, mixed-media performances, new media, and installations.

HCAS launched its inaugural five-day Film Festival in 2009. In addition to its now-annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF), held in November, HCAS presents a variety of initiatives and programs, including a growing schedule of year-round screenings, events, and performances, HCAS is proud to collaborate on many of its programs with a number of Houston’s finest arts, cultural, and other nonprofit organizations.

Houston Cinema Arts Festival is the most ambitious of the HCAS programs. This multi-day, multi-venue festival includes over 50 narrative and documentary films, an interactive video installation gallery, live multimedia performances, panel discussions, and free outdoor and student field trip screenings. In its relatively short history, HCAS has brought notable guest artists, such as Tilda Swinton, Alex Gibney, Guillermo Arriaga, Isabella Rossellini, John Turturro, Shirley MacLaine, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Robert Redford, James Ivory, Julie Taymor among many others, to the Festival.

The most recent initiative related to the Festival is the CineSpace short film competition, a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to create work inspired by and using actual NASA imagery. The fourth edition of CineSpace will premiere at the 2018 HCAF.

Current initiatives in progress include expansion of educational outreach with Houston Cinema Arts Festival on the Road to take films about the arts to Houston area high schools.

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HCAS is a 501 (c) 3, equal opportunity employer. HCAS will not discriminate and will take “affirmative action” measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, creed, color, national origin, or sex. HCAS is committed in all areas to providing a work environment that is free from harassment. Harassment based upon an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristics will not be tolerated. All employees, including supervisors and other management personnel, are expected and required to abide by this policy. No person will be adversely affected in employment with the employer as a result of bringing complaints of unlawful harassment.
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