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ORGANIZATION: The Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA)

POSITION: Curriculum Development Consultants (x 3), part-time, contract, virtual/remote

TERM: Starting immediately through January 2023

HOURS: Fixed Rate Contract

COMPENSATION: $2500/person (x 3)

Organizational Overview

Established in 2016, the DPA is a diverse coalition of more than 450 international members, ranging from emerging to Academy Award-winning documentary producers. The DPA sets standards for inclusive, sustainable and equitable business practices based on research, collective experiences and input from strategic partners, amplifying the voices of documentary producers worldwide, while educating the industry about producers’ essential role from development through financing, production and distribution.

Project Overview

The DPA is launching a new educational program entitled “Producing Toward Equity” (PTE) to educate audiences in both dismantling inequitable producing practices and rebuilding ones that are more fair and just. PTE is a free-of-charge and accessible three-part workshop series that will offer interactive training through the lens of equity, inclusion, and accessibility in film financing, crediting, and labor practices, for independent documentary producers of all experience levels. Developed in partnership with the International Documentary Association (IDA), PTE will be launched at select independent film festivals and ultimately offered to the IDA and DPA’s combined membership, members of independent film collectives, and the broader independent film community, at no cost to participants, thanks to support from a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant. 

Despite their critical role within projects and the broader industry, documentary producers are facing grave financial and career instability, which is further exacerbated by a lack of recognition, support, and professional development in a field grappling with its own internal structural racism. “Producing Toward Equity” is an interactive and accessible sequence of workshops offering participants an opportunity to engage with the DPA’s existing best practices resources — such as the Documentary Waterfall and Crediting — with a focus on addressing sustainable and equitable business practices in a field where unpaid labor and structural inequality are pervasive norms. The workshops will provide producers educational opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable or difficult to find, in areas often unaddressed in formal undergraduate/graduate programs and on-the-job training.

Role Summary

The Curriculum Development Consultants will design the structure, pedagogy and materials for these 75 to 90-minute sessions, which will be delivered a total of three times to stakeholders at regional film festivals, with specific outreach to partner filmmaker alliances. 

The DPA seeks to assemble a working team of three experts in: 1) Content; 2) Pedagogy; and 3) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility — to work collaboratively on the curriculum, with support from the Producing Toward Equity Task Force and DPA Committee Members.

Role Specific Responsibilities

Content Expert

  • Minimum Requirements: significant independent producing experience including serving as lead producer on at least two completed features or series in a creative producing capacity; expertise working closely with directors; expertise with all phases of producing including project development, fundraising/financing, hiring crew, production, distribution, outreach and impact 

  • Desired but not required: Teaching or lecturing experience; mentoring experience; published works; experience working with major streamers and broadcasters; experience with Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility (DEIA) programming 

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Minimum Requirements: Teaching experience at university or adult education programs; curriculum development or published educational writing; degree in education and/or related field

  • Desired but not required: film or video experience; experience with DEIA programming

Pedagogy Expert

Role Specific Responsibilities

  • Minimum Requirements: Experience designing or delivering DEIA workshops/trainings to organizations, schools, community groups or professional associations; certificate or formal training

  • Desired but not required: experience working with creative professional fields

DEIA Expert

Shared Areas of Responsibility

  • Develop curriculum for a three (3) part workshop series to be delivered at three (3) independent film festivals between January 2023 – April 2023, based on existing DPA published guidelines

  • Develop any supporting materials to be used/distributed in these workshops

  • Liaise with DPA Task Force, external partners for review and revisions

  • Onboard workshop facilitators who will deliver the workshops

  • Participate in monthly meetings with DPA PTE Task Force between now and January 2023

The ideal candidates should have:

  • A love for documentary film & filmmaking

  • A belief in the power of organizing and education to make change

  • Commitment to the goals and values on which the DPA was built: equitable, ethical and sustainable filmmaking practices

  • The desire to support an organization going through structural change and the ability to be flexible and adaptive in the midst of those changes 

  • Thrives in collaborative working environments

  • Strong communication and listening skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds

Interested applicants should email with the subject “DPA PTE Curriculum Consultants.” Please include your resume and a brief narrative describing your work history and why you’d like to be considered for this role. Position to start immediately upon hire.

The DPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, maritial status, or sexual orientation.

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