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Current Job & Internship Openings

Executive Director

Candidates who meet the qualifications listed below should address their interest to the TFA's Search Committee, and include a cover letter, detailed resume and a list of references. Send to resume@tallgrassfilmfest.com

Organizational Background

TFA, a 501(c)(3) arts organization, was founded in 2003 by Timothy Gruver, a Wichita native who studied filmmaking at BYU before moving to LA for his first dream job with Dreamworks Animation, followed by Outfest and the LA Film Festival.  Tim returned to Wichita in 2002 to found Tallgrass Film Association.  Since 2004, the festival has expanded to a 5-day format and along with its year-round programming has become a hallmark of Wichita’s cultural calendar.  In 2017, more than 16,500 attended the 15th annual Tallgrass Film Festival which showcased 187 films and hosted more than 100 filmmakers from around the globe. The festival was named oneof MovieMaker Magazine's "Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in 2015, 2016 & 2017 and Flavorwire counts it as among the "Best Under The Radar Film Festivals" in North America.  TFA is governed by an engaged board and supported by a deep and loyal pool of volunteers.

Organizational Mission

Tallgrass Film Association fosters an appreciation of the cinematic arts by creating shared experiences around the international medium of film.

Job Description

Our ideal Executive Director is a visionary, who embraces TFA’S mission and evolves the organization and its programs maximizing contributions and earned revenue. This leader will continue to grow the organization and maintain its high standard of excellence in all areas.

The Executive Director is an inspiring ambassador able to articulate a clear vision, plan strategically, and successfully create and implement programs in service to TFA’s mission. The face of the organization, the Executive Director acts as the primary spokesperson concerning its mission, vision, and accomplishments.

The Executive Director has demonstrated expertise in financial management, including fundraising and budgeting, that will maintain and develop TFA’s financial strength.

The Executive Director possesses exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills with a proven track record of successfully managing dynamic relationships.

The Executive Director is responsible for building key alliances in the business and arts community, as well as the film industry, to support the organization’s goals.

Reporting to the engaged board of directors, the executive director will be a strategic, visionary, and collaborative leader, guiding the organization in the achievement of its mission.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:


  • Working closely with the Board, the Executive Director will set and execute specific fundraising goals.
  • The Executive Director will be a hands-on fundraiser with exceptional follow through–cultivating and expanding corporate partnerships, current donors, individual charitable giving of major gifts, and broadening the donor base.
  • Secure sponsorships; identify and pursue fundraising opportunities from government and foundations.


  • The Executive Director will hire and supervise department heads.
  • The Executive Director will work closely with programming and event committees.

Press & Marketing

  • The Executive Director will have a sophisticated understanding of press and marketing to communicate TFA’s mission and programs via social media channels and more traditional media outlets.

Board of Directors

  • Advocate for TFA’s mission and vision, support sound governance practices, and ensure that board members are engaged and leveraging their unique backgrounds, skills and experiences to help support TFA’s growth
  • Guide strategic plan development with the board
  • Provide support to best utilize the talents and resources of the board; cultivate and recruit new members; educate, engage, and celebrate successes
  • Update the board regularly, apprising them of board matters requiring action

Finance & Operations

  • The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s sound financial management, prudently overseeing the organization’s resources in accordance with an annual budget that the Executive Director develops and presents for Board approval.
  • The Executive Director will determine tangible goals for both contributed and earned revenue, grow existing revenue, develop new revenue opportunities, and evaluate effectiveness of marketing and giving campaigns.
  • The Executive Director assures that all financial compliance and reporting activities are carried out according to current laws and standards.

Community Engagement

  • Represent TFA as a community leader and ambassador:
  • Communicate TFA’s mission and successes at public forums and in writing.
  • Build and maintain relationships with donors, elected officials, community leaders, and arts and film leaders locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Make contacts and build donor, audience, and community engagement by attending outside events and initiating TFA events.

Leadership and Staff Development

  • Demonstrate a collaborative leadership style with a true connection to TFA’s staff, board, and community
  • Attract the best talent available for a world-class organization
  • Coach and mentor and empower staff and consultants

Personal Traits and Characteristics

The Executive Director will be a decisive, tenacious, forward-thinking, and optimistic leader committed to achieving objectives regardless of shifts in direction, priorities, and/or schedules.  This individual will possess the ability to forecast long-range outcomes and develop suitable business strategies.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must.  Comfortable with delegating appropriate levels of responsibility and authority, the Executive Director will be equally adept at engendering trust, demonstrating integrity, and successfully interfacing with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds.


  • Will have 7-10 years of increasing management responsibility with a mix of non-profit and for-profit experience
  • Will have an in-depth working knowledge within the arts community, film industry experience is preferred but not required
  • Strong and proven grant writing skills are essential
  • Experience managing a fast-paced environment
  • Quantifiable success in fundraising with a proven record in donor stewardship or in business development
  • Higher education degree preferred


  • TFA offers a compensation package commensurate with experience.

This organization received funding for general operational support from the City of Wichita