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Executive Director
Films By Youth Inside

Los Angeles

Films by Youth Inside is an ongoing program that teaches filmmaking to incarcerated youth. Program participants learn the basics of screenwriting, directing and movie production from industry professionals and create short films expressive of their own life experiences. The filmmaking process helps participants gain perspective on their lives and their actions, while imparting valuable work and life skills. Just as important, the films themselves provide a variety of audiences insight into the cultural and societal currents that may give rise to youth violence. For more information, please visit Since its founding in 2003, FYI has worked with over 60 youth throughout Los Angeles County Probation Camps and California Youth Authority Facilities in Chino and Whittier. Plans for a FYI Hawaii are underway. Two FYI film workshops were conducted on Guam in 2005 and 2006. Currently, FYI is a privately-funded program overseen by an advisory board and currently operated under the fiscal sponsorship of another Los Angeles-based 501(c)3. In 2008, FYI will begin the process of establishing its 501(c)3 non-profit status.

Reporting to the Advisory Board, the Executive Director has responsibility for the consistent fulfillment of mission and achievement of strategic and financial objectives, including, but not limited to: -Fiscal/operations management and leadership -Fundraising and the generation of financial support -Board administration and support -Enlisting volunteers and managing volunteer relations -Marketing, community and public relations Program development and special events -Program development and special events.

  The position is a three-month term with the potential of long-term employment after review by the Advisory Board. The Executive Director is expected to: -Establish or begin process of 501(c)3 status for FYI -Cultivate relationships with potential private and public funders and their staffs; oversee/prepare proposals and reports for individual, foundation, corporate and government support. -Develop and maintain FYI fundraising database -Coordinate public relations activities -Oversee operations and staff management -Daily oversight and management of FYI Filmmaking Program(s) -Provide Advisory Board with regular updates and assessment of the organization -Other duties as assigned.

  The successful candidate will offer many of the following qualifications and attributes: -Interest and passion for supporting at-risk youth and art education -An entrepreneurial spirit and successful track record -Leader capable of advancing the full fundraising potential of FYI and taking it to the next level of excellence -Seasoned development professional experienced in major individual gifts, government grants, corporate and foundation giving, annual giving and direct mail. -Outstanding writing ability and excellent verbal communication skills -Thoughtful, able to deal with complexity, crisis management -Understanding of and experience with youth training programs -Working knowledge of the film and television industries preferred -Proactive, results-oriented -Disciplined with strong work ethic. -Personal style to work collegially and effectively with FYI members and partners

  An undergraduate degree is required and an advanced degree is preferred.

Addressee:FYI Films
Address: 8320 Lincoln Blvd. #202, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Deadline: 03-31-2008

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