American Documentary Executive Director


This is a transformative moment for American Documentary. The new Executive Director (ED) will have the opportunity to lead an established independent documentary media organization, build upon a rich history, leverage a stellar brand, a deep and diverse network of filmmakers, and set an ambitious strategic direction to further advance the organization’s mission and ensure its continued relevance and impact. AmDoc seeks an ED who has the fearless vision, the managerial acumen, and the operational expertise to strengthen a changing organization and to cultivate a more inclusive work culture. The ED will provide rigorous, strategic, and creative thought leadership in collaboration with its Board of Directors, staff, stakeholders, and extended filmmaking community.

AmDoc is building on its commitment to race equity and justice for the diverse artists, audiences, and community partners that we serve. We champion artists from all backgrounds who tell stories of struggle and hope, perseverance and joy, and the quest for justice. We make these documentaries available to all Americans through public media and community partners to open minds, spark connections, and make change.

We recognize that this work is both external and internal. The staff and board have moved to prioritize centering anti-oppressive values as an organizational imperative with a focus on establishing these core values as the foundation of this long term commitment.


The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing AmDoc, the home of POV and America ReFramed, partner to PBS and WORLD Channel, and supporter of passionate documentary filmmakers. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED has editorial accountability for all AmDoc signature programs, plus strategic and general oversight of programming, fundraising, financial, and operational activities. In collaboration with a dedicated, diverse, and creative staff, the ED translates strategic initiatives into a tactical framework that drives results and growth while ensuring that AmDoc has the capacity to thrive.

One of the critical responsibilities for the ED is the financial stewardship of the organization, specifically securing financial support for a $6 million annual budget and financial planning to ensure its sustainability. As the primary ambassador for the organization, the ED proactively shares its goals with existing and prospective donors to steward relationships and motivate their engagement around a sense of common purpose in AmDoc’s work. As a team builder, the ED will attract, retain, and inspire a 23 person staff to optimize innovative ways which improve the organizational culture in the areas of inclusion, communication, accountability, integrity, and excellence.

For more information including how to apply, please download the complete job description. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2021 at Please do not contact AmDoc’s offices. Phone calls will not be accepted.