POV Coordinating Producer

Reports to: Executive Producer/VP of Programming & Production

About American Documentary

A national nonprofit media arts organization, American Documentary (AmDoc) strives to make essential documentaries accessible as a catalyst for public discourse. We collaborate with passionate filmmakers to amplify their voices, and to nurture the nonfiction community. AmDoc is the home of POV, television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has presented over 500 films to public television audiences across the country on PBS. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

Position Description

The Coordinating Producer is a key member of the programming & production department. The position requires a unique combination of technical, administrative, programming and production skills towards curating and producing the annual POV series and the features around it. The successful candidate will be a hands-on self-starter and participative leader with the ability to prioritize and see the big picture in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. This team-player is responsible for tracking projects, liaising with filmmakers and industry professionals, managing deliverables, helping prep documentaries for broadcast, and producing POV’s signature filmmaker interviews. Editing experience is preferred (Premiere, Final Cut). The Coordinating Producer assists with the administration and implementation of additional AmDoc projects as required. This position reports to the EP/VP of Programming and Production, liaises across departments, and manages the associate producer, media coordinator, and department interns.

Key Responsibilities

PROGRAMMING – Coordinating Producer contributes to the curation and curatorial voice of POV.

Filmmaker liaison

  • Point of contact (in addition to the Executive team and the Co-Producer) for sales agents, distributors & filmmakers who have works-in-progress, completed films, questions about POV. Communicate AmDoc's mission & direct inquiries to the appropriate department. Build relationships with filmmakers.

Screen & evaluate POV submissions

  • Screen and review over 100 films annually for POV's consideration
  • Contribute to the curation of the series with the Executive team
  • Coordinate & review works in progress for potential POV co-productions; coordinate communication with filmmakers and track project progress

Produce and moderate annual Editorial Committee meetings, including logistics, schedule & materials

PRODUCTION – Coordinating Producer has a macro perspective on all production elements of POV features, from deliverables, to PBS delivery, to social media assets and original content production.

Manage & track all film deliverables

  • Distribute all programming/production deliverables to POV staff
  • Update and refine deliverables collection process

Oversee and execute episode credits approval with PBS. Manage PBS communication, Orion, PAAs, recut film end credits accordingly

Supervise P&P media coordinator’s work

  • Last eyes on edits of social videos, webmarkers, behind-the-lens teases, etc.
  • Approve PBS credits work
  • Supervise media coordinator’s organization of materials & create appropriate file structures on POV servers

Manage or execute cut-downs of POV films

Manage packaging of programs for delivery to PBS

  • Work with VP, associate producer and media coordinator to package and deliver elements to PBS and post-production house, including promos, packaging pods, webmarkers, updating series credits and production of filmmaker interviews.
  • Enter music cue sheets to RapidCue; triangulate between PBS and filmmakers

Collect ratings reports from PBS (overnight & national) and coordinate analysis with independent contractors

Review/supervise work produced by associate producer including:

  • Trailers, promos, sizzles, lesson plan clips, and corresponding caption files
  • Media management for POV feature programs; ensure that media coordinator is backing up all deliverables

Produce Filmmaker Interviews (Behind the Lens) for all POV programs:

  • Schedule with filmmaker & crew; coordinate travel & accommodation
  • Write questions & coordinate with Communications & POV Engage to ensure proper framing of the films and that interviews align with department goals
  • Conduct pre-interview calls with directors
  • Coordinate day-of crew, set-up and breakdown, meals for crew & talent
  • Interview filmmakers; empower interns to be an active part of the process
  • Supervise interns & POV editor to edit social media videos and post to our website. Work with editors at all stages of the process, providing feedback on the paper cut, rough cut, and fine cut; double check all work & send to VP
  • Maintain budget of interviews

GENERAL DEPARTMENT DUTIES

  • Manage and oversee the Associate Producer and Media Coordinator
  • Recruit and supervise interns, working with the organizational intern program manager
  • Be present and available for current and former POV filmmakers, answering questions & providing media as necessary
  • Represent POV & AmDoc at festivals, conferences, forums and markets. Coordinate & initiate program-specific events with partner organizations on a case-by-case basis. Serve on festival and awards juries.
  • Assist in POV Shorts programming and production as needed. Recommend potential partnerships; brainstorm ideas for programs & initiatives; suggest shorts for programming
  • Other duties as assigned

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, with salary requirements, and resume to posting@pov.org. Please indicate “POV Coordinating Producer” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls, please. We regret that due to the large number of applications we receive, we can only respond personally to the applicants who best meet our needs for this position. American Documentary, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.