In 2018, SFFILM made a focused commitment to improving accessibility and inclusion across all of the organization’s internal and external functions. In this effort, SFFILM’s Disability Advisory Board was formed, comprised of 8 members of the disability community who have experience and expertise in media and the arts. After a year of work with this Advisory Board, SFFILM has made the following strides:
- Performing an initial accessibility audit across all Festival exhibition venues.
- Convening the first bi-annual Accessibility Congress, bringing together leaders in the Bay Area film community to talk about advancing accessibility goals.
- Including accessibility information in all SFFILM event invitations.
SFFILM now seeks an Accessibility Consultant to take our accessibility and inclusion work to the next level and create an achievable three year plan that will lead us towards becoming a fully welcoming organization for the disability community.
- Conduct accessibility audit of SFFILM’s communications materials (web, digital, and print), venues & screenings/events, and offices to assess areas of growth and opportunity.
- Build out 3 year plan/maturity model to set strategic measurable priorities for accessibility projects and identify recommendations for resolving any barriers to implementing accessibility programming and support.
- Develop and coordinate training for staff regarding disability access, rights and responsibilities and provide guidance to staff in implementing accommodations.
- Provide industry resources/guidelines on best practices and standards related to designing and maintaining accessible communications materials.
- Provide industry resources/guidelines on best practices and standards related to assessing venues and gathering spaces.
- Develop case studies sharing SFFILM’s experiences and learnings as it relates to becoming a more accessible organization, to be distributed externally.
- Support the facilitation of quarterly Disability Advisory Board meetings with SFFILM’s Managing Director to best leverage the expertise of Advisory Board members in achieving accessibility goals.
- Support the planning and curation of all disability related programming initiatives, including but not limited to Accessibility Congress.
- Make recommendations for appropriate budget and resource allocation to achieve a robust accessibility plan and support the identification of prospective mission aligned accessibility funders and review funding requests as pertains to accessibility.
- Serve as a liaison with local disability organizations and identify opportunities for collaboration.
- 3-5 years of experience in accessibility consulting.
- Working knowledge of Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in addition to other pertinent federal, state, and local laws.
- Training and facilitation experience. Proficiency in successfully collaborating, leading, advising and/or consulting with a wide variety of constituents.
- Demonstrated success in strategic planning, budgeting, and allocation of resources with specific focus on producing the greatest impact with limited capacities.
- Familiarity with an array of assistive technologies, particularly as it relates to film/arts exhibition.
- Strong network within the disability community and ability to build coalitions in partnership with and on behalf of SFFILM.
- Experience working with arts organizations preferred.
Timeline and Compensation
SFFILM aims to bring on a consultant from April – December 2020, and estimates roughly 500 hours will be needed over nine months to complete the project. This part-time, contract role may be performed remotely, with some travel to San Francisco as needed. The selected consultant will be compensated at a contract, project-based rate of $15,000 with additional stipend and accommodation for travel.