The Communications team at SFFILM is seeking a Press Office Manager to oversee the PR office for the 64th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 9–18, 2021).
The Press Office Manager is a dynamic, organized, highly personable, and self-directed Public Relations professional. This role requires high attention to detail, as well as a commitment to follow-through and execution. The Press Office Manager will manage a team of two direct reports to organize media access to SFFILM Festival events. The candidate will have a proven track record in capturing an organization’s brand voice across all media and writing projects.
This is a full-time temporary role from February 1 to April 23. This role can be performed remotely, and we will gladly consider candidates from outside the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Oversee the activities of the SFFILM Festival Press Office.
- Manage entire seasonal Press Office team during the spring, including schedules and assignments. Direct reports include the Press Office Coordinator and two Publicists.
- Manage the Festival’s PR timeline, including all press announcements made leading up to and at the Festival press conference on March 18.
- Pitch SFFILM programs and events to high-level press contacts, including organizing interviews.
- Liaise with studios, PR firms, and talent reps about Festival events and activities, including coordinating social media needs.
- Facilitate all on-site press coverage at SFFILM Festival in-person and virtual events, such as managing press access, overseeing red carpets, and setting up interviews.
- Hire, train and oversee Press Office interns.
- Write press releases for SFFILM Festival.
- Design and develop tools to deliver materials, track coverage, and compile accurate statistics regarding publicity performance.
- Participate in social media content generation alongside other Communications team members, including on-site event capture and posting relevant press coverage.
- Coordinate schedules of photographers and video capture teams at year-round programs and during the Festival.
- Manage external PR firms and consultants as needed.
- Support Director of Communications and Director of Marketing in maintenance of the Communications departments Editorial Calendar.
- 2–3 years’ experience in a similar position is strongly encouraged, preferably in an arts-related environment.
- Attention to detail, significant diplomacy skills, consummate professionalism, ability to multitask, and prioritize competing responsibilities, with grace under pressure.
- Open to working off-business hours occasionally as needed, especially around SFFILM Festival schedule of events.
- Ability to maintain utmost discretion and confidentiality.
- Adept at anticipating problems before they arise and juggle multiple priorities at once.
- Comfortable working with limited supervision in a dynamic small office environment.
- Familiarity with Press Office tools, systems, reporting, and analytics.
- Superior written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in film or television production is beneficial, particularly a general familiarity with who’s who in the film industry.
Pay rate: $21 per hour, eligible for overtime pay
This position will be expected to work overtime leading up to and during the SFFILM Festival.
Due to current health restrictions, all interviews will take place over Zoom, with a preference for video. If we reach out to you for an interview, please let us know if you require any technical accommodations or support.
SFFILM is deeply committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) in both its internal management and external programming. Since 2018, the organization has actively been working in collaboration with two Advisory Boards focused on accessibility and inclusivity and officially began work with a DEI consultant in 2019 to further invest in and build on that work. Candidates are invited to discuss their interest and involvement in DEAI practices in their cover letter, and ask us more about our DEAI process in their interview.
SFFILM, in accordance with federal and state law, is an equal-opportunity employer. SFFILM does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth, medical condition, disability, age, ancestry, marital status, citizenship or veteran status. This nondiscrimination policy covers all candidates, staff members, interns, and volunteers.