Development Assistant

COMPENSATION: $5,000 + potential additional commission
START DATE: April 15, 2017

WORK HOURS: April-November, Part-time (20-30 hours), Monday thru Friday, will require additional hours on weekends and in the weeks leading up to and during the Festival and Conference.

ABOUT US: Austin Film Festival furthers the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film and television to tell a story.

JOB DESCRIPTION: Austin Film Festival is seeking a highly-motivated sales person interested in forming and maintaining relationships and executing sponsorship agreements during the Festival. Candidate should have a familiarity with the Austin community. While working for this critically recognized organization, applicants are expected to be able to work efficiently and professionally in a fast paced, team-oriented production environment. In such an environment, the ability to work well under pressure, excellent communication skills and intense organizational skills are a must.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of the Development Assistant include but are not limited to:
Building long-term relationships with advertisers and potential sponsors
Following up with previous advertisers to secure advertising for another year
Using cold calling methods to create new relationships with advertisers
Working directly with the Development Director to secure festival sponsorships and Film & Food Fundraising sponsors
Reaching out to advertisers locally and nationally
Attending bi-weekly meeting with Development Director and Executive Director for updates on sales and brainstorming providing updates to relevant personnel as needed
Serving as Liaison between advertisers, Development Director, and graphic designer
Managing fulfillment of agreements negotiated with advertisers and sponsors and fulfillment of all sales
Adhering to and completing a predetermined timeline
Providing exemplary customer service to all advertisers including wrap-up reports post Festival
Ensuring all advertisers have been invoiced and paid prior to receiving ad or promotional materials.


MUST have previous direct advertising sales and cold calling experience
Must be available for the entire festival October 25-November 2, 2017
Bachelor’s Degree preferred
Extensive customer service experience
Excellent communication skills
Creativity and extreme organizational skills
Ability to work well under pressure
Sense of humor

A self-motivated, self-starter adept at juggling multiple projects & problem solving
Strong written and verbal communication skills,
Attention to detail and good follow-through
Excellent interpersonal skills; able to work independently and still communicate with a team
Ability to prioritize and delegate in high stress situations; works well under pressure
Microsoft Office skills required

Current resume with at least three references
Cover letter


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