Now Seeking Our Next Visionary Executive Director


NWFF is seeking a collaborative, visionary leader to join the team in building on NWFF’s current trajectory of being a film center and community hub which centers equity, collective action, and community coalition-building as instrumental to creating and presenting film and media arts. The Executive Director will champion the organization to leverage collective resources and build capacity for NWFF’s mission and programs. The ideal candidate will deepen community alliances and center equity in all operations, as well as help lead the organization through a capital campaign to establish a new physical home.

NWFF’s recent growth has been marked by vibrant programs overseen by a synergistic team, increases in public attendance and visibility, deep grassroots community partnerships, an expansion of artist support systems, and an unwavering commitment to undoing systems of oppression through all of our work. As leader of a small but mighty organization, the Executive Director will work intimately with the Artistic Director, Managing Director, and entire NWFF team, to chart a dynamic course for the organization’s ongoing evolution towards a more supportive and equitable film and arts ecosystem within the King County region.


This staff position is full-time, at $71,500 a year, and reports to the Board. Benefits for this position include 100% coverage of health, dental, and vision. Hired candidate will also receive professional development funds, an ORCA pass for transportation, plus access to filmmaking gear, computers, and workshops.

Candidate must be local to Western Washington area or willing to relocate. Due to the public nature of NWFF’s work and our diverse constituency, the hired candidate must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the start of employment. Candidate should be prepared to provide references and must pass a WA State background check.


Please send resume, any applicable portfolio or work samples, and statement of interest (written, audio, or video) to the Hiring Committee at hiring[at]nwfilmforum[dot]org using the subject line: Executive Director at NWFF

Audio and video statements are not to exceed 3 minutes in length and can be sent via wetransfer.com to hiring[at]nwfilmforum[dot]org.

Applications submitted without a statement of interest (written, video, or audio) will not be considered.

Northwest Film Forum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment policies and programs of Northwest Film Forum are nondiscriminatory in regard to race, gender, religion, age, national origin, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. All potential candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, person of color, immigrant, living with a disability, low-income, or LGBTQ+ are highly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is January 3rd, 2022. Ideal start date is in February 2022.



It’s no secret that Northwest Film Forum runs on the commitment and creativity of our loyal legion of volunteers!

There are roles for almost anyone who wants to help; in the projection booth, at the box office, or around town. Anyone can volunteer! All it takes is a can-do, proactive attitude, a commitment to a regular schedule, and a wish from the bottom of your heart for the Forum to do well.

Oh, and did we mention the free movies at the Forum (with a +1!) AND at other theaters (Grand Illusion and SIFF cinemas!), endless popcorn, volunteer appreciation nights, and credit that volunteers earn toward equipment rentals and workshops?

Fill out your application here to let us know your schedule and little bit about yourself, then send it to volunteer (at) nwfilmforum.org.

Photo credit: Ashlyn Gehrett

But wait, what exactly do Volunteers do?

Office volunteers have a working knowledge of NWFF’s current programs and workshops, and are comfortable answering phones, independently undertaking diverse projects around the office, and both taking and asking for direction from staff. Shifts are Mon–Fri, 10am–2pm and 2pm–6pm.

Box office and concessions volunteers are hugely important – they really are the face of the Forum! Their exceptionally friendly customer service, efficiency on the register, punctuality, and help with cleanup and light maintenance earns them a very special place in our hearts. They’re familiar with our calendar and our mission as an organization, and most of all, they LOVE movies. Shifts are weekend afternoons (generally 12pm–4pm) and Weds–Sun evenings (6pm–10pm).


Northwest Film Forum offers a flexible internship program. Interns work independently on specialized projects and (depending on the position) are normally required to commit at least 10 hours per week for at least 3 months. No experience is necessary, but please send an e-mail to vivian@nwfilmforum.org a résumé and cover letter, including details about you and why you’re interested in interning at Nothwest Film Forum.

Apply to internships in…

  • Film & Event programming
  • Production and artist support
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Summer Youth Education

* Interns and volunteers receive free entry to film screenings at NWFF, free popcorn, $5 credit for every hour worked toward equipment rental and workshops, plus many networking opportunities! *

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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

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