Deputy Director

The Redford Center
San Francisco, CA, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Apply By: 
15 August 2020
2 days remaining

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The Redford Center is now in an exciting moment of growth, where we seek to scale our impact in new and profound ways. Our strong belief in the power of stories to change how people feel, think, and behave forms the foundation of our next phase of work as we build a legacy of environmental storytelling that permanently shifts our cultural orientation to the issue, much in the way the Redford family has done for independent storytelling.

We believe those most negatively impacted by policies, structures, and the inequitable distribution of resources must be a central part of a narrative and cultural strategy that drives positive change. Films and storytelling help drive and shape the public imagination, and can constitute the very foundation for a mass cultural movement that is intersectional, transformative, and drives long-lasting shifts toward a just transition and a more hopeful future for all.

As we move to meet the urgency of the times, we’re looking for team members who are nimble, flexible to change, and who are energized about being a part of our work. We are seeking a Deputy Director (DD) who will serve as an integral member of the senior management team. The DD will be an experienced leader with a proven track record of creative problem-solving and change management. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and directly supervising a small and committed staff, the DD will work closely with the ED to create an environment for success that inspires staff, board, and other stakeholders and provides holistic, adaptive systems to support the organization’s mission and values. The Deputy Director will:

  • Serve as the ED’s primary advisor regarding organizational strategy and goals, team management, team building, and organizational best practices.
  • Provide all staff with a strong day-to-day leadership presence that promotes cross-team collaboration and communication.
  • Serve as a primary advocate and public voice for the work, impact, and vision of The Redford Center.
  • Develop a culture of growth and improvement that values the environment, arts, culture, equity, inclusion, justice, and well-being through ongoing practice and culture-building work.
  • Work in partnership with the ED to manage the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards to maximize their effectiveness, engagement, and impact in support of the organization’s mission.


  • Manage the day-to-day operational systems to ensure that the infrastructure is positioned to support a growing and complex organization
  • Lead annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the leadership team.
  • Pursue strategic partner initiatives by building and scaling a robust ecosystem that drives relevance and reach; develop proposals for partner opportunities and presentations; create internal process that supports its implementation; produce qualitative and quantitative tools to measure performance.
  • Oversee human resources and financial management, ensuring that the values and mission of the center are integrated into HR and management practices.
  • Support development efforts by stewarding and cultivating donor relations.
  • Further develop the organization’s commitment to building a new generation of leaders by strengthening professional and leadership development opportunities, implementing best practices regarding compensation and benefits, performance evaluation, training and recruiting.
  • Help oversee and develop the organization’s internal culture, accountability, and transparency.


  • Experience and knowledge of the independent film industry and/or climate change and environmental protection is ideal.
  • 7 + years of experience in a senior leadership position at a cultural or social impact organization.
  • 7 + years of staff management experience preferred.
  • The ability to lead, collaborate, work with, and help build a diverse team.
  • Proven skills in developing and implementing strategies and solutions, with a successful record of executing projects and expected outcomes within budget and time restraints.
  • Understanding of impact-centered program design and evaluation.
  • Clear thinking, strong communication, and sophisticated systems and habits for self-organization.
  • An elevated understanding of how entrenched challenges and structural inequality affect organizational culture and sustainability is ideal; seeking ideas to resolve and dismantle them through internal and external approaches that provide opportunities for social dialogue in an open-minded environment is highly valued.

Salary + Benefits

This is a full-time position located at The Redford Center’s headquarters in The Presidio in San Francisco, California. The salary range is $125,000-$150,000. We offer a flexible schedule and an excellent benefits package, including generous paid time off, 100% coverage of employees’ health, dental and vision insurance, commuting expense reimbursement, and participation in a 403b retirement plan.

The Redford Center is an equal opportunity employer; people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, cultures, skills, and experiences, knowing that the more inclusive we are, the more successful we will be.

To apply, email your resume, a cover letter detailing relevant experience, and 3 references to Be prepared to provide contact information for references upon request. Early applications are encouraged. Please do not contact The Redford Center offices. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY  IS AUGUST 15, 2020.