Employment and Internships

Development Associate

NW Documentary seeks a Development Associate to direct fundraising and development activities to sustain, grow, and enhance the organization. Reporting to and in partnership with the Founding Artistic Director, the Development Associate will spearhead development efforts as NW Documentary continues to grow. This is an excellent opportunity for an outgoing fundraiser with strong grant-writing skills who wants to be directly involved in the growth and success of a small media arts non-profit.

Key Duties:

  • Designs, implements and manages all fundraising activities including annual giving, grant writing, and building membership
  • Develops and maintains relationships with donors, local businesses, and NW Documentary’s growing community
  • Manages all strategies and activities for donor cultivation, solicitation, and relations; including researching prospective donors
  • Researches, maintains contact with, and develops grant proposals for grant organizations, foundations, and corporations
  • Manages and plans fundraising events focused on engaging, educating, and inspiring donors
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and Resource Council to attract new Board and Council members and to coordinate projects with current members
  • Works with Operations Manager to manage contact information and grant opportunities in Salesforce.com

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Self-starter with a track record of successful development experience
  • Knowledge of non-profit development practices and principles
  • Marketing experience a major plus
  • Efficient with Mac computers, Microsoft Office, Salesforce.com
  • Exceptional skill in both verbal and written communication
  • A genuine passion for documentary storytelling
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic and commitment

Minimum Qualifications:

The ideal candidate has a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Non-profit Administration, Arts Management, or closely related field, plus 3-5 years of directly related development experience


NW Documentary offers a nonprofit wage of $15/hour and health benefits.


This is a part-time position of 15-20 hours per week with room for growth. Ideally, this position will begin in May of 2014.

About NW Documentary:

Established in 2003, NW Documentary practices, teaches, and shares the art of non-fiction storytelling. We illuminate important stories that would otherwise be lost or overlooked, provide experiential learning opportunities, and generate better understanding, appreciation, and dialog within our community. Find out more at www.nwdocumentary.org

To Apply:

Please email a resume, the names and contact information of three references, and a cover letter to Ian McCluskey, Artistic Director, jobs@nwdocumentary.org. Please be specific regarding your past development successes. Letters of recommendation encouraged.


Documentary Explorers Camp - Associate Instructor Position

Do you like kids, science, and documentary films? NW Documentary seeks passionate, creative, talented documentary filmmakers to assist in teaching our 2014 summer youth program, Documentary Explorers Camp.

NW Documentary partners with OMSI to offer 2 Documentary Explorers Camps. These innovative camps take students into nature to write, research, shoot and edit their very own short documentaries.

This summer we return to the California Redwoods and Camp Hancock in Eastern Oregon to teach documentary filmmaking as a tool for experiencing, exploring, understanding, and appreciating the natural scientific world. With the mentorship of award-winning documentary filmmakers and experienced science instructors, students are taken through the documentary filmmaking process as they investigate a topic relevant to the natural world and create their own short documentary films.

Duties include: working with kids on specific assignments, assisting with Final Cut Pro training, caring for production gear, and assisting lead instructors in storytelling training. Ideal candidates will have experience working with youth, strong audiovisual production skills, proficiency in Final Cut Pro, and a passion for the craft of documentary storytelling.

Time Comittment:

  • Pre-production planning in June.
  • Camp dates:
    July 14-25th, on location in the California Redwoods National Forest
    June 23-27th, on location at Camp Hancock in Fossil, Oregon
  • Wrap up DVD production/upload of final films.

Application Instructions: Send your resume and cover letter outlining why you would be a good fit for this position to jobs@nwdocumentary.org.

Compensation: $50-$100/day depending on experience. All transportation to site, lodging and meals are covered by NW Documentary.

Recording Resilience – Assistant Instructor

NW Doc is currently seeking instructors for our Recording Resilience program for high-school age students. Recording Resilience is a documentary storytelling program that serves children and teenagers who are suffering the tragic loss of a loved one. In partnership with The Dougy Center, NW Documentary will teach groups of young people to write, narrate, and record their own short documentaries about the lost loved one in 2014. Piloted in 2010, the program is designed to decrease the sense of isolation for youth by creating a community of support and empowerment through non-fiction storytelling. The workshops will take place in 2013 followed by screening events to celebrate and share the films.

Duties include: working with kids to craft their multimedia, assisting students with video editing training, and assisting lead instructors in storytelling workshop. Ideal candidates will have experience working with youth, strong audiovisual production skills, proficiency in Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, and a passion for the craft of documentary storytelling.

Time Commitment:

  • Planning meetings in early June.
  • Program dates: June 16th-20th, 9am-5pm.
  • Wrap up DVD production/upload of final films.

Application Instructions: Send your resume and cover letter outlining why you would be a good fit for this position to jobs@nwdocumentary.org.

Compensation: DOE



Spend a semester working with a creative team in our internship program. We have lots of opportunities for people looking to boost their professional experience on a part-time basis. Positions are ongoing with flexible hours, and possible college credit. We value the mentorship and individual collaborations that come from working in small teams, and receive more applications than we can accommodate. To apply for a NW Documentary internship, please first read our site thoroughly, consider where you might lend a hand, and then send a detailed cover letter and resume to our Internship Coordinator.


Teaching Opportunities

Got skills, want to make a difference? Teach a NW Documentary workshop. NW Documentary has partnered with some of the best indie documentary filmmakers to design and offer innovative workshops, seminars and presentations. You can be next! All non-fiction artists welcome, including photographers, writers, radio producers, and multi-media creators. Send letter of interest, resume, and work sample to our Artistic Director.