Human Resources Director

Status: Full-time exempt
Reports to: CEO; serves as a member of the Managing Director team
Salary: DOE

JOB SUMMARY: Independent Television Service (ITVS) is a San Francisco-based global media organization and production studio dedicated to elevating minority voices and inspiring social change. Our 70 employees focus on funding independent documentary films, co-producing the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and delivering innovative audience engagement events on the ground and online. We have brought more than 1,000 films to public television and other outlets since launching in 1989. ITVS titles have earned eight Academy Award nominations, 10 Emmys, and 15 Peabody Awards for journalistic excellence.

We’re seeking an HR Director who will serve as a strategic partner on the leadership team and help us re-imagine the future of the human resources architecture and management at ITVS. The position will support change in the organization and lead initiatives to prepare our workforce for the future. As the employees’ champion, s/he will create, direct, and provide hands-on implementation of HR best practices and ensure the highest standards of transactional administration and federal and state policy compliance.


  • Builds strategic partnerships with the Executive and Managing Director teams
  • Defines and incorporates strategic HR goals, including internal communications and performance management, into organization’s Annual Plan
  • Proactively improves HR procedures and services in partnership with managerial staff, identifying gaps in culture and managerial practices
  • Leads talent cultivation, recruitment, and stewardship strategy development and execution
  • Participates in change management teams and leads internal communications related to change
  • Plans training sessions to help employees build new skills and competencies
  • Builds relationships and trust with employees and represents their perspectives
  • Collects employee feedback and incorporates it into HR goals and best practices
  • Oversees benefits administration, internal policy compliance, and external policy compliance in accordance with federal and state legislation
  • Directs the facilities unit in creating and maintaining a workplace environment that supports ITVS culture and initiatives


  1. Human Resources Capacity
  2. Ethical Conduct
  3. Strategic Thinking
  4. Leadership
  5. Decision Making
  6. Team Builder
  7. Cultural Sensitivity


REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A bachelor’s degree and 10+ years’ human resource experience and a record of acting as a strategic partner in change management for a growing organization; experience reporting directly to a CEO is a plus


TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to with HR Director/YOUR NAME in the subject line. No phone calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

ITVS Production Manager

Department: Production and Programming
Reports to: Senior Production Manager

JOB SUMMARY: Independent Television Service (ITVS) is a San Francisco-based global media organization and production studio dedicated to elevating minority voices and inspiring social change. Our 70 employees focus on funding independent documentary films, co-producing the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, and delivering innovative audience engagement events on the ground and online. We have brought more than 1,000 films to public television and other outlets since launching in 1989. ITVS titles have earned eight Academy Award nominations, 10 Emmys, and 15 Peabody Awards for journalistic excellence.


Production Manager works as a supervising producer, managing and delivering to broadcast a portfolio of high quality and diverse programs, all eventually finding a home on public television including on ITVS’s Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens on PBS.

The position reports to a Senior Production Manager, and serves as an integral member of the Production and Programming dept. As an ambassador for this public media organization, a production manager is expected to be a role model, to set high standards, and to maintain quality control over the production of funded programs and the integrity of our data and project management systems. The Production Manager is responsible for cultivating and nurturing relationships with producers, series partners and PTV representatives.


  • Serve as the primary contact for production management and broadcast delivery for a portfolio of programs funded through various ITVS funding initiatives, primarily long and short form documentaries.
  • Ensure the successful contracting, on-time and within budget delivery for all programs including successful maintenance of relationships with Producers throughout production.
  • Set and manage production schedules in coordination with producers, broadcasters and other ITVS departments.
  • Provide education and mentorship to funded Producers (as appropriate) regarding ITVS / PTV financial reporting, editorial, and technical standards.
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on program deliverables and maintain standards for quality.
  • Integrate digital project and asset management systems into production management workflows to facilitate efficient and effective communication cross-departmentally
  • Collect, analyze and report data related to individual programs and overall portfolio and provide regular reports for the department and content strategy team.
  • Support Senior Production Manager in providing oversight to Production Coordinator team to ensure consistent administration of the department including: overseeing database and DAM entry, media and tape tracking, new staff orientation, documenting work processes and policies.
  • When necessary, travel to meet with funded Producers and their staff to support/troubleshoot successful completion and delivery of the program for broadcast.


  • Promote and model culture of high performance and commitment to quality
  • Maintain internal and external communications and relationships that strengthen ITVS culture of teamwork and integrity.
  • Maintain and inform excellent production delivery standards across initiatives.
  • Maintain standards and consistency of information systems for production management


  • 5-7 years’ experience either as a Producer of national commercial or Public Television programming or as a project manager for a commissioning television network, studio, or television station.
  • Proven experience in supervising delivery of programs for broadcast and for online distribution.
  • B.A. in Film/Television, Broadcast Journalism, or a related field.
  • Prior experience evaluating editorial works in progress, and providing constructive feedback on preliminary cuts of film/TV projects.
  • Deep familiarity with all aspects of documentary production, including the technical process of film production and post, and FCC broadcast standards.
  • Prior experience preparing and evaluating budgets, cost reports, and financial records for low-budget or independently produced films.
  • Understanding of and experience working with rights licensing agreements for film and television, knowledge of insurance and business requirements for companies engaging in film/television work, and best business practices for these types of companies.
  • Experience negotiating contracts in a television, film and/or media environment
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with individuals from a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds, as well as the ability to constructively manage conflict in a business setting are MUSTS.


  • Ability to operate effectively in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • High flexibility and adaptability
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross functionally, and effectively as part of team
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Great analytical and critical thinking skills

TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter to with Production Manager/YOUR NAME in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Digital Engagement Producer

Department: Marketing & Communications
Reports to: Director of Engagement & Education

JOB SUMMARY: The Engagement Producer is responsible for bringing together diverse partners and communities to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time using ITVS’s social TV platform, known as OVEE, and ITVS’s on-the-ground engagement platform, Community Cinema. Working in collaboration with ITVS’s integrated strategy teams, the Producer liaises with public television stations, filmmakers, partner organizations, and other stakeholders; works with ITVS’s National Community Engagement Manager and Director of Engagement to develop strategies that link online and on-the-ground efforts; and, as an adjunct member of ITVS’s innovation team, supports ITVS’s efforts to further develop the functionality and expand the usage of OVEE.


  • Coordinate the design and moderation of online engagement events for select Independent Lens and other public media programs to advance ITVS goals for audience development/engagement and the widespread public media adoption of OVEE, including: creating framework, prepping the panelists, moderating the discussion, and reporting on impact, in service of internal and external partners and strategic outcomes
    • Create and manage editorial calendar of OVEE engagement events to proactively align and integrate strategies within the Marketing & Communications department
    • Monitor and identify current affairs and topical engagement opportunities where OVEE can spark a conversation with our targeted GenX audiences, in an effort to raise awareness of platform and insert OVEE into our audiences’ consideration set
    • Collaborate with the OVEE integrated strategy team to select programs, determine assignment of screening production to internal staff or external consultants, and identify key station partners for outreach and collaboration
  • Coordinate the development of OVEE content verticals that align to station needs and support the implementation of a communications and outreach plan to promote use of these OVEE content verticals within the public media system
  • Provide ongoing demonstrations of OVEE features and functionality for prospective pilot partners as needed
  • Deliver limited technical support for OVEE partners
  • Under supervision of the National Community Engagement Manager, design and produce up to four Bay Area Community Cinema local engagement events each season, including: developing Community Cinema post-screening discussion or other engagement activity relevant to each film, securing venue, event marketing and promotion, building local and regional partnerships in support of individual events and the overall program, implementing measurable impact strategies and overall event production
  • Conduct ongoing OVEE formative evaluation and outcomes reporting for team-selected OVEE events. This would include:
    • participating in OVEE events;
    • analyzing both the technical and editorial quality to identify strengths and challenges;
    • providing recommendations to the OVEE team on how to address challenges and maximize strengths;
    • producing weekly impact reports and providing metrics and other reporting data as assigned
  • Support investigation of the broader evaluation tool marketplace to inform future development of Community Cinema and OVEE impact evaluation efforts
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with public television and radio station staff, filmmakers, co-presenting organizations, and others to support online and on-the-ground audience development/engagement activities
  • Provide technical assistance, coaching, and support to a portfolio of Producing Partners for Community Cinema, focusing on strengthening partnerships with public television stations. This includes coordinating regular teleconference calls and email bulletins with program updates, and providing ongoing guidance to Producing Partners related to implementation of the Community Cinema program model (engagement strategies, partner and speaker recruitment, promotion/outreach best practices, fielding requests for producer or subject appearances, answering questions regarding and enforcing compliance with program policies – such as event report and event listing submissions, etc.).
  • Provide other support to the Communications Department as assigned


  • Supports one or more lines of work on a project; performs effectively amid shifting demands; quickly picks up new skills en route to deep industry and department knowledge; leads lines of work in ITVS organizational development projects
  • Supports institution-building activities (e.g. participates in cross-departmental work groups such as Knowledge Sharing Committee, Intranet team)
  • Uses data and staff input to inform decisions
  • Inspires ideas, contributes solutions to achieve outcomes, anticipates and prevents problems
  • Practices organizational values
  • Develops fundamental skills or technical expertise with quality execution, implementation, and pro-active learning
  • Contributes to day-to-day activities in support of data-driven outcomes and strategies; participates fully as a member of department and cross-functional teams; identifies and recommends ways to improve work processes
  • Develops measurable goals and objectives with guidance from entire team; monitors own progress and uses feedback to make adjustments; sets clear expectations and assigns responsibilities to Assistants as appropriate; fully utilizes staff skills
  • Projects a positive and polished professional image of ITVS in all contexts; supports external relations in core area
  • Supports department/unit annual planning process; informs major strategies and tactics
  • Clearly and consistently articulates team visions and strategies
  • Builds effective relationships with peers through horizontal communication
  • Communicates effectively and empathetically; seeks and integrates constructive feedback


  • Minimum of three years experience in community organizing, outreach, and education; fluency in social media marketing strategies and tactics
  • Strong customer-service focus; excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, and a proven ability to work patiently, persuasively, effectively with a wide variety of people
  • Superior organizational skills; a work style that is thorough, accurate, and detail oriented; the ability to plan and follow through on projects
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to simultaneously coordinate and manage multiple complex tasks with competing deadlines; set priorities and schedules and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in word processing, database, spreadsheets, and web resources
  • Experience with event production and promotion
  • Creative and flexible approach to new ideas and practices
  • Adaptable to a fast-paced and constantly changing environment

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume, cover letter and three short writing samples to with Digital Engagement Producer/YOUR NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Social Media Coordinator

Department: Marketing and Communications
Reports to: Social Media Manager
Status: Contract up to 12 months at 30 hours/week

ABOUT WOMEN AND GIRLS LEAD: Every era has a moment when the scales begin to tip. For the world’s women and girls, that moment is now. Women and Girls Lead combines the power of documentary film, national television broadcasts, local and new media, and engagement activities to support existing NGO efforts to empower women and girls and drive social change.

JOB SUMMARY: Independent Television Service is seeking a passionate and detail-oriented individual to join our team as a Social Media Coordinator. The Social Media Coordinator will report into the Social Media Manager and will manage the social media engagement for our Women and Girls Lead initiative. As a source of deep knowledge in a dynamic social media environment, the Coordinator is responsible for producing digital and engagement campaigns using compelling content geared towards fans, partners, and funders.


  • Work closely with the Social Media Manager to develop solutions that meet Women and Girls Lead marketing campaign objectives
  • Create and manage social media calendar and coordinate with appropriate teams
  • Generate and curate compelling content for social sharing
  • Maintain a consistent brand voice across platforms
  • Prepare regular analytical reports on social media activity and its effectiveness
  • Create and monitor effective benchmarks for measuring the impact of social media programs
  • Recommend creative approaches/strategies for social media campaigns and brand promotions
  • Monitor trends in social media platforms, tools, and metrics, making recommendations to grow audience and increase engagement
  • Foster relationships with premiere and niche websites and other key influencers to enhance digital marketing outreach
  • Listen and participate in online conversations and comments


  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Equal parts creative and disciplined; the ability to bring innovative ideas forward while staying organized and detail-oriented
  • Strong initiative with ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong project management skills
  • Knowledge and passion for the ever-changing digital marketing landscape
  • Experience organizing and implementing new processes and procedures
  • Working in global teams and communicating across national boundaries a plus


  • Active profiles on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other platforms
  • Bachelor's in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, or related field
  • 1-3 years experience as a social media marketer creating digital promotional plans
  • Commitment to Women and Girls Lead’s mission and a passion for empowering women and girls around the globe

TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter to with Social Media Coordinator /YOUR NAME in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Legal Intern

Reports to: Department Manager

SPRING, SUMMER, FALL LEGAL INTERNSHIP SUMMARY: Are you a law student passionate about media and documentary films and have strong research and writing skills? The ITVS Business Affairs department offers a legal internship that provides hands-on educational experience. The intern will gain a working knowledge of contracts, licensing and distribution; matters relating to copyright law; as well as attend working meetings with colleagues and producers, and participate in organizational wide activities.


  • Review, analyze, and draft agreements for multimedia licenses, funding and distribution, and underlying rights acquisitions
  • Research copyright, chain of title, entertainment and intellectual property law
  • Maintain workflow and rights tracking system
  • Provide support to the department as needed


  • Enrolled in law school (1st or 2nd year)
  • Interest in the entertainment and media industry
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Eager to learn in a nonprofit media organization

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to with Legal Intern/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Journalism Intern

Documentary Film and Journalism Partnership Project
Term: 16 hours per week


ITVS is partnering with The Washington Post and will pursue other partnerships with journalism organizations and experiment with new models of in-depth storytelling and distribution that connect filmmakers and reporters. ITVS is implementing a new project supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to pioneer innovative collaborations between journalists and independent filmmakers. The focus of this project will be short-form digital video content.

ITVS is looking for a documentary film and media intern who is interested in the innovative space of storytelling through combining mediums of documentary film and journalism. The ideal intern is proactive, disciplined, creative, and self-directed and may work remotely.


  • Analyze traffic and coverage patterns for targeted topics in multiple journalism outlets
  • Create and update catalog of upcoming U.S. legislation and other news pegs around thematic issues
  • Monitor window strategy for journalism clips and help maintain short form content pipeline
  • Create and maintain catalog of independent documentary films in production around thematic issues


  • Experience with legacy and digital journalism outlets
  • Archival experience a plus
  • Strong interest in independent film and supporting independent documentary filmmakers
  • Journalism M.A. student. Must be a student currently enrolled in an academic program.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume, cover letter and short writing sample to with Journalism INTERN/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Spring/Fall, Summer Semester Internship (college credit or unpaid)

Term: Full-time (8-10 weeks); at least 15 hours/week
Reports to: Department Manager

JOB SUMMARY: ITVS is seeking interns to support activities in the programming, production, communications, and business affairs departments. In addition to gaining hands-on work experiences, the interns will attend organizational and community engagement events, view producer rough cuts, and participate in staff activities. The interns will observe how programs are evaluated, managed, and distributed to reach the widest audience. The ideal student intern is passionate about documentaries, marketing engagement, outreach, social media technology trends, and other facets of public television and media. Based on the interests of the student, the intern will be assigned to a specific department.


  • Support the program proposal process (Programming)
  • Help with outreach and community engagement events (Communications)
  • Draft web content, blog entries, and social media postings (Communications)
  • Compile and edit video footage from event organizers for publishing on ITVS YouTube and blog platforms (Communications)
  • Support the execution of marketing projects and campaigns (Marketing)
  • Assist with the compilation of quarterly department metrics (Marketing)
  • Measure the reach and efforts of ITVS’s various social networking platforms and offer suggestions on how to increase impact (Marketing)
  • Strategize and execute social media campaigns to drive tune-in and increase engagement around the weekly Independent Lens broadcast (Marketing)
  • Electronic research of copyrights and intellectual property matters (Business Affairs)
  • Assist in organizing files, media, and updating electronic information (All departments)
  • Provide support as needed (All departments)


  • Enrolled in school with a focus on film, broadcasting, sociology, public policy, or marketing
  • Detailed, organized, curious, and self-directed
  • Computer, software, and social media skills as they relate to job responsibilities
  • Eager to learn and contribute to a nonprofit media organization

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to with Intern/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.

Social Media Intern for Women and Girls Lead Global

Term: 16 hours/week

About Women and Girls Lead: The Women and Girls Lead (WAGL) combines documentary films, strategic communication promotion, in-country content production, facilitated film screenings and other engagement activities to bring social change. The goal of the project is to use powerful storytelling and transmedia strategies to improve the lives of women and girls in nine countries and reduce gender inequality by helping create knowledge, attitude, behavior, and policy change.

JOB SUMMARY: ITVS is seeking a social media intern to help publicize upcoming film screenings and engagement activities in Kenya, Peru, Bangladesh, Jordan, and India using in-country social media platforms. The intern must be available and flexible to work in San Francisco and remotely with the country coordinators across time zones. The ideal intern is proactive, disciplined, creative, and self-directed.


  • Research and develop stories and multimedia content to post on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds from all five countries
  • Blog about gender issues and engagement events in the five countries
  • Develop creative, strategic ways to use calls to action and crowd-sourcing to increase social media traffic to Facebook and Twitter
  • Support the engagement and outreach strategy as managed by the ground coordinators


  • Experience with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and in-country social media platforms
  • Strong interest in gender equality, sophisticated about cultures and languages, and passionate about the power of documentaries and social media (community engagement and publicity, a plus)
  • Must be a student currently enrolled in an academic program

TO APPLY: Please e-mail resume and cover letter to with WAGL Intern/NAME in the subject line. No calls please.

ITVS is an equal opportunity employer.