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Upstate Films, mid-Hudson Valley, New York

Since 1972, Upstate Films, a 501(c)3 cultural presentation organization, has provided an ambitious schedule of film and educational programs for New York state’s mid-Hudson Valley (recently named one of the 100 best places in the world by Time magazine). Upstate Films is headquartered at the beloved Starr Theater in historic Rhinebeck, NY, with additional screenings at the newly acquired Orpheum Theatre in the river town of Saugerties, and a robust schedule of off-site programs. (

Our mission is to connect the Hudson River Valley through transformative cinematic experiences. In this crucial moment, as we grapple with the pandemic amidst social and environmental challenges, Upstate Films is poised for significant growth. Its two co-directors, Paul Sturtz and Jason Silverman, with a combined 50+ years of leadership in arts organizations, intend to create one of the nation’s finest arthouse cinema programs, using cinema as a means of engagement with the low-population, politically diverse communities of the region. By designing programs that are wholly inclusive, with substantive community input, Upstate Films intends to increase civic engagement, create positive economic impact for local businesses, support local creative expression and create youth and adult education opportunities. Achieving this ambitious program will require expert leadership. As such, the organization is hiring its first Director of Development.

Director of Development
This position leads all campaigns and initiatives designed to fund the expansion of Upstate Films as an arts organization. The Director of Development’s first year will be spent helping create and lead a multi-million dollar campaign as part of our 50th anniversary. The Director of Development will build partnerships with funders and organizations in conjunction with the executive directors, who will be working side by side to ensure success.

Among the job duties:

  • Create and manage short- and long-term fundraising strategies starting with the Upstate Forward/50th anniversary campaign. This includes identifying and soliciting private donors, working side by side with the Executive Directors, and collaborating with the Board of Directors.
  • Establish solicitation priorities, manage prospect research, create and implement designed cultivation plans, and design donor benefits that effectively keep investors engaged;
  • Participate in the planning and execution of special events;
  • Develop and implement strategies and plans to secure foundation, corporate, and government support;
  • Create, implement, and manage annual appeals;
  • Initiate and manage national partnerships, inclusive of significant regionally based program partners and foundations;
  • Evaluate the success of fundraising campaigns and incorporate feedback into fundraising processes that model best-in-class practices;
  • Maintain grants matrix and draft funding submissions for review and approval by the Executive Directors;
  • Review and participate in management of other development programs: business partners and memberships;
  • Establish a calendar of regular communications, targeted and general, to donors and other investors;
  • Create succinct, concise weekly reporting for the Executive Directors and monthly reporting to the Board of Directors;
  • Develop and manage protocols for acknowledging donor gifts;
  • Develop, implement and manage a community engagement strategy


  • Demonstrated success in raising funds through foundation support, membership, individual donors and business partners, preferably with a nonprofit;
  • Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and love of film and the arts in all its forms
  • A desire to work with an adventurous, visionary team
  • Expertise in digital management tools including donor databases.

$75,000 plus benefits including health care

To apply

Please send enquiries and applications to Please provide a cover letter and CV or resume. We encourage applicants to submit a narrative detailing successful campaigns and initiatives.


Upstate Films, Rhinebeck, NY

Upstate Films is hiring a manager for our flagship theater. The Starr Cinema Manager will oversee our Rhinebeck, NY location, including direct management of box office and projection staff and processes; manage modest improvements to the building; interface with the programming staff, maintain standards for top-quality presentation; and serve as a producer of the venue’s frequent events, including theater rentals. The theater manager reports directly to the co-Executive Directors.


  • Oversight of sales, via a Veezi point-of-sale system, a Square system and on our online ticketing through Veezi, Fandango and others. Familiarity with these systems is a plus; aptitude for digital systems a must.
  • Customer service: Model and encourage outstanding service to our patrons, through systems she or he will help develop.
  • Events production: this position will serve as the key manager for venue events, executing n-person and Skype filmmaker visits; lectures; school visits; occasional performances; and community partnerships. We expect to host 100 events annually after the pandemic
  • Outstanding technical and aesthetic presentation: Work with the projection team, programmers, technicians and the executive directors to ensure best practices in the presentation of our daily programs and events, including video, audio, live elements and pre-show content.
  • Management of theater staff: Participate in training, scheduling, mentoring and monitoring the staff at the Starr Theatre, including projectionists, box office staff, high school interns and volunteers. Set the tone and model our organization’s mission, vision and values.
  • Facilities: The cinema is located in a 155-year-old building that deserves care and maintenance. The manager will ensure the building is being well loved and recommend and often implement minor improvements on an ongoing basis.
  • Rentals: This position is responsible for overseeing and expanding our theater rental programs, a key source of revenue.

The ideal candidate will consider the presentation of cultural events as an important part of a community’s health and well being, will have excellent communication skills, be a self-starter and quick learner, a good manager of people and be able to work well under dynamic and sometimes pressurized situations. Knowledge of our current software, including Veezi, Google Drive and Airtable, is valuable, but demonstrated ability to learn new things quickly and with gusto will be key. A warm attitude towards people and ability to create a productive team atmosphere is essential.

This is a 32-40-hour position that will start on an hourly basis and upon completion of a getting-to-know-you period will become salaried, with benefits.

Compensation dependent on experience and weekly hours.

To apply:

Please send inquiries and applications to Please provide a cover letter and CV or resume.