Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Act One Job Opportunity

Sent: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 2:18 pm
Subject: Act One Job Opportunity

Act One, Inc., a non-denominational Christian organization founded to train Christians of all denominations for careers in the mainstream entertainment industry, is currently seeking exceptional candidates for Director of the Act One Writing Program. Ideal applicants are available to begin work by September 2008, and will demonstrate professionalism, integrity, and a genuine desire to work as part of a ministry team. We offer a creative and stimulating work environment and numerous professional development opportunities. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to barbara@actoneprogram.com.

Resumes and cover letters may also be faxed to 323-468-0315. No phone calls, please.

act one, inc.
2690 N. Beachwood Dr., Lower Floor
Hollywood, CA 90068
323-464-0815; 323-468-0315 fax


Background for this Position and Organizational Overview:

This position description has been created for the position of Director of Act One: Writing Program. It serves as a framework for defining the duties and responsibilities, lines of authority, criteria, characteristics and related information about the position. There are many other aspects of the duties and responsibilities of this position, which will be developed during the course of the employment relationship or which are covered in the Act One Employee Handbook.

Classification and Accountability:

Classification: This is a full time (minimum 40 hour) “exempt” position under the Act One Compensation and Classification program. The person in this position will be an employee “at will” as described in the Employee Handbook.

Accountability: This position, which is filled by the Personnel Committee of the Act One Board of Directors, reports to the Executive Director of Act One, Inc. and works closely with the Act One, Inc. Board of Directors. The position will be evaluated annually in February before the annual Board of Directors meeting.

General / Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

As a member of the Act One team, the Director of the Writing Program will work with the other members of the staff and community in support of the over-riding mission and vision of Act One. The mission statement of Act One is as follows:

“Act One, Inc. exists to prepare Christian professionals for the entertainment industry who are committed to excellence, artistry and personal holiness, so that through their lives and work they may be witnesses of Christ to their fellow artists and to the global culture.”
Particular duties of the Director of the Act One Writing Program include:

  • Ongoing development of the Writing Program curriculum and other educational, formational and community building initiatives at Act One to support the goal of identifying, training, and mentoring candidates to become professional writers for the entertainment industry.
  • Supervises the Writing Program staff and direction of the corporate staff as it relates to Writing program matters.
  • Oversees entrepreneurial opportunities to expand and promote the writing program, to recruit students, faculty, and financial support.
  • Prepares of an annual budget every December, and ongoing oversight of the program’s expenditures within it’s budget, including Act Two, TV Track, Script Critique Service, Screenwriting Weekends, Speaker Series, and Alumni Ongoing Formation.
  • Acts as liaison to any other church groups, media ministry groups, universities, and industry organizations so as to promote Act One’s mission and to recruit students, faculty, and donors.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary: Negotiable, based on experience.

Insurance: Medical and Dental Insurance benefits are provided as defined in the Employee Handbook. The benefits will begin after an initial three month probationary period.

Vacation: There are three weeks of paid vacation annually for this position, including one week at Christmas, which become available after six months of employment.

Sick Leave: There are two weeks of annual paid sick leave for this position which become available after the three month probationary period.

Personal Days: One half day each week is allowed for creative work.

Skills, Experience, and Other Characteristics:

The ideal candidate will possess the following desirable qualities:

  • Christian Commitment: It is imperative that this person is a committed Christian and can articulate a Statement of Faith and personal testimonial to that commitment. The candidate should be a person of prayer who is an active memberof a Christian church. The candidate must ascribe to the norms of a Christian moral life, understanding that the witness of life is a constituent element of our service to the Act One community.
  • Professional Experience: The Director should be well aware of the executive and creative climate in the entertainment industry, and should make every effort to deepen and solidify relationships with working professionals. This will ensure that the program truly serves the industry by providing training that meets the real needs of the marketplace. The Director should also possess the qualities and experience necessary to develop curriculum, particularly that meets the diverse needs of students at all levels of achievement.
  • Communications, Attitude, and Behavioral Skills: The Director should have excellent communication skills, and be comfortable in public speaking, press interviews, and formal meetings. Because of the interdenominational nature of the program, the Director should be a person who respects the goods present in different denominations so as to be comfortable speaking with media, faculty, students, and donors from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions.
  • Leadership and Administrative Abilities: Attention to detail in everything is vital. A self-motivated sense of urgency and follow through to completion of tasks and projects must be displayed at all times and in every aspect of the operations. Ours is a very positive, “can-do” environment with a special emphasis on service and stewardship of resources.
Position Start Date:
September 2008

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