Tropfest CEO Feature

Sydney, Australia
10 Apr, 2017 - 28 Feb, 2018

Are you ready to be the CEO of Australia’s most iconic film festival?

We’re looking for a strong leader, a strategic thinker, and a great communicator to head up Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival.

Do you have a passion for film?
Can you unite talented individuals to achieve a common goal? 
Would you get satisfaction from helping others develop their careers in film? 
Can you combine brilliant creativity with business ingenuity?
Being CEO of Tropfest is more than a career move; it’s an opportunity to satisfy both your professional goals and your entrepreneurial spirit, overseeing a year-round operation which culminates in creating and staging one of the world’s most beloved film festivals and entertainment events.

The applicant will need to be able to raise funds and close deals. You will lead a small, year-round, dedicated team of dynamic people which grows to a much larger team in the lead-up to the event itself.

As CEO, you will report to John Polson, Tropfest Founder and Chair, as well as the exciting, supportive and highly experienced board of Tropfest – a not for profit company.

Among your goals will be:
Developing with the Board the business strategy for Tropfest going forward, and then implementing that strategy
Leading the team in raising the funds to stage the festival and run Tropfest year round – from sponsors, high net worth individuals, donors, government funds and elsewhere
Having responsibility for Tropfest’s finances and achieving board approved budgets
Bringing together and leading the team as required in the lead up to Tropfest 26 (February 2018) and beyond
Leading and managing Tropfest’s relationships with its key stakeholders including film-makers, film industry bodies, corporate sponsors, government bodies, Parramatta City Council and Parramatta Park Trust
Managing and engaging the Tropfest Titans (regular high net worth donors) and Friends of Tropfest (well known industry professionals who are lending their support to Tropfest)
Having overall responsibility for the management of the event itself including production, outsourcing requirements, and broadcast requirements
Overseeing Marketing, Social Media and PR campaigns to support Tropfest activities.

More about you:
You’ve got proven experience as a CEO or senior leader
You’ve got the fire, ambition and entrepreneurial spirit to take an iconic Australian brand and event ever bigger and better
You know how to influence people and close deals to raise funds; you have exceptional interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; you are charismatic

You have a strong network within the film industry or entertainment sector
You are organised, passionate about your job, and highly productive with your time
You are a problem solver and a big thinker
You have strong, CEO level financial management skills
You may have proven experience in running large-scale film, music or entertainment events.

Applications close 31 March

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