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DER is seeking a part-time staff person to join a small, dynamic, and highly-collaborative team in a relaxed work environment. The Marketing and Outreach Manager will be responsible for outreach and marketing of documentary films to educational audiences and secondarily to general audiences. The major responsibilities include conceptualizing, managing, and implementing marketing and outreach plans for new releases and catalogue titles. The Marketing and Outreach Manager will work under the direction of the Executive Director and work closely with the Director of Design and Media, and with other staff members. The Marketing and Outreach Manager will be responsible for coordinating with Marketing Interns (1-2/semester), who are tasked with supporting marketing efforts.


  • Develop print and electronic marketing materials for outreach campaigns, conferences and other film events; purchase and/or create specialized mailing lists to target universities, museums and other educational audiences.
  • Submit films to festivals and academic conferences, and to academic journals and other publications for review. Send deliverables and promotional materials.
  • Maintain open correspondence with filmmakers regarding outreach activities, including screenings and Q+A requests.
  • Prepare and present outreach reports to filmmakers.
  • Assemble electronic press kits for use in film marketing and promotion.
  • Plan social media content and update DER accounts on a weekly basis.
  • Write and edit content for blog posts, email newsletters, and other missives.
  • Track outreach activity, report to staff on festival acceptances, journal reviews, and other milestones.
  • Maintain an active Listserv presence: monitor and post on list-serves for Documentary Films and Filmmakers, Anthropology and Social Sciences, and Media Librarians and Professionals.
  • Provide support for additional outreach activities as needed.

Qualified applications will have most, if not all, of the following skills:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Background in anthropology, social sciences and/or documentary film history.
  • Must be comfortable working in Adobe Creative Suite, i.e Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Interest in documentary film distribution.

Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to: . Please indicate what position you are applying for in the cover letter. The position is 20 hours/week, with the opportunity for more hours as funding allows. While we are anticipating returning to the office in Fall 2021, remote candidates are welcome to apply.

$18-$21/hour, depending on experience.

August 23, 2021

Virtual Internships Now Available!

A DER internship is a great opportunity for students of filmmaking, anthropology, and the social sciences to develop skills and professional connections at an arts-based nonprofit. We aim to match an intern’s skills and interests with current projects, and interns typically take on projects in the areas of marketing, outreach, and acquisitions. We do not often assign interns to production or post production projects. DER internships are unpaid, but eligible for course credit. We offer internships to 2-3 students or recent graduates per semester. Please send a cover letter, résumé and two references to Alice Apley at .



Documentary Educational Resources (DER) is the only independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization fostering creation, preservation, and engagement in cross-cultural documentary film. We connect filmmakers, educators and source communities through production support, distribution, and access to non-fiction media.

We have a variety of film distribution and marketing/outreach projects that can be tailored to interns’ specific skills and interests. The internship provides a great opportunity to learn about the changing business of educational media distribution and the history of documentary film in a small, friendly office atmosphere.


  • Participate in marketing strategy and promotion of new releases
  • Submit films to film festivals, academic journals, and conferences
  • Assist in social media outreach
  • Participate in film acquisitions meetings
  • Assist staff members in creating mailing and other marketing lists
  • Occasional general office tasks

Interns must be able to commit a minimum of 15 hours/week (days and times are flexible). This internship is unpaid, but course credit is available. Above all, an interest in documentary film, educational resources and global cultures, and an eagerness to learn. Background/interest in education and/or anthropology a plus!


  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently according to instruction
  • Experience using social media platforms (Ie Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Proficiency in Google Suite and Microsoft Office

Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite applications, especially Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator a plus, Filemaker or other databases, but not necessary.

Interested candidates should send a one page cover letter of interest and resume to .