Lindsay Bosch
lindsayj.bosch@gmail.com
Works in Chicago, Illinois United States of America

BIO
Lindsay Bosch serves as the Development and Marketing Manager of the Video Data Bank, an independent distributor of artist-made video. She has worked in Chicago's arts and education communities for over a decade ad holds a BA in Film from Northwestern University and an MA in Modern Art History & Theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently sits on Board of the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture and the Educational Advisory Board of the Chicago Film Festival. Lindsay is the co-author of the textbook Icons of Beauty (ABC-CLIO, 2010) and writes on issues related to art, film and non-profit management for Plinth Magazine, Booklist Magazine and Career Girl Network.
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JOB

Executive Director, NAMAC


Deadline:
Mon Jun 16, 2014 16:00

Location:
San Francisco, California
United States of America

THE OPPORTUNITY

The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) seeks a visionary and adaptive leader who is passionate about the role of the independent media arts in catalyzing creativity and a vibrant democracy. Founded in 1980, NAMAC is the membership organization and collective voice for the media arts field, providing convenings, leadership development, research, and cultural policy advocacy. NAMAC’s annual operating budget is approximately $430,000.

The Executive Director position is .80 (4 days a week) with a salary range of $72,000 to $75,000 (for .80) commensurate with experience, plus benefits. NAMAC’s two-person office is based in San Francisco within the 9th Street Independent Film Center, a hub of independent media arts activity. As a national organization, NAMAC is willing to consider having its Executive Director work from another urban area that has a strong membership base.

Reporting to a national Board of Directors and working with a small team of staff and project partners, the Executive Director ensures diversified resource development, quality programs that are responsive to member needs, strategic collaborations that advance the field, prudent fiscal management, and the continual evolution of NAMAC’s digital space to create a more connected, informed, and empowered independent media arts sector.

The Executive Director will work with the Board and staff in the fall of 2014 to develop NAMAC’s next strategic plan. Building on historic strengths, this effort will re-imagine NAMAC’s potential in a dynamic media arts landscape in light of trends including: the growth of multiplatform, interactive storytelling; increasing cross-sectoral collaboration; renewed interest in media literacy and media education; and heightened public awareness of the need to protect the open Internet as an essential underpinning for creative expression and a democratic society.

ABOUT NAMAC

The mission of NAMAC is to foster and fortify the culture and business of independent media arts. This mission is accomplished by:

Convening members to develop knowledge and share promising practices through NAMAC’s regional gatherings, national conference, and digital space

Strengthening leadership capacity in the field through the NAMAC National and Regional Leadership Institutes and the Leadership Institute alumni network

Telling the story / stories of the independent media arts and advocating in the public policy arena

Supporting organizational capacity building through online programs and small capacity building grants for targeted technical assistance

Conducting research, such as the National Youth Media Survey and the Mapping the Field initiatives, which collect and analyze data over time to help advance the work of member organizations and the field

NAMAC was born 34 years ago as a handful of media arts centers banded together to create a national organization to support the development of individual member organizations and advocate for the field. Today NAMAC serves and represents more than 300 members, including artist service organizations, community-based digital media and technology centers, public media (television, radio, web) broadcasters, K-12 youth media and digital literacy programs, film exhibitors and university programs.

NAMAC’s next Executive Director will succeed Jack Walsh, who will leave his post effective August 31, 2014.

QUALIFICATIONS

NAMAC’s Board of Directors is seeking the following background and capabilities in the organization’s next Executive Director:

Mission Passion: A passion for the independent media arts as a creative catalyst to build a more vibrant democracy and a more just world; knowledge of the field
Strategic Thinking and Vision: A strategic thinker who is able to engage others in co-creating, resourcing, and enacting shared visions; experience as a leader and manager of change
Fund Development: A proven track record in fund raising, including individual, corporate, foundation, government, and earned sources (e.g., social media, mobile, crowd funding strategies)
A Compelling Communicator: An effective spokesperson, partnership builder, and advocate; listening skills; ability to frame and deliver messages to diverse stakeholders and communities
Public Policy Experience: Knowledge and experience with public policy issues and advocacy efforts in the communications and/or arts arenas
A Collaborative Style: A demonstrated ability to form and maintain collaborative working relationships with a Board of Directors, professional staff, partners, and members
Financial Management Experience: A skilled manager of resources with experience developing and managing budgets, projecting and managing cash flow, maintaining internal controls, and interpreting financial information to the Board
Tech Literacy: Conversant with the use of technology to advance the work of nonprofit organizations and networks
Board Development Experience: Knowledge of nonprofit governance issues and experience working with a Board of Directors

HOW TO APPLY

Download and review the Executive Director Job Description at the below link

Submit the following: (1) a letter that reflects how your previous experience qualifies you to become NAMAC’s next Executive Director and (2) a complete chronological resume.

Email as a PDF or Word document to: search [at] namac.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line by June 16, 2014 @ 4 p.m. PDT. No mailed responses or phone inquiries, please.

NAMAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We welcome and celebrate diversity.


EVENT

Reality-Effects: Video Data Bank 6th Annual Showcase


Dates:
Sun May 18, 2014 19:30 - Sun May 18, 2014

Location:
Chicago, Illinois
United States of America

On Sunday May 18th, we are thrilled to partner with Chicago's Roots & Culture Gallery, to showcase a selection of some favorite new acquisitions of experimental video art. Join VDB staff for this free event as we share a few of the most exciting and groundbreaking works that we are distributing this year. RSVP is welcome (not required).

2014 VDB Showcase at Roots & Culture

Ursula Biemann, Deep Weather
2013, 8:58, Switzerland, English, color, stereo, 16:9, HD video
Water and oil form the undercurrents of all narrations as they activate profound changes in the planetary ecology. Melting Himalayan ice fields, rising planetary sea levels, and extreme weather events increasingly impose an amphibian lifestyle on the Bangladeshi population. Gigantic machine-less efforts are made by communities to build protective mud embankments in the delta where large parts will soon be submerged and water is declared the territory of citizenship.

George Barber, The Freestone Drone
2013, 12:55, U.K., English, color, stereo, 16:9, HD video
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – drones – have become an everyday feature of contemporary military activity, replacing humans in reconnaissance flights, small-scale combat missions and covert operations. The U.S. Army operates some ten thousand UAVs – a six-fold increase during Obama's term – deploying them over locations like Pakistan and Yemen. The Freestone Drone follows a mission from the point of view of the machine. The drone's camera surveys cityscapes, encounters individuals, reports, and in flight becomes aware of its own utility and destiny. Drone operators routinely study the washing to learn about their targets – it is foretold that the Freestone Drone is to die entangled in a clothesline.

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby, Here is Everything
2013, 13:54, Canada/U.S., English, color, stereo, 16:9, HD video
"Here is Everything presents itself as a message from The Future, as narrated by a cat and a rabbit, spirit guides who explain that they've decided to speak to us via a contemporary art video because they understand this to be our highest form of communication. Their cheeky introduction, however, belies the complex set of ideas that fill the remainder of the film. Death, God, and attaining and maintaining a state of Grace are among the thematic strokes winding their way through the piece, rapturously illustrated with animation, still and video imagery." -- Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby. Here is Everything is the recent winner of the EMAF Award 2014, given to trendsetting work in media art.

Peer Bode, Front Hand Back Hand
1977, 2:57, U.S., English, color, mono, 4:3, 1/2” open reel video
"Actions, states, one B+W video camera, the Paik Abe Colorizer, a video switcher. The two states, a b a b, I put my hand in the camera frame and saw a colored hand shifting. I moved my, the, hand, including back and forth, realizing or connecting to the visual and language potential of front hand and back hand. Giving it some veracity, the piece became attempting to keep up with the position changes together with verbally reciting front hand back hand, co-coordinating from hand to mouth and mouth to hand." -- Peer Bode

Harun Farocki, Parallel I
2012, 17:11, Germany, color, stereo, 16:9, video
Using the example of trees and bushes, water, fire and clouds, we compare the development of surfaces and colourings over the past thirty years in computer animation images. We want to document reality-effects such as reflections, clouds, and smoke in their evolutionary history." -- Harun Farocki

robbinschilds & A.L. Steiner, C.L.U.E. (color location ultimate experience), Part 1
2007, 10:47, U.S., color, stereo, 4:3, DV video
Inhabiting the intersection of human movement and architecture, A.L. Steiner and robbinschilds (Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs) in collaboration with AJ Blandford, present a full-spectrum video, set to a score by rock quartet Kinski. Edited in succinct rainbow-hued sections, each sequence features robbinschilds in monochromatic gear, acting in psychedelic contrast and communion with their surroundings. The artists traverse through desolate desert landscapes, darkened parking lots, and geological formations, responding to the environment through choreographed duets. In a style that is obsessive, persistent, and often humorous, robbinschilds reveals their observations of the human imprint on the world.