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Sandbox Films is a multi-Emmy-nominated film company that specializes in creative and boundary-breaking documentaries rooted in scientific ideas that inform society and culture. Officially launched in 2020, our films include Fire of Love (dir. Sara Dosa), All Light, Everywhere (dir. The Anthony), and Fireball (dir. Werner Herzog), and have premiered at top-tier festivals around the world - including Sundance (where we won jury prizes in back-to-back years), SXSW, Telluride, Tribeca, Toronto, and CPH:DOX. These feature-length titles have gone on to be acquired and released by the world's largest networks & distributors - including Netflix, National Geographic Documentary Films, Apple Original Films, NEON, BBC, and PBS, among others.
Reporting to the Chief of Staff, Sandbox Films seeks a Communications Coordinator who is responsible for creative asset creation and management, updating social media accounts and growing social media followers, maintaining the Sandbox Films website and digital communications, and supporting company initiatives in PR, branding, events, and outreach. The ideal candidate should bring graphic design and social media experience, as well as a genuine passion for mission-driven, independent documentary and innovative science storytelling. This is a great position for someone hoping to advance their career in film/media communications or marketing, and the role will offer valuable experience in all aspects of such within the documentary film industry.
Serve as a brand ambassador of Sandbox Films, working with the Founding Director and other key members of the team, to promote and preserve the company's unique tone and aesthetic across all communication channels
Maintain Sandbox Films' website, including production of all creative assets
Maintain Sandbox Films' social media presence through the design and posting of innovative content and strategic planning
Expand Sandbox Films' social media audience; significantly grow our followers by executing proven industry best practices and strategies
Maintain and update email lists; produce and send quarterly and/or news-responsive newsletters
Create presentations and other branded collateral for internal and external company use
In collaboration with external film teams and key internal members, create film-specific project presentations ("pitch decks") and other development materials, as needed
Assist in publicity initiatives for individual films, in coordination with the in-house Distribution Producer and third-party PR firms (including creating and organizing creative assets for EPKs, as well as targeted outreach to press and other key partners)
Coordinate company promotional merchandise design and distribution, including vendor fulfillment, mailings and other outreach opportunities
Support Sandbox Films events (planning and on-site support), as needed
In execution of all the above: collaborate efficiently; communicate clearly and proactively; treat all colleagues with respect; ask for assistance when needed; and ensure all deadlines are met
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelors' degree preferred
At least two years' experience in a communications, PR, or marketing role
Excellent communication skills and prior experience in fast-paced, high-stress environments
Strong graphic design skills. Experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop are required.
Experience with social media apps, content creation, content calendars, and social media growth strategy
Experience with basic website maintenance (e.g., WordPress)
Experience with newsletter/listserv services, such as MailChimp
Ability to juggle and meet multiple deadlines and shift responsibilities quickly
Strong attention to detail and processes
Comfortable communicating externally about science topics
Comfort in interfacing with various stakeholders, industry partners, and event guests
Event planning and day-of event support a plus
Enthusiasm about the Sandbox Films' mission is a must
Required Application Materials
Rsum and cover letter describing your interest in the position
Links to any relevant work samples or portfolio
About Sandbox Films
Sandbox Films is a documentary film company that illuminates the art and beauty of scientific inquiry: humankind's weird, messy, brilliant way of navigating the world. We're a nimble organization that brings together clashing viewpoints, industries and approaches. We collaborate with production partners and visionary filmmakers around the world, providing production and financing opportunities for bold documentaries. Sandbox Films, LLC is funded by the Simons Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the frontiers of scientific research. More at sandboxfilms.org.
Sandbox Films Diversity & Inclusion Commitment
As in life, we believe science is richer when more perspectives are considered. This is especially true for science storytelling, wherein the experts we showcase and the voices we elevate have untold impacts on shaping the public face of knowledge and authority. With this in mind, one of the founding motivations for launching Sandbox Films is to make science documentary more inclusive. In addition to increasing diversity onscreen, we seek to collaborate with artists behind the camera who have different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.
We can't accomplish any of this if we don't extend the same philosophy to our workplace. As such, we are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work environment. Sandbox Films actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.
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