Documentary Educational Resources (DER) is seeking candidates for a one-year, PT position as an Indigenous Film Outreach Coordinator and Cataloger.

DER is a non-profit educational film distributor with close ties to anthropology and Indigenous studies. We curate and distribute a sizeable collection of films about Indigenous communities, including notable works made by Indigenous artists. The catalogue has enormous value for cultural survival, with films that address topics such as belief systems, healing practices, land rights, language, subsistence, relationship to the environment, and cultural change and revitalization efforts of Indigenous groups around the globe. In support of DER’s commitment to decolonizing and indigenizing our catalogue, we have secured federal grant funding to expand outreach to relevant organizations and to create an inventory and catalogue of relevant films that applies reparative descriptive practices to their presentation.

The Coordinator and Cataloger’s responsibilities include:

Develop a schema of relevant Indigenous studies subject categories;Review and tag relevant films in the DER catalogue;Update film descriptions and web pages, applying reparative descriptive practices;Contribute to the creation and dissemination of print and digital outreach materials targeted to Native and non-Native film festivals, museums, archives, and educational institutions.

This position will report to the DER Executive Director, collaborate with project advisors, and work closely with Marketing and Design staff members on outreach activities. 

Qualifications and Skills

Background in Native American / Indigenous Studies or related field;Cataloging, metadata, and related archival skills;Familiarity with documentary and ethnographic film history;Excellent written and verbal communication skills;Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

Additional Information

This is a PT (20 hours/week), one-year, grant-funded position, to begin immediately.

Pay rate: $18/hour. DER staff members are currently working remotely, and we are open to keeping this as a remote position throughout the year.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Alice Apley,  

We will be conducting online interviews for selected candidates.

Documentary Educational Resources stewards a collection of nearly 900 ethnographic and non-fiction films reflecting community stories and individual lives from around the globe. Films in DER’s collection have been recognized by entities such as UNESCO’s Memory of the World and the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry for their cultural and artistic significance, and the collection includes pioneering works by Indigenous filmmakers. We are committed to creating greater access to and culturally responsive engagement with the films in our catalogue and extending our services to emerging Indigenous artists. We strive for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable working environment and encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.

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