Join Our Board

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The Docs In Progress Board of Directors are filmmakers, business leaders and community members from diverse backgrounds dedicated to building community through documentary storytelling. 

In everything the Board does, we are focused on ensuring that Docs In Progress is a financially sustainable organization dedicated to offering quality services for many years to come. We are committed to upholding DIP’s mission through best practices, transparency, and good governance. Our organization draws on our Board Members’ broad experience for sound judgment and guidance on operational oversight and strategic planning, as well as dedication to keeping the organization on a growth-oriented trajectory through fundraising. 

Serving on the Docs In Progress Board of Directors offers countless opportunities for professional and personal growth (expanding leadership skills, fundraising abilities, and networks) as well as the satisfaction of helping to build and strengthen the documentary filmmaking and broader arts community. 

Responsibilities 

Our Board of Directors is responsible for: 

  • Determining how the organization carries out its mission through long-range and short-range planning, review, and evaluation.  
  • Setting and monitoring policy and budget and providing fiscal oversight. 
  • Evaluating the performance of the Executive Director.  
  • Leading fundraising efforts for the organization, including making a personal financial contribution of $500 or putting in work towards bringing in an equivalent amount of outside funds as a gesture of commitment to Docs In Progress 

 

Time Commitment 

The Board meets 10 times per year in person at Docs In Progress headquarters in downtown Silver Spring. These meetings take place on a weeknight once per month (except August and November). Board members are expected to read reports in advance of meetings and attend and actively participate in at least 80% of these meetings. 

Board members will also be expected to be involved in committee work or special projects; to familiarize themselves with Docs In Progress programs and community by attending key events and programs; and to remain in communication between meetings online. Average time per month in addition to attending board meetings is 10-15 hours.  

Board members serve a 2-year term and may run for a maximum of two terms. 

Applying

Docs In Progress has one Open Call per year (between July 1- September 30) for board members who would begin service in January of the following year.  You may apply at other times during the year.  However, the board may defer following up until after the next deadline except in circumstances where the applicant has unique qualifications which are not currently represented on the board. 

Prospective board members should be familiar with Docs In Progress’ programs, operations, and mission. Because of county grant requirements, we especially encourage candidates who live or work in Montgomery County, Maryland to apply. However anyone interested in board service may apply. 

Once the Board Development Committee has reviewed the applications, suitable candidates may be contacted for a follow-up interview.