Programme Officer, The Climate Unit

Programme Officer, The Climate Unit

Job Title: Programme Officer, The Climate Unit

Reports to: Megha Agrawal Sood, Head of Climate Unit

Preferred Location: Due to time zones coordination, there is a preference for candidates based in the United States

Hours: Full Time

Salary: $45,000

Preferred Start Date: Feb 2021

Equity and Inclusion: We want Doc Society to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and to do their best work. Doc Society’s promotion of diversity and inclusion is clearly reflected in all of our documentaries and across all of our programmes. We are fully focused on equality and believe in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us who we are.
The Programme Officer Role

The Programme Officer for the Climate Unit will oversee the programmatic operations, delivery, and administration of the Climate Unit, with an emphasis on our new climate story fund and the Climate Story Labs. The Programme Officer will also help to manage relationships with many key stakeholders of the Climate Unit, including storytellers, impact producers, cultural organizers and strategic advisors. Working with other team members across the globe, the role will require a high level of project and time management, professional communications skills set, and data analysis and reporting capabilities.

Core Responsibilities

Climate Unit Project Management

Lead project management across the multiple programs that make up The Climate Unit by developing and maintaining internal systems to track progress towards the Unit’s goals, ensuring timely delivery of programs, and assisting in managing the internal and external stakeholders who are involved in the Unit’s programs
Provide production support on the Unit’s Labs, live events, and convenings (this may happen in person, online, or a hybrid of both formats)
Track and report impact indicators, feedback, and stories across the Unit’s programs for the internal team, and external partners

The Climate Story Fund Management
Ensure smooth running of all the administrative processes involved in running the Climate Story Fund
Manage all aspects of the Fund’s online application system
Be the first point of contact for all storyteller inquiries either via the application system or mail/phone inquiries
Recommend Fund applicants for Doc Society’s other programs and funds
Work in collaboration with the Fund Executive, Film Lead, Impact Lead, and Business Affairs Executive to ensure delivery of grants and to capture critical updates and measurement & evaluation indicators


Craft language and manage external communications regarding The Climate Unit’s programs (including Doc Society’s social media channels, newsletter, google groups, and websites)
Maintain The Climate Unit’s online content to ensure advice and information is up to date
Monitor and respond to general email inquiries regarding The Climate Unit



What We Do at Doc Society

A team of 25 based across the globe, we engage and support the global network of documentary filmmakers with direct grants and editorial expertise throughout the life of their film. We work relentlessly to explore new models of funding and distribution to make the projects reach their full potential. To connect filmmakers to new partners from across civil society. To explore how documentary can create social impact and work with change makers on major social justice campaigns. We aim to lead by example – innovate, share and be copied and innovate again.

Our major funders and partners in this work are foundations, state bodies, and individual donors. This includes support from Creative Europe and the Swedish Postcode Foundation in the EU. We are also recipients of state funding in the UK where we manage the national documentary film fund on behalf of the British Film Institute. In the US, we are supported by the Ford Foundation, Compton Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Wyncote Foundation amongst many others.

We believe in radical collaboration and commit to initiatives that lift up our community of funders and cultural organisations to solve structural challenges, together.
To find out more about our organisation go to

How We Do It

We are a small dynamic organisation which can pivot easily and elegantly in response to the needs of the filmmakers and communities we serve. That means we are always ready to embrace new ideas. To roll our sleeves up and deliver with smarts, rigour and perfectionism. We often improvise, without a lot of formal process and set policy. We aim to get the job done right, no matter what.

We want to stay bold, energetic and entrepreneurial whilst also always living up to our core values and creating an environment which is friendly, inclusive, open and collaborative. We are deeply loyal and nurturing of those we work with, inside and outside the office.

Now some people perform best in more structured environments, with someone to regularly report to and a fixed job description with plenty of notice of future plans. Doc Society offers a more flexible, changeable workplace where people are able to take the initiative.

This way of working is not for everyone. If it all sounds a bit exhausting and uncertain, joining the team at Doc Society may not be right for you.

If it sounds exciting and liberating, we may be just the place you are looking for.

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