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Reports to: Kindling Group Producers        

Location: Chicago, IL        

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Full-time position


About Kindling Group


Kindling Group is a nonfiction media studio that crafts outstanding documentaries and impact campaigns to inspire, entertain, and ignite change. We envision a world where media connects art and activism to ignite audiences' empathy and inspire them to engage in positive change.


Kindling Group adheres to the following core values when implementing our mission:

  • We bring respect and collaboration into all we do — including relationships with subjects and viewers as well as with our co­workers and partners.

  • We believe that well told stories are the core, but not the totality, of documentary filmmaking; that stories are told to move people and inspire action.

  • We actively seek opportunities to reach and activate audiences, on screens big and small, and to push innovation at a time when traditional media is being disrupted.

  • We break down barriers between production and engagement for deeper overall impact.


Position Description


Kindling Group is seeking a Production Coordinator to support our team and collaborate on exciting documentary projects. This position is a great opportunity for an aspiring producer to learn documentary production and engagement from experienced mentors, deepen skills and responsibilities and, potentially, advance within this growing organization. The Production Coordinator supports the staff producer and Executive Director, facilitates interdepartmental collaboration and communication, and jumps in on various projects. This position oversees production coordination, office administration, screening inquiries and distribution. An understanding of the production process, familiarity with Adobe Premiere and the editing environment, and great organizational and writing skills are musts.  


Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To:


Production Coordination:

  • Perform tasks given by the producers at Kindling Group, including production planning, booking crews and travel, story research, basic editing, and maintaining project files and documents based on best practices

  • Participate in production meetings and taking notes

  • Act as go-between for all departments within each production

  • Track expenses and create invoices and reports for producers and crew

  • Keep character releases organized and up to date

  • Keep the Kindling Group equipment inventory organized and up to date

  • Maintain list of vendors, including contact information and accounting information


Organizational Management:

  • Schedule meetings, send communications, and create/edit documents

  • Keeping in touch with the Kindling Group bookkeeper on relevant financials, mail out checks bi-weekly, and manage financial files, invoices and payment records

  • Coordinate staff meetings and take notes

  • Hire and manage interns, including scheduling, delegating tasks, and following up on intern goals and independent projects

  • Organize meetings with Kindling Group’s Board of Directors when necessary



  • Keep track of Kindling Group’s web-stores and mail off merchandise

  • Intake screening inquiries and following up to facilitate screenings

  • Communicate with “screeners” to ensure a smooth process

  • Keep relevant spreadsheets up to date

Required Skills & Experience


  • 1-2 years of production experience

  • Ability to manage-up and be assertive

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented with the ability to multitask

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Flexible, diplomatic, persistent, inquisitive, resourceful and good-humored

  • Knowledge of business, personal, & social etiquette

  • Strong moral & professional outlook

  • Computer literate, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Drive. QuickBooks a plus.



As an equal-opportunity employer, Kindling Group is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, and we look for candidates who have a high level of demonstrated comfort with cultural diversity; people of color, people with disabilities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, sex, marital or parental status, disability, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis prohibited by law.


If your values, experience and professional goals align with the responsibilities of this position, please submit your resume and cover letter/LinkedIn description here. No phone calls, please.




Our internship program is geared toward those just beginning their professional careers in the world of documentary film production, journalism, communications, or related fields. As an intern, you will be quickly immersed in our team, gaining first-hand exposure to the inner-workings of a leading nonprofit documentary film company.

Throughout the 12-week program interns participate in professional development lunches with staff members and professionals in the social issue focused multi-media content communities and receive opportunities for feedback on their own independent work, and often have the opportunity to work with our partner producers. Each term is a unique experience and tailored to the films currently under construction.

We offer two types of internships for each term (Outreach Associate and Post-Production Associate) although intern assignments may overlap each others areas of focus. We also expect that that interns commit to 15-20 hours per week. If you’re interested, please email your resume, cover letter, writing sample and/or reel No phone calls, please.

*Must be able to receive college/university credit.

Internship Dates:

Spring Internship  |  JAN 15 - MAY 15

Summer Internship  |  JUN 15 - AUG 15

Fall Internship  |  SEP 15 - DEC 15