3 Aug 2022

Part-Time Community Connector

Happen Films  Anywhere $40 p/hr

Job Description

Community Connector

In this part-time, work-from-home role, you will lead crowdfunding and social media strategy in collaboration with our team. Crowdfunding strategy will include curating our profile on the platform Open Collective and developing community-building strategies around crowdfunding initiatives. Social media strategy will include assisting the team in creating social media posts and livestream content, as well as contributing to newsletter content. We’re looking for someone who thinks creatively, works collaboratively, and is passionate about the role of film in telling stories for positive change. Ideally you will be based in Aotearoa New Zealand or Australia. We’ll consider applications from any country but we’d prefer someone in our time zone.


Happen Films is seeking an experienced manager of crowdfunding and social media in a role we’re titling Community Connector. This part-time, paid position involves strategy development for engaging with our audience to encourage financial support – we call this Community Supported Filmmaking and it is integral to funding our films. In addition, the role requires your expertise as you guide us in developing and growing our social media presence. We’re a small team with a loyal audience, with whom we enjoy maintaining a connection. Your guidance will help us in finding the best way to use our voice, in addition to providing creative input into how we share our message. 

Happen Films is committed to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi here in Aotearoa. This is an ongoing journey for us of learning what is required to be good treaty partners, and how to be allies to anyone faced with cultural or social barriers. It’s important to us that this perspective is also shared by those we work with. 

Essential functions

  •   Curating and nurturing our community, creating an engaged core audience that is inspired to financially support film production.
  •   Developing effective social media strategies and collaborating with our team to deliver campaigns. 


  •   Excellent copywriting and verbal communication skills.
  •   Good at collaborating well with others and keeping a positive attitude.
  •   Self-driven and highly motivated, requiring minimal guidance.
  •   A solid understanding of social media platforms and current effective strategies/trends.
  •   Excellent organisation and time management; must be able to manage multiple assignments, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions.
  •   Able to maintain confidentiality of information.
  •   Able to work from home with a consistent internet connection and adequate time available for focused work.
  •   A quick study, able to pick up new skills and learn how to use new programmes.
  •   Can take feedback to tasks and assignments positively; comfortable with being wrong on occasion, learning from mistakes, and moving past them.
  •   Detail-oriented perspective and able to pick up on overlooked details.

Useful (but can be learned on the job)

  •   Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop.
  •   Entry-level video editing skills or better.
  •   Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace.

Education and experience

  •   Proven experience running or strategising for crowdfunding or other fundraising campaigns.
  •   Proven experience of more than two years successfully running social media on behalf of a team.
  •   An understanding of the process of film production is a bonus.

Working at Happen Films

We’re an Aotearoa-based team of two full time and two part time employees, making four to six short films a year and the occasional long-form or feature film. Antoinette & Jordan are co-directors of Happen Films and life partners, both self-taught in the industry, based in Tasman; Anna works for 6 hours a week from her home in Ōtautahi Christchurch managing our distribution, and accompanies us on shoots in her capacity as a trained sound recordist; Nick provides editorial feedback on our films as well as mentoring us in regular Zoom catch-ups from his home in Northland.

We’re funded by crowd support (Patreon, Open Collective, philanthropic donations) and YouTube ad revenue. Our goal is to remove YouTube ads by the end of 2023 and to be fully funded by our community. To this end we’ve taken the great leap to commit to what we call Community Supported Filmmaking, and have created this role to support it. As the role is new, our approach will be collaborative in how it’s defined and developed going forward. We love being a small, connected team and we love the enthusiasm of our audience for the mahi we do. We’re excited to bring someone new into this creative, impact-driven space.

To apply for the position, please complete the form at the link below:


From the above link you can upload your CV and cover letter. In your CV please include links to crowdfunding/fundraising campaigns and social media accounts you’ve been responsible for in the past.

Include at least two references with referee contact details.

Submission deadline is 19 August 2022. We will advise you by email that we have a shortlist of candidates by 26 August 2022. We’re excited to hear from you!

Job Category: Communications. Job Type: Part-Time.
Closes August 20, 2022

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