Columbia’s Nickelodeon posts leadership position


The Nickelodeon has an exciting opportunity for someone ready to be the executive director of a cherished, progressive community media arts organization.

We’re looking for an inspiring and innovative leader with a passion for the arts and the role of arts in advancing equity and justice.

Please forward this announcement to anyone you know who might be interested, or apply yourself. Candidate review begins on Jan. 10, but position is open until filled.

If you have any questions, please contact

The Nickelodeon is looking for an inspiring and innovative leader dedicated to positively transforming the community through the arts. Understanding that art house cinemas and arts education programs play a critical role in fostering conversations of importance to our communities, the executive director must be an excellent communicator who can effectively listen and respond to a wide range of constituencies. To be successful, the executive director must bring an ability to think strategically as well as an authentic spirit of collaboration and a capacity to implement change. As a manager for our small and dedicated staff, they must be a servant leader who is able to coach for success.

The executive director will have the opportunity to guide the evolution of a cherished, progressive community arts organization. They will refine and implement the Nickelodeon’s ambitious mission and vision while maintaining its operational and financial health. By deepening existing community relationships, they will broaden and diversify the audiences for our theatrical, filmmaker, and media literacy programs, enhancing the Nickelodeon’s reputation as a place where media can be a force for positive social change. Starting salary is $85,000-$95,000.

The Nickelodeon serves the Midlands region of South Carolina as a center for critical dialogue, anchored by the presentation of films that showcase the diversity, challenges, joy, and aspirations of its community. A destination for enjoyment, enrichment, and education, the Nickelodeon provides the tools to make, interpret, appreciate, and teach the moving image in all its variety through its theatrical and educational programs.

For over forty years, the Nickelodeon has played a critical role in the development and growth of the arts space in the region. Since 2012 we have anchored Columbia’s revitalized Main Street district, which draws people from across the region to its year-round food, culture, and shopping scene. Home to the state’s government as well as its flagship public university, Columbia is a center of innovation and culture that offers a surprising range of theaters, music venues, museums, festivals, culinary alternatives, and outdoor activities.

Our critically-acclaimed programming has established the Nickelodeon as a center for media education and a space for supporting media-makers. Our Indie Grits Film Festival–an annual showcase of the best in Southern DIY film and culture–was named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine. And our Indie Grits Labs programming, which evolved out of the festival, has provided media literacy programs to local schools and educational and production opportunities for local artists.

The Nickelodeon’s theatrical programming comprises a mix of first-run independent and foreign films, curated series, and special community screenings. Central to our mission is the opportunity for critical dialogue related to films; the Nickelodeon provides frequent opportunities for conversation before and after screenings, pulling together experts and community members as speakers and respondents.

These extensive advances in programming and facilities have been possible through broad community and national support. Prior to the pandemic, the Nickelodeon had over 3,500 members and an annual budget of $1.7 million. With our history of support from local arts organizations and from national organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nickelodeon is poised to play an even greater role in the region and nationally.