Director of Development

Film Forum

Film Forum, a 51-year old nonprofit cinema in lower Manhattan, acclaimed for its exhibition of independent premieres and repertory programming, seeks a creative and dynamic Director of Development to join its executive team. This position is responsible for the strategic planning and leadership of a small development department and all of its fundraising efforts including: individual giving, institutional giving, corporate giving, public funding and events.

The Director of Development reports to the Director, works closely with the Deputy Director and General Manager, and oversees a team of two staff members: Individual Giving Associate and a Part-time Development Assistant. There is also strong administrative support for development by all members of the staff.

Film Forum’s annual operating budget is $6 million. The development department is responsible for raising approximately $2.2 million in annual revenue.

Responsibilities
  • Serve as chief fundraising officer for Film Forum, planning and executing all development strategy and operations

  • Develop creative, forward-thinking fundraising strategies to expand base of contributed support

  • Cultivate and solicit new donor prospects

  • Oversee stewardship activities including email communications, and meetings with donor prospects

  • Analyze data–from past fundraising efforts and from the organization’s constituent management system (Tessitura)–to evaluate and strategize all fundraising efforts

  • Direct and oversee planning and execution of annual fundraising campaigns

  • Write grant proposals and funder reports with development staff

  • Manage event planning and execution

  • Participate in board development efforts, including the identification and research of viable, diverse board candidates

  • Coordinate and participate in the organization’s advisory committee

  • Manage and mentor two early-career development professionals.

Requirements
  • 4-Year Degree

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a development office in a management or leadership role

  • Proven track record in growing an organization’s unearned income

  • An organized, detail-oriented self-starter who is an innovative thinker

  • Be able to work on multiple deadline-driven projects in a fast-paced office

  • Collaborative, open to feedback, strong interpersonal skills

  • Strong written communication skills essential

  • Proficiency with MS Office required; knowledge of Tessitura preferred

  • A background in the arts a plus

Salary: Negotiable depending upon experience. Film Forum offers a complete benefits package, including fully paid health insurance.

How to Apply

Email resume, cover letter, two writing samples and three references to jobs@filmforum.org. BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE.

Posted on March 26