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.

  • 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.

  • 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 BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE.

Posted on March 26