Institutional Funding Officer

Aperture Foundation

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Aperture seeks an experienced Institutional Funding Officer (IFO) with sophisticated communication and research skills to build and implement the institutional funding strategy in support of Aperture programs and publications. The IFO will join as a key member of the development team during an exciting period of major growth and as we conduct a capital campaign. The IFO reports to the Director of Development and works closely with development and editorial staff, the Executive Director, and the Chief Financial Officer.


The Institutional Funding Officer’s duties and responsibilities include:

  • Strategy: research and analysis of existing and new resources and opportunities to form a comprehensive plan and calendar for institutional funding

  • Proposals: craft and submit compelling correspondence, proposals, and reports to funders

  • Stewardship: act as the first point of contact for institutional donors, initiate and steward existing and new relationships

  • Management: oversee the work of a development associate and work scholar, who can assist the IFO in research, tracking and gathering needed data and materials, and maintaining files


BA/BFA; a minimum of 4 years experience in institutional fundraising, grant writing, and research in a not-for-profit environment, preferably in the arts and culture sector; superior writing skills, with an ability to develop compelling communications to engage donors and prospects; a track record of securing foundation grants in the five-to-seven-figure range for publishing and/or cultural/arts institutions; strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, with the ability to collaborate across teams; outstanding organizational skills, including ability to plan, prioritize, and manage a varied workload to meet deadlines; experience recording and managing information in a fundraising database application (preferably Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge) and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint); extensive experience working with budgets and other financial documents required for grant submissions; interest in art/cultural institutions desirable.

How to Apply

Please send one writing sample (a proposal letter, letter of inquiry, or grant application are sufficient) along with your resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and noting how you heard about this opportunity to, using the following conventions:

Subject line: Institutional Funding Officer

Cover Letter: yourfirstnameyourlastnamecoverletter.pdf

Resume: yourfirstnameyourlastnameresume.pdf

Writing Sample: yourfirstnameyourlastnamewritingsample.pdf

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE. Only applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

Aperture offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also has generous vacation, sick leave, and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, and a stimulating and collegial work environment. Aperture seeks to build a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes all applications, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, cultural background, disability, age, or religion. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

ABOUT APERTURE Aperture, a not-for-profit organization, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. Founded in 1952 by esteemed photographers and writers, and based in New York City, Aperture is a leading force in the rapidly evolving world of photography, with an international program of publications, exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives serving more than one million individuals each year. More information about Aperture can be found at

Posted on January 10