JFI is seeking an experienced Development Director to partner with our Executive Director, Board of Directors, and management team to raise our national visibility, promote our programs, and build our base of support. The Development Director reports to the Executive Director, provides leadership for our Development team, and is part of the Senior Management team.
Key assets are in place to support the Development Director's success. JFI has a talented and experienced management team, a new Strategic Plan, and an entrepreneurial and dynamic approach to achieving our goals. The rebranding of the organization as the Jewish Film Institute in 2015 as the umbrella organization for all our programs has enabled us to grow our resources for our diverse initiatives. We have clear messaging, a new website, and an excellent Marketing and Communications team dedicated to programmatic and institutional marketing. We have a strong foundation of donors, membership program and seek to expand that base in the years to come. Now is a pivotal time to join JFI as we embark on a multi-year, multi-million dollar campaign to expand our reach and increase our impact for audiences and filmmakers.
Fundraising and Development
Working closely with the Executive Director and Development Committee of the Board of Directors, design, implement, and lead a strategic development program including a membership program, major gifts solicitations, foundation, corporate, and government support, and in-kind donations and sponsorships.
Design and implement an annual campaign for individual giving at community and major gift levels.
Coordinate and support efforts by the Executive Director, Board Members, and other volunteers to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward current and potential donors and funders.
Coordinate and manage cultivation and stewardship events.
Work with program managers to understand funding needs, create case statements, identify potential funders, develop and submit proposals and budgets for funding, and complete grant reporting.
Hire, train, and supervise Development Department staff, which currently consists of a Development Coordinator.
Track developments in philanthropy; engage with other senior development professionals across the philanthropic sector to learn about, assess and adopt best practices in financial resource and donor development.
Collaborate with the Communications Manager to develop and implement communications, marketing, and public relations strategies that support and enhance our brand, programmatic impact, and fundraising goals.
Minimum of 7+ years experience of demonstrated success as a development/ professional, with experience in major gifts, grants, and corporate support.
Passion for JFI's mission.
Goal-oriented campaign strategist who can create and execute a multi-faceted vision and plan for increased financial resource development results.
Grant writing or proposal-writing experience.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build trust and rapport with a range of stakeholders including Board Members, funders and donors, clients and staff.
Excellent communication skills; articulate, with proven ability to write effectively and speak persuasively.
Superior organizational, analytical and strategic thinking skills.
Demonstrated leadership abilities and ability to work effectively in a team.
Knowledge of and experience with the Bay Area Jewish philanthropic and Arts philanthropic community preferred.
Additional Salary Information: Competitive
About Jewish Film Institute
The Jewish Film Institute (JFI) is the premier curatorial voice for Jewish film and media worldwide and a leading arts and culture organization in the Bay Area. As the presenter of the world-renowned San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - the world's first and largest Jewish film festival - JFI catalyzes and inspires communities in San Francisco and around the world to expand their understanding of Jewish life and culture through film, media, and dialogue. In addition to its signature summer Festival, the Jewish Film Institute presents year-round live events in the San Francisco Bay Area including an annual WinterFest, Mitzvah screenings in senior communities and at San Quentin and a host of online content initiatives, including: JFI On Demand (a curated streaming service of films from the organization's 38-year archive) and free Monthly Online Shorts that have garnered over 2.2 million views worldwide to date. In addition to its exhibition services, JFI also supports filmmakers working with Jewish themes through its yearlong Filmmaker Residency program, Jerusalem Film Workshop and Festival Awards.