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Director of Fundraising & Development

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Optimist
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Los Angeles, CA
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Published 26 days ago

Optimist is seeking a Director of Development to lead our fundraising efforts, cultivate and support a vibrant base of substantial supporters, and engage Optimist’s donor community with the activities of the organization.

We’re a non-profit documentary film production studio making films with impact. Philanthropy supports our work using film as a tool for social change — funding both the development of new films and robust outreach and engagement campaigns.

We are at a critical inflection point and ready to bring in an experienced, creative leader in fundraising to own the design and execution of annual, as well as long-term strategies with the goal of developing a robust pipeline of annual and major gift donors that will advance the work and mission of the organization. This will be the organization’s first dedicated development team-member.


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 7-10 years of experience in a development and/or fundraising role, preferably for a media or arts organization
  • Demonstrated track record of meeting or exceeding fundraising goals, with experience in identifying, cultivating and soliciting 6- and 7-figure gifts.
  • Mastery of donor engagement and communication processes and systems
  • Experience building corporate partnerships with nonprofit organizations
  • Understanding of the foundation and private donor landscape, including (ideally) contacts
  • Extensive CRM experience — maintaining contact database and reporting
  • Experience writing and sending newsletters through a newsletter platform
  • Basic knowledge of creative tools like Adobe InDesign for editing materials
  • Prior experience planning and executing events for identifying and/or cultivating donors
  • Strong and professional communication skills
  • Love of film and storytelling


DUTIES:

Fundraising

  • Develop 1, 3, and 5-year fundraising goals and strategy for achieving those goals
  • Coordinate with fundraising committee of Optimist Advisory Board on goals/strategy
  • Set targeted asks for Optimist’s current donor base
  • Draft and develop all materials needed for outreach to current donors - email, print, digital - as needed
  • Lead all donor outreach and engagement
  • Brief Optimist founders with necessary details and materials to easily solicit personal contacts
  • Track all gifts and pledges to ensure completion, ensure all donors receive necessary tax information and thank yous
  • Find appropriate grantmaking organizations and lead grant application processes
  • Seek out corporate partnerships that can fund Optimist’s work directly 


New Donor Recruitment

  • Research and develop prospective donor lists
  • Coordinate with board to determine existing relationships with prospective donors
  • Develop tailored strategic outreach plans for new significant donors
  • Build relationships with prospective donors and coordinate meetings with Optimist team as needed
  • Develop an event strategy for reaching new donors, managing, and executing bi-annual fundraising events in target markets


Donor Communications

  • Develop strategy for communicating with donors and segmenting donor lists
  • Build and maintain a regular calendar for communication with donors
  • Coordinate with Optimist team for updates to share 
  • Draft and send messages in accordance with calendar


Fundraising Management and Reporting

  • Manage all donor profiles and communications in our CRM database
  • Generate quarterly fundraising reports and share with internal team and board
  • Provide fundraising overview at bi-annual Optimist board meetings

Optimist is seeking a Director of Development to lead our fundraising efforts, cultivate and support a vibrant base of substantial supporters, and engage Optimist’s donor community with the activities of the organization.

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Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    January 3, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    December 10, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Managerial
Salary
See below
Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience.

Location

Remote
Work must be performed in or near Los Angeles, CA
Associated Location
Los Angeles, CA, USA

How to Apply

Please send résumé and cover letter to jenna@optimist.co

Please send résumé and cover letter to jenna@optimist.co

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