Associate Director, Institutional Giving

First Look Institute
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 25, 2021
Jul 24, 2021
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time

The Position:

A crucial member of the philanthropy giving team, the Associate Director, Institutional Giving manages the overall foundation and corporate donor relations and prospect pipeline, creates and updates solicitation strategies and materials, in addition to maintaining a personal portfolio of donors. The Director works with the philanthropy team on donor solicitation and stewardship efforts,  and deepening the prospective donor pipeline. The associate director is a cultivation and solicitation lead or partner with program and philanthropy staff on funding to support First Look Institute as a whole, as well as programs including The Intercept, Field of Vision, the Press Freedom Defense Fund, and special collaborative projects with the for-profit First Look Entertainment. 


  • Work closely with the philanthropy team to set and implement overall strategy advancing proposal renewals, new solicitations, proposals and reporting, communications.
  • Work with philanthropy team and program leads on outreach strategies and ensure the timely updating of project narratives and budgets.
  • Maintain a personal portfolio of donors and prospects with specific financial goals, outreach and solicitation strategies and stewardship.
  • Provide research and analysis on donor giving patterns and implications.
  • Play an external facing role with program staff and donors through meetings, telephone calls, and preparing briefing materials including proposals and prospect profiles for donor meetings.
  • Work with philanthropy operations on database systems processes to ensure moves management, portfolio management and reporting.
  • Other appropriately related projects/duties as assigned

Background & Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in donor and prospect research and grant writing in a nonprofit fundraising environment.
  • Good organizational and administrative skills including the ability to multi-task. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills related to complex donor research.
  • Background in one or more areas: journalism, immigrant rights, education, Israel, international affairs.
  • Knowledge of techniques and methodologies of donor and prospect research using traditional print and on-line sources with particular focus on special requirements of donor/prospect research.
  • Ability to think strategically, analytically and creatively.
  • Proficiency in use of on-line research tools such as Wealth Engine, Foundation Directory Online along with numerous other online and print tools and publications. 
  • Knowledge of data mining tools. Proficiency as well with word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Knowledge of CRM and donor database systems, particularly Salesforce, preferred.
  • Ability to work with highly sensitive, confidential information.

The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification.  It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment.


First Look Media is a new-model media company devoted to supporting independent voices, from fearless investigative journalism and documentary filmmaking to smart, provocative entertainment. Launched in 2013 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, FLM was founded on the fundamental belief that freedom of expression and of the press, and the power of storytelling, are vital to both a vibrant culture and a thriving democracy.

About First Look Institute

First Look Institute (FLI) champions fearless reporting, bold storytelling, and speaking truth to power, all in service to a healthy democracy and vibrant culture. Since its founding in 2013, FLI has spared no effort to create a more informed, engaged, and responsive public. FLI exposes injustice, invest in diverse and innovative storytellers and filmmakers, and honor the tradition of defending those who cannot defend themselves.

FLI is home to The Intercept, dedicated to fearless, adversarial journalism and podcasts that boldly hold authorities accountable; Field of Vision, a groundbreaking, filmmaker-driven documentary unit committed to supporting diversity and innovation in nonfiction filmmaking; and the Press Freedom Defense Fund, which assists journalists and whistleblowers who challenge press freedom restrictions, providing them with financial and legal support wherever a substantial public interest is at stake. These three distinct programs empower some of the most ambitious and independent voices in journalism, film, and free speech activism.

About Press Freedom Defense Fund

The Press Freedom Defense Fund provides essential legal support for journalists, news organizations, and whistleblowers who are targeted by governments, corporations, or other powerful figures because they have tried to bring to light information that is in the public interest and necessary for a functioning democracy. The Fund also provides legal resources for operational needs of reporters and news organizations through a pro bono law firm, and provides training and education programs to an array of journalists, lawyers, and nonprofit organizations.

The Press Freedom Defense Fund fearlessly and relentlessly dedicates itself to protecting the First Amendment. Free speech should be regarded as a right, investigative reporting a duty, and whistleblowing an act of bravery.

The Press Freedom Defense Fund Advisory Committee includes Jameel Jaffer, Tom Rosenstiel, Sandy Rowe, Dave Schulz, and Nabiha Syed.

About The Intercept

The Intercept is an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on surveillance, war, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media and more.

About Field of Vision

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven organization that commissions filmmakers and artists with developing and ongoing stories around the globe. Field of Vision is committed to advocating for the rights and needs of filmmakers, and supporting cinematic innovation and representation. Recent projects have included the Oscar®-winning feature AMERICAN FACTORY, the Oscar®-nominated features STRONG ISLAND; HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING; and Oscar®-nominated shorts A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN and IN THE ABSENCE, as well as the Emmy-winning feature CRIME + PUNISHMENT, and Emmy-nominated short THE SURRENDER.

Founded in 2015 and led by Co-Founder and Executive Producer Charlotte Cook, Field of Vision has commissioned, produced and/or supported more than 130 films - 45 features, 5 episodic series, and 85 short films. Field of Vision has an ongoing commitment supporting innovation and diversity and as such 54% of Field of Vision-supported films have been directed by women and 43% by filmmakers of color. This work has premiered at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Hot Docs, Tribeca, and IDFA, among many other festivals, winning multiple Grand Jury and other awards and nominations.

Distribution partners represent a wide range of media, from publishers the New Yorker and The Intercept and Teen Vogue; distributors NEON, Showtime, BBC, PBS, Hulu; and, exhibitors New York's IFC Center and London's Institute for Contemporary Arts.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

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