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Director of Development

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Montclair Film

Job Title: Director of Development

Reports to: Executive Director

Full Time: Hybrid with minimum 2-3 days/week in office

Salary: Starting at $95,000, commensurate with experience

Organizational Summary:

Montclair Film, located in downtown Montclair, NJ, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit

organization with a mission of transforming lives and communities through the

power of film and filmmaking. Montclair Film runs The Clairidge cinema, hosts an

annual 10-day film festival and offers year-round education and community

programs. We attract 100,000+ patrons annually to The Clairidge and annual Film

Festival, while also reaching upward of 2,500 students from diverse backgrounds

through our education programs. Montclair Film strives to be an accessible

organization that provides diverse, entertaining and educational programs that

reflect our community.

Job Summary:

The Director of Development will play a pivotal role in developing and executing

successful fundraising strategies, manage a team of three development professionals

and grow the organization's philanthropic and sponsorship portfolio. The position is

full-time reporting to and working in collaboration with the Executive Director. This

role would best fit a high energy, self-starting, organized and deadline-oriented

professional with the ability to take initiative and collaborate with others. This

position is hybrid, with the expectation of 2-3 days per week in the office. Frequent

evening and weekend work will be required for success in this role.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Responsible for the solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship of individual and

institutional donors, to include cash gifts and in-kind donations.

• Responsible for raising $2M annually by cultivating a portfolio of 50+ major

gift prospects.

• Responsible for growing Festival sponsorships to upward of $1M in the next

three years in partnership with the Executive Director and with the support of

a sponsorship coordinator.

• Develop, manage, and implement the menu of benefits for all sponsor and

donor levels for the annual Film Festival, as well as year-round benefits.

• Help nurture a culture of donor-centered philanthropy within the organization

and in all development activities.

● Oversee Grants Manager on grant writing, research, oversight, and reporting

to support all areas of our organization.

● Supervise the Membership Coordinator who oversees the Membership program

moving annual fund donors through the pipeline to become major gifts donors.

● Oversee daily development activities including, but not limited to, research,


maintenance, gift processing and donation management.

● Work with the marketing department to create fundraising/development materials

and the annual festival catalog.

• The development team is responsible for planning and executing donor

cultivation and stewardship events.

• Develop and foster strong relationships within the community to build

collaborative partnerships that benefit each organization.

• Work with the Executive Director on strategy, case for support and fundraising

for any future capital or comprehensive campaigns.

Required Qualifications and Skills

• Bachelor’s degree

• Minimum of 7 years in development, arts fundraising preferred but not


• Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic fundraising

plans with goals achieved.

• Proficiency in prospect research and reporting,

• Excellent writing skills specifically with proposals, letters to prospects

• Excellent communication and public speaking skills needed to effectively

portray Montclair Film’s mission, vision and programs to a wide audience

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team, in the office and remotely.

• Proficiency in computer skills related to fundraising, communication and

reporting, including but not limited to Salesforce, Powerpoint, and Excel.

Please send your resume and cover letter to


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