Director of Development: Philadelphia Film Society

Posted February 8th, 2018 at 9:58 am.

Reports to: Executive Director


The Director of Development will be responsible for cultivating and managing relationships with individuals, foundations, government grants, and corporate sponsors, with a focus on securing support from donors who are capable of making gifts for general operating and special projects. The successful candidate will carry a portfolio of approximately 100 highly rated donors and prospects.

More specifically, the Development Director will: 1) create and implement strategies for solicitation that will grow annual revenue from individuals and institutional fundraising streams; 2) lead and coordinate corporate and foundations fundraising efforts, as required; 3) supervise the Development Officer and Membership Coordinator; 4) work collaboratively with other program areas to advance PFS’ fundraising goals.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Identify, cultivate, and manage a robust individual giving prospect list to develop and expand funding relationships, ensure effective cultivation strategies and solicitation plans to enhance PFS’ contributed revenue.
  • Work closely with Executive Director and Board of Directors to shape and implement short and long-term fundraising strategies, goals, and action plans.
  • Prepare grant requests and requisite budgets as required.  Conduct research on individuals, foundations, and corporations to identify opportunities for support.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with current and prospective institutional donors by managing the portfolio of institutional donors and prospects which include corporations, foundations, charitable trusts, and other institutional entities.
  • Develop annual budget and regularly monitor progress against goals to meet or exceed revenue targets. Deliver activity reports on departmental activities for the staff, board, and related committees.
  • Create cultivation opportunities for PFS members and donors throughout the year via screenings and other activities for engagement.
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of events to ensure exceptional experience with a focus on cultivation and stewardship.
  • Oversee the Membership program; create and execute acquisition and retention strategies.
  • Manage Development and Membership department staff including training and growth opportunities.  Ensure accountability of all team members. Implement corrective actions as needed.
  • Ensure that accurate and complete records of donor communications are kept.
  • Represent PFS at external events and function as required and develop relationships with partners to support organizational positioning.
  • Work with Marketing team to develop strategies for development presence in all communications and marketing.
  • Assume other tasks and responsibilities as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • At least 5 years experience in fundraising with a track record in securing individual gifts.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven management experience, ability to lead a team through multiple projects with strict deadlines.
  • Familiarity with donor database systems required.

Philadelphia Film Society (PFS) is a 501(c)(3) member-supported nonprofit arts organization that creates opportunities for diverse communities to experience film through initiatives that inspire, educate, challenge, and entertain. PFS is the region’s foremost resource for film presentation and education, and is committed to presenting film as a transformative and powerful medium for artistic expression and a catalyst for strengthening community. As the producer of the Philadelphia Film Festival and creative force behind the Prince and PFS Roxy Theaters, PFS raises awareness of film as an important art form in Philadelphia, and serves as a vital piece of the city’s arts and culture community. For more information, visit

To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to  Philadelphia Film Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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