Director Of Development at Denver Film Society


The Director of Development will have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to chart the next phase of philanthropic growth for the Denver Film Society. Reporting to and partnering with the Executive Director, the Director of Development also works closely with the board of directors to engage in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors and leveraging the potential for significant gifts. As an integral member of the senior management team, the Director of Development plays an active role as a thought-partner in planning for the organization’s overall advancement.

The Director of Development is charged with conceptualizing and implementing a plan to grow the Denver Film Society’s philanthropic support and donor base. The Director of Development will be responsible for developing and establishing strong relationships with all segments of the community. The Director of Development manages a team of five full-time staff whose responsibilities include major gifts, membership, volunteers, annual fund, foundation grant writing, corporate sponsorship, special events, research, and database administration.



Fundraising Management:

  • Oversee the Development department, including individual giving, annual fund, endowment building, membership, grants, government support, corporate sponsorship and special events, and supervise the development staff by setting clear expectations, motivating the team, and assisting with their professional development.
  • Proactively support the Board, development committee, and Executive Director to drive fundraising activity and personal engagement with top prospects.
  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement long- and short-term strategies for fundraising, and help members of the board expand their fundraising capabilities.
  • Provide leadership to the Development department with a focus on the expansion of the donor base and major gifts.
  • Maintaining a personal portfolio of donors, cultivating and soliciting major gifts for the annual fund, special events, capital projects, endowments, and special programs.
  • Develop, cultivate and enhance Denver Film Society’s relationships in the community.
  • Establish solicitation priorities, manage prospect lists and research, and develop and execute targeted cultivation plans and solicitation strategies for a range of prospects.


Strategic Planning and Operational Effectiveness

  • Create, implement, and manage a strategic development plan designed to significantly increase contributed revenue from current levels of approximately $1.34 million annually.
  • Guide and mentor the Development team’s successful achievement of contributed revenue goals forindividuals, corporate, foundation, and government funding and special events, with a personal emphasis on identifying, cultivating, and securing new sources of funding.
  • Ensure that the department adheres to long-term strategic and operational plan goals, coordinating and presenting regular progress reports to the Executive Director and board.
  • Manage the department’s staffing needs, including interviewing, hiring, evaluating, and mentoring team members.


Administration and Oversight

  • Direct all aspects of membership and patron benefits program, including stewardship, special events, cultivation, benefits fulfillment, daily donor interaction, and volunteer management.
  • Prepare and monitor revenue and expense budgets; provide accurate reporting, analysis, and integration of data; and oversee the maintenance and integrity of membership, donor, and prospect records.
  • Develop partnerships with all key departments to support annual giving programs, sponsorships, special projects, and events, and create customized donor stewardship and recognition opportunities to support expanded fundraising activities.
  • Lead and mentor the Development staff in utilizing available data to analyze and document fundraising needs and opportunities.
  • Assess current technology and refine development practices to ensure maximum efficiency and results.



The successful Director of Development is a proactive and collaborative leader, skilled fundraiser, and an experienced manager with the vision to think big, pursuing the Denver Film Society’s ambitious goals with creativity and determination. This individual possesses superlative interpersonal and communication skills and articulate compelling messages for support, both verbally and in writing. The Director of Development is self-sufficient and self-managed with a highly organized approach and the ability to achieve organizational objectives. This key member of the senior management team also enjoys working collaboratively with staff, volunteers, donors, and prospective supporters. The Director of Development possess the leadership skills to effectively build consensus with a sense of immediacy in achieving significant fundraising goals as well as an appreciation of the teamwork required to succeed organizationally. This individual brings an affinity for the Denver Film Society’s mission and a passion to positively impact the organization’s long-term success, complemented by highly-developed skills and an efficient, best practices approach.

Other core competencies which are part of the culture of the Denver Film Society include the following:

Personal Accountability – Accepts responsibility for actions and outcomes of development and development-communication efforts. Inspires others, builds trust, and demonstrates loyalty while acknowledging one’s own responsibility to be accountable for personal actions and professional decisions.

Customer Focus & Interpersonal Skills – A commitment to customer satisfaction with a high value on multiple stakeholder needs and the ability to anticipate challenges and develop appropriate solutions. Builds rapport and relates well to all kinds of people regardless of cultural differences.

Planning & Organizing – Works within established timeframes and determines top priorities for optimum productivity with procedures, processes, and systems that result in order, accuracy, and efficiency.

Goal Achievement – Establishes goals that are relevant and attainable and initiates activity without delay.

Leadership – Organizes and motivates others to accomplish goals while creating a sense of order, direction, and active participation among a variety of stakeholders.

Presenting – Communicates persuasively and effectively to groups of all sizes through presentations, discussions, remarks, and written communications.



A minimum of seven years of experience with increasing responsibility, and proven success in a fundraising leadership role, ideally with an arts focus, are required.

A strong track record in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of donors and potential donors at all levels, particularly major gift donors, and the ability to develop budgets and staff teams are necessary.

Candidates must be highly self-motivated, metrics-driven, and goal-oriented.

Superior presentation and written and verbal communication skills are required.

Experience working with boards and high-level volunteers is essential.

Candidates must possess a flexible and adaptable style to positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.

This individual must exhibit a passion for understanding the influence of the arts and humanities in empowering others to realize their potential and for inspiring stakeholders to invest in the future of the Denver Film Society.

Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, donor database software, traditional, electronic, and social media, and use of advanced tools for donor prospecting and research are necessary.



The Denver Film Society offers a competitive salary commensurate with the experience of the senior level candidate we seek. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; and paid time off.



The deadline to apply for this position is November 17, 2017, with a start date in January 2018. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Email – with “Director of Development – 2017 Application” in the Subject line

USPS – Denver Film Society

Attn: Hiring Manager
1510 York St., 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80206

Be advised that due to a high volume of applicants that only those applicants whose skills and background best fit the needs of the position will be directly contacted. Please be sure to check your inbox and spam for appropriate correspondence.

It is the policy of the Denver Film Society to prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation or disability.



Since 1978, the Denver Film Society has worked to promote the medium as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects, and renowned special events. It is, in fact, the only nonprofit organization in Colorado dedicated to engaging both its members and the public in an engaging relationship with and understanding of film and film culture.


The twin pillars of the DFS are the Sie FilmCenter, our year-round theater, and the annual Denver Film Festival. Now in its third decade, the Festival presents a 12-day roster of international screenings and red carpet premieres. In addition, the DFS organizes such popular annual festivals as Film on the Rocks, a cinema/concert series held throughout the summer at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. For more information about the organization, visit

Director of Development

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