Website Salt Lake Film Society

Independent Cinema in Salt Lake City Utah

The Salt Lake Film Society is looking for a fearless, trailblazing, results driven, go-getter to take on the role of Development Director. This position will oversee and lead all development efforts at all levels of donor giving while looking for new ways to streamline efforts, improve processes and meet the demands of a changing generation of donors and members. The successful candidate will communicate effectively, lead strategic fundraising initiatives passionately, and nurture donor relationships tirelessly. This is an excellent position for someone who is self-directed, creative, and driven by an arts and cultural mission. This position will direct a staff of two. If you are someone who understands the nonprofit world, knows how to make more with less, and has a proven track record of leading membership, sponsorship, major donor, and capital campaigns, we want to hear from you.

This is a full-time position with flexible hours that will include evening and weekend meetings and in-venue events, plus shifting hours to accommodate the programs and services of SLFS. A successful candidate will work closely with the CEO on strategy and will thrive on achieving performance milestones and metrics, inspiring their team to engage in effective fundraising efforts that yield $2M annually, grow membership to 10,000 members, and other fundraising growth at SLFS in areas like sponsorship, micro-fundraising, and spontaneous giving programs. If you are excited to be part of a creative team whose goal is to make SLFS an indispensable location-based film and media institute that inspires audiences and artists, and provides tangible cultural impact in Salt Lake City, read on.

The roles and responsibilities of this position include:
● Lead, participate and grow all fundraising strategies for membership, sponsorship, major gift, capital campaigns, and grants.
● Oversee, lead, and participate in all activities related to donor relations, sponsorship, and membership events and activities.
● Oversee, lead and grow internal fund development team. Including motivating, rewarding, and engaging the team in new dynamics for future-forward fund development.
● Lead, strategize, and participate in all activities related to creating and implementing individual and new generation fundraising strategies to meet the demands of a shifting philanthropic landscape.
● Collaborate and mentor the Marketing Team to ensure execution of strategy for calls to action across a variety of social media and digital marketing platforms.
● Lead and manage all activities related to mentoring, coaching, evaluating, and motivating the Development Team to inspire them to meet and exceed fundraising goals.
● Collaborate with CEO on board fundraising strategy and communication for ongoing operational and capital campaigns.

The ideal candidate will understand and embrace the Not-for-Profit world and have the following experience and skillset:
● Proven record of raising 1.2M or more annually in a previous position
● Minimum 10+ years’ experience working/volunteering in the nonprofit industry
● Minimum 7+ years’ experience working in a lead development role
● Minimum 5+ years’ experience developing and executing strategic initiatives
● Minimum 2+ years’ experience in a sales, hospitality or retail role
● 5+ years’ experience leading and managing a team
● 4+ years’ experience in digital marketing, social media and promotional campaigns
● Proven capital campaign experience of raising $ 2M-$10M or more
● Preferred knowledge of the Utah Business and Philanthropic Community
● Excellent/professional written and verbal communication skills
● Mastery of Excel, PowerPoint, Google Applications and other related programs
● Knowledge of project management tools (Click-up preferred)
● Tech savvy; ability to work in donor databases and systems
● Working knowledge of a variety of social media platforms (LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, etc.)
● Ability to self-direct and work independently
● Expert in following-up and holding team members accountable for performance goals
● Excellent time management and organizational skills; Ability to prioritize
● Excellent problem-solving skills
● Superb ability to manage up to CEO and boards
● Basic knowledge or desire to learn about the film industry
● Ability to travel 1-2/year out of town for Conferences, Industry Meetings, etc.
● Ability to attend 1-2 monthly Board/Committee Meetings in the evenings

The ideal Development Director will be:
● A pillar of modeling personal accountability
● innovative (up-to-speed on the newest philosophies of fund development, equity in fundraising, and have a keen understanding of long-term sustainable fundraising strategies)
● Fearless; not afraid of “No,” not risk-adverse
● Collaborative and work passionately on mission-driven projects
● Driven by milestones and goals
● Determined
● Motivated by the satisfaction of seeing goals and dreams come to fruition
● Inspired by the community s/he/they serve
● Reliable and consistent
● Team player – no one person is more important than anyone else
● Customer Service Oriented
● Can-do Attitude
● Believes in a hard day’s work
● Excited to learn, lead and grow with the organization.

Full-time Monday thru Friday; with additional evening/weekend events
1-2 Times/Month 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Board/Committee Meetings
Some overtime may be necessary during busy fundraising months and for annual and special events.

Offices at two locations
Broadway Centre Cinemas & main downtown office 170 S. Main (will move to Broadway by January 2024)

Salary: $72,000 to $75,000 per year

Full Benefits:
● 3 weeks paid vacation
● 14 Holiday (PTO)/ 12 annual accrual Sick Days (max at 6 mos)
● Health subsidized at 80%, Vision at 100%, Dental at 50%, 20K in Life Insurance+ ability to buy more
● Retirement Plan – 401K, annual 3.5% match while grants sustained
● Film perks, arts culture, tickets, etc.

Please contact Karin Palle, recruiting manager at to apply.

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