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Title: Development Manager

Reports to: Artistic and Executive Director

Employment Status:    Regular, .85 - 1.0 FTE, Exempt

Compensation: DOE

Benefits: PTO and paid holidays

Start Date: July 1, 2019

Schedule: Year-round position        


Position Summary

The Development Manager (DM)  will join a small team of dedicated professionals whose collective work delivers  year-round programming, including an annual 5-day festival recognized by MovieMaker magazine in 2016 as “One of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.”  The DM will provide direct leadership in the areas of individual giving, prospect management, business sponsorship, and events fundraising, and will supervise a contracted grant writer.  The DM will work strategically with staff colleagues, the festival board and its Development and Events committees, key donors, and other major supporters to grow philanthropic support and  build AIFF’s capacity as a premier, year-round arts and community resource in southern Oregon.

General Responsibilities

  • Develop major gift campaign with the AD/ED and Board Development Committee, and make personal connections with high-end donors.  Manage a personal portfolio of 20-30 major donors and prospects.
  • Prioritize and lead solicitation of current and potential business partners, local and national, with emphasis on their philanthropic and sponsorship aims, working with Managing Director.
  • Maintain accurate, timely, efficient records in Salesforce and donor and sponsor files, and implement protocols for recognizing donors and acknowledging receipts.
  • Supervise year-round donation appeals via direct mail and email
  • Oversee annual membership appeal, via direct mail and email, working with Communications Manager.
  • Help coordinate fundraising activities during World Film Week (Oct), Oscar Night Gala (Feb) and other year-round fundraising events planned with the Events Committee
  • Attend weekly update meetings with the AD/ED and monthly Board, Development, and Events Committee meetings to discuss progress reports and strategizing.


  • 2-5 years of fundraising and development experience, preferably for a non-profit arts organization
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Grant writing experience preferred but not required
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited academic institution preferred
  • Position requires proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and the ability to learn and effectively utilize Salesforce
  • Excellent written, editorial and creative skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills

Read the full job description

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to info@ashlandfilm.org. Please include three professional references (name, affiliation, email and phone number). Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with priority consideration given to applications received by April 30. No phone calls please.



There are no internships available at this time.

Ashland Independent Film Festival is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual preference, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other classification by law.

Mission: Celebrate the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film by enriching, educating, and inspiring all audiences.

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