Pan African Film Festival Employment Opportunity

Title: Director of Development

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), which will celebrate its 18th anniversary in 2010. With a commitment to showcasing the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes, the PAFF is seeking a Director of Development (DD).

About the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF):

Established in 1992, The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of cultural and racial tolerance and understanding through the exhibition of film, art and creative expression.

It is PAFF’s goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help to destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.

Each year, PAFF presents:

Over One Hundred (100) quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

One of America’s largest fine art shows featuring prominent and emerging black artists and fine crafts people, including local, national and international poets, musicians and storytellers.

Employment Summary:

The DD will be responsible for the festival’s corporate sponsorships and philanthropic gifts. The DD will also oversee community sponsorships, catalogue advertising sales, and other fundraising initiatives. The DD will work collaboratively with other staff, and reports to the Executive Director and General Manager.

The DD’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Corporate fundraising and development, maintaining current and building new relationships with corporate, foundation, individual and public [note: includes government and consulates] sector partners

Establish and implement fundraising campaigns including setting targets and timelines;

Conduct prospect research, and solicitation, cultivation and stewardship of funding partners

Community fundraising and development, maintaining current and building new relationships with community partners, in conjunction with volunteer & outreach coordinator

Production of sponsorship, and advertising packages and marketing materials;

Management of a catalogue advertising sales contract position

Investigate all possible funding sources

Support the preparation and submission of government funding applications and follow-up reports, in conjunction with the General Manager

Schedule and create agendas for Corporate Development committee meetings, at least four (4) times per year;

Skills Required:

Previous experience in corporate sponsorship and philanthropic giving.
Well-organized and self-motivated, ability to meet deadlines.
Experience with marketing and communications.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and excellent negotiating skills
Undergraduate degree

The following will be considered assets:

Knowledge of and interest in Los Angeles and/or Black arts, film and video communities.

Familiarity with the not-for-profit arts sector and government grant preparation.

Salary and Benefits:

The contract is year-round. Opportunities for professional development. Salary negotiable. Applicant must live in the Los Angeles area.

clock_48Deadline for applications:

A resume, cover letter, and a list of three references should be received by July 31, 2009. Please indicate in your cover letter where you saw this posting. We regret that only those applicants short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

Please apply in writing to:
PAFF – HIRING COMMITTEE
3775 Santa Rosalia Drive Los Angeles, CA 90008
Fax: (323) 295-1952
Email: jobs@paff.org