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Development Manager (Full Time)

NewFest, New York’s leading LGBTQ film and media organization, is seeking a full-time Development Manager to drive the organization’s financial growth and expand its profile. 

Founded in 1988, NewFest is New York’s largest presenter of LGBTQ+ film & media and the largest convener of LGBTQ+ audiences in New York City. NewFest’s mission is to give voice and visibility to the full scope of the LGBTQ+ experience through year-round film screenings and events, including the annual New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival. NewFest creates spaces and conversations that have the capacity to open minds, shift cultural bias, and create positive change. NewFest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences to strengthen a community that encompasses the wide range of LGBTQ+ representations.

The Development Manager reports to the Executive Director, and manages corporate sponsorship, civic grants, major gifts, individual giving, institutional giving, and Board relations, with responsibilities applicable to year-round programs and expanding in scale in support of the annual New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival each October. The Development Manager also oversees Special Events for the organization. 

Responsibilities:

• Maintain a thorough understanding of NewFest programming to identify synergies between sponsor or grant priorities and NewFest’s mission
• Work with the Executive Director and Director of Programming to brainstorm and define new programs and initiatives that serve NewFest’s community while contributing to the organization’s longevity and financial sustainability
• Manage design of all fundraising collateral
• Research and identify new institutional, government, and corporate funding opportunities
• Attend monthly Board meetings and select Board committee meetings

Sponsorship

• Work collaboratively with the Executive Director to pursue new sponsors for the annual Festival and year-round programs, including youth initiatives, Black Filmmakers Initiative, and sponsored screenings
• Conduct in-depth research on potential sponsors, develop sponsor outreach strategy, design sponsorship proposals and contracts, and conduct negotiations
• Maintain relationships with corporate and media sponsors and oversee contract deliverable execution, event invitations, and annual contract renewal conversations
• Work with the Communications Associate to organize and execute certain sponsor deliverables, including social posts, logo placements, eblast mentions, etc.
• Represent NewFest at networking events in pursuit of sponsor or partner cultivation

Major Gifts and Individual Giving

• Work with Executive Director to design and execute fundraising campaigns and events
• Maintain relationships with major donors through white-glove customer service, exclusive event invitations and personal rapport

Special Events

• Produce and manage NewFest in-person and virtual fundraising and other special events, including sponsored screenings, by coordinating with venues, digital platforms, vendors, sponsors and NewFest staff

Institutional Giving

• Apply for and manage tasks related to annual and one-time grants, including writing narratives, preparing budgets and meeting crucial deadlines
• Research funding opportunities throughout the year

Desired Skills:

• Strategic thinker who is highly organized and focused
• Strong writing to effectively communicate NewFest’s mission to donors/sponsors and in grant applications
• Ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively with other members of the NewFest team
• Public speaking
• Strong negotiating instincts
• Strong professional and interpersonal communication skills
• Social skills, enthusiasm for working with people
• Ambitious and approachable, able to send cold emails pursuing sponsors with confidence
• Deep belief in the importance of NewFest’s mission to educate and empower LGBTQ+ and ally audiences through queer film

The successful candidate will be creative, curious, flexible, and persistent. The candidate will be a person of the highest integrity and ethical standards. The candidate will be able to accept a work schedule that includes events on evenings and weekends. 

Compensation, including benefits, is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

NewFest is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all facets of the organization and welcomes recommendations, nominations, and applications from all qualified candidates. 

Please prepare a cover letter that describes your specific interest in NewFest and outlines your qualifications for the position and submit with a resume and contact information for three professional references. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.

Communications Intern

NewFest, New York’s leading LGBTQ film and media organization, is seeking a part-time Communications Intern to help reach new audiences for our year-round programming and annual film festival. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about the queer media industry and nonprofit communications while assisting with social media strategy relating to year-round growth and the 2021 New York Annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival (happening October 2021).

Founded in 1988, NewFest is New York’s largest presenter of LGBTQ+ film & media and the largest convener of LGBTQ+ audiences in New York City. NewFest’s mission is to give voice and visibility to the full scope of the LGBTQ+ experience through year-round film screenings and events, including the annual New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival. NewFest creates spaces and conversations that have the capacity to open minds, shift cultural bias, and create positive change. NewFest is dedicated to bringing together filmmakers and audiences to strengthen a community that encompasses the wide range of LGBTQ+ representations.

This is a 10-15 hour-a-week, unpaid internship for January-May 2021, with the potential for extension. NewFest will facilitate school credit upon request. The intern will join a small and vibrant team offering the potential to grow with the nonprofit organization and make a positive impact within the queer community. This position is remote in light of COVID-19, and candidates do not need to be located in NYC.

The ideal candidate has a strong editorial background, and is a digital native with an instinctive understanding of digital products and social media. They are passionate about LGBTQ+ narratives and documentaries, as well as LGBTQ+ issues, news, politics, and pop culture.

BIPOC, queer and/or trans folks are strongly encouraged to apply!

Responsibilities:

• Work hand-in-hand with the Communications Associate to create social content, plan social media posts and draft copy through an editorial calendar
• Help drive engagement with NewFest’s audience and growth to new audiences
Assist in day-to-day management of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including content creation, copywriting, social planning and community management
Identify can’t-miss social media engagement opportunities for the brand, including local/national community awareness days, film and media-related news, etc.
Edit photos, graphics and video clips for social assets
Develop, pitch and execute new ideas for original social content
• Work at a fast pace without compromising attention to detail
• Must be creative!

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

A sound knowledge of streaming apps, social media, LGBTQ+ pop culture and native digital analytics tools (Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics)
Familiarity with or ability to learn Airtable, Later, and other social media software
The ability to research, retrieve, and organize information from the internet
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form
Strong copywriting skills
Basic video editing skills a plus
Some knowledge of Facebook Paid advertising a plus
Professional, proactive, organized, and always prepared
Knowledge and understanding of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as LGBTQ+ issues
Knowledge of and passion for LGBTQ+ film

Please prepare a cover letter that describes your specific interest in NewFest and outlines your qualifications for the position and submit with a resume and contact information for two professional references. All applications will be treated as confidential and references will not be contacted without the candidate’s knowledge and agreement.

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