Development Director (Full-time)

Scarecrow Video seeks a Development Director to plan, direct and grow its fundraising efforts. Scarecrow Video is a non-profit dedicated to the stewardship of the world’s largest video library of 145,000+ titles. The unique collection represents the deep wells of our cultural history —spanning over 125 years of film history and representing 129 countries and over 126 different languages—a collection that is unparalleled in its diversity, scope, and accessibility. We proudly use this collection for meaningful community outreach programs like Silver Screeners (which delivers film events and social opportunities directly to seniors), Children’s Hour (which combines traditional story time with clips from the collection, science experiments, and arts activities that all center on themes of diversity and inclusion), online virtual events, and our annual outdoor movie series.

The Development Director position offers an excellent opportunity for a development professional interested in assuming a leadership role, and with a desire to build significant capacity in a small (~$1 million annual budget) organization. The ideal candidate will have deep roots in the community, be willing to invest deeply in this growing development program and help guide the organization to its fullest potential.


Reporting to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, the Development Director is a full-time position charged with overseeing and growing Scarecrow Video’s contributed income program. The program secures gifts through membership, on-site donations, and grants, with a need to significantly grow support through major gifts and sponsorships.

Primary responsibilities include:

· Develop and implement new strategies for expanding the individual giving program including designing, planning, and coordinating annual appeals and stewardship events.

· Develop and implement a major gifts program that would include identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individuals capable of donating $10,000+.

· Develop and implement new strategies for corporate sponsorships and foundation and government grants.

· Plan, budget, and execute an annual fundraiser, the fundraising component of International Video Store Day, and our end of year campaign.

· Oversee the management of relationships and communications with donors, members, and strategic partners.

· Manage and mentor a part-time Development Assistant.

· Participate in marketing endeavors to ensure consistency of messaging.

· Participate in other outreach programs and special events as necessary.



· Advanced degree preferred; Bachelor’s degree required.

· Minimum five years, broad-based fund development experience.

· Demonstrated ability in leading a successful fundraising campaign.

· Prior demonstrated grant writing success.

· Proven track record of developing and sustaining successful relationships with major donors and corporate executives.

· Experience with a non-profit CRM or similar software. (We currently use NEON CRM but are looking to change.)

· A love of film and a passion for its preservation through physical media is essential.

· Prior experience organizing and executing major events is extremely helpful.

· Strong collaboration skills.

· Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.

· Excellent organizational skills with ability to manage short term and long-term plans and goals.

· Proficient and experienced with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.

· Knowledge of Seattle donor base and philanthropic community.

· Experience in a small and/or fledgling non-profit environment extremely helpful.

· Ability to adapt successfully to multiple tasks that occur in a rapidly changing environment.

· Highly energetic and self-motivated; ability to work as an individual or as a team.

· Comfortable working in a small, informal, family-like organization.


What Scarecrow Video has to offer:

· Opportunity to work in an informal workplace with a smart, dedicated, and passionate team.

· Opportunity to meet and work with interesting people from local and national film communities.

· Being a part of an exciting, innovative time in the physical media sector of the film industry.

· Full-time position with flexible hours and work/life balance.

· Compensation: $55,000 to $65,000 DOE, with substantial room to grow

· Benefits include: vacation and sick pay and health insurance or reimbursement.


To Apply: Please send a cover letter, résumé, a professional writing sample, and at least three references to Position is open until filled.

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