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Development Officer

Aug 16, 2017
Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is seeking a dynamic Development Officer to lead, enrich, and manage fundraising for our growing programs. Our non-profit arts organization has presented and produced LGBTQ films and media for over 20 years. Through events such as Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, and free Outdoor Cinema in the summer, we've entertained and informed tens of thousands of individuals in our region. Through our Reel Queer Youth Teen Filmmaking training and community partnerships with other organizations we've served countless more.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema's annual operating budget is just over half a million and continues to grow to support our mission to strengthen, connect, and reflect diverse communities through queer film and media.

Specific Development Director Responsibilities Include:

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and manage all development activities including fundraising appeals, grant writing, and cultivation events
  • Develop innovative proposals for sponsors of Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s year-round programs
  • Strengthen relationships with existing corporate sponsors
  • Identify, cultivate, and secure new sponsors (cash & in-kind) for year-round Three Dollar Bill Cinema programs, and develop fundraising appeals
  • Ensure sponsor deliverables are fulfilled
  • Cultivate and build the existing individual donor base through strategic outreach and member engagement
  • Manage Membership Intern for Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s membership program, to meet goals and ensure benefit fulfillment
  • Oversee membership e-news and correspondence
  • Assist Three Dollar Bill Cinema's Major Gifts and planned giving program
  • Research and write grant proposals
  • Participate in the Development Committee of the Board to strategize member, donor, and sponsor cultivation and retention
  • Collect post-event data to create wrap reports for key sponsors
  • Manage and process contracts, invoices, and payments
  • Set and monitor development targets for growing membership, sponsorship, and individual giving


  • Three years of direct experience in nonprofit fundraising
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent educational experience
  • Experience cultivating and managing relationships with major donors, board members, and foundation program officers
  • Demonstrated ability to secure significant donations from individuals, foundations, government agencies, and/or companies
  • Connection to the Seattle LGBTQ and/or film communities
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, time management, and project management skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite, Google Drive, and eTapestry (CRM system)

Desired Attributes

  • A commitment to Three Dollar Bill Cinema's mission and a passion for the LGBTQ community and the arts
  • Flexibility, creativity, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Comfortable with team management and decision-making
  • Availability for weekend/evening meetings and events
  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Commited to working with people of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, and ethnicities.

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