Now Hiring: Development Director

DCEFF is seeking a Development Director to play a crucial role in managing our development efforts.


Job Description 

The mission of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is to advance public understanding of the environment through the power of film and discussion.

Since 1993, DCEFF has worked to foster understanding of global, national, and local environmental issues through screenings of diverse, exceptional films for  both large and intimate public audiences. DCEFF has grown consistently over the past 20 years to become a major annual event in Washington, D.C., and the world’s largest showcase for environmental films. The majority of Festival programming is offered free of charge at 25+ venues throughout Washington.

DCEFF is seeking a full-time Director of Development to spearhead fundraising efforts as the organization continues its dynamic growth. Reporting to the Executive Director (ED) and working closely with staff and the Board of Directors, the Director of Development will be an integral part of DCEFF’s leadership, managing and cultivating relationships with individuals, as well as corporations, foundations, and government agencies to grow overall support by $150,000-$200,000 annually.

The Director of Development will pursue a diversified funding stream with a special focus on increasing individual giving, while also cultivating new and existing foundation and corporate donors. This key position will be responsible for expanding the funding sources for a successful and growing environmental and arts organization.



  • STRATEGY: Maintain and expand DCEFF’s fundraising strategy, in accordance with programming goals and strategic growth plan, in order to increase DCEFF’s base of donors and support.
  • INDIVIDUAL DONORS: Working closely with the ED and Board Members, lead and manage major individual donor solicitation efforts. The Director of Development will work with, support, and be supported by the Development Committee.
  • INSTITUTIONAL GIVING: Develop, monitor and direct all grant research and writing, and ensure grant compliance and reporting requirements are met, in coordination with program and development staff.  Identify and cultivate prospects for multi-year foundation support.
  • CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS: Identify and cultivate corporate fundraising relationships and opportunities. Prepare sponsorship marketing materials.
  • SPECIAL EVENTS: Organize and execute fundraising events.
  • DATABASE: Maintain an accurate donor database.
  • MANAGEMENT: Manage DCEFF’s part-time/contract development staff.



DCEFF is particularly interested in candidates with the following qualifications:

  • 5-7 years experience in fundraising for mid-size non-profit organizations (i.e. revenues over $500,000), including significant experience with individual solicitations and Board coordination, and securing and managing corporate sponsorships.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills.
  • Outstanding organizational and managerial skills and attention to detail.


  • Experience working with the DC area network of environmental and/or arts communities/funders.
  • Experience organizing fundraising events.
  • Proficiency with eTapestry or similar database.


Application Instructions

Please send letter of application, CV, salary requirements, and reference list (name, title, email and phone numbers of two individuals who have worked with the candidate in a professional venue) to

Please contact with cover letter and resume.


DCEFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Job applicants are considered with no discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non- merit based factors.