Employment Opportunities

Vice President of Development

The Moving Picture Institute ("MPI") produces and promotes content that makes an impact on people's understanding of individual rights and human freedom. We seek a Vice President of Development to oversee all the organization's fundraising efforts, with a particular focus on growing unrestricted funds. The person in this role will be responsible for donor cultivation and securing major gifts from individuals and foundations.

The Vice President of Development is responsible for:

  • Providing the leadership and strategic vision that will enable the organization's individual and foundation fundraising activities to thrive and grow, from major donor giving, special events, and foundation grants to direct mail and planned giving;
  • Spearheading research to grow the organization's individual and foundation donor base, and converting top prospects to active donors;
  • Supervising staff responsible for fundraising and gift administration;
  • Developing annual revenue targets, donor acquisition goals, and key metrics and continuously monitoring progress towards those goals and metrics;
  • Supervising fundraising activities with emphasis on best practices, donor stewardship and satisfaction, and revenue goals;
  • Taking an active and personal leadership role in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major individual donors and foundation officers, including preparing customized proposals;
  • Crafting and executing a robust mail program that includes direct mail, prospecting, informational mailers, and regular email communications;
  • Collaborating with key programs and communications staff to create synergy between development and programmatic initiatives;
  • Responding to donor questions, concerns, and suggestions;
  • Managing relationships with key vendors and consultants;
  • Managing the departmental budget, and monitoring progress toward budgeted revenue goals;
  • Providing regular updates to the Board of Directors regarding fundraising activities, accomplishments, and challenges.
  • The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree, and at least ten years of high-level professional fundraising success with individual and foundation donors, with at least five of those years in a leadership role. Must have: proven success in securing major gifts of an unrestricted nature; ability to communicate and implement a clear strategy for how to accelerate the organization's current growth over the next three-to-five years; strong leadership and project management skills, including the ability to mentor junior staff; and superior written and oral communication skills. Self-motivation, ability to effectively work remotely from others, and tenacity are key.

    Passion for the mission is critical. Also preferable is demonstrated philosophical alignment with the basic principles of individual and economic liberty. The ability to directly and passionately communicate the organization's mission and programs to inspire donors is essential for success in this role.

    Compensation for this position is competitive with excellent benefits, including the ability to work from one's home office.

    Interested parties should contact:

    Christine Pettingill at (202) 572-8313 or Christine.Pettingill@roberthalfes.com or Kevin Michael Hicar at (202) 572-8312 or Kevin.Hicar@roberthalfes.com



    Development Associate

    The Moving Picture Institute ("MPI") produces and promotes content that makes an impact on people's understanding of individual rights and human freedom. MPI seeks a Development Associate to grow with the organization and assist the Vice President of Development with regard to all of MPI's fundraising efforts.

    The Development Associate is responsible for:

  • Cultivating mid-level donors through regular communication and scheduling upcoming meetings;
  • Customizing and packaging high-dollar house files, informational mailers, thank you letters, and handwritten mailers;
  • Performing donor research, including identifying prospective donors and foundations;
  • Calling foundations to update them on MPI's work and scheduling meetings;
  • Attending networking events on behalf of MPI;
  • Assisting with data entry, when needed.
  • The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree and at least three years of professional experience in sales or development with at least some in fundraising and/or donor cultivation.

    Must have:

  • Strong commitment and enthusiasm for MPI's mission to promote freedom through film and popular culture;
  • A demonstrated philosophical alignment with the basic principles of individual and economic liberty;
  • Excellent in-person meeting skills;
  • A desire to grow with MPI over a significant amount of time;
  • Superior verbal communication skills, including telephone and networking experience.
  • Self-motivation, organization, dedication, and ability to effectively work remotely from others while part of a team are key success drivers. The successful candidate must have an ability to initially travel 10% of the time and eventually 25-40% of the time.

    Compensation for this position is competitive with excellent benefits. In addition, MPI will offer training and mentoring to improve one's skills. As MPI offers remote working arrangements, there is no requirement to relocate.

    Interested parties should contact:

    Christine Pettingill at (202) 572-8313 or Christine.Pettingill@roberthalfes.com Kevin Michael Hicar at (202) 572-8312 or Kevin.Hicar@roberthalfes.com

    Moving Picture Institute: Talent Outreach Coordinator (Remote Office/LA Preferred)

    The talent outreach coordinator will report to the executive vice president with responsibility for talent development and will work remotely. A base in the Los Angeles area is strongly preferred. Willingness to travel and work flexibly, taking on occasional evening and weekend commitments, is required.

    Responsibilities:

    The talent outreach coordinator will work with other members of the talent development team to fulfill the goals and mission of Moving Picture Institute (MPI). He or she will identify and attract new filmmakers and film projects to the MPI fold, act as a liaison with existing MPI filmmakers, and assist with educational endeavors, such as classes and seminars.

    With supervision from the executive vice president, the talent outreach coordinator will:

  • Work with the executive vice president to determine goals and strategies for recruiting high-level film talent to the organization, ranging from established industry figures to up-and-coming talent;
  • Attend film festivals, industry events, conferences, and other appropriate events, functioning as a high-level talent scout;
  • Work with current and prospective talent, industry figures, film professors, and others to build awareness of MPI and its talent development programs, and help attract a high volume of quality applications;
  • Review applications received for MPI programs and assess applicants' suitability;
  • Track existing filmmakers in the MPI network and compile detailed quarterly reports on their projects, awards, accolades, and other metrics;
  • Work with other staff to help organize and run in-person and online masterclasses;
  • Work with other staff to help organize and run in-person training seminars;
  • Work with other staff to help organize MPI's annual Meet the Filmmakers dinner in New York City;
  • Help identify and approach prospective intern hosts;
  • Assist with reviewing scripts, rough cuts, and other materials submitted by MPI filmmakers, and giving feedback.
  • The ideal candidates will have:

  • A college degree;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills;
  • At least two years of experience in the film or entertainment industry, ideally in a talent development or talent outreach role;
  • A demonstrated track record in working with and supporting filmmakers;
  • An informed appreciation for the ideals of liberty and freedom, and capacity to communicate and explain those ideals to others;
  • This is not a 9-5 office job and so the candidate will need to be flexible, organized, responsible, and self-motivated, and have a proven ability to work independently, while also functioning well as part of a collaborative team;
  • The drive to be entrepreneurial in the job.
  • The key goals of the position are:

  • To build MPI's talent pool by recruiting a steady stream of new talent;
  • To raise MPI's profile in the film industry and film schools;
  • To liaise with and track existing talent;
  • To improve the quality of educational endeavors.
  • Evaluation will be done in terms of these key goals. In addition, attention to detail, overall efficiency in planning and execution of specific job areas, and ability to interact productively with co-workers will be taken into consideration when evaluating performance.

    Please apply in writing, with a CV, cover letter, and names of three professional references to info@thempi.org. No phone calls, please.

    Moving Picture Institute: Copywriter/Communications Associate (Los Angeles Office Preferred)

    The copywriter/communications associate will report directly to the vice president of marketing. Ideally associate will work in the Moving Picture Institute's West Los Angeles office, but we will consider qualified remote applicants as well.

    Responsibilities:

    The copywriter/communications associate will work with the VP of marketing to fulfill the goals and mission of Moving Picture Institute (MPI). He or she will do a variety of writing designed for different audiences, including donors, filmmakers, activists, and moviegoers. He or she must possess exceptional writing and editing skills.

    Under direction from the vice president of marketing, the copywriter/communications associate will:

  • Implement communications goals and strategies;
  • Write timely pieces that advance MPI's mission, including but not limited to pieces about MPI and its programs and MPI films;
  • Proof and edit written MPI materials as needed;
  • Pitch pieces to news outlets, blogs, and websites;
  • Develop relationships with journalists, including entertainment writers;
  • To the extent needed, create and schedule social media posts for MPI and MPI films;
  • Publish email newsletters for MPI and MPI films;
  • Write MPI blog posts, press releases, and social media posts as needed;
  • Draft and produce MPI publications, such as brochures, website text, annual reports, impact materials, film one-pagers, flyers, screening guides, seminar and workshop materials, and more.
  • The ideal candidate will have:

  • A college degree;
  • Excellent written communications skills;
  • Ability to be thorough and detail-oriented, while considering the larger picture;
  • Ability to inspire and motivate different audiences;
  • Professional writing and editing experience;
  • At least two years of experience in media, journalism, and/or communications;
  • A demonstrated interested in both film and current events/ public policy;
  • Ability to work quickly in a fast-paced environment;
  • An understanding of and passion for MPI's mission;
  • Ability to work independently and be entrepreneurial in the job.
  • The key goals of the position are:

  • To ensure MPI's publications, websites, and other communications are of the highest quality;
  • To raise MPI's profile through coverage in mainstream publications and blogs;
  • To build an audience for MPI films and expand positive brand recognition among the film community.
  • Evaluation will be done in terms of these key goals. In addition, attention to detail, overall efficiency in planning and execution of specific job areas, and ability to interact productively with co-workers will be taken into consideration when evaluating performance.

    Please apply in writing, with a CV, cover letter, and names of three professional references to info@thempi.org. No phone calls, please.