Employment Opportunities

Director of Major Gifts, Moving Picture Institute (Remote Office)

The nonprofit Moving Picture Institute is a modern-media production house and talent incubator that creates and supports high-impact film and video content designed to entertain, inspire, and educate audiences with captivating stories about human freedom.

We seek a Director of Major Gifts, who will be responsible for cultivating donors and securing major gifts from individuals and foundations. While there is a small office established in Los Angeles, California, most of the employees at our client organization work in their home office, remote to one another.

The Director of Majors Gifts 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 to foundation grants;
  • Spearheading research to grow the organization's individual and foundation donor base, converting top prospects to active donors;
  • 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;
  • Securing and growing unrestricted funds;
  • Taking an active and personal leadership role in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major individual donors and foundation officers, including preparing customized proposals;
  • Responding to donor questions, concerns, and suggestions;
  • Providing regular updates to the senior management team and Board of Directors regarding fundraising activities, accomplishments, and challenges

  • The successful Director of Major Gifts will have an undergraduate degree and at least three-to-five years of high-level professional fundraising success with individual and foundation donors. Individuals 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; 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. The ability to directly and passionately communicate the organization's mission and programs to inspire donors is essential for success in this role. It is estimated that one will have to travel approximately 25 percent of the time.

    Reporting to the President, this is an opportunity to work in an exciting, growing, mission-driven organization. A future career path would include the opportunity to become a Vice President of Development, with responsibility for overseeing all of the organization's fundraising efforts, including major donor giving, special events, planned giving, foundation grants, and direct mail.

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

    Interested parties should contact:

  • Steve Ankney at (330) 374-2015 or Steve.Ankney@roberthalfes.com
  • Kevin Michael Hicar at (202) 572-8312 or Kevin.Hicar@roberthalfes.com

  • Talent Outreach Coordinator, Moving Picture Institute (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.


    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.