Chief Advancement Officer

Sundance Institute

Los Angeles, CA


A highly visible senior leadership role, the Chief Advancement Officer will be a key player in moving the Sundance Institute forward at a pivotal moment of change and growth. The CAO will work with talented, forward-thinking, and passionate colleagues and strategic partners to increase contributed revenue and awareness, and foster a sustainable culture of philanthropy. The CAO reports to the Executive Director and leads an advancement team of 27 in Los Angeles, Park City, and New York.


Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, the Sundance Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the USA and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work. As the leading champion and curator of independent stories, Sundance provides and preserves a biosphere for artists to create and thrive. Many of today’s most creative and daring artists are counted among the 10,000+ Institute alumni. A staff of 170 work to provide residential labs, grants, and ongoing memberships that support more than 350 artists annually. Each January, the Sundance Film Festival introduces a global audience to groundbreaking work and emerging talent in independent film. More than 50 other public programs connect artists with audiences to present original voices, inspire new ideas, and create community around independent storytelling.


Sundance Institute’s annual operating budget has grown dramatically from $20 million to over $40 million in an impressively short period of time. $27 million is generated through philanthropy, corporate sponsorships, and government support. An anticipated capital, programmatic, and endowment campaign is in the planning stages.

IDEAL Qualifications:

  • Significant track record of building and leading successful advancement programs for not-for-profit arts, cultural, or educational organizations.
  • An accomplished front-line fundraiser able to solicit gifts as a leadership level.
  • Deep knowledge of advancement best practices.
  • Experience with the Los Angeles, New York, and national philanthropic communities.
  • Record of driving growth and innovation.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, define, and meet goals.
  • Success recruiting, managing, and mentoring high-performing teams, ideally in multiple locations.
  • Able to leverage digital and social media technology in the service of advancement.
  • Passion for and excitement about Sundance Institute’s mission.
  • Well-developed communication and presentation skills.
  • Dedication to teamwork and transparency.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-achieving culture.
  • Ability to travel routinely and to attend frequent evening/weekend events and activities.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience; additional training or graduate studies in not-for-profit administration and/or fundraising is an asset.


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