Summary: The Director of Development & Communications is responsible for Visual Communications fundraising efforts as a mid-size, full service media arts organization focused on serving Asian Pacific American media arts and artists. S/he plans, directs, and implements a comprehensive development program that generates individual donors, foundation, government, and corporate support.The job includes tasks pertaining to fund development, donor development and retention, grant administration (researching, writing, managing, and reporting), and marketing and communications. S/he will develop VC's individual and major donor plans that align with the Strategic Planning goals for the organization. S/he will also work closely with Program Staff in implementing fundraising and evaluation activities for our regular programs and will be a part of the core team during our annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. With the Executive Director and Board, builds and sustains relationships with current, new, and potential grant-giving organizations and individuals;
  2. Directs a fund development program that includes: a) government, foundation, and corporate gifts, b) special events, and c) major donors, individual giving, and planned giving;
  3. Oversees and implements development and communications strategies that will raise annual revenue, writes proposals and secures funding from corporate and foundation donors;
  4. Researches new grants and foundation initiatives, keeps current of funding trends;
  5. Manages and coordinates annual fundraising campaigns and events;
  6. Maintains an accurate grants calendar and shares this information weekly with the Executive Director;
  7. Guides individual donor campaigns, including membership renewals and special appeals;
  8. Updates organizational membership database – creates profiles that track donors and prospects;
  9. Assists with content development for the website, marketing materials, e-newsletters and social networking sites to ensure inclusion of donor-focused content;
  10. Supports personnel with marketing of VC programs, implements marketing strategies, generates audiences and increases memberships;
  11. Works with the VC Board to enhance development efforts and individual giving campaigns;
  12. Represents VC at public events, conferences, and screenings as necessary.


  • Personal commitment to goals and mission of Visual Communications a must
  • Minimum two (2) years experience in charitable fund development with proven results
  • Experience working with mid-size organizations with annual income of approximately $700k-$1m
  • Demonstrated success in successfully soliciting and securing major gifts from individuals
  • Demonstrated success in securing major annual gifts from foundations and corporations
  • Demonstrated success with grant writing, sponsorships, and special events
  • Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and donors
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills
  • Computer literacy and competency with electronic donor tracking systems
  • Ability to contribute to a supportive organizational culture (team-work, humor, flexibility, energy)

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience

Hours: full time, 40 hours/week, full health and dental benefits, three weeks of paid vacation per year

To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to: Francis Cullado, Executive Director, Visual Communications at [email protected]

Deadline: Please apply by October 1, 2015
Founded in 1970 by a group of pioneering independent filmmakers, Visual Communications has evolved from being the first Asian Pacific media arts center dedicated to the honest and accurate portrayals of the Asian American people and heritage to an artistic development nexus for Asian Pacific media creators. Visual Communications’ mission is to develop and promote the diverse voices of Asian Pacific American filmmakers and media artists who empower communities, challenge perspectives, and shape the landscape of visual culture.

For over 45 years, VCs has provided innovative, effective, and socially responsible programs and services to meet the changing needs of our communities. VC’s annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, now in it’s 32nd year, brings both classic and cutting-edge cinema to eager audiences throughout Los Angeles. The C3: Conference for Creative Content is a two-day media arts conference focused to provide our creative community a space for meaningful discourse on media and entertainment. Additionally, VC’s media arts training and education initiatives include the Armed with a Camera Fellowship for Emerging Artists and the Digital Histories video production and digital storytelling workshops for senior citizens.  Other programs and services include: historical photographic and moving image collections; independent and community film productions; film and video exhibitions; media artist support; and artist mentorship and resource sharing.


Visual Communications is an equal opportunity employer.