Status: Reports to: Supervises: Salary:

Exempt/Full-Time/Year-Round Deputy Director
Membership Coordinator $50k-$60k

Review for merit based increases at 6 and 12 months


Outfest, the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, is seeking a Major Gifts Officer. The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for coordinating and assisting in the growth of Outfest’s membership program with a concentration in Major Gifts. The Officer will work with the Deputy Director, Executive Director and the Outfest Board of Directors to assist in raising $650,000 in 2015, with plans for significant increases annually.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Research, identify, cultivate and solicit individuals in support of Outfest’s mission.

  • Work with the Deputy Director to conceive and manage an annual strategy for both new and renewing members,

    including expansion and diversification of the major donor roster.

  • Learn all aspects of the Outfest major donor program and the roster of current major donors. Have personal

    responsibility for $50k in Individual Gifts.

  • Work with the Board of Directors to assist in the engagement of their current and prospective major donors,

    including correspondence and in-person meetings.

  • Oversee the membership/major donor program including a minimum of two annual membership appeals.

  • Oversee the planning and execution of major donor cultivation, solicitation and/or appreciation events.

  • Oversee the major donor database and correspondence.

  • Undertake other projects and duties as assigned by the Deputy Director.


  • Minimum of three (3) year of demonstrated success as a front-line fund-raiser, with an emphasis on individual major donors/gifts

  • Minimum of three (3) years experience supervising and motivating staff and/or volunteers

  • Successful experience identifying prospects and making cold calls

  • A commitment to Outfest’s mission as well as an understanding of its four programs and their role in the broader

    LGBT Movement

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills; a high level of comfort with direct donor interaction

  • Mac proficient with a strong knowledge of Filmmaker Pro, PatronManager CRM (Salesforce), MS Office and

    social media marketing

  • Effective time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and to succeed under pressure

  • Ability to be both engaging and professional when making presentations at events and meetings

  • Ability to work well with others and to exhibit strong interpersonal skills

  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed

  • Proficient skill in Photoshop, Illustrator desired

    Outfest is an equal opportunity employer. Outfest strongly believes in the strength of diversity and therefore, actively encourages applications from women, people of color, and any qualified person, who support Outfest’s mission.

    Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 32,000 LGBT films and videos.

    Interested applicants should submit their résumés with a cover letter to: [email protected] Please include the position title in your e-mail subject line.