Sundance Institute champions independent artists in creating new work for screens and stages because we believe their creative risk-taking and individual perspectives provide delight, perspective, depth, and a foundation for deeper understanding across perceived differences. From the annual Sundance Film Festival to our wide array of grants, labs, fellowships and residencies to supports artists around the world, we seek to advance independent storytelling and advocate for the critical contributions made by artists to our culture. To accomplish its mission, Sundance Institute has an annual operating budget of $50 million dollars; $33 million dollars of this total budget is raised by the Advancement team.
Sundance Institute seeks a driven Coordinator, Donor Research and Prospect Management to join our Advancement team. This team member will report directly to the Advancement Analyst to create best practices for prospect management and donor research and will conduct essential research to support the team in reaching their annual revenue goals and to prepare for a future campaign. Additionally, this position will utilize their research skills to identify, qualify and assign prospects to create a robust pipeline for our individual, corporate and institutional giving areas.
Considerations: Position works full time in our Los Angeles, CA office. Extended hours, including evenings and weekends, will be required at key points throughout the year. Travel may be required 2-3 times a year for team meetings. Travel estimated at 1-5%.
Essential Job Functions and Duties:
Maintains accurate information on prospects and donors to assist fundraisers in developing appropriate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies; presents information at meetings and in strategy discussions. Proactively identifies and ranks new prospects that include Festival attendees, Sundance supported artists and public program attendees. Qualifies new prospects by researching philanthropists at related organizations and conducting research on community foundations. Makes recommendations to Advancement leadership about prospect prioritization. Creates updated donor profiles and strategy briefings at the request of Major Gift Officers and Advancement leadership. Conducts online research and utilizes research tools including IWave, Research Point, and the Foundation Directory Online to assess donor capacity and interests. Evaluates research tools to remain current on emerging technologies and makes recommendations to the Advancement team about additional tools to support the team. Creates systems to ensure the integrity of research information is entered into the Advancement database.
Legal authorization to work in the United States. 2 or more years of prospect research, prospect management, and/or prospect identification experience or related. Aptitude with relevant technologies including online research tools and development database. Ability to interpret, analyze, and summarize biographical and complex financial data. Familiarity with fundraising best practices and familiarity with the field of philanthropy. Strong attention to detail skills. Ability to take initiative and work independently. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies. Strong business writing skills. Strong project coordination skills, with an ability to maintain multiple projects simultaneously. Must be able to maintain confidentiality and a professional demeanor. Must be proficient in basic software programs (MS Office, Google Applications). Ability to work extended hours around key deadlines.
Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills:
Bachelor's degree. Interest in the arts and nonprofit administration.
Additional Salary Information: Our employees are deeply invested in the Institute, and we strive to invest in them. Permanent, full-time Institute employees enjoy: Health and dental insurance Optional flexible spending account Life, accident, and disability insurance A retirement savings plan with an automatic 7% employer contribution after one year Paid sick leave, vacation, holidays (including a Festival break and floating holidays) and access to funds for professional development.
About Sundance Institute
Robert Redford founded the Institute in 1981 to foster independence, risk-taking, and new voices in American film. That year, ten emerging filmmakers were invited to Sundance Resort in the mountains of Utah, where they worked with leading writers, directors, and actors to develop their original independent projects.
Today, our staff of 180 employees works from offices in Park City, Los Angeles, and New York City to provide 25 residential labs, grants exceeding $3 million, and ongoing mentorships that support more than 900 artists each year. Each January, our Sundance Film Festival introduces a global audience to groundbreaking work and emerging talent in independent film. In addition to the Festival, Sundance Institute hosts many public programs in the US and around the world to connect artists with audiences to present original voices, inspire new ideas, and create community around independent storytelling.
Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film, media, and theatre artists from the U...nited States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.
We believe that a story driven by an individual, authentic voice can awaken new ideas that have the power to delight and entertain, push creative boundaries, spark new levels of empathy and understanding, and even lead to social change. We support independent storytellers and advance the impact of their work in the world.