Brooklyn, NY

Development Manager, Chicken & Egg Pictures

The Organization

Chicken & Egg Pictures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports women and gender nonconforming documentary filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. We envision an inclusive media industry in which filmmakers, representing a range of experiences and backgrounds, are fully supported to realize their artistic goals and build fulfilling careers in the documentary film industry.

Since 2005, we have supported over 400 filmmakers, providing over $9 million in grants and thousands of hours of mentorship and creative support. We are known for our ability to spot exciting new talent and compelling projects with great potential. We elevate and amplify voices that make universal themes accessible, personal, and resonant. Our team has received numerous recognitions from the documentary industry and beyond, including the 2018 International Documentary Association Amicus Award, the 2019 Social Impact Media Vanguard Award, and runner-up for the 2020 Nonprofit Excellence Award for Overall Management. Additional information about us and our current programs may be found on our website:

Position Overview

Chicken & Egg Pictures is seeking a Development Manager to join its growing development team.

We’re seeking a colleague who is dedicated to supporting documentary films and equity in the field by fundraising for our organization’s $4-5 million annual budget.

This year will be an exciting one at Chicken & Egg Pictures, when we will be dreaming big to develop our 2023-2025 Strategic Plan. The Development Manager will play a critical role in articulating Chicken & Egg Pictures’ vision for the future with funders so that we can meet our goals, grow our networks, and continue providing holistic support to filmmakers.

The Development Manager will find creative ways to engage donors through events, cultivation and conversations at tailored touchpoints. They will manage their own portfolio of donors (individuals, family foundations and government) and support the stewardship activities of the Executive Director, Associate Director of Development, and the Board.

We are proud of our positive team culture, where we enjoy learning from and with one another. Join a creative team that is truly passionate about advancing our mission of supporting a global community of women and gender nonconforming filmmakers.

What You’ll Do

This position reports to the Associate Director of Development and works closely with the Development Coordinator and Executive Director, in addition to every member of our 12-person team. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Create and implement a comprehensive moves management program for a portfolio of individuals, family foundations, and government giving.
  • Develop virtual and in-person events that provide opportunities for donors to connect with filmmakers and our team, in collaboration with the Development Coordinator.
  • Write and edit grant proposals, reports, emails, and other development materials.
  • Research and track prospects and donors to achieve new and increased gifts.
  • Create tailored and innovative cultivation strategies to engage funders.
  • Manage fundraising appeals, including the end of year campaign.
  • Develop and manage new and existing systems to support donation processing, acknowledgment, and stewardship.
  • Design and implement strategies to prioritize diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in development activities.
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and Chicken & Egg Pictures-supported films and filmmakers.
  • Closely follow trends in philanthropy and institutional grantmaking.

Who You Are 

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications below, a strong candidate will possess many of the following abilities, attributes, and experiences.

Knowledge and Experience: 

It is strongly preferred that you bring a minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising.

You have experience:

  1. Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting multi-year gifts from individual and major donors.
  2. Organizing in-person and online donor events for intimate and large groups.
  3. Writing and editing proposals, reports and other donor materials for arts and media institutions.
  4. Building and leveraging data-driven fundraising tools and metrics, including use of CRM databases such as Salesforce.
  5. Ideally, working in one or more of the following fields: gender justice, documentary film, and social justice.

Professional Competencies:

  1. Project Management SkillsYou are adept at managing complex projects that require ingenuity, meticulous attention to detail, and follow-through. Whether you are organizing a donor cultivation event, responding to a tight deadline, or devising a moves management plan, your approach to the work is methodical, creative, and enthusiastic.
  2. Communication: You are a strong and adaptive communicator. You consider relationship building and networking with a diverse range of people to be one of your strongest talents. You have exceptional writing and editing skills. Whether you are writing an email to a donor or meeting with a prospect, your representation of the organization is compelling, accurate, and tailored.
  3. Systems and Technology ProficiencyYou are tech savvy and love developing and using fundraising systems and data processes. You delight in developing new ways to work more effectively. You have regularly used a range of platforms, such as G Suite, Salesforce, Excel, and Adobe Creative Cloud. If you do not have experience with a specific application or system, you are confident in your ability to learn it quickly.
  4. Work Habits and Approach: ​​You have excellent judgment, a strong work ethic, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills. Good humor, initiative, and flexibility are among the traits you bring to the table as a collaborative team member. You are curious, a life-long learner, and you value a diversity of thought, background, and perspective.
  5. Organizational Mission and Values Alignment: You are inspired by Chicken & Egg Pictures’ vision of an inclusive and equitable media industry and our mission to amplify diverse voices in nonfiction film. You are motivated by a culture of openness and learning, and are eager to grow with a team that is passionate about putting our values into practice.

What Else You Should Know

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Deadline: Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Early submission of your application is recommended. First-round interviews will take place in late March and/or early April.

Application Process: If your application is moved forward, the application process may include up to three interview rounds with Chicken & Egg Pictures team members. Finalists will be sent a prompt and asked to submit a pre-employment exercise, for which they will receive an honorarium.

Location: This position is based in our office in Brooklyn, NY. Staff are currently working from home during the pandemic. We are planning to pilot a hybrid remote/office flexible schedule with at least two-three Brooklyn Office days per week. When it’s safe, occasional travel may be required, with advance notice.

COVID-19: All employees and anyone entering the Chicken & Egg Pictures office are required to have up-to-date vaccines.

Compensation: Minimum salary is $65,000, commensurate with direct fundraising experience. This is a full-time position. We are currently collaborating with consultants to assess our competitive compensation framework to attract and retain a highly-talented workforce.

Benefits: 100% premium coverage of health, dental, and vision insurance, plus life and short and long-term disability insurances. Flexible spending accounts for medical and transit expenses. A 403(b) plan with a matching employer contribution. Annually 15 vacation days (20 at the two-year mark), 10 safe and sick leave days, and 3 personal days. The office is closed for 9 holidays, in addition to December 24-31. Professional development opportunities and home office stipends.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Chicken & Egg Pictures is an at-will and equal opportunity employer. As such, we strongly encourage and seek applications from all backgrounds, including but not limited to women and gender nonconforming individuals, people of color, bilingual and multicultural individuals, people with working class backgrounds, people with disabilities, as well as members of the LGBTQ community.

We take great pride in providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, genetics, protected veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or familial status, arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

E-Verify: We participate in the E-Verify Program. ​

How To Apply

Complete the form on our career page to submit your cover letter, résumé, and a list of three work-related references who can speak to your qualifications for this position.

In your cover letter, we invite you to respond to the following prompts:

  1. Why is being Chicken & Egg Pictures’ Development Manager the next best step for you professionally? What motivates you to want to join Chicken & Egg Pictures?
  2. Beyond gender parity, Chicken & Egg Pictures strives to create an inclusive documentary film industry by working with filmmakers from diverse communities. Tell us about how your background and experiences could help you to work towards this mission in your role as the Development Manager.

Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified applicants with disabilities may participate in the application process. Please reach out to with any requests.

Please, no phone calls.

Hiring companies: We will not respond to emails about this position.

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