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The Paley Center for Media maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment.  It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

OPEN POSITIONS

Director, Institutional & Capital Support
Program Director, Industry Programs
Director, Development

 

Title: Director, Institutional & Capital Support
Location: New York, NY
Reports To: VP, Development

Position Overview:

The role of Director, Institutional & Capital Support leads and expands the development of foundation, corporate foundation, and government funding. In order to meet aggressive budget goals the Director will be responsible for researching, recruiting, and closing continuing and new institutional giving sources for unrestricted and programmatic needs. This position works with Program staff to create compelling support positions for Paley Center programs and solicits the required funding. The Director is also responsible for major capital project funding development and managing grants with government agencies. The Director, Institutional & Capital Support will partner with the VP, Development in managing the implementation and maintenance of best practices and procedures and will assist on other Development projects as required.

  • Leads the identification, solicitation, and closing of unrestricted and project-specific  support and underwriting from private and corporate foundations and government sources.
  • Broadens the Paley Center’s base of support from foundations and government entities.
  • Responsible for handling and/or supervising written materials including letters, inquiries, proposals, reports, case statements, and acknowledgements for institutional needs.
  • Writes and/or edits institutional funding communications including proposals, solicitation and acknowledgment letters, presentations, and campaign documents.
  • Works closely with the Vice President, Development in executing the solicitation strategy for Trustees and managing their giving levels against expectations.
  • Maintains relationships with institutional donors and prospects to preserve existing funding and cultivate new prospects.
  • Has primary responsibility for leading – internally and externally – capital projects including RFP, evaluation, project management, contract details, funding requests, etc. and all corollary elements needed to successfully complete these efforts.
  • Works closely with Program staff to enhance possibilities for institutional funding.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Manages the institutional support pipeline and works with staff to maintain efficient and complete giving and prospect records.
  • Supports other programs as requested by the VP, Development and Senior Management.

Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and renewing foundation, corporate foundation, and government support.
  • Extensive knowledge of and relationships within the foundation community, preferably in New York and Los Angeles, as well as with national funders.
  • The ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines in a pressured and fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent knowledge of fundraising methodology, including prospect research, proposal preparation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Experience in working with NYC or other high profile municipalities with regards to funding.
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail and ability to work independently.
  • Superior interpersonal, writing and communications skills
  • Energetic, proactive and capable of positively working in a team environment across the organization.
  • Adheres to The Paley Center for Media’s values and is knowledgeable, optimistic, determined, engaging and leads by example.
  • Minimum seven years of experience in fundraising, including at least four years in institutional fundraising.
  • Minimum undergraduate university degree.

To apply: Please submit letter of interest, resume, and samples of work to humanresources@paleycenter.org with a subject line of “Director, Institutional & Capital Support position."

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Paley Center for Media  maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment.  It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation's foremost public archive of television, radio, and internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.

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Title: Program Director, Industry Programs
Location: New York, NY
Reports To: VP, Industry Programs

Position Overview:

The Program Director, Industry Programs will work closely with the VP Industry Programs to define and shape the editorial direction of the Industry Program group. As such, the Program Director will identify timely, newsworthy, and thought provoking topics that align with organizational strategic objectives for programs that are produced for Paley Media Council events, and which are attended by members of the Paley Media Council as well as members of the Paley Board of Trustees. For each program, the Program Director will be responsible for writing a brief which provides an overview/description of the topic, including why it is important to the industry, and stating associated hooks / angles which will result in the creation of a compelling and “must attend” event. The Industry Programs group produces events such as, but not limited to, the Next Big Thing, Paley Dialogues and the International Council Summit for the Paley Media Council, a by invitation only membership community. 

The Program Director will research and invite the most appropriate speakers and moderators for each program. Additionally, the Program Director will write the program, which includes program overview as well as individual session descriptions. Prior to each event, the Program Director will work with each program participant to discuss session structure and onsite logistics, and to ensure that session content and discussion points align with Paley editorial direction. The Program Director will also be responsible for drafting welcoming remarks for all events, including the show script for the Paley International Council Summit.

The Program Director’s responsibilities will also include supporting the Paley Media Council Membership Associate by recruiting new members as well as renewing existing members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research, invite, and confirm prominent leaders and executives, deemed to be “draws”, to participate in our signature programs. Program participants should be of a sufficiently high caliber to reinforce the Paley Center’s positioning as a thought-leading, independent forum.
  • Coordinate partner participation (when relevant), and work with Paley technical (A/V), marketing teams, and outside vendors (when necessary) to execute planned events.
  • Coordinate executive participation which includes scripting introductory / welcoming and concluding remarks for all events. For the International Council Summit, the script includes introductions for all sessions, and transitions between each session.
  • Oversee program development and overall editorial vision which includes but is not limited to identifying and booking participants, as well as the following:
    • Develop and formulate program agendas
    • Write and edit invitations to program participants
    • Maintain communication with program participants between the time they confirm and the day of event, which includes scheduling pre-event logistics call as well as pre-event memo regarding “day of” onsite agenda and logistics detail
    • Event production which may include, but is not limited to, calling the show; scheduling and overseeing participant rehearsals prior to events; escorting speakers backstage to be miked; ensuring that stage is set for speakers (including placement of chairs and water/soda for speakers); managing Q&A (including mike runners); timekeeping during events.
  • With input and approval of VP Industry Programs, oversee editorial and marketing content across platforms, including the website, e-newsletters, printed brochures, online video, and social media.
  • With input and approval of VP Industry Programs and VP Sponsorship, work with sponsors and partners to ensure programming meets mutual goals.

Requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in producing and executing high level conferences and events of all sizes
  • Keen understanding of event production
  • Profit oriented, entrepreneurial, professional mindset
  • Excellent communication, editorial, and writing skills
  • Thrive in a deadline driven, fast paced environment
  • Well connected in the media market, and on top of news and trends
  • Highly proficient at managing multiple priorities
  • Ability to simultaneously respond - with a sense of urgency - to internal and external key stakeholders in a professional manner that maintains and develops relationships
  • Strong work ethic and self-starter with proven ability to work both collaboratively and independently in an organized and productive manner
  • Highly organized, resourceful, creative, flexible, and attentive to detail
  • Leadership presence - energetic with a positive demeanor and strong interpersonal skills
  • Extremely comfortable in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required

To apply: Please submit letter of interest, resume, and samples of work to humanresources@paleycenter.org with a subject line of “Program Director, Industry Programs position."

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Paley Center for Media  maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.

About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation's foremost public archive of television, radio, and internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.

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Title: Director, Development
Location: New York, NY
Reports To: VP, Development

Position Overview:

The role of Director, Development is a newly created position that will support all Development efforts with an initial focus on the delivery and development of Major Donors, Individual Giving and Membership. This position will solicit and secure donors at all levels while increasing engagement and awareness for the Paley Center for Media.  The Director will be responsible for researching, recruiting, and closing new development opportunities and coordinating the stewardship activities that lead to long-term support. The Director, Development will assist the VP, Development and senior leadership team in their fundraising programs and will partner with the VP, Development in managing the progress and implementation of best practices and procedures.

Major Donors

  • Work with the VP, Development to develop and fully execute a plan for increased membership at the highest levels.
  • Identify prospects from his/her personal network and create additional networks to secure high level unrestricted and restricted gifts.
  • Maintain relationships with donors and organizations to cultivate and preserve funding.
  • Conceptualize and implement cultivation and fundraising events for annual donors and prospects.
  • Create opportunities to further engage and steward high level donors.
  • Define and implement strategies to convert current general members to Patron support.
  • Assist the VP, Development in the planning, oversight, coordination and execution, of fundraising events, including but not limited to the New York Gala, Trustee Events, Patron and President’s Circle Events.

Corporate Membership

  • Lead the development and implementation of successful acquisition and retention programs that expand Paley Center Corporate and International Membership among new targets while maintaining the current base of corporate supporters.
  • Support the VP, Development with Corporate and International Membership activities as needed, including outreach and communications that builds relationships and encourages employee engagement with the Paley Center.
  • Assist the VP, Development and work with Industry Program staff to develop and execute a plan for increased Media Council Membership recruitment and renewal.

General Membership

  • Develop and implement all aspects of an expanded funding program that grows the donor base, potentially including direct response, social media, e-solicitation and events-based campaigns, to achieve ambitious income targets.
  • Create annual cultivation and giving plans.
  • Refine current programs to produce increased levels of engagement and income.
  • Work collaboratively with The Paley Center for Media’s staff, consultants and volunteers in the recruitment and stewardship of existing donors and prospects.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Meet with 100-150 prospects annually to qualify, solicit, and steward support.
  • Field calls and/or letters from donors and respond to inquiries.
  • Work with staff, officials, volunteers, and others as appropriate to support best practice in engaging with donors and potential donors.
  • Manage a gift acknowledgement strategy, including tracking and timely recognition.
  • Work closely with database staff to ensure accuracy in record keeping, pipeline and follow up and increase utilization of the database in support of fundraising goals.
  • Develop, promote, and market “invitation-only” special events and donor recognition programs in support of donor growth.
  • Work with Creative Services to develop materials needed for increased support.
  • Support other programs as requested by the VP, Development and senior staff.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Proven experience in developing and implementing fundraising programs that generate at least $5 million, with evidence of results.
  • Excellent and proven knowledge of fundraising methodology, including prospect research, proposal preparation, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Strong current network of fundraising contacts in New York and Los Angeles and ability to extend network.
  • Ability to work with high level volunteers and/or committees to deliver major fundraising targets.
  • Excellent skills in managing record keeping and fulfillment.
  • Thoroughness and attention to detail and ability to work independently.
  • Superior interpersonal, writing and communications skills.
  • Energetic, proactive and capable of positively working in a team environment across the organization.
  • Adheres to The Paley Center for Media’s values and is knowledgeable, optimistic, determined, engaging and leads by example.
  • Minimum ten years of experience in fundraising, including at least three years of experience in major donor fundraising.
  • Minimum undergraduate university degree.

To apply: Please submit letter of interest, resume, and samples of work to humanresources@paleycenter.org with a subject line of “Director, Development position."

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
The Paley Center for Media  maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations.
 

About The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center for Media seeks to preserve the past, illuminate the present, and envision the future through the lens of media. With the nation's foremost public archive of television, radio, and internet programming, the Paley Center produces programs and forums for the public, industry professionals, thought leaders, and the creative community to explore the evolving ways in which we create, consume, and share news and entertainment. In an era of unprecedented change, the Paley Center advances the understanding of media and its impact on our lives. The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit www.paleycenter.org.

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