Current Openings:

Development Associate - Institutional Giving


POSITION REPORTS TO:  Development Manager - Corporate Sponsorships & Individual Giving

POSITION PURPOSE:  The Development Associate - Institutional Giving at the International Documentary Association (IDA) is responsible for collaborating with the entire development team and staff to establish institutional fundraising goals in the areas of foundation and government giving; he/she is also responsible for working with the Development Manager and Director of Development & External Affairs to develop and implement the plan to achieve these goals.  This includes developing strategies as well as proactively ensuring that the Executive Director and Director of Development & External Affairs are routinely cultivating/stewarding these critical institutional relationships.

The Development Associate - Institutional Giving will primarily focus on researching, assessing, and writing proposals for government and foundation funding opportunities, ensuring that all applications are aligned with the IDA’s mission and strategic goals/priorities.  He/she will work closely with the relevant project manager(s), including the Executive Director and staff members from varying departments to gather whatever information is required to craft compelling proposals. He/she will also take responsibility for ensuring that reports and benefits for all IDA’s institutional partners are delivered in a timely manner (i.e. general reports for major programs like the conference and Annual Awards; specific sponsorship benefits; interim and final grant reports, etc.).  The Development Associate - Institutional Giving reports to the Development Manager - Corporate Sponsorships & Individual Giving.

The Development Associate - Institutional Giving will be a highly motivated individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment.  Foundation and Government Giving is a critical component of IDA’s development program and has grown +14% in the last year.  

The Development Associate - Institutional Giving will lead by example in a mission-driven, collaborative and technology-forward working environment that balances the need and relevance of fundraising with the efficiency of best practices, fiscal accountability and institutional impact.   



  • Independently maintain a 2-3 year calendar of grant proposal opportunities
  • Continually seek project opportunities that are aligned with institutional goals/priorities and match prospect research
  • Routinely research new funding opportunities/keep abreast of shifting philanthropic trends
  • Routinely schedule cultivation/stewardship appointments for Executive Director and Director of Development & External Affairs with key contacts
  • Work with project manager(s) to gather relevant information for writing grants
  • Independently draft all grant proposals in a timely manner, allowing ample time for review
  • Independently collect all supplemental materials
  • Seek input on all draft proposals and finalize materials for submission
  • Submit final proposals and all supplemental materials on time
  • Track statistics on grants submitted vs. grants allocated to gain efficiencies in IDA’s grant program
  • Continually refresh evolve IDA’s institutional platform language to ensure that it accurately reflects the organization’s brand and priorities
  • Maintain a spreadsheet of funded proposals, including reporting dates, dates funds are expected, and other pertinent information
  • Prepare and disseminate final reports as required by funders
  • Prepare and disseminate post-project summaries for all major events (i.e. bi-annual conference, etc.)
  • Independently manage any “billing” to collect funds when needed
  • Report progress vs. goals on a monthly basis

Corporate Sponsorships

  • Ensure all corporate sponsorship benefits are delivered as promised and in a timely manner.
  • Assists with other corporate sponsorship duties as needed


  • MBA and/or BA in Nonprofit Management, English, Social Sciences, or similar field of study is highly desired (equivalent on the job experience will also be considered).
  • Excellent writing skills required, particularly impactful fundraising proposals
  • Strong oral skills, including public speaking, is extremely important
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with a diverse team
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Solid understanding of the non-profit, voluntary, and social services sector
  • At least 2-3 years of foundation and/or government fundraising experience required.
  • CFRE preferred but not required.
  • Experience working within the documentary, film, or arts industry is preferred; a passion for documentary film is highly desired.
  • Excellent cultivation, stewardship and networking skills
  • Comfortable analyzing market data and translating that to compelling stories that “sell”
  • Attention to detail is a must, including proofreading and editing
  • Desire to think creatively and shift paradigms
  • Enjoys working with diverse multi-functional teams
  • Commitment to personal and professional development
  • Works well in a “grassroots” environment and is enthusiastic about developing solid infrastructure, policy and procedures for a growing organization
  • Implement the fund development plans in accordance with ethical fundraising principles

Salary Range: high 40’s to low 50’s

Please submit cover letter, resume and 2-3 grant writing samples to


IDA is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, gender, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, or veteran status.