The Film Society of Lincoln Center is looking for creative and passionate movie lovers to join our team! We keep all applications on file and will contact applicants with the required skills, interests, and availability for interviews as positions become available. Click here to view all opportunities.

Director of Development


The Film Society seeks a highly talented, ambitious, and driven fundraising executive to serve as the Director of Development (DOD). The DOD will have an exciting and rewarding opportunity to chart the next phase of philanthropic growth for the Film Society. Reporting to and collaborating with the Executive Director (ED), the DOD will champion an institution-wide awareness of, and support for, a comprehensive fundraising program. The DOD will ensure department effectiveness in meeting all annual revenue goals of the Film Society’s giving and membership programs, with an overall emphasis on Leadership and Major Gifts to endowment, capital, and special campaigns, the annual gala, and all annual programmatic fundraising.

The DOD is responsible for developing and establishing collaborative and strong relationships with all constituencies. S/he represents the Film Society internally and externally, exercises judgement and discretion and collaborates with, and advises, the ED and other members of the Senior Staff on all matters related to philanthropy and fundraising.

As an integral member of the senior management team, the DOD provides thought leadership in planning for the Film Society’s overall advancement. In addition to oversight of the core fundraising activities, the DOD will have oversight of the Film Society’s capital and endowment campaign and will manage a portfolio of high-level individual prospects and donors.


Department Planning and Operational Effectiveness

●      Develop annual fundraising revenue targets and oversee the development budget. Ensure the department adheres to long-term strategic and operational plan goals, coordinating and presenting regular progress reports to the ED and CFO, and Board of Directors as needed.

●    Oversee the Development department, providing guidance and direction to the Assistant Director of Development and junior staff members in setting and achieving clear fundraising targets.

●     Create, implement, and manage a strategic development plan designed to increase contributed revenue. Lead the development team’s successful achievement of contributed revenue goals for individual, foundation, and government funding and special events, with a personal emphasis on identifying, cultivating, and securing new sources of funding.

●     Collaborate closely with Director of Special Events to conceptualize, plan and execute Special Events in a way that maximizes exposure and opportunities for revenue enhancement.

●     Develop, cultivate and maintain long-term and collaborative relationships with key external stakeholders and organizations.

●     Advise the Executive Director and senior staff of fundraising best practices, new and emerging trends and obstacles, and relevant developments in revenue generation and donor relations; proactively nurture and develop relationships with senior staff.

●     Collaborate with the Board Development Committee and the Board Nominating and Governance Committee on all fundraising related and board development needs and activities.

●      Responsible for reporting weekly progress to senior staff.

●     Represents Development Department on various intra-office workgroups.

●     Other duties, as assigned, in support of departmental objectives.

Fundraising Management

●      Accountable for the Film Society’s overall fundraising success through the development and oversight of the strategy and implementation of capital and endowment campaigns, special events, and individual and institution giving programs.

●     Develop an ongoing comprehensive pipeline for Board prospects, and prospective donors for large-scale fundraising initiatives, including capital and endowment campaigns and a planned giving circle.

●      Manage and expand all Board fundraising activities, cultivating a strong, productive, giving, and motivated Board of Directors. Proactively support the Board of Directors, Development Committee, and the ED to drive all fundraising activity and personal engagement.

●     Responsible for the annual cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of a diverse portfolio of individual donors, private foundations, and government funding.

●     Maintain a personal portfolio of high-capacity donors, cultivating and soliciting major gifts for endowment and capital campaigns, special events (including the New York Film Festival, the Chaplin Award Gala, and other year-round annual programming needs), and ad-hoc special fundraising initiatives. Cultivate and steward relationships through meetings, lunches, and attendance at donor events.

●     Develop, cultivate, and enhance the Film Society’s relationships amongst the Lincoln Center campus and throughout the arts and film communities.

●     Work collaboratively with all senior management to integrate fundraising activities across departments and to align Development needs and priorities with the messaging and programmatic needs of the Film Society.


A minimum of 8 – 10 years of senior level fundraising experience from a leading non-profit institution, preferably in the arts sector.

●      B.A. required; along with a demonstrated effort of continuing professional development in fundraising.

●     Strategic and resourceful with demonstrated leadership and relationship-building skills, a broad and diverse professional network across all sectors.

●      Strong management and organizational skills; able to set priorities and drive results.

●      Highly skilled in engaging, managing, and motivating a Board of Directors.

●      Strong written and verbal communication skills; experienced in the development of fundraising collateral, proposals, donor correspondence, and related fundraising materials.

●      A demonstrated track record of securing major individual and institutional gifts with the proven ability to manage all stages of the major gift pipeline including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.

●     Willingness to travel, and work occasional evenings and weekends.

●     A passion for film, and the Film Society’s mission and its future.

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Junior Publicist


The Junior Publicist will work closely with the publicity team, assisting with day to day tasks ranging from select pitching and outreach, tracking/monitoring press breaks, scheduling photographers, talent managing, assisting with year-round festivals and press screenings, overseeing interns, and any further clerical needs. This is a coordinator-level position that will offer the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the festival and repertory world, as well as broaden pitching skills and press contacts.

Essential qualifications include the ability to work and manage several projects at a time and anticipate and overcome obstacles. Due to the many series/festivals and events held year-round it is critical to be able to multi-task, has strong organizational and communication skills, troubleshoot and problem solve under pressure and communicate to relevant parties constantly.


·         Pitch press and conduct outreach on select series and events
·         Manage the creation and distribution of the bi-weekly P&I newsletter
·         Monitor, research, and gather up-to-date press breaks
·         Assist in managing red carpet events and parties to ensure talent gets photographed and interviewed by media in an organized manner
·         Manage freelance photographers and schedule them to cover all FSLC events and appearances
·         Work with outside publicists to ensure that needs of visiting talent are met and security details are in place
·         Manage press section of by posting all press releases and images for film series and programs
·         Manage press screenings, event RSVPs, and ticket requests
·         Coordinate all mailings of screeners to press members
·         Work with sponsorship and events teams to ensure that press coverage and photos are delivered to clients/sponsors
·         Recruit, screen, and oversee interns


·         Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or equivalent area of expertise.
·         1-2 years of experience in publicity or film environment
·         Knowledge of film and appreciation for the mission of the Film Society of Lincoln Center
·         Attention to detail and ability to work independently
·         Ability to handle high-stress situations with grace and patience
·         Willingness to be available during hours outside the traditional 10am – 6pm workday, including evenings and weekends

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JOB DESCRIPTION: The Film Society is seeking a receptionist. This motivated self-starter is fluent with spreadsheets and standard email/calendar systems (such as those provided by Google apps).

TIME COMMITMENT: Ideally two days a week with the option of increasing to three depending on schedule.

As a receptionist, you will be the first point of contact for the company and you will provide administrative support across the organization. You will handle the flow of people through the business and ensure that all administration tasks are completed accurately and delivered with high quality and in a timely manner.


– Serve visitors by greeting, welcoming, directing and announcing them appropriately

– Answer, screen and forward any incoming phone calls while providing basic information when needed

– Receive and sort daily mail/deliveries/couriers

– Maintain security by following procedures and controlling access (monitor logbook, issue visitor badges)

– Update appointment calendars and schedule meetings/appointments

– Perform other clerical duties such as filing, photocopying, collating, faxing etc.


– Proven working experience in similar roles

– Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite

– Professional appearance

– Solid communication skills both written and verbal

– Ability to be resourceful and proactive in dealing with issues that may arise

– Ability to organize, multitask, prioritize and work under pressure

– Must be able to take direction well and work independently as needed.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the Film Society complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.