Development Director

Development Director

Exposure Labs

Remote/Flexible (Boulder), CO   |   October 15, 2021

Our Mission and Model

We make stories to change the world. We believe that stories are the most powerful catalyst to build empathy, shape culture, foster social justice, and shift unjust systems. From inception to impact, we develop stories to address big societal challenges, and to help move us towards lasting collective solutions.

We envision a world that is fair, just, and equitable for all people and the planet. A world that is sustainable and regenerative, where people recognize that science and truth can prevent unnecessary pain and suffering, where we recognize the complexities, nuances, and differences that unify us, and where we work together to build a better future for all.

We operate uniquely as a hybrid impact studio and film production company. Since 2012, we’ve been using our films on climate change – the Oscar-shortlisted and Emmy-winning Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral – as tools to advance the climate movement. We’ve challenged skeptical politicians, advanced clean energy legislation, and helped to shift the global narrative on climate change. With our latest Emmy-winning film, The Social Dilemma, we shed light on the business models driving our toxic information ecosystem, which has hindered humanity’s ability to address climate change and many other issues.

Our Values & Culture

We believe equity is fundamental for achieving sustainability and reflect these values in all aspects of our work and lives to create a lasting world for all people and the planet. In ensuring we do the work to continually combat systemic oppression, we also take time to care for the well-being of ourselves, each other, and our partners.

We work to foster a safe, trusting space for transparent communication and practice both giving and receiving direct, honest, and constructive feedback—especially when it might be difficult to share. We prioritize accountability to ourselves, our team, partners, and those with the highest stake in our work.

We are team players who navigate our work with empathy, humility, and kindness. We seek to understand diverse perspectives and embrace the ways we process and collaborate. We nurture trust in each other to bring our shared vision to life and practice the platinum rule: treat others how they want to be treated.

We are curious, and always aspire to learn and grow, and treat mistakes as opportunities to deepen our understanding and self-awareness. When faced with a problem, we take the time to find tangible solutions and a path forward, knowing we may not have all the answers, and seek guidance from colleagues when necessary.

People come first. Period. We support each other and take care of ourselves. When trying to change the world, there will always be more to do and it’s easy to lose track of all the progress along the way. We remember to step back, celebrate our victories, and enjoy the journey together.

We are a small team with members primarily based in Colorado, and in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, and Washington DC. Our world is fast-paced and at times demanding, yet we look out for each other’s well-being and know when to slow down; we work flexible hours with the energy of a start-up. As a close-knit and collaborative team, we prioritize working with passionate people who have a positive attitude and are down to earth.

Position Summary

We seek a Development Director to expand and lead the institutional (foundations) fundraising for our operations, social impact campaigns and programming, and provide support to the leadership team with individual (major donors) fundraising for our original film productions. Supported by the Development and Communications Sr. Manager, the Development Director also collaborates with team members on grants and database management and fundraising-focused communication styles and brand.

An ideal candidate has working knowledge of and fundamental adherence to the principles, ethics, and best practices of modern fundraising, including the integration of various giving programs to diversify a funding base and cultivate greater donor commitment. We are seeking a candidate who is also a dynamic storyteller and able to develop and implement communications strategies to advance the organization’s annual fundraising goal of $3.5 million for impact programs and operations. And, in purely a supporting role, work with our Film Production Team in managing communications with our investor and donor network, as the Production Team raises additional $1.5 million+ annually for our ongoing development and operations of productions.

If you’re a candidate who is a strategic thinker and planner, a storyteller, highly self-motivated, meticulous about details, can manage multiple priorities and relationships, has excellent writing and communication skills, can lead the work through an equity lens, has a great sense of humor and can be an effective member of the entire ELABS team, then you’d be a great fit for our organization.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborating with the leadership team, and in line with the annual budget and strategic vision– lead, manage and execute fundraising strategies for identifying, attracting and soliciting new institutional donors, while maintaining working relationships with current foundations.
  • Oversee all components of the foundation portfolio, including researching, tracking proposals, and drafting persuasive solicitations, proposals, and reports, working closely with ELABS development staff and with 501(c)3 fiscal sponsors and 501(c)4 partners.
  • Provide ongoing support to the leadership team to grow individual and major donor portfolios through identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, managing new and ongoing relationships with high level investors, donors, program officers, potential supporters, and other key external stakeholders.
  • Working alongside key staff, oversee the donor and administrative infrastructure including data management systems, research, processes, and policies to ensure high standards of donor recognition and stewardship, coordinating with staff responsible for data entry and gift processing.
  • In collaboration with ELABS impact and leadership teams, guide and develop briefing materials, presentations, reports and other supporting materials for donor cultivation and funder updates.
  • Review donor communications and materials, such as quarterly newsletters, annual reports, and other fundraising materials —and website content, ensuring it uplifts and informs our work properly to the donor community, and is in line with our fundraising goals.
  • As needed, serve in a public-facing role in the organization, including speaking at events geared toward funding network and regularly attending networking events.
  • Continuously evaluate and innovate on fundraising strategies and tactics, support fundraising literacy across the organization.

Required Experience

Five or more years of professional experience in institutional-based fundraising preferably with an arts & media non-profit or advocacy organization, working knowledge of major donor and investor giving, and communication strategies for fundraising. Ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and respectfully with a variety of people and in a team environment with staff, as well as independently with little supervision. Exercises good judgment and decision making. Communicates effectively interpersonally and in group settings. Excellent listening and troubleshooting skills. Proficiency in G-Suite and Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat, and working knowledge of donor-based software.

Required Competencies

Uphold JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) values in the work, organization and relationships with partners, donors, and key stakeholders; outstanding written and oral communication skills; exceptional reasoning and problem-solving abilities; a commitment to learning and openness to feedback; adaptability and flexibility with ability to thrive in results-oriented culture; ability to foster collaboration and contribute to a strong sense of community among staff; a good sense of humor is a huge plus!

Work Environment

ELABS maintains a virtual office and supports flexible workdays. Occasionally, team members may be expected to be available during off-hours and/or travel to attend events (e.g., conferences, staff retreats) on nights or weekends.

Compensation and Benefits

The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $100,000. ELABS provides a generous benefits package consisting of 100% employee medical and dental coverage; vision insurance coverage is available at 100% employee paid; flexible spending accounts (FSA) for health; Unlimited paid-time off plan which includes vacation, personal, birthday and sick leave (we encourage employees to take a minimum of 10 days off per year in addition to Company Holidays); reimbursement stipend for WIFI/cell; an annual learning fund stipend; a laptop reimbursement.

Exposure Labs is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other characteristics. To build the strongest possible team, ELABS actively seeks applicants of varying life experiences, cultures, identities, geographic and racial/ethnic backgrounds.

How to Apply

Cassie Scarano and Kirstin Griffiths of Koya Partners are partnering with us on this search. To express your interest, please submit your resume and a cover letter that speaks to your interest in Exposure Labs and the Development Director role, as well as your commitment to our core values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Materials can be submitted via Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For selected candidates, our application process will include an initial Zoom interview, a micro-project, and final interviews.

We ask that you apply using the link above. Please do not directly contact the Exposure Labs team about open positions.