Job Opening: Development Director



Cucalorus brings people together to celebrate, discover and create independent films. The annual festival provides a non-competitive environment to showcase and support filmmakers.


Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through our annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a microcinema, and an extensive community outreach program. The annual Cucalorus Film Festival was established in 1994 and has since grown into one of the largest film festivals in the South. More than 200 films screen each year at venues all over downtown Wilmington, attracting a large number of participating artists (300+) and thousands of fans and industry professionals (accumulated attendance in 2013 was 14,784). Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists. social justice, works-in-progress,  and international cinema. Cucalorus education and outreach programs include Global Perspectives, Works-in-Progress, Latino Lens, Media Literacy, and Racial Rewind. Cucalorus was “Voted One of MovieMaker Magazine’s Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2013.”


Applicants should be outgoing, self-motivated and ready to have the time of their lives. Applicants should have relevant experience in the arts and should be prepared to work in an intense, creative, challenging and rewarding environment. Interested applicants must have at least 3 years of non-profit development and fundraising experience. Applicants must have relevant computer and communication skills. Qualified applicants will be selected for an in-person or skype interview with the Executive Director and at least one board member. All candidates must be available to begin work in early March of this year. The position is a full-time, salaried position. Compensation will be based on experience.



The Development Director (DD) works closely with the Executive Director (ED) to cultivate a diverse income profile for the organization through grants, sponsorships, donations, fundraisers, and ticket sales. The Development Director provides internal and external leadership for the organization by cultivating relationships locally, nationally and internationally with funders, artists, and audiences.  The Development Director provides administrative support to the Executive Director on a daily basis. The Development Director is responsible for managing the foundation’s grant portfolio and will be expected to cultivate relationships with new granting organizations to increase the foundation’s income. The Development Director is responsible for monitoring all grant funds and for fulfilling all grant requirements – including budgets and reports.

The Development Director leads the organization’s annual festival sponsorship campaign. The DD works with the ED and the Board to develop goals and strategies for increasing festival sponsorship and for providing a high level of service to long-term supporters. The DD provides consistent communication to sponsors and supports their attendance and participation in festival events. The DD works closely with special event staff to insure that social events during the festival run smoothly. The DD is the lead organizer for events leading up to the festival, including the Sponsorship Launch party, the Kickstarter party and other fundraising events.

The DD is the primary organizer of the annual Oscar fundraiser “An Evening on the Red Carpet.” The DD coordinates the venue, catering, staffing and planning for the annual event. The DD is responsible for preparing press and marketing materials for the event. The DD manages the guest list and provides timely communication to donors about attendance.

The DD leads Development workgroup meetings and cultivates participation from board members, staff, volunteers and organizational partners. The DD communicates with the Board of Directors on a regular basis. The DD attends board meetings and participates in all main brain meetings.

The DD is responsible for managing the foundation’s various community engagement programs, which include Media Literacy, Global Perspectives, Latino Lens, Racial Rewind, Works-in-Progress, Voices, and Youth Films.



Compensation will be negotiated based on experience.


A completed application should be composed in the format of a cover letter, resumé, and at least one letter of recommendation. If you are applying for a position in which you have previously served, no letter of recommendation is required. In the cover letter, please address how past experience relates to the job, as well as answer one of the following questions:

What most excites you about the work of the Cucalorus Film Festival?

How will your work embody the festival’s commitment to supporting artists?

How will your work further deepen Cucalorus’ commitment to community engagement?


Submit your application by Tuesday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern to:


E-mail: (strongly preferred)

Electronic submissions should be sent in the form of an email to with 3 attachments – resumé, cover letter, and letter of recommendation.  Please also copy the text of the cover letter into the body of your email.

Mail: (cover letter, resumé, and letter of recommendation)


Cucalorus Film Foundation

815 Princess Street

Wilmington, NC 28401


Questions: Call 910-343-5995 or email