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Development Director, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Post-MFA Fellow, Documentary Diversity Project, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University


Development Director
Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Director of the Center for Documentary Studies, the Development Director is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing a multifaceted and comprehensive giving program to fund identified CDS priorities. The Development Director sets strategies and manages all development activities for CDS, including individual, foundation, and corporate giving. The Development Director also is a frontline fundraiser who develops and manages a portfolio of major-gift donors. The Development Director works with the Director and senior leadership at CDS to ensure that these activities are coordinated with staff, the board of directors, other supporters of CDS, and Duke University Development. The Development Director supervises two development associates and a development assistant.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Based on CDS program and institutional priorities, the Development Director establishes ongoing long- and short-term goals and work plans for a comprehensive fund-raising program. The Development Director strategizes and directs all fundraising activities, including major-gift cultivation and stewardship, individual annual giving, planned giving, membership programs, corporate giving and sponsorships, and foundation and government grants.

This planning and strategy work includes creating a multiyear development plan that increases funding to support the strategic direction of CDS, and monitoring and evaluating all fundraising activities to ensure that fundraising goals are being achieved.

The Development Director serves as main point of contact with University Development, collaborates closely with University colleagues on shared prospects, represents CDS’s development strategies in University-wide settings, and equips University Development gift officers to solicit gifts on CDS’s behalf.

Major Gifts & Annual Giving
Cultivate and maintain relationships with major donors and other key supporters, while continuing to grow an active portfolio of top prospects and major-gift donors.

Manage and oversee an ongoing annual giving program to support a variety of needs, including unrestricted giving for operations. This includes managing the development team to build the prospect/donor list through direct mail, presentations, events, and other means; identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts prospects; and developing and implementing strategies for moving donors up the gifts ladder.

Ensure the successful design and delivery of membership programs to cultivate and steward donors.

Identify, research, cultivate, and solicit foundation involvement in CDS resource development. Work with other staff to coordinate grant activity with regional and national foundations and government and corporate sources.

Help to develop and expand corporate sponsorships for appropriate CDS programs.

Special Events
Help to plan and attend/lead special events, training, and various community events as part of the development program at CDS.

Data Management
Work with the development team to implement and manage information systems and ensure accurate donor data base, campaign systems, research, tracking, segmentation, and other information necessary to support a complex, dynamic fundraising program.

Public Relations & Marketing
Participate in community activities to enhance CDS development efforts. Keep abreast of developments in business, community, and public affairs and apply this knowledge to the success of CDS development activities. Help to develop regional and national partnerships to increase CDS fundraising potential. Work with the CDS communications team to craft messaging and materials for fundraising success.

Education/Training: Work requires communications, analytical, and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program.

Experience: Work requires a minimum of five years of experience in fundraising, with proven, measurable results; demonstrated administrative, planning, and organizational skills; ability to work with and motivate staff, board of directors, and other supporters; and ability to travel. Major donor experience essential. Direct mail, capital campaign, and grant writing experience preferred. Sensitivity, familiarity, and appreciation of the documentary arts and fundraising in higher education will be a definite plus. Communications or philanthropic marketing experience highly desired.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:

  • Entrepreneurial abilities to lead, inspire, and support CDS staff and supporters to successfully reach fundraising goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and respect for cultural diversity in daily work activities.
  • Good communications, storytelling, and relationship-building skills.
  • Ability to maintain cordial, productive working relationships with other staff while adhering at all times to strict confidentiality of privileged management and donor information.
  • Ability to maintain and enact on-going principles of effective customer relations, treating all prospects and donors, supporters, and community partners with respect, dignity, and honesty.
  • Ability to support and reinforce the CDS mission in daily work activities.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Two (2) steps are necessary. Please note applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

1) Send cover letter, resume, and three references to (with Development Director in the subject line) or to the mailing address below. (References will not be called without the candidate’s knowledge).

                 Development Director Search
                 Center for Documentary Studies
                 1317 West Pettigrew St
                 Durham, NC 27705

2) Go to the Duke University jobs site and follow the instructions to submit an application for the following requisition number: 401371078.

DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Call for Post-MFA Fellows
Documentary Diversity Project, Center for Documentary Studies

As part of a strategic priority to diversify the documentary pipeline, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) invites applications from people from groups underrepresented in the documentary arts for one (1) ten-month post-MFA Fellowship in the Documentary Arts, to begin on September 1, 2018. The fellowship is part of CDS's Documentary Diversity Project, a three-year pilot program whose goal is to build pathways for more people of color to engage with the documentary arts and to become documentary artists and producers, to support their achievements, and to promote their work. The pilot is made possible, in part, by a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

What CDS will provide:

  • A stipend of $35,000 with health benefits.
  • Access to CDS and Duke University libraries, computers, audiovisual equipment, labs, facilities, and studio/office space.
  • Access to CDS's long-established community networks for collaboration and creative exchange.
  • Programming to support and enhance professional and artistic development.
  • One-on-one mentoring with a variety of successful documentary makers, educators, and other professionals.
  • Opportunities to present work publicly.
  • Space and time to refine and significantly enhance a portfolio and CV.
  • The option to (co-)teach a course during the spring semester of their ten-month term.

Individuals selected for the fellowship will be expected to:

  • Use the space and time the fellowship offers to significantly enhance a portfolio of documentary work (taking the form of fieldwork, production, and/or archival research, teaching, expansion of MFA work), and to work closely with CDS faculty and staff to expand professional networks, capacities, and reach.
  • Contribute to a creative, open environment by building relationships, engaging in dialogue, and sharing lived experiences.
  • Spend at least 70 percent of the time in residence at CDS.
  • Engage in ongoing reflection on successes, challenges, and overall experience to help us gauge program impact.
  • Mentor and engage with younger or otherwise less experienced documentarians, including a cohort of Emerging Documentary Artists.
  • Present work produced during the appointment through an exhibition, performance, reading, and/or artist's or author's talk.

Application Requirements/Eligibility:

  • Candidates from groups underrepresented in the documentary field-including Black, Latinx, Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian), Asian or Asian American, Pacific Islander, Puerto Rican, and Middle Eastern/North African-are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have legal status to work in the United States during the term of the fellowship.
  • Applicants must have completed their MFA degree in Spring 2015 or later.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who can provide strong evidence of artistic and/or documentary production.
  • We interpret documentary broadly; the MFA degree does not need to be in the documentary arts. Artists or writers working in any medium and/or mode that relates broadly to documentary are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials Required:

  • Cover letter (1-page maximum)
  • Personal/artist statement (1-page maximum)
  • CV
  • Work plan for the fellowship year (2-page maximum)
  • Portfolio that includes work produced in the last five (5) years (2013 or later)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, including one (1) letter evaluating the substance of the work submitted in the portfolio

Applicants must complete their application and upload portfolio and written materials online to SlideRoom ( between March 12 and April 13, 2018. Two (2) letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically to William Page at by April 13, 2018; applicant's name must appear in the subject line of the email.