Head of Development & Marketing

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival


Salary: €40,000-45,000

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is seeking a Head of Development & Marketing to lead the development and marketing agenda for the Festival and lead all fundraising efforts.

Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is Ireland’s premier film event and has built a formidable reputation for delivering the very best in international film and film talent to Irish and International audiences each year.

Key duties and responsibilities
  • Lead the delivery of a 3-year fundraising and development plan in consultation with the MD, Board, and consultant where required.
  • Meet the development and fundraising targets, metrics and key delivery dates.
  • Initiate contact and build relationships with potential donors/sponsors.
  • Ensure that the relationships with key funders and sponsors are managed to the highest of standards.
  • Schedule fundraising events liaising with programming and management.
  • Ensure that support from funders and sponsors is accurately acknowledged across all PR, advertising and communication campaigns, and in line with agreements.
  • Create strong visual assets, presentations, advertising campaigns and sales tools.
  • Be fully aware and up to date with all grants and schemes as they arise throughout the year.
  • Prepare and submit strong applications to funders and trusts and advise on areas which require strengthening.
  • Oversee and deliver proposals for trusts, foundations and sponsors.
  • Identify new sources of income and strategies to achieve them.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of up-to-date databases of clients, sponsors, charities and fundraising bodies.
  • Prioritise relationship cultivation and management.
  • Ensure all sponsors and funders are fully up to date on all events across the year and during the festival season.
  • Head up the Marketing team during Festival Season, recruiting and managing staff.
  • Follow the Audience Development strategy in place and work with consultant to ensure continued success.
  • Update the website, creating new and exciting content.
  • Manage all social media accounts, Mailchimp and newsletter.
  • Work with the Marketing Manager to create the festival brochure.
  • Carry out any other duties as deemed appropriate by the MD and Board.
Essential skills
  • Proven ability to deliver on targets.
  • Strong experience of maintaining successful funders and sponsor relationships.
  • Understanding of funding for film and arts/culture or charity registered organisations.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • Deadline driven.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and writing skills, and strict attention to detail.
  • Ability to create dynamic presentation and design assets.
  • A team player with strong collaborative skills, a positive attitude, self-confidence, professionalism, common sense and flexibility.
  • Ability to respond flexibly and in a timely manner to the particular demands of working in a festival context.
Qualifications & experiences
  • Proven experience of working in development, sponsorship and fundraising.
  • Experience/Understanding of working in a driven high-speed environment (desired).
  • Understanding of design software and applications (desired).
  • Relevant degree in Marketing or Development.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) Microsoft 365 Outlook, Teams and Zoom, Project Management software and WordPress.
  • Excellent working knowledge of all social media platforms and Google Analytics.
Preferred experience
  • Working in the arts.
To apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to jobs@diff.ie.

Interviews will be held on July 15 & 16 online

The closing date for this position is 09/07/2021 at 17:00

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