About Ghetto Film School
Ghetto Film School (GFS) is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great storytellers. Emphasizing grit, quality, practical skill-building, and college and career readiness, GFS supports over 8,000 ambitious, talented youth and young professionals each year through a groundbreaking curriculum focused on aptitude in the screen industries and 21s -Century Creative Economy readiness.100% free of charge, the diverse student body is 55% Hispanic and 35% Black and range from 14 to 34 years of age.
With locations in New York City (est. 2000), Los Angeles (est. 2014), and London (est. 2020), GFS equips students for top universities and careers in the creative industries through two tracks: the Fellows Program – an introductory education program for high school students, and the Roster – early-career support for alumni and young professionals. Our Fellows Program is a 30-month cinematic storytelling course for high school students. The Roster provides opportunities for GFS alumni and other young professionals so that media professions become more accessible to diverse future generations of visual storytellers.
GFS has a current annual operating budget of approximately $9.2M. Sources include charitable support from corporations, foundations, individual donors, and government, as well as fee for service. In recent years, GFS has experienced significant growth. Its current strategic plan outlines a bold path forward, deepening investments in its field-leading programs, strengthening its roots in the communities it serves, and building its next-generation structure and staff. Three areas of critical investment underpin this plan. In addition to annual fundraising, a one-time catalytic campaign is envisioned to fund these investments, paving the way to secure GFS’ future and expand visibility and opportunity for the thousands of young visionaries impacted by its programs each year.
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will drive the strategy and management of the GFS fundraising program. They will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), board, the Executive Directors of GFS New York, Los Angeles, and London, education and development teams, to create and lead the implementation of a plan to increase revenue sources for GFS. GFS is a hybrid workplace, and this position will be based in New York City or Los Angeles.
The CDO is a key member of the Executive Team, reporting to the CEO, and managing the Marketing and Talent Relations lead. The CDO will also work closely with the Manager of Client Records and Accounts, Events Manager, Grant Writing Consultant, Program Evaluation, and Graphic Design consultants.
The CDO is responsible for the following areas:
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