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Director of Development and Partnerships

Full-time position based in New York City starting September 1, 2024

Potential candidates must be legally permitted to stay in and work for the Embassy of France in the United States (i.e. they must possess an A visa or a green card, maintain American nationality, or have a work permit pending acquisition of an already-granted green card).

Only applications meeting this condition will be considered. The candidate will provide in support of his or her application the document attesting to the status presented above.

Brief Presentation

Under the supervision of the Cultural Counselor of France and Director of Villa Albertine, the Director of Development and Partnerships is responsible for fundraising and partnerships for the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in its three main areas of action: culture, education, and university and research cooperation. In this capacity, he/she plays a key role in engaging the community of partners and donors of the Cultural Services and Villa Albertine. Additionally, he/she oversees a team responsible for coordinating events held at Villa Albertine’s New York headquarters and managing all aspects related to bestowing honorary medals by the French government.

Job Description

  • Manage all aspects of fundraising for the Cultural Services, from identifying and soliciting prospects to developing campaign strategies, sponsorship packages, and patronage proposals.
  • Identify and conduct research on prospective funders (companies, individuals, and foundations) with strategic interests that align with the Cultural Services’ mission.
  • Prepare one-pagers, talking points, and other background materials for prospective funders that effectively and succinctly illustrate the Cultural Services’ work and impact.
  • Coordinate and expand fundraising initiatives in the 10 cities where Villa Albertine is present in the United States.
  • Manage follow-up with donors and partners of Villa Albertine and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
  • Collaborate with the Cultural Counselor to facilitate outreach and relationship-building with high-level donors through tailored engagement strategies, notably as part of Villa Albertine’s cultural concierge service (organizing exceptional experiences in connection with French cultural institutions), in partnership with the Paris-based Liaison Officer.
  • Establish development strategies for higher education, university cooperation, and research programs.
  • Maintain and develop the donor database and relations with individual donors and prospects.
  • Supervise the work of the Development and Partnerships Department, which is also responsible for coordinating internal and external events organized at Villa Albertine in New York, and for processing applications for honorary medals bestowed by the French Republic (Légion d’honneur, Arts et Lettres, etc.).
  • Cultivate financial resources for the broader institution by proposing projects to enhance Villa Albertine’s headquarters, located in the historic Payne Whitney Mansion on Fifth Avenue (privatization of spaces, etc.).
  • Liaise with the Albertine Foundation (501c3) and its Board of Directors. Provide administrative support to the Albertine Books Foundation (501c3) and its Board of Directors.
  • Provide administrative support to the Albertine Books Foundation (501c3) and its Board of Directors.

Profile Insights

I. Professional Experience and Skills

  • Previous experience in development and fundraising, including relations with high-level donors.
  • Strong understanding of fundraising principles and strategies, with experience with endowments and capital campaign.
  • Experience in team management.
  • Knowledge of American and ideally French cultural and philanthropic communities, with experience in establishing international partnerships.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in speech writing.
  • Rigor and organizational skills.

II. Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English and French.

III. Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 (including SharePoint)
  • Experience with contact management tools appreciated

IV. Other Qualifications

  • Ability to synthesize complex information
  • Autonomy and initiative
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong presentation and persuasion skills
  • Strong team player and collaborative spirit
  • Sound judgment and decision-making

Job Details

  • This is a 100% in-person position based in New York City.
    • Institut Français des Etats-Unis – Villa Albertine, 972 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10075
  • At will employment with a 6-month trial period.
  • Occasional availability for events on weekends and in the evenings.
  • Benefits:
    • Gross Salary: 8,077 USD/month, full-time basis with a monthly transportation allowance of $120.
    • Generous vacation policy (25 days a year + public holidays)
    • 401(k), French Embassy’s medical insurance plan
  • This position does not entitle the holder to any diplomatic or consular status or privileges.

About the Organization

With offices in ten cities across the country, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy crafts projects and programs that make French language and culture more accessible in the US and builds partnerships that strengthen collaboration between French and American institutions.   

The Cultural Services works to ensure broad and equal access to French language programs for US-based learners of all ages. It also collaborates with and forges connections between French and American higher education institutions, facilitating transatlantic research projects and education abroad.  

Villa Albertine, the arts institution launched by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in 2021, provides customized exploratory residencies across the US for global creators and thinkers, as well as incubators and grants, multidisciplinary public events, and a print magazine and podcast. 

Follow the Cultural Services on Instagram and LinkedIn.  

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