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Vice President, Advancement  


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

The Vice President (VP), Advancement is a key member of the Academy Museum’s leadership team and helps to secure a diverse range of resources to help the Museum achieve its mission. The Academy Museum successfully completed a $388MM fundraising campaign in the Fall of 2020 and will launch a new multi-year comprehensive (capital, programmatic, operating, and endowment) campaign post-opening.

The VP, Advancement will be a strategic partner to the Director and President and will design this campaign, including the creation of long- and short-term strategies, securing major gifts, and managing a team of fundraising professionals. The VP also will tap into new sources of support beyond our current base of supporters to achieve results—including maximizing a new base of Museum visitors and attracting donors to Academy Foundation programs.

The VP Will:

  • Develop an all-encompassing fundraising strategy—both short and long term.
  • Grow the museum’s endowment to enhance and sustain the museum’s diverse programs and collections.
  • Diversify and broaden donor support via foundation, corporate, membership, major giving, and planned giving programs.
  • Focus on building museum membership among motion picture arts practitioners, business professionals, and members of the public.
  • Work collaboratively across all arms of the Academy in an entrepreneurial environment, bringing creative ideas from conception to implementation.
  • Consistently cultivate and close six- and seven- and eight- figure gifts.
  • Raise support for Academy Foundation programs, including Library and Archival collections, Academy Gold and other educational programs, and other initiatives.
  • Develop excellent ongoing relationships with Academy Museum Board Members, Academy Members, the Academy Board, members of the film community, arts patrons, and members of the museum’s audience.
Position Requirements

The VP’s Qualifications:

  • 10+ years in a managerial and front-line role in fundraising, preferably in the arts.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • A deep commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion to create a culture of inclusion and belonging.
  • Experience working as a strategic advisor to a President and working with a board.
  • Commitment to embracing current and emerging tactics in philanthropy, including e-philanthropy, and digital/social media platforms.
  • A strong background in major gifts, planned giving, corporate partnerships, foundation support, and membership.
  • Proven success as a front-line cultivator and solicitor of significant gifts.
  • Familiarity with major gifts, planned giving, corporate partnerships, foundation support, and membership.
  • An understanding and appreciation for cinema, museums, and other cultural and educational programs.


  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision
  • PTO and sick leave
  • 401(k)
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Education Bachelor's degree preferred  
Position Vice President, Advancement  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 12/15/2020  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 8,000+ accomplished men and women working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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