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Opportunities at ICP

Chief Development Officer

Date: March 2014
Supervisor: Executive Director
Schedule: Full-time
FLSA Status: Exempt

About ICP

Based in New York City, the International Center of Photography (ICP) is dedicated to advancing the understanding of and appreciation for the medium of photography through a compelling mix of public programs, educational course offerings, and exhibitions. ICP's goal is to create and provide a place where anyone can explore photography's meanings and an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture.

Since its founding in 1974 by the legendary photographer Cornell Capa, with the mandate to keep "Concerned Photography" alive, ICP has presented more than 3,000 photographers and over 500 exhibitions. ICP's library is devoted to providing the broadest view possible of the practice of photography and is widely considered New York's most accessible photography library. Serving more than 5,000 students each year from over 45 countries, ICP offers a variety of degree-granting and non-degree-granting courses. Overall, ICP is a center where photographers can connect to create, understand, and experience photography and where students, educators, and researchers can take advantage of comprehensive resources and extensive collections.

ICP is ready and excited to embark on its next phase of evolution with the selection of Mark Lubell as its new Executive Director. Lubell, who assumed the post in November 2013, is working with the Board of Trustees on the strategic plan designed to move the institution into its next stages of growth and impact.

ICP is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan at Avenue of the Americas and 43rd Street. It has a current operating budget of nearly $19 million, a staff of approximately 80 full-time and 50 part-time employees, and 175 faculty members.


This is an exciting and challenging time in ICP's history as the institution moves towards the ambitious goals set forth by Mark Lubell, including efforts to enhance ICP's joint academic and cultural mission by expanding services and programs, and increasing the integration of the school, museum, and public programming. This direction provides a unique opportunity to leverage, innovate, and build upon current fundraising efforts.

The Chief Development Officer is ICP's senior fundraising professional, responsible for overseeing the institution's overall fundraising activity. He/she will lead, direct, and manage a comprehensive fundraising program, including major gift solicitation, foundation and corporate support, alumni and visitor cultivation, special events, and all related activities. Key priorities include substantially growing the annual fundraising campaign in preparation for a capital campaign, as well as driving the major gifts program. He/she will also build upon current corporate relationships and cultivate new partnerships.

The Chief Development Officer will work closely with the Board of Trustees on all fundraising efforts and activities. He/she will manage a staff of approximately eight and will be charged with building, training, and mentoring a high-performing team. The Chief Development Officer will also work closely with the members of the senior management team and will collaborate with the communications department to market, brand, and continue to build awareness of ICP, especially in regards to fundraising.

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will be a high-performing, talented, and tenacious development leader and manager able to further build and drive the fundraising program to meet the organization’s annual and capital goals. He/she will be committed to the mission of the ICP and energized and inspired by its future direction.

Key Professional Experience:
• Significant senior leadership experience in fundraising with increasing responsibility, preferably within a cultural organization;
• Proven ability to personally identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts from high-net worth private donors, foundations, and corporations;
• Well-honed board relations and engagement skills;
• Demonstrated experience managing fundraising programs; capital campaign experience is highly desirable;
• A team-orientation approach with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders; and
• Familiarity with the New York City and national philanthropic communities.

Key Personal Attributes:
• A dynamic, entrepreneurial, and ambitious go-getter with the ability to engage and partner with senior management, Board members, and corporate leaders;
• Excellent communications and relationship-building skills; articulate and persuasive both verbally and in writing;
• Knowledgeable about current trends in photography, digital media, and technology;
• Strategic, analytical, and detail-oriented; able to structure and achieve objectives;
• Strong team leader with sound judgment and a history of recruiting, motivating, and training high-performing teams;
• Results-oriented, resilient, and forward-thinking; and
• Energetic, creative, and enthusiastic.


Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree a plus.

Travel/Other Preferences

Frequent local travel, plus occasional domestic and international travel. Regular event attendance expected.


Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package.