The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is hiring a full-time Development Manager.  In close collaboration with the Festival Director, the Development Manager is responsible for coordinating and implementing fundraising efforts including the creation of an annual development plan; sourcing and maintaining sponsor and donor relations;  writing high-quality and successful grant proposals to foundations, corporations and government funders; maintaining effective grant tracking and reporting and ensuring timely submission of all proposals and reports.

The Development Manager will report to the Festival Director.

The Development Manager will contribute to the content of communications pieces for KCFF’s fundraising initiatives including brochures, website and social media content, cases for support, community outreach materials and more.

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival operates as a small team who takes on responsibilities and efforts beyond their job description as needed to contribute to the success of the festival.


Salary is $50,000-55,000 for this full-time (35 hour/week) position.  This salaried position includes benefits and two weeks paid vacation.


KCFF staff are currently working on site in an office space.  Working schedule is typically M-F with some evening and weekend events, with busier hours as the festival dates draw closer in March. 


Grant Writing and Administration:

  • Execute grant research and prospecting efforts.
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of current programming, organization’s financial needs and future goals.
  • Prepare and compose high-quality, professional grant proposals ensuring proposals are relevant and compelling to organizational needs and funders’ priorities.
  • Evaluate funding opportunities and align with current or potential programmatic initiatives, with input from the Festival Director as needed, to develop grant proposals.
  • Write and submit all grant proposals to various government agencies and foundations.
  • Support staff in the reporting process by ensuring deadlines and grant requirements are met. 
  • Complete all required reporting following grants received.
  • Collect and prepare grant and fundraising information for year-end.


Sponsorship and Donors

  • In partnership with Festival Director, develop and implement strategies for cultivating relationships with relevant contacts at current and potential funders. 
  • Secure sponsorships and maintain relationships with the sponsors and ensure that their contractual guarantees are followed-through leading up to and during the festival (recognitions, invitations etc).
  • Collaborate with marketing team on the implementation of organization’s annual communication plan, as well as communications surrounding specific events and initiatives including social media, website and blog content.
  • Contribute copy and provide input on organizational communications, including the weekly e-newsletter and other email, fundraising, website, social media, and blog communications as needed.



3-5 years of work experience in grant-writing, communications and/or fundraising.  Proven track record of developing high-quality grant proposals with a record of success.  Outstanding research skills.  Excellent communication skills.  Competency with a variety of computer software programs.  Ability to self-motivate, think creatively, work effectively in a deadline-driven environment, exceptional attention to detail, and positive and independent approach to work.  A passion for the development of the arts and sharing Canadian content with the public.


Please submit:

  •  A resume.
  • A cover letter that speaks to your grant writing and development/fundraising experience.
  • A writing sample  (1-2 pages). E.g. grant proposals, a letter, newsletters, online content, an appeal letter, a blog post.

Send via email with “Development Manager” in the subject line to info@kingcanfilmfest.com no later than June 24, 2022, 5 PM.

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival  is committed to increasing the representation of historically marginalized groups. Those who would like to self-identify in their cover letters are welcome to do so, however it is voluntary and not required.