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TEAM: Executive and Development
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LOCATION: Liberty Station, 2750 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, California 92106


Outside the Lens believes the world would be a better place if all youth had the education and access to tell their story. We teach photography, film, and digital media to marginalized communities and under-resourced schools as a tool for empowerment, transformation and storytelling. You can find out more at


The Development Director will be responsible for planning, managing and executing a comprehensive, diversified and strategic advancement and communications effort that sustains and grows revenues from all constituents including; individual donors, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving and special events.


  • Oversee and manage the Development Committee and the staff development team.
  • Work alongside the Executive Director (ED) and Programs team, to develop, lead, and implement Outside the Lens’ annual and long-term development strategies, continuing to chart the organization’s course in fund development while ensuring that efforts are carried out in keeping with the organization’s values, mission, vision, and plans.
  • Recruit and maintain Development/Fundraising volunteers.
  • Identify new and current individual, foundation and corporate donors.
  • Develop and implement strategies for major individual gift solicitations and capital campaigns
  • Qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward new and current donors in all areas.
  • Assist with Board Recruitment.
  • Maintain an up-to-date database.
  • Develop and maintain a clear and compelling evidence-based case for support.
  • Recruit, develop and motivate a strong development team.
  • Collaborate with the full team including Leadership and Marketing/Communications to ensure consistent messaging across digital platforms as well as through special events and exhibitions
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments, trends, and best practices in philanthropy relevant to Outside the Lens and the wider Arts and Culture community.

Our team is determined to increase OTL’s social impact, improve the organization’s long-term financial stability and expand OTL’s philanthropic strategies in support of our mission. We need someone with the passion and leadership skills to make this possible.


The ideal candidate will have exceptional financial, organizational, administrative and people skills. Experience includes:

1) a proven record of success in senior development leadership positions with major gift and campaign fundraising from individuals, corporations, and foundations;

2) broad-based knowledge of all functions of development, including the use of databases, knowledge of volunteer-driven organizations, and of major giving techniques;

3) experience planning and executing department budgets and evaluating the return on investment of specific fundraising programs;

4) demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to strengthen infrastructure, to inspire staff and the Board of Directors, and to develop effective programs that garner major investment opportunities such as a capital campaign, endowment or other capacity-building initiatives.


By joining this creative squad of artists, photographers, filmmakers, and changemakers, you join a team of individuals committed to media arts education and closing the digital divide - providing access and education to all. By empowering our community to make their voices heard, we celebrate our passion for the arts and storytelling. The salary for this position is competitive and driven by prior work experience.


Outside the Lens is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Interested in this position? Apply now.  We can’t wait to learn more about you. Please send a cover letter and resume to The Development Director position will be filled promptly upon identification of candidate. Outside the Lens is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

POSITION: Part Time Media Teacher

ROLE IN ORGANIZATION: The Media Educator at OTL collaborates with the leadership team to support OTL’s mission to empower youth to use digital media to create change within themselves, their community and their world and contributes to a sustainable, effective and robust organization. The Media Educator is proactive, flexible and forward looking, working collaboratively toward programmatic goals, supporting other Media Educators, assisting them with classroom needs, including lesson planning, camera and technology maintenance, digital organization, classroom assistance, and exhibition preparation.


  • Assists other Media Educators in developing and delivering OTL media curricula to K-12 students, school and organizational sites in San Diego and elsewhere.
  • Support coordination for final exhibitions and other student presentations such as portfolios, school assemblies, and in-class presentations
  • Works in collaboration with Media Educators to communicate the OTL mission and vision and facilitate programs and program delivery
  • Supports with backend of digital registration platforms, data management, and volunteer coordination
  • Assist with equipment management and maintenance
  • Performs other job duties as assigned by OTL leadership team.


  • Demonstrates mastery of media-related subject matter, instructional skills, and resource materials for programs taught.
  • Support in creation lesson plans, aligned with current state and national standards.
  • Maintain cameras, iPad, and computers, assist with technology check-out and check-in
  • Assist other Media Educators with digital file organization
  • Support in coordination of student final exhibitions
  • Provides complete record of all curricula and educational materials developed and used at OTL assignments in electronic and written form.
  • Support in maintaining safe, organized classrooms, which supports students’ independent learning, collaboration and choice.
  • Appropriately communicates and interacts with OTL staff.
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings and other organizational related events and activities.
  • Occasional support with weekend workshop classes
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional growth and works with OTL leadership team to formulate and complete professional development plans.
  • Maintains a professional appearance, and demonstrates behavior that is conscientious and responsible.
  • Does not engage in discriminatory practices on any basis, including race, origin, gender, socio- economic status, disability, religion, or political beliefs.

EDUCATION: BA in photography, video or film production, media or communication studies preferred. Minimum education required: 4-year degree.


Photography, film and video production, editing, graphic design and visual communication strategies. Proficient with both MAC and PC platforms. Software knowledge required: Imovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Cloud, Pixlar. Knowledge of web based content management systems, video optimization and archival techniques preferred.

EXPERIENCE:One year marketing, administrative, and media-related creative experience. Ideally experience teaching media to youth, adults or educators.


  • Must be able to pass an initial fingerprint and background clearance check and maintain a valid fingerprint clearance card at all times.
  • May be required to demonstrate fluency in foreign language(s) as well as English (written& oral).
  • May be required to lift and carry heavy, bulky supplies and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • May be required to work outside normal working hours. May be required to travel to perform work functions.


Send a resumé and cover letter to Lucy Eagleson at We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process.