ABOUT ICP: The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world's leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to champion “concerned photography”—socially and politically minded images that can educate and change the world. This legacy endures even as the medium and practices of socially engaged image making continue to evolve. Through its exhibitions, education programs, community outreach, and public programs, ICP offers and open forum for dialogue about the power of the image.
In January 2020, ICP opened its new home on the Lower East Side, becoming the cultural anchor of Essex Crossing, one of the most highly anticipated and expansive mixed-use developments in New York City. ICP’s new location features 40,000 square feet of exhibition, education, and administration space, including galleries, media labs, classrooms, darkrooms, and equipment room, and shooting studios, as well as public event spaces.
Moving to Essex is the culmination of 20 years of planning and initiates an exciting new era for ICP, reuniting the school and museum and creating an engaging space for museumgoers, ICP members, students, and the Lower East Side community. The neighborhood’s history as a center for immigration and documentary and creative work-making align with ICP’s place as a center for its community to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and catalysts for social change.
FUNDING: Last year ICP had an annual Revenue and Support of $17M. Sources include contributions, memberships, special events, tuition, other program service revenue, government grants, and investment returns. In 2019, ICP completed a successful capital campaign to raise $30M for the new building and programs. The endowment has a current market value of approximately $7M.
THE OPPORTUNITY: David E. Little, ICP Executive Director, joined ICP in September 2021 and is in the process of building out the institution’s executive team to help take ICP to new levels of impact, growth, and success. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will work with the Executive Director, board, curatorial, and education teams to assess capacity, maximize current donor support, and tap into new opportunities to increase philanthropic support from major donors. Working closely with the marketing/communications team, the CDO will help to increase awareness about ICP and develop tailored messages for current and prospective supporters. He/she/they will assemble, lead, and motivate a team of development professionals to build a stronger pipeline of prospective donors and an overall culture of philanthropy throughout the institution. The CDO reports to and works closely with the Executive Director. Reporting to the CDO is a team of five.
- Genuine interest in the ICP mission; an affinity for photography and image-making is advantageous.
- High level of professional accomplishment with a successful history of leadership in fundraising, preferably in a cultural arts or education setting.
- Track record of identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts at the six-figure level and beyond.
- Demonstrated experience working with an engaged board.
- Ability to serve as a strategic partner to the Executive Director as it relates to philanthropy.
- Innovation, creativity, and the willingness to try novel approaches and tactics.
- A strong communicator; able to craft and deliver a compelling case for supporting and investing in ICP.
- Relationship management—success cultivating and stewarding relationships with high-net-worth individuals, foundations, and corporations.
- Successful history of hiring, developing, and inspiring a development team.
- A warm, engaging, and accessible style.
- Knowledgeable about the New York City philanthropic and business communities.
- High EQ level: ability to “read the room.”
- Commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in team building and in diversifying the donor base.
- Ability to leverage technology and create and disseminate tailored messages to targeted audiences, members, and donors.
- Proficiency with donor management software.
- Knowledge of budget preparation, monitoring, and administration.
- Ability and willingness to attend evening and weekend events and activities on a regular basis and to serve as a highly visible ambassador for ICP.
- Bachelor’s degree is required.
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