Events and Outreach Associate

Full-time

Do you want to work with inspiring leaders in environmental justice and sustainability to help spark change and elevate solutions? Are you excited to use organizational, outreach, communications, and event-planning skills to create experiences that are memorable, meaningful, and fun? Do you want to join a team of journalists, social-media gurus, and other creative, mission-driven professionals to make a difference? Does working in an organization committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion speak to your values? If so, we have the gig for you!

Grist, the nation’s leading nonprofit, independent green news platform, is expanding into an important new area: events and convenings. Our aims are to build an unlikely community of changemakers; support interdisciplinary collaborations to address the world’s most pressing sustainability and environmental-justice challenges; and spur greater awareness of emerging solutions.

We are seeking an enterprising Events and Outreach Associate to help build this new program. The Associate will be responsible for a variety of essential and detail-oriented tasks, including developing events timelines and action plans, researching and communicating with venues and vendors, designing event materials, managing a growing database of contacts with individuals and organizations, and communicating directly with our network of leaders.

The job will be based in either Seattle or Washington, D.C., and will report to the Director of Networks. The Associate will also work closely with Grist’s founder and other team members across the organization.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute events for a dynamic set of audiences, ranging in size and style from small dinners to panel discussions, from virtual gatherings to larger, multi-day conferences
  • Organize event details from start to finish, including researching and booking venues, catering, entertainment, transportation, invitee lists, special guests, A/V, and preparation of posters, handouts, and other materials
  • Ensure strong management of each event by setting up other team members to succeed in leadership roles (e.g., host or facilitator) and tracking countless details, responding appropriately in real time to requests or anticipating changes and coming up with back up plans
  • Manage event budgets to meet or exceed budgetary goals
  • Serve as outreach lead, writing compelling invitations and follow-up notes and producing events collateral; coordinating with featured guests/speakers, external partners, and internal team members; managing Facebook groups, Twitter lists, and other forms of social media
  • Prepare regular updates to networks members, communicated via email and Facebook
  • Ensure success behind the scenes of virtual events on Google Hangouts, Facebook, Slack, and other systems
  • Relentlessly track contacts with leaders and organizations in Salesforce; produce reports for other team members to guide next steps in developing relationships and ensure that follow-up happens
  • Research how other organizations are using events and other convenings to expand their impact; vet potential partners, conferences we should be attending, and related speaking opportunities for team members
  • Be an entrepreneurial and collaborative team member, identifying new ways to expand Grist’s impact while maintaining high standards of excellence
  • Thrive with a flexible schedule, including travel and occasional work on evenings and weekends to support events

Qualifications

  • Comfort in working in a quick-paced environment to help develop a new program area that will involve experimentation, learning, and adjustments along the way; ability to push through ambiguity to deliver results
  • Experience managing complex and fast-changing program elements, setting priorities effectively
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative and strategic thinker with a customer-service mindset
  • Experience developing relationships with clients and strategic partners
  • Experience negotiating, reviewing, and managing contracts with vendors and venues
  • Experience with a Customer Relationship Management system, preferably Salesforce
  • Entrepreneurial spirit; track record of initiative and ownership of work
  • Happy flying in the cloud (Google Drive, Slack, Salesforce, Dropbox, etc.); experience with social-media tools; and excitement to learn new tools and skills in an ever-changing technology environment
  • Passionate about Grist’s mission and the power of pulling people together to spark change
  • Commitment to continual professional learning and growth on the job
  • Bachelor’s degree required; 2+ years of relevant experience desired

Compensation

  • $37,000-$43,000 annual salary, depending on qualifications
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

To apply, please send a cover letter to eventsandoutreach@grist.org with “Events and Outreach Associate” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style, and a resume. No phone calls, please.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer


Membership Officer

Full-time Seattle-only

At Grist, we can see a better way forward. Our vision is a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. We make that possible through eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens our millions of monthly readers to take action. Grist goes beyond the page to convene the leaders who are working for that sustainable, just future. We are an independent, nonprofit media organization with a base in Seattle. Our coast-to-coast dream team of journalists, editors, producers, designers, and event creators make the story of a better future so irresistible, you want it right now.

SUMMARY

Grist has a loyal base of long-time supporters and enthusiastic new readers. We’re looking for a Membership Officer to channel that support into a robust membership program. Under the direction of the Director of Development, this person will increase engagement, retention, and revenue of Grist’s entry-level donors. The Membership Officer will create an engaging annual membership communications plan, organize and orchestrate fundraising appeals, cultivate a portfolio of major donor prospects, and serve as the point person for Grist’s members.

Do you write copy that sparkles? Are you excited by the prospect of brainstorming member benefits and organizing reader meetups? Are you passionate about analytics? The Membership Officer will take a data-driven, creative approach to developing a top-notch, innovative membership program for a growing nonprofit, mission-driven media organization.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage annual appeals, one-off appeals, and engagement strategies designed to increase donors and the connection they feel to Grist
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the current membership program, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. Use this information to develop goals and objectives for a membership development plan
  • Work to optimize our marketing funnel in collaboration with our marketing team, owning the subscriber-to-donor conversion rate
  • Produce monthly membership emails and other member communications
  • Maintain all static communications/pages in collaboration with our membership team
  • Serve as one of our organization’s experts on our email platform, maintaining relationships with its customer service personnel
  • Brainstorm and define engagement opportunities for our members, including thank-yous, follow-ups, and an annual calendar of member communications (appeals, gifts and cards, newsletters, events)
  • Maintain donor database and produce reports to track, analyze, and inform decision-making
  • Identify and cultivate a portfolio of members with potential to become major donors in collaboration with the fundraising team
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, identifying new techniques, technologies, and creative ways to help Grist meet its goal of increased engagement and retention
  • Serve as the face of Grist’s membership program, answering member emails
  • Assist in the logistical support of meetings and special events
  • Respond to donor and staff inquiries and other special projects
  • Contribute ideas, enthusiasm, and collegiality to a growing fundraising team
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of nonprofit fundraising or marketing experience or similar community-based or membership program
  • Relentlessly positive outlook and positively relentless spirit with the ability to manage ambiguity
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to produce dynamic content for newsletters, appeals, campaigns, etc.
  • Constituent relationship management skills and techniques
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members and staff across other departments
  • Ability to manage and understand data
  • Excellent skills with Salesforce or other CRM databases, Pardot or similar email marketing platforms, MSFT Office, Google products, Facebook, WordPress, and other online tools (surveys, etc.), and a willingness to learn new skills in these areas
  • Position is Seattle based

COMPENSATION

  • $40-50k annual salary, depending on qualifications
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

Please apply here: https://careers.hireology.com/grist. We’re looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please. Thank you. Applications will be accepted through December 6th, and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Grist is an equal opportunity employer


Foundation Relations Manager

Full-time

At Grist, we can see a better way forward. Our vision is a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. We make that possible through eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens our 2.5 million monthly readers to take action. Grist goes beyond the page to convene the leaders who are working for that sustainable, just future. We are an independent, nonprofit media organization with a base in Seattle. Our coast-to-coast dream team of journalists, editors, producers, designers, and event creators make the story of a better future so irresistible, you want it right now.

SUMMARY

Ready to make Gristory? Lucky you: It’s a vital time for our planet AND we have a visionary new CEO at the helm. The Foundations Relations Manager will play a critical role at the nation’s top source of environmental news. Our ideal candidate knows how to build dynamic relationships with current and potential foundation supporters, write a kickass grant proposal, and talk about Grist with all audiences. The Foundations Relations Manager will work with the Development Director, CEO, and Board of Directors to create strategies to sustain and increase our $4 million budget. As the primary point person for foundations, the manager will prospect leads, develop new partnerships, and steward long-time relationships.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with Development Director and senior staff to design and implement plans to increase Grist’s base of foundation support
  • Create and write compelling communications for funders at all stages of the cultivation process from letters of inquiry to annual reports
  • Conduct preliminary funder research and evaluate foundation prospects
  • Partner with the Development Director to design strategies to engage, solicit, and steward these prospects
  • Participate in face-to-face meetings with funders across the country and manage relationships with foundation staff
  • Collect and synthesize information about Grist’s programs from across departments as needed to make the case for support and report on organizational progress
  • Provide support to the CEO, Development Director, and Board of Directors for in-person meetings with current and potential funders
  • Support efforts to raise Grist’s profile in the funder community, including funder briefings and speaking engagements
  • Manage organized and efficient operational systems to ensure accurate records and timely communication with funders; oversee all foundation database records

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of fundraising and/or grant writing experience
  • Exceptional writing and editing ability
  • Strong project-management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work seamlessly with external audiences and staff across the organization
  • Strong research and database skills (experience with Salesforce is a plus)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with exceptional judgment and the ability to juggle multiple competing deadlines
  • Ability to work and problem-solve independently
  • Enjoy travel, receptions, metrics, and the Grist sense of humor
  • Preference for Seattle, but national candidates are welcome

COMPENSATION

  • $60k-$70k annual salary depending on qualifications and experience
  • 10 paid holidays per year, 15 days of paid vacation, and 10 days of sick pay accrued per calendar year
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits (Grist pays 85% of the premium)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

Please apply here: https://careers.hireology.com/grist We’re looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please. Thank you. Applications will be accepted through December 6th, and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Grist is an equal opportunity employer


News Fellow

Fellowship

Are you a curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a journalist and storyteller? The Grist news fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

The news fellow will work full-time, making daily contributions to Grist’s editorial operations including (but not limited to) reporting, research, story ideas, writing, and creative experiments. You will be expected to write quick news updates, reported stories, and one mini-feature a month. You will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and laugh politely (or heartily, depending on the circumstances) at all your jokes.

The news fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or work remotely. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month. In special cases the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

We are looking for early-career writers, reporters, and editors. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with some experience in journalism. Our primary subject areas are the climate, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a carbon-free economy. (If justice is your thing, check out the justice fellowship below.)

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.
  1. Write a news brief. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a mock Briefly story for Grist. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. News brief should be 200 words or less. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)
  1. Pitch a mini-feature. Could be a profile, an explainer, a reported news story. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. Pitch: What’s your big idea? What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. Pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.), but cannot review original files.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “News Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2018, please submit applications by December 29, 2017.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Justice Fellow

Fellowship

Are you a budding journalist looking to develop your voice, tell stories about compelling people and communities, and work at a news shop that’s making a difference? Are you obsessed with justice for all? The Grist environmental justice fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

With the mentorship and support of Grist’s editorial staff, the justice fellow will report on the connections between social inequality and the environment. You will explore the ways in which the environmental movement can become more inclusive, especially in the current moment — and how communities of color are developing new ways to fight for cleaner air and water and safer neighborhoods. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies communities and people working on home-grown solutions. You will be expected to write quick news updates, reported stories, and one mini-feature a month. You will also identify a long-term special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team.

The justice fellow will be part of our larger fellowship program, a six-month career development program for early-career journalists. We will encourage full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek input on issues large and small, and give you a custom emoji in Slack (it’s true!).

The justice fellow can elect to work out of Grist’s Seattle office or work remotely. If you work remotely, you will be encouraged to report on stories in your home community. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month.

In special cases, the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your communication style and why you’re the right person for the justice beat.
  1. Write a news brief. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a mock Briefly story for Grist. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. News briefs should be 200 words or less. Please include a link to an image or video that you would run with the story. (Note: We do not intend to publish this assignment, so don’t worry about whether you have the rights to the image or video.)
  1. Pitch a story about a community that’s doing model work. Pick a community that’s working on home-grown solutions and tell us how you would approach a story about this community. Pitch should be a brief paragraph.
  1. What’s your big idea? What aspect of the environmental justice story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a deep-dive story for Grist? Please specify how you would approach the story, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, multimedia aspects, etc. The pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. Three samples of your work. Writing samples can be newspaper or magazine clips, blog posts, or unpublished pieces. We will gladly accept links to multimedia samples (video, illustration, infographic, podcast, etc.), but cannot review original files.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Justice Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2018, please submit applications by December 29, 2017.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Video Fellow

Fellowship

Are you a curious, self-motivated, hard-working individual who wants to grow as a multimedia journalist and storyteller? The Grist video fellowship may be the opportunity for you.

The video fellow will work alongside Grist’s award-worthy video team to produce explainer videos, shareable short videos, and longer-term projects. You will be expected to produce one explainer video a month and two short-form videos a month, and to assist on the video team with weekly production. You will lead multimedia experiments, collaborate with our social media manager, and push Grist to innovate new ways to tell stories. You will also identify a special project to produce in collaboration with others on the team. We will encourage your full participation in staff discussions and meetings, seek your input on issues large and small, and suggest the occasional one-block stroll to the picturesque Seattle waterfront.

The video fellow works out of Grist’s Seattle office, full-time. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,750 per month. In special cases, the fellowship will be renewable once by mutual agreement between the fellow and Grist. Renewal candidates will be considered alongside the applicant pool for the next fellowship cycle.

We are looking for early-career producers, reporters, and personalities. Candidates are most likely college or j-school grads, with experience in video and journalism. Our primary subject areas are the climate, clean energy, sustainable food, livable cities, environmental justice, and a carbon-free economy. (If justice is your thing, check out the justice fellowship, too.)

THE APPLICATION

Applicants must submit the following in one PDF attachment:

  1. Resume and cover letter. We are looking for a succinct, thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style.
  1. Show us your work. A demo reel or a few videos that demonstrate your ability to tell a visual story. We will gladly accept links to your work, but cannot review original files.
  1. Pitch two short-form video ideas. What would be the first couple videos that you would produce? One idea should be for a social video that works well on Facebook or Twitter. The second idea should be for an explainer video about a compelling environmental story. Each idea should be a brief paragraph.
  1. Pitch a short documentary. What aspect of the environmental/sustainability story are you passionate about covering? How would you explore that passion in the form of a 5-15 minute mini-documentary for Grist? Please specify how you would produce the documentary, including target sources, length and format, potential angle, visual approach, etc. The pitch should be no longer than 300 words.
  1. Link us to your site. We want to see what other projects you’ve worked on. If you draw, we want to see your prints. If you are super into claymation, that’s cool too. If you have some background in audio storytelling, we’d love to check that out. Show us what else you can do.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications should be emailed to fellowships@grist.org. Please include “Video Fellow” in the subject line. Please include all materials in one PDF attachment. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For fellowships that begin March 2018, please submit applications by December 29, 2017.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.