Director of Development
Grist, the nation’s leading green news platform, seeks a Director of Development to oversee and expand our fundraising operations at a key inflection point for our organization. We are growing by leaps and bounds, with an audience in the millions and partnerships with the nation’s leading media outlets. Our staff and board have created a bold strategic plan that will transform the climate and sustainability conversation and are now evaluating the feasibility of launching a major fundraising initiative to support that work. All we need is you.
As a member of Grist’s senior management team, the Director of Development will work closely with the CEO and other staff members to shape and implement organizational strategies and to achieve contributed income goals. You will manage a small team responsible for raising funds from institutional sources and major donors. Our preference is for this position to be Seattle-based, but we will consider candidates based elsewhere.
- Design and manage the overall strategy, plan, calendar, and budget for Grist’s fundraising program to meet its annual budget of $4M and growing
- Build a high-performing team to implement Grist’s fundraising program, leveraging the organization’s donor database and other technologies. Currently this team includes a Foundation Relations Manager, Major Gifts and Events Manager, and Membership/Development Assistant
- Lead the effort to evaluate, design, and implement a major capital campaign to support Grist’s new vision
- Working in collaboration with Grist editorial team, develop proposals to solicit funding from high-level major donors, foundations, and other identified targets
- Serve as a member of Grist’s senior management team, contributing to the development and implementation of the organization’s operating and strategic plans
- Expand and manage the major individual-giving program, including the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects; the organization of fundraising events nationwide; and the creation of appropriate collateral, both print and electronic, to support a robust major donor program
- Maintain a portfolio of individual and institutional major gifts prospects and donors and work with Grist’s CEO and Grist’s founder to manage and track the progress of their portfolios of top individual major gift prospects and donors
- Provide direction and supervision for the foundation and corporate relations manager to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation donors; oversee the creation and production of all fundraising materials, including letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports.
- Work with appropriate staff to design and run regular reports for staff and board that track Grist’s fundraising results against its fiscal year goals and past giving history
- Design, plan, and execute donor cultivation and stewardship activities designed to advance the organization’s strategic priorities and fundraising goals
- Serve as the fundraising liaison to Grist’s board, preparing agendas and materials for meetings; staffing the board fundraising committee; and assisting with special board projects.
- Oversee use of Salesforce platform, including creation and analysis of reports, timely logging of communications and contacts, and system improvements as needed
- Supervise the timely and accurate processing of gifts and acknowledgements
- Perform other tasks, as appropriate, to achieve Grist’s fundraising goals
- Some travel and flexible work schedule required
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or CFRE certification preferred
- 7+ years solid fundraising experience, with proven success in the areas of institutional and individual giving
- A track record of creative, innovative approaches to fundraising — as an environmental news organization, Grist doesn’t always fit neatly into pre-defined program areas
- Demonstrated ability to build, expand, and manage a development program responsible for raising at least $3.5 million annually
- Dynamic and capable of organizing and leading strategic meetings with funders and board members; at ease driving an agenda and pivoting in real time to achieve a successful outcome
- Strong leadership and management experience navigating and motivating people across the organization to engage in fundraising activities
- Experience managing and motivating boards and volunteers for fundraising initiative.
- Proven experience opening new doors with funders, waltzing through them, and walking away with funding commitments (bonus points for a record of multi-year gifts/grants)
- Truly outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
- Attention to detail; strong time-management and organizational skills
- Experience with fundraising databases (Salesforce preferred) and strong comfort with presentation software like Google Slides and PowerPoint
- Strong financial skills, including the ability to develop and review budgets and to develop management reports that present a clear financial picture of fundraising activities
- Comfort (and ideally experience) working in a nimble organization in which innovation and experimentation are prized and rigidity isn’t
- Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues
- A sense of humor never hurts!
To apply, please send a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Director of Development” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.
Grist is seeking a national editor to lead its coverage of environmental news and climate policy, fusing an irreverent, in-your-face style with hard-hitting, rock-solid reporting and news analysis that drives the daily conversation on these world-shaking issues. We need a dogged, Twitter-obsessed reporter with impeccable news judgment, never-ending story ideas, proven reporting chops, comfort curling up with a thick white paper before bedtime, and a knack for headlines that make readers eager to click — and insights that bring them back.
We prefer candidates based in D.C., or at least in the Eastern timezone, who are comfortable working remotely as part of an increasingly virtual newsroom. About half your time will be spent writing, assigning, and editing daily news, including short hits for our Briefly product, as well as quick-turnaround explainers and analyses that provide readers with much-needed context. The other half will be devoted to your own enterprise reporting, digging for uncovered angles and finding the big stories that aren’t being told, to produce powerful original journalism that makes a mark.
Coverage of the Trump administration will factor heavily into this role — but so will finding ways to move the coverage beyond Trump, looking outside Washington for stories of resistance, fights for justice, and ongoing progress in the face of inside-the-Beltway denial and delay.
- At least 3-5 years professional reporting experience, preferably in digital journalism
- Enthusiasm and talent for both aspects of the job: news and enterprise
- No fear picking up the phone or hunting down tough in-person interviews
- Extensive source relationships and helpful industry contacts
- Fast, efficient, error-free writing in an accessible, conversational style
- Stellar news judgment and quick-turnaround editing ability
- Deep passion for reporting and journalistic principles and ethics
- Comfort representing Grist to potential funders and helping secure support for our work
- Experience with WordPress or other content management systems
- A burning desire to own this beat, out-hustling and smashing the strong competition
And it sure would be nice if you had:
- Deep understanding of the state of climate science and the surrounding policy debates
- Familiarity w/ digging into documents, using FOIA, interrogating data
- Ability to translate stories into multiple formats, including video, data viz, podcasts, etc.
- Quick mastery of Grist’s irreverent, engaging, evidence-based voice
- Strong social media presence and promotional skills
- Comfort representing Grist on TV, radio, and in other media
- Ability to get Grist stories exposure in Beltway press, newsletters, link roundups, etc.
Salary is commensurate with experience, and Grist offers competitive benefits. To apply, please send a cover letter (in the body of your email, not as an attachment), resume, and clip links to email@example.com with “National Editor” in the subject line. We’re looking for thoughtful but tight cover letters that demonstrate your enthusiasm, style, and vision/coverage plan. (If it sounds like a form letter, don’t bother.) No calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.