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President

Grist seeks an innovative digital media leader for the role of President. You will run the daily operations of the nation’s leading environmental news source, working closely with our board and founder/CEO to make Grist a more influential, nimble, and creative organization—with a big impact. At Grist, we are passionate about our work. We believe thought-provoking journalism, new communications tools, and the occasional hearty guffaw are critical tools in the fight for a more sustainable future. And we need a strong leader to take our nonprofit to the next level.

A pioneer in the nonprofit news space, Grist currently reaches a monthly audience of 2,000,000. We plan to dramatically increase our reach and influence over the next several years. That’s why we need you: a team-oriented wizard who spurs individuals and groups to new creative heights. You will oversee our whole show — encompassing editorial, technology, design, business development, fundraising, finance, and administration teams — while expanding our audience, deepening engagement, and identifying new revenue sources. You have substantive leadership experience in a publishing or technology company where digital media is a significant component of daily operations and business strategy; the ability to bring diverse teams together and foster a culture of collaboration; and a keen sense of humor never hurt!

To learn more, please contact Kimberly Ehler at kim@archerfieldinc.com.


Marketing & Partnerships Manager

Grist publishes smart, funny green news that is mobilizing millions of people on behalf of this here planet. You want in? The Marketing & Partnerships Manager is responsible for building Grist’s partnerships with content-distribution partners and with potential advertisers/sponsors. The manager will work closely with teams across the organization on distribution and syndication deals, spearhead advertiser/sponsorship relationships, and allocate funds for paid marketing. We need a self-starter who is a digital native with a deep knowledge of and passion for emerging technologies, innovative ad platforms, and social media. Your savvy, smartypants approach to marketing will ensure that Grist – a nonprofit organization — is identifying and developing strategic partnerships that will effectively expand our audience and build our revenue base, while also evaluating and assessing the viability of new product opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with senior staff members to set goals and design and implement plans to increase Grist’s audience
  • Develop strategic partnership plans for the organization, overseeing execution and measuring results
  • Build capability of the organization by identifying trends and data-driven resources to help develop new strategic initiatives
  • Determine appropriate media mix for driving the most cost-effective audience-growth results, including paid media, social media, and other methods of marketing
  • Make driving audience to Grist content, and increasing engagement around it, a reliable, repeatable, predictable effort based on a complementary combination of       creative efforts and quantitative analysis
  • Develop, analyze, and communicate ongoing performance tracking tied to key objectives, in order to identify opportunities and future growth initiatives
  • Create and expand existing distribution partnerships, including publishers, multi-channel networks, and media networks.
  • Develop paid marketing solutions to build Grist audience, especially among email and social verticals.

Qualifications:

  • 3+ years of experience in the media, agency, or marketing landscape
  • Understanding of content distribution, and experience evaluating the effectiveness of paid-promotion content syndication
  • Deep knowledge of brand sponsorships and cross platform marketing (social, email, video, editorial).
  • Ability to work cross-functionally across both the marketing and business development landscapes
  • Experience with data analysis specifically as it relates to understanding media trends and web traffic
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Very comfortable presenting in person as well as over the phone.
  • Strong project-management skills
  • Ability to work well with external audiences as well as staff across the organization
  • Sound and accurate judgment and decision-making skills
  • A bachelor’s degree for sure, and an MBA wouldn’t hurt
  • A sense of humor

Salary will depend on experience. Grist offers excellent benefits, a delightful workplace, and the opportunity to play a crucial role in a magazine with a mission.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to iknowmarketing@grist.org with “Marketing and Partnership Manager” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

About Grist
Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. We reach the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. (Also by posting videos of baby animals.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, and Time, and has won many prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.


Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager

Grist, the nation’s leading green news site, is seeking a Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager to help sustain and increase our institutional support. You will be responsible for building relationships with current and potential foundation and corporate supporters, including prospecting, wooing, proposal and report writing, and ongoing stewardship. Playing a key role on our small-but-feisty fundraising team, you will work in coordination with the Development Director, CEO, and Board of Directors to create strategies that allow our organization, which uses irreverent storytelling to engage next-generation audiences, to grow and thrive. You must be an exceptional writer (as a media organization, we’re extra picky), a creative thinker, and a fearless fundraiser who can open even the most fiercely guarded doors. Some travel is required; an understanding of green issues, journalism, and the environmental funding landscape would be helpful; and a sense of humor never hurts.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Development Director and other staff to design and implement plans to increase Grist’s base of foundation and corporate support
  • Conduct preliminary funder research and evaluate foundation and corporate prospects
  • Partner with the Development Director to develop 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
  • Write compelling communications for funders at all stages of the cultivation process, including correspondence with staff, letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports
  • Collect and synthesize information about Grist’s programs from other departments as needed to make the case for support and report on organizational progress
  • Provide support to the President, 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 other speaking engagements
  • Manage organized and efficient operational systems to ensure accurate records and timely communication with funders; oversee all foundation and corporate database records

Qualifications

This is a full-time role based in our Seattle office, however applicants based in New York or San Francisco will also be considered. Other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of experience with fundraising and/or grantwriting
  • Exceptional writing and editing ability
  • Strong project-management skills
  • Ability to work well with external audiences and staff across the organization
  • Strong research and database skills (experience with Salesforce is a plus)
  • Sound and accurate judgment and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work and problem-solve independently
  • Ability to travel

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (ideally not a boring grant proposal – we’ll get to that later) to foundation@grist.org with “Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager” 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.

About Grist

Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for our monthly audience of 2,000,000 and growing. We reach the next generation by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading us to a more sustainable future. (Also by posting videos of baby animals.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC’s Today show, and Time, and has won many prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.