Director of Development


Grist, the nation’s leading environmental news platform, is an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations, making green second nature for its growing monthly audience of 2,000,000+. Grist reaches its audiences by cutting through the noise to connect big issues like climate change to daily life, and by spotlighting the people and ideas leading our world to a more sustainable future. 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 several prestigious awards for its pioneering media work.


Grist seeks a Director of Development to manage and grow its fundraising program.  As a member of Grist’s senior management team, the Director of Development will work closely with the President, Founder, and other staff to shape and implement organizational strategies and to increase revenues from private sources. Reporting to the President, the Director of Development will manage a team of 3-4 individuals responsible for raising funds from members, major donors, and institutional sources; the team will likely grow in upcoming years. Grist is particularly interested in finding an energetic, strategic, and seasoned fundraiser who can strengthen the organization’s individual giving program by building the major gift prospect pipeline and taking the existing portfolio of individuals to the next level of philanthropy.  This is a wonderful opportunity for an exceptional fundraiser who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment and can build a comprehensive 21st century development program.


  • Design and manage a comprehensive fundraising program, encompassing membership, annual and major gifts, planned giving, foundation and corporate giving and development operations
  • Grow and develop the organization’s major gift prospect pool.  Identify, engage and solicit individuals and families capable of making gifts at five-, six- and seven-figure levels
  • Align prospect interests and philanthropic goals with Grist’s current and emerging funding priorities
  • Strengthen and build relationships with institutional funders, particularly diversifying and increasing Grist’s support from foundations
  • Oversee collaborative initiatives across departments to identify prospects, develop funding initiatives and respond to targets of opportunity
  • Manage annual giving and membership campaigns in order to increase unrestricted support for and the number of donors to the organization
  • Lead and mentor members of the fundraising team
  • Serve as a member of Grist’s senior management team, contributing to the development and implementation of the organization’s operating and strategic plans Serve as fundraising liaison to Grist’s board, providing counsel and direction regarding fundraising activities and assisting with special board projects
  • Leverage board and staff relationships to maximize development opportunities, including designing and executing high-level solicitations
  • Ensure the timely, accurate creation and production of fundraising materials, including proposals, annual reports, correspondence, collateral, etc.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of donor events and other activities critical to engaging Grist’s constituencies
  • Supervise the timely and accurate processing of gifts and acknowledgements and reporting on fundraising results
  • Serve as an ambassador of the organization to prospects and funders throughout the country, involving the leadership and staff of the organization as appropriate in outreach, cultivation and solicitation activities
  • Oversee donor stewardship efforts for select prospects/donors, helping to promote a culture of gratitude among internal and external constituents
  • Oversee and effectively utilize the prospect management system/database to record prospect/donor activity and other relevant data in a timely fashion
  • Perform other tasks, as appropriate, to achieve Grist’s fundraising goals



  • Five+ years of senior-level fundraising experience, with proven success in the areas of individual and institutional giving; experience developing earned-income revenue streams a plus
  • Experience overseeing and building a development program
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects/donors and effectively move them through the development cycle
  • Strong management experience
  • Experience managing and motivating high-impact board members and  engaging and supporting volunteer leadership with their efforts in fundraising, consultation, and advocacy
  • Experience with fundraising databases (Salesforce preferred) and comfort with Google Docs and MS Office, including presentation software (Google Slides and PowerPoint)
  • Experience in making “cold/qualifying” calls as well as developing donor-centric cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Experience with marketing and communications preferred
  • Experience creating diverse new funding opportunities and identifying fundable projects


A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is desirable.


 The successful professional will have or be:

  • A sense of humor
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with colleagues
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, with a track record of engaging and influencing a wide range of donors
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Attention to detail and strong time-management and organizational skills
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to work as part of a collaborative team
  • Skill in successfully managing multiple projects on tight deadlines and under pressure in a dynamic and open environment
  • 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
  • Experience interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Unquestionable integrity and the ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information with discretion
  • Ability to grasp and articulate multi-layered programs in a way that meets the interests and passions of donors
  • A creative, enthusiastic team member with a clear commitment to the mission of the organization
  • A working knowledge of environmental issues and science
  • An ability to travel and undertake occasional weekend work
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently


This is a full-time, exempt position. A competitive salary and generous employee benefits package will be offered. To be considered for this position or for additional information on the opportunity, please contact:

David N. Randall
Randall Search Associates
415 767 3814

News Reporter/Blogger

Are you a talented, news-obsessed writer looking for an opportunity to show off your chops, crack wise, and work at a news shop that’s making a difference? Breaking news thrills you, but you don’t think aggregation is a dirty word? If so, then we have the job for you. Grist, the acclaimed green site, is looking for an East Coast news reporter/blogger. This person will write multiple posts a day, covering breaking news and digging in deeper as time allows. This is a contract position with the possibility of regular full-time employment down the line.


  • At least three years of online writing experience
  • An irrepressible interest in news in general as well as in the topics we cover: climate, energy, sustainability, cities, food
  • A strong understanding of national politics and policymaking
  • An active presence on various social media channels
  • An ability to monitor social media and other news feeds to keep on top of what’s trending, what’s about to break, and what will resonate with our audience
  • An ability to tell a story in a variety of ways: text, images, videos, tweets, etc.
  • A willingness to pursue a story offline, the old-fashioned way
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities
  • Comfort working independently and also as part of a team
  • A clean, clear writing style
  • An ability to make complex, wonky topics understandable and interesting to a general audience
  • A serious commitment to accuracy
  • A strong voice, an irreverent sensibility, and a wicked sense of humor

This is a telecommuting position. The news reporter/blogger will work in her/his own space and on her/his own computer, from any East Coast location.

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and links to writing samples to with “News Reporter/Blogger” in the subject line. 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 the occasional funny animal video.) Founded in 1999, Grist has been featured by media including The New York TimesThe Washington Post, Time, and NBC’s Today show, and has won many awards for its pioneering media work.