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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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 development@grist.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.

 


Editorial/Social Media Intern

Internship Seattle-only

Are you a budding journalist and social media guru looking to develop your writing chops, share compelling stories, and spend your days at a news shop that’s making a difference? Grist, the nation’s leading environmental news outlet, is seeking a fall intern who fits that description.

You would join the Grist team at Seattle HQ to hone your skills at a fast-paced national news outlet and deepen your understanding of environmental issues. We’re looking for a sharp-eyed multimedia whiz to write news briefs and stories and work on other aspects of our editorial operation.

You’ll also collaborate with our marketing team to create original social content and work on other aspects of our audience development operations, helping our award-winning journalism get the attention it deserves from a monthly audience of nearly 2 million and growing.

We will encourage your full participation in staff discussions and editorial meetings, giving you the chance to see how the (vegan) sausage is made, and suggest the occasional one-block stroll to mountain-gaze at the Seattle waterfront.

Compensation will be $1,000/month. The position can be part-time, and hours are flexible depending on your schedule, but ideally you would commit to five days a week.

We’re looking for interns who can begin in mid-September and commit to either one or two academic terms. Candidates will most likely be rising college seniors or recent grads with some experience in journalism and social media. If you’ve got a quick wit, a knack for compelling headlines, and a top-notch Halloween costume planned, you’ll find yourself right at home.

THE APPLICATION

Please 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.
    2. One sample 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.
    3. Analysis of a successful social post. Take a screenshot of a stellar share from a news org on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat and explain why you think it works.

 

To apply, submit all materials in one PDF attachment and email it to letmeintern@grist.org. Include “Fall Internship” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline is Aug. 31, 2017. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Development Assistant

Full-time Seattle-only

Grist, the nation’s leading green news platform, is seeking a Development Assistant to support our spunky Development Team. This Seattle-based role will handle a variety of fundraising tasks including donor research, database management, donor strategy, proofreading, mailings and general donor outreach.

Responsibilities

  • Support the day-to-day operations of Grist’s development department, including appeal production and gift fulfillment, donor correspondences, grant proposals and reports, meeting preparations, gift acknowledgements, and other mailings
  • Manage the identification of new donor prospects, including preliminary prospect research and tracking
  • Assist in managing donor portfolios, tracking outreach, meetings, program updates, follow-up, etc.
  • Assist in the logistical support of meetings and special events
  • Input and maintain information in the donor database and create reports and metrics as needed
  • Oversee the production of monthly cultivation emails and other donor correspondence
  • Help in writing and assembling grant proposals and reports for submission
  • Respond to donor and staff inquiries and other special projects, as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or enrolled in Bachelor’s Degree program) or equivalent experience. Coursework in fundraising management a plus.
  • Experience in a nonprofit setting
  • Strong administrative skills
  • Excellent writing ability
  • Strong database skills (familiarity with Salesforce is a plus); experience with email-marketing systems preferred but not required
  • Experience with prospect research and portfolio management a plus
  • Ability to oversee details of complex projects with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • A wicked sense of humor

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to development@grist.org. Please include ‘Development Assistant’ in the subject line. We’re looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. 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 2-3 news briefs a week, a couple 500-word(ish) reported stories a month, and one 1,200-word 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, and Grist will bring you out to Seattle once or twice during the six-month fellowship (so we can hang with you IRL). The fellowship pays $2,600 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 October 2017, please submit applications by July 31, 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 1-2 explainer videos a month and 2-3 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 beautiful Seattle waterfront.

The video fellow works out of Grist’s Seattle office, full-time. Fellow must make a six-month commitment. The fellowship pays $2,600 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, and environmental justice.

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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pitch two short-form video ideas. What would be the first couple videos that you would produce? One idea should be for a Facebook video that’s 90 seconds or less. The second idea should be for an explainer video that’s 3 minutes or less. Each idea should be a brief paragraph.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 October 2017, please submit applications by July 31, 2017.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


National Editor

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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 nationaled@grist.org 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.