Program 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-design skills to create memorable, meaningful experiences? 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 media organization, recently launched a new events and convenings program called The Fix @grist. Its 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 Program Associate to help us build The Fix @grist. The Associate will be responsible for a variety of essential and detail-oriented tasks, including developing event timelines and action plans, researching and communicating with venues and vendors, designing content and materials, managing a growing database of contacts with individuals and organizations, generating a plan for ongoing community building, and communicating directly with our network of leaders.

Our strong preference is that the Associate work out of Grist HQ in Seattle, though Washington, D.C., is also a possibility. The Associate will report to the director of The Fix @grist, and 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
  • Proactively organize details of programming and content 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
  • Research and prepare regular updates for networks members about one another’s work, communicated via email and Facebook
  • Be an entrepreneurial and collaborative team member, identifying new ways to expand Grist’s impact while maintaining high standards of excellence
  • Manage communication with the network of Fixers and other key stakeholders, responding appropriately in real time to requests or anticipating changes and coming up with back up plans
  • Serve as the team’s outreach lead, writing compelling invitations and follow-up notes and producing collateral materials; coordinating with featured guests/speakers, external partners, and internal team members; managing Facebook groups, Twitter lists, and other forms of social media
  • 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
  • Manage event budgets to meet or exceed budgetary goals
  • Ensure success behind the scenes of virtual events on Google Hangouts, Facebook, Slack, and other systems
  • Research how other organizations are using events and other convenings to expand their impact and how they build communities of memberships; vet potential partners, conferences to attend, and related speaking opportunities for team members
  • 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 programs and 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
  • Skilled at 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
  • Commitment to continual professional learning and growth on the job
  • Bachelor’s degree required; 3+ years of relevant experience desired

Compensation

  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with 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
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to programassociate@grist.org with “Program 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.


Executive Assistant

Full-time Seattle-only

Grist is an independent nonprofit media organization that envisions a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. It’s our mission to make the story of a better world so irresistible, you want it right now. We are devoted to eye-opening environmental journalism that explores solutions, exposes injustice, and emboldens readers to act. And we go beyond the page to convene leaders bringing about a sustainable world that works for everyone.

SUMMARY

We’re seeking a remarkably organized Executive Assistant to support both our Founder and our CEO in managing their busy calendars and providing day-to-day assistance. The ideal candidate will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive-support-related tasks and will be able to work independently with little supervision. This job is based at Grist HQ in Seattle.

Responsibilities:

  • Set appointments and maintain Founder’s and CEO’s schedules, including internal and external meetings, calls, and events.
  • Manage Founder’s and CEO’s daily activities, ensuring efficient use of time, attention to urgent matters, and completion of all tasks on deadline.
  • Handle all aspects of Founder’s and CEO’s travel, including arranging transport and lodging logistics, and ensuring other trip details are as streamlined as possible.
  • Research, fact-check, proof, and prepare briefings and backgrounders for Founder and CEO meetings as needed.
  • Support Founder’s and CEO’s involvement in Grist fundraising efforts.
  • Maintain Founder’s and CEO’s contacts and related visitee lists for trips around the country, as well as relevant email lists.
  • Draft correspondence and assist with other meeting follow-up as needed, including managing the process of sending out emails to lists of contacts.
  • Manage Founder and CEO’s finances, following up on payables and receivables related to their professional expenses.
  • Maintain timesheets for Founder and CEO.
  • Attend meetings, taking notes and representing Founder and CEO as needed.
  • Work with Founder to support the development of a new program area at Grist to convene leaders in sustainability.
  • Plan for an internal speaker series, connecting staff to high-profile guests visiting Seattle.
  • Perform other tasks and complete special cross-departmental projects for Founder and CEO as needed.
  • Be part of our culture club and help in the planning of organizational activities like our annual picnic, holiday party, retreats and other group activities.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years of experience assisting executives
  • Proven ability to organize and schedule work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple at the same time
  • An uncanny attention to detail
  • Demonstrated proficiency in writing and editing correspondence
  • Mad skills with technology, including deep experience with calendar and database systems and strong comfort working with Gmail and other G Suite tools; know-how in utilizing Salesforce, Slack, and Box a plus
  • Experience working with a board of directors and board members’ support staff
  • Bonus points for experience with planning events, preparing slide presentations, and leading design projects
  • A sense of humor!

Compensation

  • $40,000-$50,000 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)
  • Public transportation benefits
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to execassist@grist.org with “Executive Assistant” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications and writing style. No phone calls, please.

 


Senior Editor

Full-time

Grist, the nation’s leading green news publication, is seeking a senior editor to help shape our national news coverage — with a focus on environmental justice. We’re looking for someone with strong editing, reporting, and writing chops, along with stellar news judgment, a passion for storytelling, and a deep commitment to helping nurture and mentor young talent.

The senior editor will manage staff writers, work with fellows, and commission freelancers. One of your primary responsibilities will be leading coverage of the connections between social inequality and the environment. We’re especially interested in journalism that identifies and examines solutions to these environmental justice concerns, ranging from local communities fighting for clean air and water to the plight of international climate migrants.

As a member of the senior editorial team, you’ll also work with other editors to help shape Grist’s larger strategy. And along with our executive editor, you’ll help manage our Fellowship Program, which offers a diverse cohort of early-career writers an opportunity to contribute to Grist while developing their journalism skills and environmental knowledge.

Grist is based in Seattle, but the job doesn’t have to be. We have staff around the country.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan and oversee Grist’s environmental justice coverage
  • Manage, edit, and mentor junior staff and fellows
  • Work on special projects, investigations, and multimedia storytelling
  • Report, write, and produce as needed
  • Hire and manage freelancers and contributors
  • Help shape editorial and organizational strategy
  • Help recruit, hire, and onboard editorial fellows
  • Help fellows develop and execute their ideas
  • Providing regular feedback to fellows
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 5 years of reporting and editing experience, preferably online
  • Demonstrated reporting experience, knowledge, and interest in environmental justice or related issues
  • Commitment to mentoring young writers and diversifying the pool of writers working in environmental journalism
  • A track record of covering and breaking stories of national importance and impact
  • Experience in long-form editing and multimedia journalism
  • An extensive network of freelance writing contacts and experience working with contributors
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
  • Superior organizational skills and obsessive attention to details
  • Strong, irreverent sense of humor
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate good personal judgment, and exercise a commitment to ethical conduct toward sources, story subjects, and readers
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills. Demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization

Grist offers a dynamic and engaging editorial environment and the opportunity to be part of a unique online publication with a mission that matters. To apply, please email senioreditor@grist.org with a resume, 3-5 work samples, and a cover letter. No phone calls, please.

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.


Director of Development

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 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.

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.

This is a full-time position with a preferred location in Seattle, WA, but candidates in alternative locations will be considered. For more information on Grist, please visit https://grist.org/.

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Development for Grist will be accountable for but not limited to the following key 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, Senior Development Officer, Membership Officer and 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
  • Lead and implement development strategy including a capital campaign aligned with the 20th anniversary of Grist in 2020
  • 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 $4.5 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!

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience

CONTACT

Grist has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Liz Lombard and Turner Delano here.

Grist is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

ABOUT KOYA LEADERSHIP PARTNERS

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visitwww.koyapartners.com.


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, short docs, and one-off shorts. You will be expected to produce 1-2 video projects a month and assist the video team with weekly production, including but not limited to research, interviews, filming, animation, and appearing on-screen. 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 an explainer. What’s the first video you would produce? Pitch an idea for an explainer video that has an environmental angle. Pitch 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 September 2018, please submit applications by July 9, 2018.

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. Plus 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 $2,750 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 short news post. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a brief story for Grist. If possible, try to take a sharp angle on the news of the day or think up a smart way of making the news digestible. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. The brief should be about 200 words. 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 September 2018, please submit applications by July 9, 2018.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

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. If you work remotely, Grist will bring you out to Seattle once or twice during the six-month fellowship (so we can hang with you IRL). 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.)

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 short news post. Identify something that’s happening in the news and write a brief story for Grist. If possible, try to take a sharp angle on the news of the day or think up a smart way of making the news digestible. Please include any relevant links to news sources and background info. The brief should be about 200 words. 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. Pitch a story based on something happening in the news, a story that might run 400-1,000 words in length. The story 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 September 2018, please submit applications by July 9, 2018.

No phone calls, please and thank you.

Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.