Membership Officer

Full-time Seattle-only

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.

SUMMARY

Grist has a loyal base of long-time supporters and enthusiastic new readers. We’re looking for a Membership Officer to channel that support into a robust membership program. Under the direction of the Director of Development, this person will increase engagement, retention, and revenue of Grist’s entry-level donors. The Membership Officer will create an engaging annual membership communications plan, organize and orchestrate fundraising appeals, cultivate a portfolio of major donor prospects, and serve as the point person for Grist’s members.

Do you write copy that sparkles? Are you excited by the prospect of brainstorming member benefits and organizing reader meetups? Are you passionate about analytics? The Membership Officer will take a data-driven, creative approach to developing a top-notch, innovative membership program for a growing nonprofit, mission-driven media organization.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage annual appeals, one-off appeals, and engagement strategies designed to increase donors and the connection they feel to Grist
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the current membership program, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. Use this information to develop goals and objectives for a membership development plan
  • Work to optimize our marketing funnel in collaboration with our marketing team, owning the subscriber-to-donor conversion rate
  • Produce monthly membership emails and other member communications
  • Maintain all static communications/pages in collaboration with our membership team
  • Serve as one of our organization’s experts on our email platform, maintaining relationships with its customer service personnel
  • Brainstorm and define engagement opportunities for our members, including thank-yous, follow-ups, and an annual calendar of member communications (appeals, gifts and cards, newsletters, events)
  • Maintain donor database and produce reports to track, analyze, and inform decision-making
  • Identify and cultivate a portfolio of members with potential to become major donors in collaboration with the fundraising team
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, identifying new techniques, technologies, and creative ways to help Grist meet its goal of increased engagement and retention
  • Serve as the face of Grist’s membership program, answering member emails
  • Assist in the logistical support of meetings and special events
  • Respond to donor and staff inquiries and other special projects
  • Contribute ideas, enthusiasm, and collegiality to a growing fundraising team
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of nonprofit fundraising or marketing experience or similar community-based or membership program
  • Relentlessly positive outlook and positively relentless spirit with the ability to manage ambiguity
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to produce dynamic content for newsletters, appeals, campaigns, etc.
  • Constituent relationship management skills and techniques
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with members and staff across other departments
  • Ability to manage and understand data
  • Excellent skills with Salesforce or other CRM databases, Pardot or similar email marketing platforms, MSFT Office, Google products, Facebook, WordPress, and other online tools (surveys, etc.), and a willingness to learn new skills in these areas
  • Position is Seattle based

COMPENSATION

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

Please apply here: https://careers.hireology.com/grist. We’re looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please. Thank you. Applications will be accepted through December 22nd, and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Grist is an equal opportunity employer


Foundation Relations Manager

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 2.5 million 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.

SUMMARY

Ready to make Gristory? Lucky you: It’s a vital time for our planet AND we have a visionary new CEO at the helm. The Foundations Relations Manager will play a critical role at the nation’s top source of environmental news. Our ideal candidate knows how to build dynamic relationships with current and potential foundation supporters, write a kickass grant proposal, and talk about Grist with all audiences. The Foundations Relations Manager will work with the Development Director, CEO, and Board of Directors to create strategies to sustain and increase our $4 million budget. As the primary point person for foundations, the manager will prospect leads, develop new partnerships, and steward long-time relationships.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5+ years of fundraising and/or grant writing experience
  • Exceptional writing and editing ability
  • Strong project-management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work seamlessly with external audiences and staff across the organization
  • Strong research and database skills (experience with Salesforce is a plus)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with exceptional judgment and the ability to juggle multiple competing deadlines
  • Ability to work and problem-solve independently
  • Enjoy travel, receptions, metrics, and the Grist sense of humor
  • Preference for Seattle, but national candidates are welcome

COMPENSATION

  • $60k-$70k annual salary depending on qualifications and 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
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

Please apply here: https://careers.hireology.com/grist We’re looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please. Thank you. Applications will be accepted through December 22nd, and reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.


Social Media Manager

Full-time Seattle-only

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.

SUMMARY

The Social Media Manager will play a critical, highly-visible role on our digital team, working to make sure the story of a better future gets to a growing readership. We’re looking for someone obsessed with social media, audience engagement, and journalism.

You’re the rock star we’re looking for if:

  • You love social media and know how to expertly juggle multiple priorities while delivering on a strategy that grows and nurtures Grist’s core audience segments
  • You obsess over data to inform your decisions on strategy and tactics
  • You know the ins-and-outs of major social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as understand how to experiment with, and evaluate the effectiveness of, emerging platforms
  • You own your craft. You’re a sponge for new social media information via newsletters, networking, and career groups. You’re always on the lookout for the newest features and tactics for gaining an edge on your work.
  • You have solid news judgement, a critical eye, and can spot potential mistakes or issues before they go out to our readers
  • You’re creative, scrappy, and know the difference between telling a story and telling a story on social media
  • You have a sense of humor.
  • Bonus points if you have experience in the environmental space.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create, implement, and measure a comprehensive social media strategy across Grist’s core social properties (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and emerging platforms)
  • Work closely with the editorial team to identify trending stories and engagement opportunities during the 24-hour news cycle. Make fast decisions on how to take advantage of these opportunities on social media.
  • Coach Grist staff in best practices and methods to enhance their reach on social media. Work closely with writers on their work; create and implement social media engagement strategies around Grist’s premiere content.
  • Cultivate and manage social media partnerships with media organizations, brands, NGOs, and other key players in the environmental space
  • Serve as moderator for the Grist social media community, identifying and engaging with readers and influencers as appropriate
  • Assist membership team in managing and growing the Gristers membership community on social media, and seek opportunities to deepen their connection to the brand
  • Monitor emerging social trends and platforms. Stay on top of this always-changing industry, and look for opportunities to make Grist a part of the conversation around social media/audience engagement innovation.
  • Measure the effectiveness of our social media strategy through data analysis. Make decisions based on data, and know how to iterate quickly to reach clearly defined social media goals.
  • Partner with editorial, business development, fundraising, networks, and product teams to bolster their efforts that extend into social media.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 3 years of social media experience, preferably with a journalism background
  • Ability to manage and interact with multiple online communities and audiences
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggle multiple priorities, manage deadlines, and thrive under pressure
  • Experience and comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
  • Facility with desktop writing tools and web technologies for newsgathering and publishing
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate good personal judgment, and exercise a commitment to ethical conduct toward sources, story subjects, and readers
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, an eye for detail, and impeccable grammar
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent analytical and process improvement skills, with a practical orientation toward finding solutions
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in journalism, communications, English or related fields
  • Ideally based in Seattle, but will entertain remote employment for high-quality candidates

COMPENSATION

  • $45-55k 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)
  • Short-term and long-term disability and Life/ADD benefits
  • Public transportation benefits
  • 401(k) retirement plan, with an employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to iknowsocialmedia@grist.org with “Social Media Manager” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications, enthusiasm and communication style, as well as a  examples of your work. Please submit application materials by Jan. 12, 2018. No phone calls, please. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer.