Foundation Relations Manager

Full-time

GRIST

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 the more than 2 million people we reach each month 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 for Seattle based employees
  • 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 foundationrelations@grist.org with “Foundation Relations Manager” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful, personalized cover letter that demonstrates your qualifications and writing style. No phone calls, please.


News Editor

Full-time Remote

Grist is seeking a news editor to lead its coverage of green news, climate solutions, and environmental policy. We’re looking for someone who can assign and edit deeply reported news analysis that drives the daily conversation on world-shaking issues (and fuse a little irreverence where appropriate). We need a seasoned editor with impeccable news judgment, never-ending story ideas, a knack for headlines that make readers eager to click — and insights that bring them back. We’d also prefer someone who has mentored young writers and has some familiarity with newsletter products.

We prefer candidates based in the Eastern time zone, who are comfortable working remotely as part of an increasingly virtual newsroom. About half your time will be spent assigning and editing quick daily news hits, authoritative explainers, and smart analyses that provide readers with much-needed context. The other half will be devoted to managing a few newsletter products, as well as any enterprise reporting — digging for uncovered angles and finding the big stories that aren’t being told.

Coverage of the Trump administration will be only a portion of this role — our first priority is finding someone who can cover the myriad proposed solutions to climate change with a critical eye toward plausibility, scalability, and perhaps most importantly, equity.

Qualifications:

  • At least 3-5 years professional editing experience, preferably in digital journalism
  • Stellar news judgment and quick-turnaround editing ability
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental issues
  • Deep passion for journalistic principles and ethics
  • Ability to manage and mentor junior staff and fellows
  • Report, write, and produce as needed
  • Help shape editorial and organizational strategy
  • Recruit, hire, and onboard editorial fellows

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
  • Comfort with social media
  • A knack for getting Grist stories into newsletters, link roundups, etc.

Compensation:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 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

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 send a cover letter (in the body of your email, not as an attachment), resume, and clip links to newsed@grist.org with “News 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.

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.


Audience Growth Analyst

Full-time

Are you eager to grow a media organization’s audience? Do terms like “conversions,” “KPIs,” and “engagement metrics” give you immense amounts of joy? Do you give a damn about the fate of the planet? If so, Grist wants you.

Grist, a leading national environmental media non-profit, is looking for an Audience Growth Analyst to work with our small (but growing) audience team. In this role, you will help build a culture of analytics-informed decision-making at a mission-driven media outlet. You will track all of Grist’s audience measures, report audience and engagement data back to the audience team and the staff at-large, work hand-in-hand with our award-winning editorial team, and help the organization reach its ambitious audience goals. This is an ideal position for someone in the early stages of their career. We prefer candidates based in our hometown of Seattle, but are open to alternatives for the exceptional somebody, as many of our team members work remotely.

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.

Responsibilities:

  • Use data to inform Grist’s growth and engagement strategy and help the audience team hit KPIs
  • Help the organization set clear, actionable, attainable goals based on trends and habits of users
  • Use analytics to deeply understand the Grist audience and their behavior across platforms; help translate this information to staff members
  • Track what stories people are consuming, where our readers are coming from, and how we are reaching our most loyal readers
  • Work with the Growth and Engagement Editor to build a rigorous reporting system to monitor progress against audience growth targets
  • Develop analytics and reporting system with Growth and Engagement Editor and Video Producer to increase engagement of YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels, monitor growth.
  • Administer daily reporting and monitor key metrics for audience team
  • Build and share periodic high-level reports for stakeholders across the organization; deliver insights and actionable recommendations through numbers
  • Serve as an in-house expert with analytics tools (e.g. Google Analytics, Parse.ly, video platforms)
  • Track analytics from third party platforms (Apple News, SmartNews, Flipboard, etc)
  • Measure success of syndication and any content-sharing partnerships
  • Use analytics to recommend iterative improvement to site and product design
  • Understand the objectives, challenges, and opportunities of each department at Grist
  • Provide analytics support across all of Grist

Requirements:

  • Passion for journalism, prior experience in publishing a plus
  • Fluency in Google Sheets + Docs, Parse.ly, Chartbeat, Google Analytics, Salesforce, social media analytics; some experience with Tableau
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate across teams
  • Critical thinker, eager to learn and understand new things
  • Proficient at building and understanding spreadsheets
  • Goal and detail-oriented, able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Eager to further develop their knowledge and skill set
  • Independent thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Preference for Seattle based

Compensation:

  • Competitive Salary
  • 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 workplace 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 audience@grist.org with “Audience Growth Analyst” in the subject line. We are looking for a thoughtful cover letter that displays your qualifications, enthusiasm, and communication style. No phone calls, please.