Director of Development for Public Service Journalism
The Seattle Times
January 31, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
We serve the Pacific Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a difference to our community. As a news media company, we cut through the clutter and provide readers with news and information that is timely, relevant and easy to access in every way they consume it. Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times remains a family-owned business deeply rooted in the community and is committed to principled, investigative news coverage.
The Seattle Times is looking for a Director of Development for Public Service Journalism. The Director will develop and expand community funding for journalism initiatives. The Seattle Times development of Education Lab, Traffic Lab and Project Homeless are cutting edge in the journalism field and nationally known in philanthropy. Building on our track record, the Director of Development will sustain and develop new community-funded projects that deepen coverage and conversation about urgent issues of public importance to our region.
The ideal candidate is an organized self-starter comfortable working in a new fertile, developing area. Successful candidates will possess a developed ability to identify opportunities, see the connections that need to be made across multiple departments and bring people together internally and externally to seize on these opportunities. This candidate will need project management skills and experience organizing donor events.
Success in this position depends on the candidate’s ability to identify and capitalize on rising public issues, innovation in media and emerging trends in social good, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.
This person reports to the VP for Innovation, Product and Development. There is a dotted line relationship to Seattle Times Executive Editor and Editorial Page Editor.
Cultivate new and existing relationships with funders from philanthropic, nonprofit and business community, partners and donors
Develop collateral with Marketing to support development work
Produce quarterly reports to partners
Write grants and sponsorship proposals
Play an integral part in developing strategy for journalism development work
Evangelize the journalism initiatives work to the community and to the news industry
Organize and execute funder events and meetings both on-site and off-site.
Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Journalism, or related field
Understanding of public-service journalism and experience working with journalists
Prior, recent grant writing experience
Proven track record in fund development or media related field
Proficiency using Salesforce as a donor relationship management tool
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills
Ability to work in a collaborative team environment across departments
Familiarity with Web analytics
Internal Number: 18-0008
About The Seattle Times
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The Seattle Times serves the Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a difference. We’re a news media company dedicated to the highest standards of journalism. We cut through the clutter and provide readers with news and information that is timely, relevant and easy to access in every way they consume us. Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times remains a family-owned business deeply rooted in the community and committed to principled, investigative news coverage.