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Development Officer

The GroundTruth Project, a dynamic young organization whose mission is to train the next generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of our time, is seeking a Development Officer to support the work of the Chief Executive Officer and GroundTruth’s leadership team.

Since its incorporation as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in mid-2014, GroundTruth has established itself as a leading voice on a range of social justice issues, including climate change, global health, income inequality and international peace and security. GroundTruth has recently launched an ambitious new program called Report for America, which calls upon the next generation of reporters to serve under-covered communities across America by reporting on local issues for local news organizations. Articles about it have already appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post and Chronicle of Philanthropy

Housed within the offices of WGBH in Boston, GroundTruth has a lively headquarters, a prestigious Board of Directors and Advisory Board, a small, talented and dedicated staff, and a timely mission and vision. Its fellowship programs, reporting projects, publishing platforms, and reach have won numerous awards for excellence. It has strong and continuing support from a number of outstanding institutions and foundations, including Knight, MacArthur and Luce foundations as well as Google News Lab, but is in the middle of an aggressive fundraising campaign and entering a period of growth and transformation.

Reporting directly to the CEO and working closely with the GroundTruth team of editors and managers headquartered in Boston and the leadership of Report for America, which is based in New York, the Development Officer (DO) will be responsible for executing on the financial growth strategy that builds on the organization’s early success and ensures its sustainability.  With a focus on major donors and national as well as regional foundations, the DO will be charged with:

  • Identifying potential major donors by conducting research and working with the CEO, RFA President, and members of the Board of Directors to prepare for and follow up on meetings and correspondence;
  • Researching grant opportunities, particularly among regional foundations that can support the Report for America (RFA) initiative.
  • Writing query letters, developing proposals and pitching at donor conferences with input from the editorial staff;
  • Supporting the work of the CEO and RFA President to enable the Board and Advisors to leverage their networks;
  • Helping design and execute events to showcase the organization’s talent and raise visibility and funds (e.g. salons and galas);
  • Maximizing other opportunities, such as Giving Tuesday and dates that are notable for the organization (e.g. World Press Day);
  • Developing and maintaining the systems to support all of these activities.
  • Helping to ensure that existing donors are kept abreast of our progress and maintained well
  • Creation of support materials to help with fundraising

This is an outstanding opportunity for an emerging professional who seeks to make an impact in a small but growing organization, and who shares an interest in education, journalism, civic engagement and the issues GroundTruth addresses. Successful candidates will possess:

  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in development, outstanding references and a bachelor’s degree
  • A track record of securing support as part of a team or individually
  • Familiarity with the Boston and New York funding communities
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, startup environment
  • The presence to interface successfully with executives and leaders
  • Outstanding writing skills, knowledge of donor systems, specifically SalesForce, a sense of humor, creativity, flexibility and high standards.

Instead of writing a cover letter, please fill out this form, which will also allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to Anne O’Brien, Director of Human Resources and Operations, aobrien@thegroundtruthproject.org.

The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.