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Chief Development Officer

The Center for Investigative Reporting engages and empowers the public through investigative journalism and groundbreaking storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. The Reveal website, public radio program, podcast and social media platforms are where we publish our multiplatform work. We are regularly recognized for our excellence, creativity, and impact.

We believe the work we do to strengthen democracy and tell stories that lead to real-world change has never been as critical as it it today. We’re looking for an accomplished, entrepreneurial and creative leader who shares our passion for that work to help secure the organization’s future.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a key member of the senior leadership team, involved in strategic planning and decision-making. In partnership with the CEO and board of directors, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities, from institutional support, to major donors, to membership and other critical partnerships that will ensure the organization continues to grow and thrive.

It is expected that funding raised to support CIR will increase and diversify in the coming years. The CDO will design and implement a comprehensive plan to build on CIR’s strong base of support and to develop new strategies and relationships that increase our visibility, impact, and long-term sustainability. Key to this strategy will be working closely with the board of directors and supporting board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

The CDO must have a proven track record of taking a creative, entrepreneurial and institution-building approach to their work.

Responsibilities of the position:

  • Work with the CEO, board members and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive multi-year development strategy that includes growth of our foundation, major donor and membership programs.
  • Further develop, expand and diversify CIR’s major donor program, setting short- and long-term growth goals aimed at identifying new prospects, cultivating deeper ties with donors and securing multi-year support.
  • Seek out other non-traditional partnerships with the potential to expand CIR’s brand-awareness and increase our resources, financial or otherwise.
  • Along with our senior development officer, develop and manage development event strategy, including quarterly luncheons, salons, private dinners, screenings and donor briefings.
  • Work with the CEO and Board Chair to redefine the board’s fundraising role, including taking a leadership role in revitalizing and supporting the board development committee.
  • Provide strong leadership and effective management for the development team (currently three people in addition to the CDO), creating an environment of respect, creativity and professional fulfillment.
  • Oversee development and execution of all grant proposals, reports and donor communications, with a long-term, relationship-building approach.
  • Oversee research related to funding sources and trends to help position CIR in relationship to its peer organizations, and ahead of major funding changes or trends.
  • Oversee monitoring of all donor information in Salesforce; provide and present statistical analysis to the board and senior leaders.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • High energy, creativity and passion for our mission is essential.
  • 10-plus years of professional development experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in managing and growing relationships representing diverse sources of funding.
  • Proven track record of expanding and cultivating existing donor relationships over time, and of developing creative strategies to bring in new donors.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build genuine, long-term relationships based on a passion for our mission.
  • Experience effectively managing a board to support an organization’s fundraising goals.
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, based on trust, mentorship, partnership, and transparency.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • An effective team leader and manager with a collaborative style and a commitment to developing those who report to them.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plans and multi-year campaigns.
  • Embrace of innovation and technology; Salesforce experience is strongly desired. Additionally, experience preferred with other cloud- and computer-based programs, including Google Drive, Slack, Excel, etc.
  • Knowledgeable about the landscape of online fundraising, including streamlined donor communications, targeted email marketing, online monthly giving models and payment platforms, and crowdfunding.
  • High degree of cultural competency required, as CIR seeks to build a diverse and inclusive organization and to diversify it’s donor base.

This describes everything we are looking for. Our newsroom is successful because of the sum of its parts – we recognize that no one person will be equally strong in every area and that some candidates will bring other strengths or experiences that we haven’t described here. If you are passionate about our work and have a vision to share with us, please apply. We will carefully consider every serious applicant.

This position is full-time; based in Emeryville, California; and offers competitive wages and benefits. Please click here to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Note that we will consider only applicants who submit all the requested materials.

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to diversify our workforce. In addition to valuing diverse life experiences and backgrounds, we look for people with a sense of relentlessness and camaraderie, and a drive to make a difference.