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Director of Development

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
District of Columbia, United States
$111,000.00 - $135,000.00
Closing date
Feb 10, 2023

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking a creative, detail-oriented, and skillful professional to support our organization as Director of Development.  

Our aim is to find a candidate who shares our passion for raising awareness of critical global issues and is experienced with the ins and outs of development and fundraising. The Pulitzer Center works with some of the world's most talented journalists, photographers, and filmmakers. This position is primarily remote, but may occasionally be asked to travel to events. 

The Director of Development (DD) oversees all of the Pulitzer Center’s fundraising efforts, and the collection, curation and dissemination of impact across the organization. The DD builds relationships with individuals and organizations to secure philanthropic support. In their strategic role, the DD is responsible for creating feasible long term fundraising, branding, and impact goals that provide for the long-term needs of the Pulitzer Center and its programs. This position reports to the Chief Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO).



Management: Provides strong leadership and effective management for the development team, creating an environment of respect, creativity, opportunities for growth and professional education.

  • Manages the development team’s successful execution of project assignments to support the organization’s development goals.

  • Organizes team roles and evaluates employee performance.

  • Documents project and goal progress with regular reporting to senior management.

  • Performs employee reviews and assessments

  • Manages the Fundraising Team budget.

DevelopmentWorks with the CEO, board members and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive multi-year development strategy that includes growth of foundation grants, major gifts, planned giving, endowment giving, and online donations.

  • Creates and enhances relationships with (potential) donors to ensure current and future funding.

  • Works with the Finance Team to track revenue and forecast annual projections on a monthly basis.

  • Maintains timely research related to funding sources and trends to help position the organization in relationship to its peer organizations and ahead of major funding changes or trends.

  • Oversees a database of current and potential financial donors, including corporations, foundations, and individuals.

  • Grant Management duties include tracking spending and progress towards promised goals on open grants.

Fundraising: Supervises all fundraising services, including gift and acknowledgment processing, customer service and prospect management, data analytics and reporting.

  • Sets annual fundraising goals and revenue budgets according to short- and long-term goals.

  • Supervises all fundraising services, including gift and acknowledgment processing, customer service and prospect management, data analytics and reporting.

  • Produces relevant and informative fundraising literature for distribution to donors and the public.

  • Researches potential sources of, and applies for, grants and public funding.

  • Plans and executes all fundraising activities including campaigns and events.

  • Collaborates with the communications team to develop and execute a digital fundraising strategy.

  • Maintains timely and accurate fundraising, grant and donor reports for all internal and external audiences.

  • Maintains all legal compliance pertaining to fundraising.

ImpactOversees the collection, curation and dissemination of impact across the organization.

Participation in efforts and projects that support Pulitzer Center culture and values: This may include task forces, training sessions, meetings, committees, special projects, organizational events, and any other activities that support the Pulitzer Center. Participates in the planning processes for the organization. 


Minimum Requirements

  • A minimum of 10 years experience within the nonprofit development and/or fundraising field.

  • A minimum of 4 years experience managing a team that raised more than $5M per year.

  • Special consideration given to individuals who have worked in the journalism field and/or have supported journalism organizations.

  • Experience managing a team of three or more staff members for a minimum of 4 years.

  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent organizational, task, and time management skills.

  • Experience using two or more of the following software systems and technologies:

    • Google Docs and Sheets

    • Salesforce or other CRMs

    • Project Management systems such as Asana or Trello

Compensation for US-based employees

Salary range listed above is for US-based employees. Our benefit package includes paid time off, health care coverage (including medical/dental/vision), health savings accounts 403(b) retirement plan, transit benefit, parental leave, and Life & ADD/LTD/STD Insurance.

Compensation for non US-based employees

All non-US salaries are adjusted based on an international conversion index, which includes estimates for comparable health benefits for benefit eligible positions, as insurance policies are not offered for employees outside of the US. Leave benefits include the same paid time off as US-based employees, as well as parental leave, bereavement leave, and recognition of local holidays.

About Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Center is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to forward diversity through its programs and hiring. See our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement for details. The Pulitzer Center values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC and people of color, LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, and members of ethnic minorities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

In 2006, the Pulitzer Center opened its doors with a donated desk, modest seed funding, and high ambitions: to fill the gaps in under-funded global reporting and inspire a new generation of journalists to cover the big global issues that affect us all. Since then, the Pulitzer Center has built a fantastic staff and expanded its funding and mission to support some 200 reporting projects a year on pressing global issues, sparking high-impact stories in more than 600 news outlets annually. The Pulitzer Center is behind some of the best reporting of the last decade: on conflict and peace-building, environment and climate change, migration and human trafficking, emerging science and health issues, criminal justice and much more. The organization’s projects have won the Pulitzer Prize, George Polk Awards, Peabodys, Emmys, National Magazine Awards and more. 

The Pulitzer Center has built a network of more than 1,500 professional journalists and college students and has forged strong partnerships with leading national and international media: The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, PBS NewsHour, and The New Yorker, as well as local, regional, and specialty media outlets in all continents. The Pulitzer Center staff is global: Our headquarters are in Washington, D.C., but we have staff members across the U.S. and around the globe. 

The Pulitzer Center’s unique education and outreach program brings the organization’s projects and journalists into hundreds of school and university classrooms as well as a wide range of public forums. The Pulitzer Center works closely with a network of 35-plus universities, community colleges, and HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities), bringing journalists onto campus in person and online and providing mentored reporting fellowships for students attending universities that are part of the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium. The Pulitzer Center is currently engaged in a major expansion of the organization’s educational work in the United States, as lead education partner for The New York Times on The 1619 Project. We are developing a similarly ambitious education program globally under the auspices of the Rainforest Journalism Fund and Rainforest Investigations Network.

For more information about the Pulitzer Center, visit

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