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VP of Development

Solutions Journalism Network
New York, United States
$150,000.00 - $180,000.00
Closing date
Mar 16, 2024
Title: VP of Development  Reports to: CEO Position Type: Full-Time Compensation: $150,000- $180,000 Location: U.S.-based, remote or hybrid  Benefits: 100% premiums covered by SJN for medical insurance, access to dental and vision insurance, 20 days paid vacation, 3 floating personal days, 6 sick days, 8 paid holidays, the last week of December off, work schedule flexibility, and a remote work stipend.   Timeline: Application deadline: March 15th, 2024 Interviews: March 25th through April 12th, 2024 Ideal Start Date: May 1st, 2024   Background: Since 2013, the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) has worked to legitimize and spread solutions journalism — rigorous reporting that examines not just problems, but also effective efforts to respond to them — in order to rebalance the news. We’ve made a strong case for how and why audiences and society benefit when solutions journalism is integrated into the news — and we’ve had real success. We’ve worked with over 600 news organizations and 25,000 individual journalists and, based on growing demand for our work, currently staff are working across the United States as well as in Africa and Europe. Around the world, solutions reporting is being adopted by news organizations because it increases audience trust and engagement, sharpens accountability, opens up new sources of revenue, and surfaces and circulates vital knowledge to meet the challenges of our time.     Today we believe it is more urgent than ever that we take bold action and significantly broaden our reach. Building on our success legitimizing and spreading the solutions journalism approach, we are embarking upon an ambitious new strategy aimed at advancing a system-level change across the field of journalism, in which strong communications and partnerships will play a critical role. Working with a network of journalists, educators and allies, we aim to engage tens of thousands more along with hundreds of news organizations in a movement to ensure ready access to news that is informed by solutions reporting. Our vision of success is sweeping but achievable. With broad adoption of solutions journalism, we envision an increase in society’s capacity to solve problems, widespread reach of more complete and accurate coverage, advances in fairness and equity in reporting and a public that is actively involved in the stories being told about their communities.       Role Purpose: The VP of Development ensures that SJN’s fundraising is fully integrated with the strategic thinking and planning of the organization, not an afterthought or siloed function, and that there is clear alignment between the organization’s mission, aim, budget and fundraising.   To do this effectively, the VP of Development communicates consistently and effectively with the CEO, executive team, directors and other staff across the entire organization, navigating a productive tension between short- and long-term strategic needs and responsiveness to emerging opportunities, understanding what is important at any given time, discerning how much attention to allocate among competing priorities, and providing insight into where there is the greatest alignment between funder interests and SJN’s aims.   Responsibilities for this role include:
  • Lead all aspects of fundraising, which includes working with the CEO and executive team to establish a clear strategic direction that aligns fundraising goals with the organization's mission and priorities
  • Craft compelling proposals, reports, concept notes, LOIs, thank you letters and other fundraising materials
  • Steward funding relationships and support others in learning to do so as well
  • Collaborate with others to set priorities for fundraising
  • Represent the organization with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ensure that equity is centered in all of our proposals, reports and concept memos by integrating DEI principles into fundraising strategies and practices to ensure that SJN’s fundraising activities contribute to the organization's broader DEI objectives
  • Expand and deepen SJN’s major gifts program by working with the board and others to bring new major donors into the fold
  • Work closely with the executive and finance teams to forecast revenue projections and goal setting for the development function
  • Collaborate on the determination and articulation of short- and long-term strategic plans that inform development priorities
  • Work with the Development Operations Manager to ensure development processes and record keeping are accurate, accessible and fulfill their purpose in service of the organization’s program goals and network strategy
  • Build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders through compelling and respectful communications to advance the fundraising goals as well as the organization’s reputation and influence
  • Guide and oversee branding and messaging for donors and prospects, and ensure that all donors and prospects receive timely updates on our work, accomplishments and ambitions. This includes working collaboratively with team members across the organization on communications specifically designed for funders as well as those, like the website and annual report, that are key to the organization’s fundraising success
  • Work closely with SJN’s Program and MEL teams to measure and articulate the impact of SJN’s work and influence on our network and the journalism ecosystem
  • Manage the position of Development Operations Manager
  • Keep the team abreast of new possibilities for funding relationships and help navigate complicated funding relationships, including those that require board level attention

Must-Have Skills and Strengths for this role include:

  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience culminating in a senior development role with experience securing and stewarding institutional and major gifts.
  • Comfort and competency in communicating with and caring for individual and institutional donors.
  • 1-2 years of experience managing a small team and demonstrated evidence of success collaborating with teams across an organization.
  • Demonstrated experience building a culture of relational (rather than transactional) donor stewardship.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills with attention to detail, deadlines, and time management.
  • Self-motivated and self-directed as well as collaborative and supportive of others.
  • Infrequent travel; flexibility of work hours to align with colleagues and funders in other time zones is necessary.
  • Experience with GSuite, fundraising CRMs and Salesforce preferred.

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