Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0008
Title Director of Development for Public Service Journalism
Job Type Full Time Regular
Union Unaffiliated
Location Denny
City Seattle
State WA
Work Schedule Normal Business Hours, some flexibility required

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.


Job Responsibilities

  • 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
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