In These Times magazine is hiring a Development Director to join the management team at our Chicago office.
In These Times, a fast-growing, independent, progressive nonprofit print magazine and website, is looking for someone to join our management team as the Development Director.
The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about social movements and progressive media, is excited by the recent growth of organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America and the success of politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and has experience and knowledge of how to develop and execute programs to grow and strengthen a community of large donors in support of cause-based organizations.
ABOUT IN THESE TIMES
Based in Chicago, In These Times produces a national, monthly print magazine and website with the mission to support movements for economic, social, racial and environmental justice, with a special emphasis on workers’ rights and investigative reporting. We currently have a full-time staff of 10 dedicated individuals, with contributing writers and photographers from all over the world. We’re looking for someone eager to work with a passionate, smart and dedicated staff to take our donor program to the next level, while never losing sight of the magazine’s greater political mission.
POSITION SCOPE AND IMPACT
Inspired by the socialist newspaper Appeal to Reason (which at one point reached nearly a million readers), historian James Weinstein founded In These Times in 1976 as a vehicle to inform and orient movements for social justice, and to move the Democratic Party left. As a nonprofit publication, In These Times has always relied on reader support to produce honest, hard-hitting investigative and political journalism. Contributions from individual donors make up a full third of our annual income, and over the last three years our donor base has more than doubled.
In an increasingly challenging media environment, more and more publications are now looking to readers as a source of revenue, but we believe no one has fully cracked the puzzle of how best to leverage individual giving in support of progressive journalism.
We’re looking for someone to join our team and work alongside us to develop innovative ways to rally readers to support In These Times, while raising the magazine’s profile and helping increase its impact.
The Development Director will be responsible for developing and executing a fundraising program for large donors, working closely with the Editor & Publisher to both strengthen existing relationships and identify new prospects.
As part of this work, the Development Director will be one of the primary advocates for the publication and its mission, and will work with other members of the publishing and editorial teams to build awareness of the magazine and its reporting.
The Development Director will also be responsible for managing a small but crucial portfolio of ongoing organizational grants, as well as identifying new grant opportunities and managing the creation of grant proposals.
Develop and execute an engagement program for existing large donors, as well as prospecting programs to grow our donor pool
Work directly with the Editor & Publisher to develop giving strategies for major donors
Ensure that fundraising goals for these programs are met
Lead the execution of our annual fundraising event, as well as other in-person donor engagement opportunities
Provide direct supervision for the Development Coordinator
Work with the Development Coordinator to maintain up-to-date donor records, and leverage organizational data to create more effective and efficient programs
Manage a small but crucial portfolio of current organizational grants
Identify new grant opportunities and manage the creation of grant proposals
Collaborate with other members of the publishing and editorial teams to build awareness of the magazine and its reporting
Work with fellow members of the management team to steer the institution and shape our workplace culture
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to funding independent media, and no perfect set of skills for this position. As a result, we’re open to considering candidates with a wide range of experience and skills. The most important requirement is that you have an infectious passion for progressive media, and an ability to inspire others to be part of the mission of In These Times.
Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial and communication skills
Enthusiastic and infectious attitude about the magazine’s mission
Strong writing abilities
The ability to engage with people on the phone, in writing and in person about why they should support progressive media
Experience working in nonprofit media, and/or with political or social justice organizations
Knowledge about social movements, labor, and/or Left history
Grant writing experience
3+ years’ experience in development, marketing, communications, political organizing or sales
Include a resume as well as a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position.
People of color and members of other groups underrepresented in media are strongly encouraged to apply.
Start date is negotiable. Applications must be received by August 31.
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, 40-hours per week position with generous benefits, including paid medical and dental insurance, employer matched SIMPLE IRA plan, three-months paid parental leave, 16 paid holidays and 4 weeks paid vacation. In These Times is a News Guild union workplace, and this is a management position.
This position is based in our Chicago offices, though we may be open to considering remote candidates in some instances.
The salary range is $50,000-$55,000, with an additional bonus structure based on performance. We are open to considering higher starting salaries for candidates with 5+ years of applicable experience.
In These Times is committed to affirmative action, and applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, genders, religions and nationalities are encouraged to apply.
About In These Times
In These Times, an independent, nonprofit magazine, is dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.