The Texas Tribune is hiring a Development Director to play a key role in developing and implementing the Tribune’s fundraising strategies for major gifts, annual giving and events, as well as assisting with foundation grants. This position will report to the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and will oversee the activities of the development team.
- In partnership with the CDO, develop and implement a comprehensive and innovative fundraising strategy to ensure that the Tribune’s contributed income meets its annual funding objectives and broadens its donor base, particularly with individuals and foundations.
- In conjunction with the CDO, meet or exceed annual KPIs.
- Direct supervision of the development team’s activities and serve as the lead on major annual fundraising event, including committee management.
- Maintain an active major gift portfolio through the qualification, cultivation, and stewardship of major relationships with individuals and foundations.
- In conjunction with the CDO and team, assist with the qualification, cultivation, and stewardship of the CEO and CDO’s donor portfolios.
- In partnership with the CDO, support the development committee of the Board of Directors.
- Steward and grow relationships with the Ambassador’s Council on behalf of the Tribune with funders working with the CDO and the executive team.
- In conjunction with the CDO, maintain regular analysis of fundraising performance using best practices and benchmarks.
- Coordinate with the CDO on the preparation of the department’s budget for revenue and expenses. This position will manage the development department’s budget.
- Provide oversight for the donor database and giving policies and procedures.
- Bachelor’s degree
- 8 years of relevant fundraising and management experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Demonstrated leadership in developing successful fundraising strategies
- Demonstrated leadership in managing a team
- Advanced knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies
- Advanced knowledge of donor databases
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
- Strong editing skills.
- Excellent time management and organizational skills.
- Strong presentation skills; proactive and strong attention to detail; ability to communicate effectively for presentation and written publication, for internal and external distribution.
- Versatility to proactively respond to challenges by thoughtfully leaning into opportunities to address and learn from difficult situations and/or conflict.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills; appreciating the differences in people, minimizing conflict, and obtaining maximum performance.
- Ability to intentionally and actively foster positive working relationships and organizational culture.
- Exceptional emotional intelligence skills to build, cultivate, and facilitate strong working relationships.
- Ability to manage numerous initiatives to meet deadlines and deliver high-quality outputs, including the ability to re-order work and priorities in response to demand and crises.
We know there are great candidates who won’t check all of the boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that's you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
Salary will vary according to experience; the minimum is $125,000.
This position is based in the Austin area. The Texas Tribune office is located in downtown Austin, steps away from the Texas Capitol building. This role requires regular work in the office, but also offers flexibility for frequent remote work.
This job is full time and has the following benefits:
- Medical, vision and dental insurance
- Cell phone stipend
- 20 days of paid time off each year
- 12 paid holidays
- Up to 16 weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
- Annual 401(k) match of $2,000
- Remote working flexibility
How to Apply
Submit your application here with a résumé and cover letter detailing your vision for this position and how you would approach the work. We can't wait to hear from you.
The Texas Tribune is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for all, and we encourage applicants of all identities, backgrounds, ages, and abilities to apply.
About The Texas Tribune
Here’s what you should know about the Tribune. From day one we’ve had disruption, innovation and risk-taking in our DNA. We’re ambitious and still have the punch-above-your-weight mentality of a scrappy start-up. We want to become the number one media organization in Texas, and we’re always looking to expand our boundaries. We’re nonprofit because the challenging economic reality for the media these days obligates us to find a different way, reliable and sustainable, to fund serious journalism. We’re nonpartisan because we live in the United States of Confirmation Bias — and we don’t need to be part of the problem. We don’t need to be yet another source of information affirming the voices and perspectives that are already in people’s heads. At the same time, nonpartisan is not non-thinking. We call B.S. when B.S. needs to be called.
All of us at the Trib believe the best way to achieve that mission is to resemble the state we cover. We’re committed to building an inclusive newsroom for people of all backgrounds and ages, and we’re taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply for this role, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
Learn more about The Texas Tribune here.