The Trace: Director of Development

(Added 09/28/2021)

The Trace is building the only newsroom exclusively dedicated to reporting on our country’s gun violence crisis. As a nonprofit media organization, it uses the power of journalism to improve public understanding, increase accountability, and identify solutions that can lead to safer homes and communities for all Americans. During these uncertain times, The Trace’s articles and investigations are making a difference and its financial support has remained steady. Now The Trace is looking to fill a new role, Director of Development, to accelerate fundraising and help fuel its next phase of growth.

The Director of Development will partner with the Managing Director to establish and expand revenue programs essential to long-term sustainability and impact, with an emphasis on major giving and reader donations. Ideally, the successful candidate will have both a track record of raising funds for mission-driven organizations and familiarity and comfort with the logistics of non-profit development. Qualifications include:

  • Excellent communication and writing skills, with an ability to connect with people virtually, in-person (once safe to do so), and in deftly composed letters and emails.
  • An understanding of the public benefits that journalism provides, a commitment to The Trace’s unique mission, and a talent for conveying the importance of non-profit work to new stakeholders and audiences.
  • A proven ability to increase unrestricted revenues and active donors through major giving, mid-level giving, and member or annual giving.
  • Strong project management, data management, basic spreadsheet, and online research skills.
  • 7+ years of related experience and success. (If your work has involved helping organizations grow, cultivating business relationships, using your communications skills to achieve goals, and fruitful collaboration, we encourage you to apply.)

Salary Range: $100,000 to $125,000

Benefits: No-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance; 12 weeks of fully paid family leave; and generous paid-time off policies.

Since its launch in 2015, The Trace has co-produced or co-published articles with 277 news organizations and been cited more than 8,900 times by national and local news organizations, as well as by numerous policymakers, scholars, educators, and cultural influencers. Its journalism has informed legislation and reforms at the federal, state, and local level and created consequences for special interests and underperforming officials who stand in the way of progress. Reporting by The Trace has also earned honors and recognition from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Online News Association, and Society of Professional Journalists, and the Livingston Awards for young journalists.

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for The Trace. More information about The Trace and the Director of Development position, along with instructions for applying, can be found here.

The Trace is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people.

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