Vice President, Local Partnerships
|Employer:|| American Journalism Project|
|Category:||Nonprofit - Social Services|
|Job Type:||Full Time|
The American Journalism Project is seeking a Vice President, Local Partnerships to serve in an essential development leadership role in our organization. The role will be a critical part of some of the most exciting efforts happening in the local news field by leading the fundraising components of our local philanthropy partnerships and startup studio organizations (e.g. Signal Ohio and Indiana Local news Initiative) which in total seeks to raise more than $10M per year in philanthropic support of local news. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of local news and support the next generation of civic news leaders.
We believe a trusted source of verified information forms the connective tissue that brings communities together, facilitates collaboration, and is critical for thriving, civically engaged communities. The American Journalism Project aims to catalyze a movement of nonprofit local news enterprises that rallies our country’s next generation of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community leaders around this vital cause. We encourage all people who are excited by the mission and the work, regardless of background, to apply.
Who we are
Our team is deeply connected to our mission and supportive of each others’ goals and overall well-being. We aim to be an organization where everyone feels heard, respected, and valued. We are an entirely remote, distributed team and strive to maintain a healthy, fun, and productive workplace, working alongside smart, energetic colleagues who enjoy one another and the work. Meet our full team.
Local First: We know that local journalism must serve and be led by local communities. We make a practice of listening to, and making decisions with – not for – those communities, and connecting them to find strength in each other.
Bold Leadership: We understand the severe economic challenge facing local news and thus democracy, and we embrace a sense of possibility with courage, urgency, and perseverance.
Constant Learning: We recognize the unknown in front of us. Therefore, we operate with humility and a commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration.
Commitment to Equity: We commit to creating a better, more diverse, and more inclusive news media that advances human and civil rights. We actively fight against injustice and racism, and that starts with doing the work ourselves.
Integrity: We accept the responsibility of earning trust every day. We operate with honesty, transparency, dignity, and respect, and without allegiance to party, ideology, profit, or power.
Led by Michael Ouimette, AJP’s Chief Investment Officer, our program team works with philanthropists and nonprofit news leaders to advance a thriving, sustainable local news field. You can read a more detailed overview of our program areas in this recent blog post by our CEO.
Our programmatic work includes fundraising in local markets to help seed and launch new news organizations, or to increase local news resources within existing local news ecosystems. To date, this work has been dispersed among various members of our Program Team, and we are now formalizing this work on the Program Team with a small group dedicated to local fundraising and movement-building. The VP will lead this work, including the fundraising campaigns of our Local Philanthropy Partnerships to secure launch capital for our proposed local news interventions in specific markets, and then serve as interim head of development for the incubating startup until the staff is hired and onboarded.
The VP will sit on our Program Team, reporting to the Chief Investment Officer and managing our Local Partnerships Associate.
The role will work closely with the Head of Emerging Markets (who oversees our Local Philanthropy Partnerships work) and our Head of Startup Studio & Local News Innovation, and will receive support from staff when working on deliverables such as proposals, project budgets, and reports.
The American Journalism Project additionally has an Advancement Team, which is focused on our national and institutional funders, and oversees our overall fundraising systems and strategy, as well as our broader communications work. The VP will also work closely with our Advancement Team on ensuring that we have consistent communication, systems and processes across our local and national fundraising and movement-building work.
Compensation & benefits
We benchmark our salaries against similar organizations, and use a scale that considers job complexity and magnitude of responsibility to determine role levels and corresponding base salaries, as well as offering regular opportunities for salary increases. The salary range for this position is $149,361 — $164,297. Read about our benefits here.
The VP will work with our Program Team to achieve ambitious revenue goals, will serve as interim heads of development for our startup studio organizations and then oversee the hiring and onboarding of a permanent local fundraising executive.
Our ideal candidate is a fundraising professional who has expertise in pursuing six- to eight-figure contributions and grants, particularly major gifts, as well as experience with project management; building systems and processes for fundraising; and engaging local communities and constituencies.
The VP will lead the strategy, execution and portfolio management of our local fundraising efforts and have the following responsibilities:
Who you are
This role might be a fit if you are:
What to expect in the hiring process
Candidates who advance to later rounds of this process can expect multiple interviews with members of our hiring committee. Semi-finalists will be asked to complete a hiring exercise designed to help us understand your thinking and approach to the role, and you will be offered an optional prep session to ask any questions that will help you put your best foot forward in this process. We aim to truly get to know you, to help you fully understand the role you’re applying for, and to get to know your prospective team.
AJP will hold a live information session for candidates who are interested in learning more about the Vice President, Local Partnerships role and hearing from our team members directly. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to this event, sign up here. Please note, you do not need to submit an application for the role prior to attending the information session.
Please submit an application through our link. Download the full job description here. If you have any questions please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with “VP, Local Partnerships” in the subject line.
The American Journalism Project is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. The American Journalism Project encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations, and marital statuses to apply.