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ProPublica is Hiring a VP, Development

ProPublica is seeking a vice president, development who will shape and execute a vision to steward and increase the non-profit newsroom’s philanthropic support. Critical focus will be on strengthening existing donor relationships and generating and executing on new major gift prospects necessary for continued diversification and growth. Current ProPublica funding is largely composed of support from high net worth individuals and family foundations, institutional foundations and small-dollar contributions.

The vice president will report to the president of ProPublica and work closely with the organization’s editorial leadership and board of directors.

Responsibilities include: managing a portfolio of major donors, building a prospect pipeline and working with board and top management (president and editor-in-chief) to close; stewardship of and recruitment for Business Advisory Council; planning and staffing of cultivation and fundraising events; and managing a director of development operations whose responsibilities include support for institutional foundation grants, enhancement of donor database, prospect research and execution of small-dollar donor strategy.


  • Track record of accomplishment having built and led successful, sustainable major gift development programs
  • Comfortable as a front-line fundraiser; proven track record of cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts
  • Successful board engagement experience
  • Knowledge of the national philanthropic communities and best practices in major gift philanthropy
  • A deep commitment to the value of a free and inquisitive press in democratic governance, and an understanding of the key role in this played by investigative reporting
  • A creative, entrepreneurial spirit with high energy, enthusiasm and a strong work ethic
  • A versatile communicator, able to craft persuasive cases for support to diverse audiences

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. In 2010, it was the first online news organization to win a Pulitzer Prize. In 2011, ProPublica won its second Pulitzer, the first ever awarded to a body of work that did not appear in print. In 2014, ProPublica received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. ProPublica is supported primarily by philanthropy and offers its articles for republication, both through its website and directly to leading news organizations selected for maximum impact.

ProPublica is committed to diversity and especially encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply. The position is full time with comprehensive benefits. Salary is competitive. Send cover letter and resume to [email protected].

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