The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the American Journalism Project in the search for a Partner, Philanthropy (Chief Philanthropy Officer). This is a remote position that offers the opportunity to work from any location within the United States.
The Partner, Philanthropy is a key role at the highest level in a new enterprise that is fast-moving and fluid. With oversight and guidance from and in collaboration with the Board of Directors and other staff, the Partner, Philanthropy will serve as a pivotal early leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the American Journalism Project (AJP). In partnership with the Managing Director, the Partner, Philanthropy will be responsible for all fundraising and development activities, and will help forge new relationships to build AJP’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.
Reporting to the Co-founder and Managing Director, John Thornton, the Partner, Philanthropy will have primary responsibility for implementing the infrastructure needed to secure a $50 million venture philanthropy fund to accelerate the growth of the first portfolio of 25-35 promising civic news organizations (CNOs) in cities and states across the country and to establish a second fund beginning in 2020-21. In collaboration with the Managing Director and Board, the Partner, Philanthropy will establish and oversee all methods of raising funds to include the solicitation of major gifts, as well as corporate and foundation grants. The Partner, Philanthropy will expand and diversify AJP’s donor base and pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for AJP’s first and follow on funds. In addition, the Partner, Philanthropy will work closely with the Board of Directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role. The Partner, Philanthropy will serve as a primary resource to civic news organizations in AJP’s portfolio as they develop their own sources of local support. As such, the Partner, Philanthropy will provide regular input to the team on the portfolio’s fundraising and revenue generation strategies and execution and suggest specific supports needed to improve.
The American Journalism Project is a first-of-its-kind initiative to sustain and grow the independent local press essential to our democracy. Its aim is to counter the current, stunning, and growing market failure in local news by catalyzing $1 billion annually for local news. AJP launched in February with $42 million in lead support from major national funders including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Arnold Ventures, Emerson Collective, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Christopher Buck, and the Facebook Journalism Project.
AJP is the first venture philanthropy firm to focus on local news as a social enterprise and public good. The mission of AJP is grounded in its understanding of the severity, urgency, and scope of the crisis at hand. At the center of this crisis, newspapers have lost roughly half their revenue since the Great Recession with a commensurate collapse in fact-based reporting and newsgathering. No American industry of such combined size and civic importance has endured such an economically devastating decade.
AJP seeks to catalyze the growth of civic news organizations in communities and cities across the nation. These news organizations, primarily nonprofit, are distinguished by their public service mission and commitment to meeting the critical information needs of communities in areas such as government and elections, education, and public health and infrastructure. Like the nonprofit organizations started by AJP’s co-founders, they are sustained by a mix of sophisticated commercial revenue and charitable fundraising. AJP will provide transformative grants and work arm-in-arm with grantees to ensure their future sustainability.
AJP believes it is essential that the next generation of civic news organizations be led by, supported by, and look like the public they serve. AJP is committed to empowering all voices and perspectives – to lift up leaders and communities of color, and others previously underrepresented. AJP is raising and will invest the dollars required to build diverse teams of journalists, staff, and volunteers to serve diverse communities of readers.
The American Journalism Project is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. It is taking steps to meet that commitment. AJP especially encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people that are differently abled. AJP knows there are great candidates who won’t fit everything described above, or who have important skills that have not been considered. If that’s you, please don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of professional experience in nonprofit organizations with demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources), preferably on a national level. A master's degree is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.
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About American Journalism Project
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