Director of Development

  • Full-time
  • Washington, DC
  • Applications have closed

Website Investigative Reporting Workshop

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, Investigative Reporting Workshop


The Director of Development leads all fundraising activities for the Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW), an independent journalism center at the American University School of Communication.  By raising external funds, the position drives the Workshop’s mission to hold institutions of power accountable while training new generations of reporters.


Under the direction of the Executive Editor, and in collaboration with AU’s Office of Development, the IRW Director of Development secures grants, solicits donations from individuals, and develops fundraising campaigns.  Key responsibilities include strategic planning, prospecting, cultivating and retaining funders, and grant compliance and reporting.  The Director works with leadership and staff to establish the Workshop’s identity in the foundation, corporate and individual philanthropic worlds and leverages university development resources to support the Workshop’s growth.


The Investigative Reporting Workshop pairs experienced professional reporters/editors with graduate students to conduct in-depth, long-form journalism on such issues as the environment, health, criminal justice, national security, immigration, and the economy.  These investigations are co-published across print, web, television, film, and radio with major media partners and nonprofit newsrooms, including the Washington Post, NPR, and Reveal.  The Workshop also co-produces documentaries for PBS’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning series FRONTLINE.  The Workshop, founded in 2008 by Charles Lewis, is one of the largest and most innovative university-based newsrooms in the country.  Lewis is a 1998 MacArthur Fellow, former producer at ABC News and CBS News “60 Minutes,” and found of two Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.



·             Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred.

·             At least 5-7 years of demonstrated progressive and successful development experience in a nonprofit community

·             Experience with general supervision and responsibility for institutional and project budgets and goals.

·             Excellent written and oral communication skills

·             Proven ability to work independently to meet goals and deadlines is necessary

·             Demonstrated creativity and resourcefulness in the conception of fundraising strategies.


Benefits (including, but not limited to):

·             Salary commensurate with experience

·             Flexible schedule

·             Health and Dental

·             2:1 Retirement match

·             Life insurance

·             Tuition remission (including family members)

·             On-campus childcare



How to apply:

Apply through American University:


Please provide cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample (such as a LOI or proposal, no more than two pages).  No phone calls or emails, please.



Additional Information:

The position is fully contingent on external funds.  Occasional travel may be required.  Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.


Hiring offers for this position are contingent on a successful completion of a background check.


American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.