Development Coordinator

Website The Counter

Fact and friction in American food



Founded in 2015, The Counter is food media’s leading nonprofit newsroom, named by the Online News Association as one of the best small newsrooms in the United States. Our stories win awards from entities like The James Beard Foundation, The Association for Food Journalists, and The New York Press Club, have been featured in Best American Food Writing, and generate both network news segments and proposed legislation on Capitol Hill.
We have one of the most interesting, dynamic, fraught, fast-changing, and delicious beats on the planet. The work is fascinating. The perks are tasty. And while we’re fiercely dedicated to covering the ever-evolving food system (by “food system” we mean pretty much everything from the farm to the fork), we’re even more dedicated to thoughtful, unbiased reporting that challenges our readers’ perceptions of the dichotomies we take for granted: big vs. small, local vs. global, urban vs. rural, fresh vs. frozen. (We definitely don’t always agree with each other, but enjoy the spirited debate.) This is a chance to join a tightly knit, collaborative team fully dedicated to shaping a beat we love, working each day to change food media for better.

Position Title – Development Coordinator

Reports To: Chief of Operations and Development; dotted line to the Chief Revenue Officer

Position Summary:
The development coordinator will be an important contributor to the fundraising success of The Counter. They will be responsible for executing plans across a range of funding sources, including major gifts, events (virtual, eventually in-person), special partnerships, foundations, and others. To begin, the development coordinator will execute plans to establish a fundraising- focused advisory board and assist in institutional fundraising efforts. Over time, as The Counter’s funding model changes, the development coordinator will work on other revenue- generating projects, including membership and partnerships. Those with a firm understanding of fundraising principles, an interest in nonprofit journalism, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an impeccable attention to detail are well suited for this role.

• Coordinate the day-to-day activities, including programming and scheduling for the Publisher’s Circle with the Chief of Ops & Development.
Coordinate all fundraising activities for the donor community and readers.
• Manage day-to-day interactions with members of the advisory board and major donors, including gift acknowledgement, event coordination, and pledge fulfillment.
• Work with the Chief of Ops & Dev to identify and solicit new potential donors and negotiate event sponsors.
• Collaborate with News Revenue Hub on fundraising campaigns, metrics, reporting and appeals to the donor community.
• Assist writing grant proposals, and lead internal coordination to ensure completeness of all outgoing requests for funding.
• Execute online fundraising campaigns, such as merchandise campaigns, procuring auction items, identifying opportunities for events sponsorships and soliciting in- kind and monetary gifts at the membership level.
• Assist the Chief of Operations and Development with pitch materials and operational items as needed.
• Other Duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Educational Requirements:
• Minimum 3 years of experience in development, ideally with a recurring revenue model
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Proven track record of success in working with nonprofit donors at all levels
• Strong project management skills
• Creative, with an ability to design and write fundraising appeals
• Interest in the food system and journalism
• Experience in non-profit environment or skills transferable to that business model
• Ability to work within a fast paced, quickly evolving newsroom and manage
multiple priorities
• Ability to inform and embody the needed skills to independently manage
fundraising initiatives and appeals.

This position is focused on support and growth of the subscribers and converting them into reader donors, executing events, online contact and creating engaged volunteers and donors. Key metrics for success involves supporting the Chief of Operations & Development, Executive Director, editorial team and working independently in a fast-paced newsroom. Car Required.

Hours: 40 minimum per week and flexibility to be available as needed Starting Salary: $60,000 annually
Employment Status: Full-time

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