Development Officer

  • Full-time
  • Austin, Texas
  • Applications have closed

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The Texas Tribune is joining with ProPublica to create a ​joint investigative unit ​​​based in Austin to cover important accountability stories throughout the state. This project will be funded by philanthropic support, and we are looking for an experienced fundraiser to join the Tribune development team.

This Development Officer will develop, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of donors contributing gifts of $5,000 or more. The Development Officer will work collaboratively with the chief executive officer, chief development officer and Development team, as well as working across departments and coordinating with ProPublica staff.

Qualifications: Desired qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, five years in fundraising and:

  • Proven track record of success in major gifts work and exceptional ability to manage, cultivate and grow a portfolio of donors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with the ability to multitask and to establish effective timelines for accomplishing long-range goals.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • An understanding of prospect research and cultivation strategies, as well as experience with fundraising database systems (knowledge of Salesforce a plus).
  • Willingness and ability to travel and spend evenings and weekends at programmatic and development events as required.
  • Experience in planning cultivation and fundraising activities.
  • Background or knowledge of journalism a plus.


  • Manage a portfolio of four- to six-figure major donors and prospects, including qualifying high-capacity donors on an ongoing basis, forging strong one-to-one relationships, and developing tailored engagement strategies for upgrading key donor and foundation prospects.
  • Travel frequently to meet with donors and prospects, documenting information gathered and conducting timely follow-up and regular relationship maintenance.
  • Leverage board and senior leadership to maximize development opportunities and provide high-level support to CEO by offering sound strategy, staffing calls and meetings with major donors/prospects, and performing follow-up.
  • Identify, engage and cultivate new major giving prospects.
  • Write and/or review presentations, proposals, reports, impact updates and other donor materials, as needed.
  • Support/execute intimate cultivation or fundraising events/initiatives, when necessary.
  • Utilize a tracking model and report on major giving activity and results.
  • Cultivate strong and collaborative relationships with staff/teams across the organizations and work closely with program staff to thoroughly understand and expertly articulate vision and funding priorities to donors and prospects.

We know there are great candidates who won’t fit everything we’ve described above, or who have important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

ProPublica and the Tribune are dedicated to improving our organizations, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of the ProPublica staff; you can see the Tribune’s here.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, apply using this form.

The job is full time and includes the following Texas Tribune benefits:

  • downtown office with paid parking or commuting stipend
  • medical, vision and dental insurance
  • a cellphone stipend
  • 20 days of paid time off each year
  • up to eight weeks of paid family leave plus four weeks of additional job protection
  • 401(k) matching
  • support for professional training and attending industry conferences

This development officer will be on the Texas Tribune payroll and is based in the Tribune office in Austin. The role reports to Terry Quinn, the chief development officer at the Tribune.