InvestigateWest is growing! We’re looking for a dynamic Executive Director to propel our growth and operations in partnership with our Executive Editor.
InvestigateWest is an award-winning nonprofit newsroom that invests in crucial public service journalism, producing original reporting about public health, the environment and government accountability. InvestigateWest stories have a clear bearing on public policy and have facilitated public awareness and inspired the creation of new laws to protect the Pacific Northwest’s most vulnerable people and places. Our mission is to strengthen communities, engage citizens in civic life, and help set the policy agenda in the Northwest by producing powerful, independent investigative and explanatory journalism.
About the Executive Director
The Executive Director is responsible for working with the Board to set the organization’s annual budget and strategic plan and to ensure the successful operation of the organization throughout the year according to that plan. The Executive Director will execute, in partnership with the Board, the cultivation and growth of individual giving, grant writing and budget setting and will work with the Executive Editor to ensure alignment of fundraising and journalistic production goals, including meeting requirements of specific grants and creating an editorial team structure that aligns with the organization’s mission and budget.
Ideal candidates will:
- Have a background in business and/or fundraising experience; facility with fundraising through major donors is especially valuable
- Be a collaborative and inspiring team leader
- Have familiarity with the media funding space, including knowledge of major philanthropic institutions
- Be passionate about the need for independent news media and excited to advance high-impact journalism through experimental business models
- Have a demonstrated passion for serving the vulnerable people and places of the Pacific Northwest
This position reports to the InvestigateWest Board and is a key member of the organization’s leadership team.
The Executive Director will:
- In partnership with the Executive Editor, create each year an annual budget for the organization sufficient to accomplish major reporting campaigns and provide such other needs of the organization as required.
- Conduct solicitation and funding requests of major donors, small donors and foundations and report at each board meeting on deadlines, progress toward and status of such requests.
- Work closely with the Executive Editor, who will direct the choice of stories to be pursued by the Organization and assure that stories are edited, posted and distributed in an appropriate and timely manner, to ensure the smooth operation of the organization.
- The Executive Director will inform the board by May and September of each year whether budgeted fundraising is on track, and if it is not, will work with the Treasurer to adjust spending by mid year (or such other inflection points as are appropriate) and report changes in a timely manner to the full Board.
- In conjunction with the executive director, plan and execute events.
- Ensure compliance with federal and state requirements for nonprofit organizations including the filing of the annual tax return with the Internal Revenue Service.
- Oversee any other editorial, personnel, financial or legal needs of the organization as required.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Five+ years of management experience and a track record of effective leadership in an outcomes-based organization/program.
- Fundraising experience and knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations
- Budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis and reporting.
- Knowledge of digital and social media
To apply, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be received no later than March 17th. No phone calls, please.
Starting Salary: $80-85K; Regular full-time, exempt
Health care benefit stipend provided.
InvestigateWest is always looking for volunteers to help with numerous tasks related both to the newsroom and our business operations. If you would like to talk about how you might get involved, email Robert McClure.