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Position Title: Director, IRW Development (7122)
Position Number: 7122 Open Date: 7/3/2017
Department: School of Communication Close Date:  
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience Band: Project Leader/Advisor A
Work Hours per Week: 35-Exempt Position Type: Full-time Staff

Description:
This position oversees and directs all development activities for the Investigative Reporting Workshop (IRW), an independent journalism center that partners professional reporters/editors with students to conduct long-form investigations. The position is responsible for raising external funds exclusively for IRW and its related projects and faculty research activities. The development director creates the Workshop’s annual fundraising strategy and goals. The position is responsible for the identification of potential funding sources, developing grant proposals, and writing required reports. The director will meet with potential  and current donors, and assist the Executive Editor in closing gifts and grants for IRW. 
Educational Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree required, M.A. preferred.
Minimum Requirements:
  • At least 5-7 years of demonstrated progressive and successful development experience in the nonprofit community
  • Experience with general supervision and responsibility for institutional and project budgets and goals 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Proven ability to work independently to meet goals and deadlines is necessary
Preferred Requirements:
  • Candidates knowledgeable of, and well-known to, funders in the specific areas of journalism and public policy is preferred
Additional Information:
This position is fully contingent on external funds. Evening and weekend work are required. Occasional travel may be required. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to include cover letter, resume, and writing sample (such as a sample LOI or proposal, no more than 2 pages.) 

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

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