Director of Local Development and Fundraising

The GroundTruth Project - Report for America

Posted: 6/5/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Other


Postal code: 11231

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$3M - $10M


Mission statement:

The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world.

Based at WGBH in Boston — and reporting across America and around the world — GroundTruth focuses on issues of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health. We work to foster dialogue and engagement about these issues, with the aim of finding solutions, as well as exposing injustice.

In the last five years, GroundTruth has supported more than 150 reporting fellowships as far away as Myanmar, Egypt and Somalia, and as close to home as Kentucky, Minnesota and Montana. Our newest initiative, Report for America, seeks to address a crisis in local journalism in the United States that has become a crisis for our democracy.

Position Details:

Job Description:

The crisis in journalism threatens democracy — which is why we need a dramatic new approach to reinvigorating journalism, especially at the local level. Report for America is a privately-financed national service program that places talented emerging journalists into local news organizations.

The acclaimed program fielded 13 reporters in its first year and will be placing more than 50 in its second year — with an eye toward 1,000 in 2023.

The program was co-founded in September 2017 by journalist/entrepreneurs Steven Waldman and Charles Sennott as an initiative of The GroundTruth Project. It is backed by the Google News Lab, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the Knight Foundation, the Galloway Family Foundation and others.

We seek a Director of Local Development and Fundraising to help run this ambitious and crucially important program. Report for America is based in Brooklyn, NY. The GroundTruth Project is based at WGBH in Boston.

Director of Local Development and Fundraising

Lead efforts to generate support from local and regional funders and work with local news organizations to raise local philanthropic support. Reports to the President of Report for America.


Raise money from local and regional foundations for the Report for America program

Work with local news rooms to identify and solicit funds from local philanthropy (foundations, individuals, corporations) to provide the “local” share for Report for America reporting positions

Work with GroundTruth’s Development Officer as well as the CEO of GroundTruth to generate support for Report for America in general and to coordinate with the Ground Truth’s development strategy.



Several years of experience in nonprofit development

Experience in training or teaching (to help train local news organizations how to advance their local fundraising efforts)

Passion for, and familiarity with, the cause of local journalism



A generous benefits package is provided through Insperity.  


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

To apply, please fill out this form, which will allow you to upload your resume. Questions about this position may be directed to [email protected]

Report for America is an initiative of the GroundTruth Project, which is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor. 


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