Director of Development

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Date: Mar 22, 2024

Location: US

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world's population sees AP journalism every day.


The Associated Press seeks an experienced director of development with a passion for journalism to lead and help grow fund development to support its mission of delivering independent journalism to the world. Reporting to the Vice President of Philanthropic Development, this position will lead a growing team that secures philanthropic support that advances AP’s journalism and its suite of products and services that support the local, regional, national, and global news markets. This is a new position created to move AP’s fund development delivery to the next level. Key priorities span a wide range of topics, including democracy, education, climate, health, and artificial intelligence.


The candidate will have a successful track record of building partnerships and closing grants and gifts at the 7-figure and higher level. The individual will be an exceptional relationship manager and a passionate ambassador for The Associated Press’ Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism. The candidate will be comfortable working with AP staff all over the world, in business as well as editorial departments, and have frontline experience with senior foundations officials and major donors. Travel will be required.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Serve as AP’s frontline executive for new business acquisition and revenue development.
  • Steward and build current philanthropic donor relationships, with an eye toward ensuring successful renewals.
  • Alongside the VP of Philanthropic Development and AP leadership, set a strategic direction and vision for managing and growing funding.
  • Build relationships with senior decision makers in the U.S. as well as international philanthropy.
  • Pitch and secure business at the six-to-eight figure range.
  • Support potential expansion into individual and major gift development.
  • Supervise a team of development officers responsible for managing specific program and funder portfolios.
  • In close coordination with the VP of Philanthropic Development and chief of staff, work closely with AP’s executive and news leadership to meet and exceed financial/revenue goals.
  • Work with project teams in communications, finance, audience engagement, and local news success to ensure our work is meeting goals and assessing opportunities for broader impact.


Qualifications: The director of development must have a demonstrated track record of success in meeting and exceeding revenue goals within mission-driven work in settings such as public media, university development, or science/health. Ideal candidates will bring fundraising success in the journalism industry and/or democracy-related initiatives, and/or will have extensive experience operating within a philanthropic setting. Applicants must exhibit strong leadership and communications skills while working effectively as a member of a team. Maintaining a balance in keeping a flexible approach while holding strong time and task management skills is critical, as the director must prioritize amongst competing and evolving priorities. Applicants should have at least 10 years of full-time relevant experience.


Other qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Authorization to work in the U.S. will be mandatory.
  • Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English.
  • Advanced-level professional competency with the Microsoft Office suite of software, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with Salesforce is a plus.


Work Location: This position may be remote or hybrid depending on location.


Compensation & Benefits: The anticipated salary range for this position is $160,000 - $180,000, contingent on experience and other job-related factors. Employees are eligible to participate, according to the terms of the official plan documents, in a 401(k) plan, employer-sponsored health insurance plan, and are eligible for paid time off and holidays in accordance with AP policy.


Application deadline is 11:59pm EST on April 14, 2024.


AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.

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