Major Gifts Manager, Investigative

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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 major gifts officer that will manage funding development for AP’s award-winning investigative journalism.  Reporting to the Director of Development, this manager will be a key member of the AP’s Philanthropic Development team and bring experience working with individual and family donors. To help grow this exciting new funding area, the position will conduct broad-based outreach to foundations and major donors, build philanthropic interest and awareness in AP’s investigative news priorities and initiatives, develop customized proposals and donor appeals, secure gifts and grants, and steward and manage donor relationships.


The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of launching or growing a major gifts program in investigative news or managing a major gift program at a substantial nonprofit newsroom. The individual will have experience in individual and family philanthropy including major donors, family foundations and offices, donor advisors, and philanthropic advisors. The candidate will be an exceptional relationship manager and a passionate ambassador for The Associated Press’ independent, fact-based and nonpartisan journalism. The candidate will be comfortable collaborating with AP investigative news staff and editorial leadership. Travel will be required.


For more than 50 years, AP’s global investigative team has been producing world-changing reports such as accounts of slave labor in the seafood industry and documenting war crimes in Ukraine.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Manage AP’s investigative journalism development efforts.

  • Work with the Philanthropic Development team to create a thoughtful strategic vision and plan to expand AP’s donor base to include individuals and families.

  • Provide outreach to a broad base of supporters and prospects; create customized proposals and pitches; and secure gifts and grants.

  • Steward and engage current and prospective donors.

  • Plan and manage an annual calendar of activity including managing renewal requests, pitches, events, and appeals.

  • Stay abreast of and share AP investigative news projects and priorities with philanthropic partners and supporters.

  • Manage and compose donor communications, creating and distributing reports to share the inspiring story of AP’s investigations, and manage events.

  • Maintain an understanding of activity and emerging developments in the philanthropic field.

  • Contribute to the growth and continued strengthening of AP’s philanthropic development operations, working alongside a talented, remote-based team.


Qualifications: The manager must have a demonstrated track record of success in managing a major donor portfolio of gifts at the $10,000-$100,000 level. Ideal candidates will bring fundraising experience in journalism, or hold the understanding and communication skills to articulate the significance of investigative journalism to societal well-being and functioning. Applicants must exhibit strong communications and relationship skills while working effectively as a member of a team. Self-motivation and solid time and task management skills are also important as the manager will need to juggle often competing priorities. Applicants should have at least 5+ 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 $115,000 - $145,000, 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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