Position: Individual Giving Officer

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is looking for a full-time individual giving officer (IGO) to lead our philanthropic efforts with individual donors. This role requires considerable personal initiative and a “roll up the sleeves” startup mindset. This position offers the successful candidate a unique opportunity: inviting individuals to support the important work of embedding news literacy in the American education experience.  

About NLP 

The News Literacy Project is a national nonpartisan education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. Our central offering is the Checkology® virtual classroom, an online e-learning hub. Since the platform was introduced in May 2016, more than 15,900 educators have registered to use it in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and more than 100 other countries.  

About the position 

The individual giving officer is a member of the NLP Development/Revenue Team and reports directly to the vice president of development. You will be familiar with individual giving strategies and campaigns, comfortable working directly with individual donors and conversant with the general American educational landscape. You’ll hit the ground running, be unafraid to experiment and be a highly motivated self-starter who displays personal integrity, has a sense of fun and is comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.  

In this job, you will: 

  • Design and execute the organizational strategy to increase philanthropic gifts from individual donors, including stewarding existing donors and identifying and cultivating new donors through campaign and event follow-up. 
  • Design and manage planned giving and endowment campaigns. 
  • Secure a targeted value of new and renewed gifts each year, with an eye on securing multiyear support. 
  • Assist the CEO with his targeted portfolio of high-capacity individual donors. 
  • Manage all portfolio support work, including communications with donors and the donor database.  
  • Collaborate with the vice president of development, the development operations manager and the Communications Team to design and execute annual solicitation letters and online giving campaigns. 
  • Collaborate with the Communications Team to design and produce the necessary messaging and collateral to support portfolio efforts.  

The ideal candidate also will have most or all of the following: 

  • A bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience in identifying, cultivating and stewarding individual gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.  
  • Experience leveraging events and campaigns to build a pipeline of prospective donors.  
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a portfolio of 100+ individuals with little supervision.  
  • Direct user familiarity with donor databases. 
  • Strong and proactive communication skills with team, contractors and funders. 
  • Experience with virtual work environment (both technology tools and personal skills). 

Compensation and Benefits 

Salary band starts at $70,000 per year, based on experience and qualifications, plus an annual performance bonus of up to 10%. NLP offers outstanding benefits, including generous time off, health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan and more.  

Virtual candidates will be considered, with a strong preference for candidates based in New York City or the Washington, D.C. area. Regular travel (25%-40%) will be required to meet with funders across the country, with a focus on New York City and Washington, D.C.  

To apply, send a thoughtful cover letter (including salary requirements) and a resume (including portfolio totals) to NLPjobs@newslit.org with “IGO” in the subject line. 

The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date on or before March 4. 


The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.