Development Officer

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Fact-based journalism is under unprecedented attack at a time when a free, independent news media has never been more important. The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) works to ensure that the cornerstone of healthy democracies - increasing the flow of reliable, trustworthy news – stays strong for generations to come. We give journalists the support and tools they need to do their jobs better. Through our work, journalists are enhancing news coverage and connecting more deeply with their audiences. ICFJ’s network is truly international - in the past five years alone, we have worked with 132,000 journalists from 173 countries. ICFJ implements about 80+ programs in the United States and globally each year. Our programs have an impact: Stories produced by our participants have led to the fall of corrupt governments, promoted better laws, and made communities safer and healthier. ICFJ is a fast-paced, global organization that has a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Development Officer is primarily responsible for the successful operation of ICFJ’s Development department, and its donor recognition and solicitation program, in order to enhance and grow revenue from current and prospective donors. The Development Officer is a full-time position that reports to the Deputy Vice President, Events & Production (DVP). The Development Officer will work closely with the Director, Donor Relations, and with other members of the Development team including ICFJ’s Senior Vice President, Development (SVP). 

Department: Development 

Reports to: Deputy VP, Events & Production 

Salary: Starting at $54,500 

Employment type: Full-time 

This position provides: 

  • Comprehensive operational support for the Development department
  • Donor acknowledgement, with support for stewardship, outreach and engagement
  • Effective database oversight, management and reporting
  • Event logistics 
  • Donor research 

Paramount to this position are proven organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to multitask, while maintaining a clear view of how each project supports the organization’s mission and fundraising efforts.

The Officer will also assist the DVP in ensuring the smooth operation of in-person events, providing a supporting role in coordinating the logistics of ICFJ’s annual Tribute to Journalists, as well as other ICFJ fundraising and cultivation events. This position will also help design and implement other donor outreach efforts, including online fundraising campaigns and event-based mobile giving.



  • Schedule the Development team’s weekly meetings and produce meeting agendas
  • Manage the Development team’s calendar to ensure all team members are aware of upcoming deadlines 
  • Coordinate the Development team’s contributions to monthly Development Cabinet meetings with the New Initiatives team and other ICFJ departments 
  • Coordinate the Development team’s general operating support proposal and tracking process and conduct research to find additional avenues for general operating support 
  • Manage ICFJ’s donor recognition program, through adherence to information tracking processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, on-going communications and continued cultivation of past and current donors 
  • Work creatively and collaboratively, through new initiatives and solutions, to enhance donor relationships with ICFJ and increase the likelihood of continued contributions 
  • Work with the DVP and Director, Donor Relations to implement solicitation and year-round engagement plans to retain current donors and attract new donors 
  • Support the SVP and DVP in their fundraising and cultivation activities, including the It Takes a Journalist campaign and the annual Tribute to Journalists 
  • Manage the ICFJ donor database, ensuring the accuracy of data and its smooth operation; organize and maintain accurate database files and records; and generate Salesforce reports (sponsors, major donors, individuals, lapsed donors, etc.) 
  • Work with ICFJ’s communications team on Development communications tasks including, but not limited to Mail Chimp appeals and ICFJ’s annual report 
  • Manage the donor experience of major cultivation events, such as the annual Tribute to Journalists 
  • Assist the DVP in the coordination of event logistics with an eye on quality donor engagement, from proper compilation of invitation lists, ticket process oversight, sponsor benefits management, seating charts, and onsite guest registration 
  • Collaborate with external events company and other vendors to ensure seamless integration of event logistics 
  • Conduct prospect research for the DVP, SVP, President and other members of senior leadership, as appropriate 


  • High energy and passion for ICFJ’s mission of mobilizing private support for great journalism and journalists 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to influence and engage diverse range of audiences including board members, senior leadership, donors, executives and potential funding partners 
  • Good understanding of philanthropy, and a working knowledge of the fundamental disciplines of fundraising and development 
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational and project management skills. 
  • Experience with major event management is a plus. 
  • A professional and resourceful style: The ability to work independently and as part of a team; detail oriented, well organized, focused and goal-oriented, with a high level of initiative and energy, as well as problem solving skills 
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and discretion 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Apply best practices of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies, systems, policies, and procedures; ability to work and communicate successfully with people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds 


  • Associate’s degree or higher, preferably in Journalism, English, History, Communications, or Marketing 
  • Two-to-three years of professional experience in nonprofit organizations; demonstrated success in forging relationships with multiple donors 
  • Prior experience in a database management as well as knowledge of CRM database required; Salesforce experience preferred, but other database experience accepted 
  • Basic web development skills 
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace 
  • Excellent verbal, written and digital communication skills 

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter. 

In compliance with federal law, upon hire, all persons will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification forms. 


ICFJ is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We intentionally reflect this commitment in our policies, our actions, and our work serving a global community of journalists. 

ICFJ is a non-profit classified as a 501(c)(3) and as such receives funding from public and private grant funds and donations. Our funders are listed at the bottom of our annual report.