Fostering Media Connections (FMC) is a nonprofit news organization that uses a mix of investigative, accountability and solution-oriented journalism to drive reform within the systems that serve vulnerable children, youth and their families.
FMC publishes a daily news site, The Chronicle of Social Change, and a print magazine, Fostering Families Today. Both have won numerous journalism awards, and have impacted policy on the local, state and federal level.
Beyond publishing stories, FMC employs an aggressive dissemination strategy to see its stories re-published in other media outlets, and ensure they are read by key players in the fields of child welfare and juvenile justice nationally. In addition, we educate members of the media, quickly allowing them to produce more contextualized and impactful stories.
Finally, we train youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems the basics of journalism so they can take a more prominent position in the policy discourse that shapes their lives.
At the end of 2017, FMC launched an ambitious plan to scale its work nationally, Over the course of two years we will establish of four new regional hubs in addition to the organization’s headquarters in Los Angeles. The new southwest and northeast hubs are up and running, and the organization now has its sights set on future southeast and midwest hubs.
FMC’s Director of Development will be at the helm of elevating the fundraising and outreach efforts established over the course of the organization’s first seven years. Over that time FMC’s revenue has grown at an average rate of 21.5 percent with the current fiscal year just over 40 percent.
He/she will create and implement a strategy to take FMC’s development to the next level in a way that parallels the organization’s expansion in both staff and revenue, with a short-term focus on connecting with, managing and expanding our individual donor base and relationships with charitable foundations across the country. In the long-term, this person will build a corporate giving program, and integrate development with the organization’s multiple revenue streams related to its publications.
The ideal candidate must have solid experience and appetite for developing strategies that attract new donors in the media and nonprofit journalism space. The ideal candidate will excel in a fast-paced start-up environment, and be excited about building new systems and relationships.
This position is geared for someone who wants to come into a steadily growing organization and has the know-how, ingenuity and courage to amplify FMC’s strong growth trajectory.
The Director of Development will lead take over leadership of all of FMC’s current fund development activities and set the stage for growth and exploration of new avenues of fundraising for our evolving organization.
- Create and implement a multi-faceted vision for FMC’s fundraising activities;
- Strengthen current donor relationships while also exploring and building new ones;
- Create and work within the framework of a multi-year timeline for fund development and growth;
- Research and implement use of development software;
- Collaborate with FMC’s President to maximize support and involvement of FMC’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council in development activities;
- Monitor and evaluate all fundraising activities to ensure that the fundraising goals are being achieved;
- Stay attuned to trends in the community or region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary;
- Develop policies and procedures for the development department which reflect ethical fundraising practices.
- Collaborate with editorial leadership and business development manager to develop and implement a membership model for organization’s publications;
- Oversee special events, including annual community holiday party, networking events, and forums on children’s issues, and collaborating with program team to coordinate fundraising component of FMC’s Foster Youth Questival
- Manage and strengthen all aspects of individual donor program, including running end of year campaign and creating opportunities to connect with individual donors year round.
- Manage all aspects of philanthropic foundation giving, including maintaining established relationships with current funders and developing new connections in high impact areas across the country.
- Build a new corporate giving program, and coordinate all aspects of in-kind sponsorships.
- Take ownership of FMC’s stewardship and community-building initiatives as a way to generate support of the organization’s work, engaging FMC stakeholders ranging from members of the Board of Directors to readers of our publications.
Qualifications and requirements
- BA (required), MA (a plus); a certificate in fundraising management or CFRE designation is a plus;
- Five-plus years experience in development;
- Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills;
- Knowledge of development software and multiple platforms is a plus;
- Knowledge of fundraising management, including federal and state laws affecting nonprofit organizations, and best practices;
- Comfort and competence building relationships and doing outreach in communities around the country;
- Adept and personable at communicating via phone, email and social media around the organization’s messaging;
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, with emphasis on Excel, and G-Suite. Knowledge of other online platforms such as AirTable, Canva, Zoom, GoToMeeting is a plus;
- Ability to succeed in a role that mixes spending days working from a desk/computer, and also being a familiar face in the community meeting with funders; some travel required.
The ideal Director of Development will have demonstrated success in the following areas:
- Strong organizational and project management skills: adept at working under tight deadlines and managing multiple projects simultaneously. Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
- Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
- Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques.
- Planning and attention to detail: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results. Plan and execute activities on a timeframe that gives ample notice to involve multiple stakeholders while maximizing the benefits of the activity.
- Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve the finances of the organization and to create new opportunities.
- Focus on Donor Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of donors to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
- Foster Teamwork: Works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
- Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
- Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices and ensure behavior is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization.
- Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
- Vision: Above all, the Director of Development must value and understand FMC’s mission, appreciate how crucial fund development is to our capacity to do this work, and be able to communicate that mission to past, current and future donors in a way that allows them to feel connected and involved.
The Director of Development will report to the President. They will work in tandem with the Regional Editors, Director of Programs and Operations, and Distribution Manager to maximize opportunities for fundraising connected to FMC’s publications, programs and community activities.
Fulltime equivalent salary, range depending on experience. Benefits include healthcare, a SIMPLE IRA, paid vacation and sick leave.