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We are currently hiring a Chief Development Officer and a Social Media Producer/Editor.

Chief Development Officer

Under the direct supervision of the ICIJ Director, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) serves as the top fundraising executive of the organization and oversees the approval and implementation of policies designed to maximize organizational fundraising efforts. The CDO establishes fundraising goals and approves strategies for all fundraising campaigns. The CDO has comprehensive knowledge of the overall development department function and oversees a team of professionals who generate revenue through fundraising activities including foundations, corporations and individual donors.

Essential job responsibilities:


  • Work with the ICIJ Director and ICIJ Board of Directors to develop goals related to all fundraising strategies, marketing and events.
  • Train staff, ICIJ Director, Board of Directors and volunteers in the philanthropic giving cycle and solicitation techniques. Serve as an information resource on all fundraising issues.

Strategic Planning

  • Work collaboratively with the ICIJ Director, staff and Board of Directors to develop and organize an annual Fundraising Plan and calendar to coordinate all fundraising and marketing activities that maximizes resources and results.
  • Direct development staff to research and identify individual donor prospects for solicitations to increase donor base. Prepare background reports on donor giving history and interests and develop proposals for donor consideration.
  • Direct grants officer to research, write, submit and track grant initiatives for the organization, including funding opportunities from private individuals, foundations and corporations as well as government agencies to increase operational funding base.
  • Develop guidelines for planned giving, major gifts fundraising and donor campaigns.
  • Evaluate overall results of the Fundraising Plan and recommend modifications or new approaches to support successful achievement of fundraising goals.

Fund Development

  • Cultivate potential major gift prospects, develop proposals and conduct solicitations of individual donors.
  • Collaborate with ICIJ Director, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers to engage them in donor solicitations based on donor interests, personal relationships, expertise or other criteria.
  • Work with the development staff to plan and implement fundraising and donor event activities.
  • Manage fundraising and donor event expenses within budget.
  • Set protocol for record keeping for individual donors, assuring effective administrative and operational support functions are in place. Manage and oversee the donor database.
  • Keep current with laws, statutes, fundraising materials and organizational literature.
  • Write grant proposals for foundation and institutional support as needed.
  • Recognize contributions with acknowledgement letters and donor recognition events.

Partnership Development

  • Develop partnerships with donors, community leaders and related organizations.
  • Work closely with the Board and staff to determine the best audiences and approaches.
  • Develop strategic alliances with donors, prospects, attorneys, financial advisors, accountants and others with an interest in fundraising opportunities.
  • Develop partnerships with community organizations and agencies as appropriate.

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Develop and maintain public relations to increase the visibility of programs, services and activities within the organization and the greater community.
  • Provide oversight for the creation of materials to promote upcoming events and programs including flyers, posters, brochures, public service announcements, monthly newsletter, etc.
  • Conduct face-to-face presentations with partnering organizations and businesses.
  • Prepare correspondence, proposals and reports as needed.
  • Provide oversight in the development of fundraising materials to support solicitations and increase understanding of philanthropic gifts and their impact to the organization.



Maintains oral and written contact with the ICIJ Director, Board of Directors, staff and volunteers to receive/provide information, discuss issues, explain guidelines/instructions, provide direction and advise/counsel.


Maintain oral and written contact with external groups, donors, foundations, prospects, media and others to achieve program goals and objectives, manage costs, share information and resolve problems, as well as for obtaining referrals and help in solving technical issues. Frequent contact with community members including financial planners, accountants, and law firms to maintain current knowledge in the field and to discuss donor interests and appropriate giving methods.

Additional responsibilities:

High energy level, comfortable managing multiple projects while leading the day-to-day operations of a development office. Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, mature and flexible. Good reasoning abilities and sound judgment. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Your skills and experience:

  • Four-year degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of ten years work experience in relevant fundraising activities: major gifts, foundations, annual campaigns, capital campaigns and endowments with a proven track record of fundraising goal setting and achievement.
  • Minimum of five years of experience supervising a team of development professionals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with all types of people.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, board, volunteers, community groups and other related agencies.
  • Knowledge of accessing and utilizing donor databases to inform fundraising strategies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of proposal preparation, reporting and solicitation.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with donors, volunteers and community leaders.
  • Ability to work independently.

This is a full-time position that we hope will be based in our Washington, D.C., office — although remote work may be possible for the right candidate.

The team at ICIJ is small but highly ambitious, creative, energetic and passionate about our mission: producing investigative journalism with global impact. We value team-players who are willing to go beyond the duties on their job description to help the organization grow. ICIJ prides itself on supporting career development and nurturing skills to help each employee achieve their full potential.

ICIJ is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to gryle@icij.org. Applications close August 6, 2021.

Social media producer/editor

Ever heard the one about how the Panama Papers exposed the rich and powerful as part of a global conspiracy to evade taxes and screw the rest of us over, and “literally nothing happened?”

Here at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, we are SICK of seeing this social post get re-shared every month. Why? Because LOTS happened after we led the Panama Papers investigation — but clearly, that message isn’t getting through.*

That’s where you come in.

At ICIJ, we’re really good at pulling together unprecedented global reporting collaborations (400+ journalists, all working together on a single story). And we’re amazing at exposing inequality, injustices and wrongdoing with our groundbreaking investigations. But we need help making sure our stories are reaching the right people, that we’re part of the right conversations, and that our investigations are empowering folks to make a difference in the world.

If you’re a passionate storyteller with a background in social media and an interest in mission-driven accountability journalism, we’d love you to help us.

*We are endlessly thankful that, five years on from the Panama Papers, we do now have a few people regularly jumping to our defense — whoever you are, we salute you. Want a job?

The job, the challenge and the team

We envision this role as an early-career position for someone with excellent foundational knowledge of social media platforms and audiences. We are also open to mid-career social media specialists, if you’re keen on working with us — feel free to strike up a conversation before applying!

You’ll need to be enthusiastic about taking huge deep-dive investigations and complex concepts, and translating them into clever stories and engaging conversation across Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and other platforms. You’ll help set our strategy for social media and audience development, working within our product team to make sure all our content is engaging and harmonious. You’ll also have some time to pitch your own pet projects, to experiment and innovate, and to set some career goals that we’ll help you achieve.

We’re a small but very ambitious nonprofit, headquartered out of Washington, D.C., with team members spread all around the world. When you work at ICIJ, you’re also part of a global network of hundreds of the world’s best investigative journalists and media outlets.

Responsibilities and opportunities

  • Manage ICIJ’s social platforms day-to-day, including posting ICIJ content, aggregating relevant news content, and engaging with our audience.
  • Create social-optimized multimedia content related to our investigations (your content will be shared by our partners, including some of the world’s biggest news outlets!).
  • Use analytics and social listening tools to monitor the success of our content on social platforms and identify opportunities for growth.
  • Help develop strategies and campaigns for growing and/or engaging our audience.
  • Share your specialist knowledge with the team regularly, and help the broader team achieve social success.
  • Assist with content creation, copywriting, newsletters, fundraising campaigns and digital production as needed.
  • Pitch your ideas for special social or audience projects, new digital content or features, or forays into different aspects of social media, community engagement and general internet experimentation.

Your skills and experience


  • You must be a self-starter who knows how news is distributed, consumed and understood around the world.
  • Understanding of social media platforms and engagement tools, as well as experience using analytics to track the success of your work.
  • Newsroom experience – especially digital — and sound news judgment.
  • Strong writing abilities and excellent communication skills.
  • Good organizational and project management skills.
  • Good sense of humor, consideration for others, and a passion for journalism.
  • A collaborative spirit and excellent attention to detail.


  • Familiarity with multimedia production – images, audio/video editing, design work (using Adobe products)
  • Familiarity with AP style
  • Additional language skills

Do your skills and experience not fit exactly with what we’ve outlined here, but you feel you’d be fantastic at this job? We want to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to apply.

This is a full-time position that we hope will be based in our Washington, D.C., office — although remote work may be possible for the right candidate.

ICIJ is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds with excellent journalism skills. People of color, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send your resume and some samples of your work to Hamish Boland-Rudder and Asraa Mustufa. In place of a traditional cover letter, please feel free to mix things up and send us a draft social post for any platform (don’t worry, you don’t have to actually publish your social post anywhere, just send it via email) telling us why you’re the right candidate for this job. And please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions! We’d love to hear from you.

Applications close August 6, 2021.