Chicago Reporter seeks development officer

The Chicago Reporter, a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on race and poverty, seeks a development officer to develop and implement a strategy for securing individual major gifts and managing a portfolio of existing Reporter donors to meet short-term financial goals for the organization.

The position is funded for 18 months through a project-related grant. Based on grant funding and fund raising, the position could become permanent with responsibility for building and actively managing a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors.

The primary objective of the 18-month assignment is to develop an appeal campaign organized around a specific project and meet assigned individual gift revenue goals as articulated by the editor and publisher of the Reporter. The development officer reports to the editor and publisher and coordinates activities with the development staff of the Community Renewal Society, which publishes The Chicago Reporter.

The position is 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; some evenings and weekends as needed.


  • 4+ years of nonprofit fund raising experience; major gift experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of journalism and trends in national and local media.
  • Excellent written and presentation communication skills.
  • Ability to multi -task, meet deadlines and work with minimum supervision.
  • Experience with constituent relationship management system such as Salesforce.
  • Attention to detail and strong project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet financial goals for major gift giving.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office Suite computer skill s.
  • Bachelor’s degree.

Interested? Send a resume and cover letter to Susan Smith Richardson, editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, at Include “development officer” in the subject line. No calls, please.