Jobs & Freelance

Major Gifts Officer

Inside Climate News provides Pulitzer Prize-winning, nonpartisan reporting on the biggest crisis facing our planet. Our team is seeking a Major Gifts Officer responsible for cultivating, soliciting, and securing major individual gifts to support the mission and goals of the organization. This is a new position, reporting to the publisher and working closely with the director of development and the Board chair and vice chair.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • You will work collaboratively and strategically with the publisher, development staff and board members to develop the major gifts program for Inside Climate News.
  • You will develop and execute an annual plan to meet fundraising targets, and regularly project, analyze and report on major gift revenue.
  • You will work with the team to identify and manage a portfolio of existing donors, promising prospects and brand new contacts.
  • You will lead the qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of significant donors, seeking and securing major gifts, from five to seven figures in size.  
  • You will create engagement opportunities for donors and prospects to secure their long term commitment to ICN. 
  • Like the rest of ICN’s staff, you will work remotely, and we would prefer it if you lived around New York or San Francisco.  Some travel is expected and required.

Qualifications

  • You must have ten or more years of professional experience in fundraising or a related field, or its equivalent. You must have a proven track record of success, and we would prefer that you have experience in fundraising for journalism, environmental issues or both.
  • You must be highly motivated, well-organized and be a self-starter with a record of increasing achievement and responsibility.
  • You must be a very good writer.  You must be a skilled communicator on the phone, on Zoom and in person, one-on-one and in a group.
  • You must be collegial and invest in positive working relationships with others, internally and externally.
  • You must have a high level of integrity and understand ethical standards of fundraising.

Our News Organization

  • Founded in 2007, Inside Climate News is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan news organization covering the biggest crisis facing our planet. With 22 full-time staff members, we are one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country.
  • As part of our work in the public interest, we are building a collaborative national reporting network, strengthening the practice of climate and environmental justice journalism and training the next generation of journalists.
  • We have a nucleus in New York, a presence in Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago and staff working from California to Maine. Good ideas propel our operation, wherever they originate. We are a highly collaborative, supportive and collegial organization.
  • We have earned national recognition for our work and many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (2013) and recognition as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2016).
  • For more about ICN, please see our About page.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourage applications from candidates of any background or identity. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply

Please send resume and a cover letter to jobs@insideclimatenews.org, or email Publisher David Sassoon or Director of Development and Marketing Megan Boyle.

Midwest Climate and Justice Reporter

Inside Climate News is seeking an experienced reporter to cover climate change and environmental justice in the Midwest. The successful applicant for this position will produce a body of quick-turn news and feature stories, and longer form accountability, narrative and investigative projects that address the impact of climate change, environmental racism and pollution on the health and well-being of communities of color across the region.

Job Summary

This is a demanding position that requires the ability to use advanced reporting and writing skills in big cities and smaller communities in the Midwest. A track record of reporting that blends narrative story telling with deep sourcing and a facility with government documents and court records is a prerequisite, as is a demonstrated commitment to reporting on justice issues.

Qualifications

This reporter will need to be a self-starter and team player who works with a high degree of collegiality. These additional qualifications, or their equivalents, are essential:

  • A minimum of roughly five years reporting and writing experience, with clips that demonstrate an ability to break news and capture the historic inequities and challenges confronting communities of color that are heightened by climate change and environmental degradation. More experience would be a plus; candidates with slightly less experience but a demonstrated fire in the belly for covering environmental justice will be considered.
  • Knowledge of science, environment and climate, and/or civil rights, social and racial justice.
  • A solid work ethic, a collaborative attitude, a commitment to accountability reporting and a demonstrated passion for journalism in general, and climate and public health reporting in particular. Collegiality, teamwork and kindness are hallmarks of our newsroom.
  • The ability to bring diverse, unique insights to our coverage of climate change, the environment and environmental justice.

Our News Organization

  • Founded in 2007, Inside Climate News is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan news organization covering the biggest crisis facing our planet. With 22 full-time staff members, we are one of the largest environmental newsrooms in the country.
  • As part of our work in the public interest, we are building a collaborative national reporting network, strengthening the practice of climate and environmental justice journalism and training the next generation of journalists.
  • We have a nucleus in New York, a presence in Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago and staff working from California to Maine. Good ideas propel our operation, wherever they originate. We are a highly collaborative, supportive and collegial organization.
  • We have earned national recognition for our work and many of the most prestigious awards in journalism, including the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (2013) and recognition as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2016).
  • For more about ICN, please see our About page.

We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourage applications from candidates of any background or identity. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply

Please send resume, clips and a cover letter to jobs@insideclimatenews.org, or email Executive Editor Vernon Loeb, Managing Editor Sonya Ross, or Senior Editor Michael Kodas directly.

To Get on Our Radar

If you’d like to explore a fit with ICN, please get in touch and let’s start a conversation. A big plus of any of these jobs is good knowledge of the climate and energy arena—the history, the issues and the major players.

Send your résumé and a cover letter. Please explain to us what you want to do and why you would be a good fit. Send to jobs@insideclimatenews.org, subject line QUERY.