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Advancement Associate

The American Journalism Project is seeking an Advancement Associate to serve in an essential advancement role at a venture philanthropy dedicated to the growth and sustainability of nonprofit news organizations. The role will support the efforts of our Philanthropy Team to build the American Journalism Project’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the future of local news and support the next generation of civic news leaders.

We believe a trusted source of verified information forms the connective tissue that brings communities together, facilitates collaboration, and is critical for thriving, civically engaged communities. The American Journalism Project aims to catalyze a movement of nonprofit local news enterprises that rallies our country’s next generation of social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community leaders around this vital cause. We encourage all people who are excited by the mission and the work, regardless of background, to apply.


We’re a small but entrepreneurial team working to re-shape the future of local news in our country. We’re passionate about journalism, civic engagement, and how local news plays a unique role in shaping our democracy. We help build and grow sustainable local news organizations all over the country — through financial investment, venture support, and movement building — that are governed by, sustained by, and look like the public they serve.

Since 2019, the American Journalism Project has committed more than $37M of investment in 33 nonprofit news organizations across the United States. Learn about our grantees.

Our team is deeply connected to our mission and supportive of each others’ goals and overall well-being. We aim to be an organization where everyone feels heard, respected, and valued. We are an entirely remote, distributed team and strive to maintain a healthy, fun, and productive workplace, working alongside smart, energetic colleagues who enjoy one another and the work. Meet our full team.

  • Local First: We know that local journalism must serve and be led by local communities. We make a practice of listening to, and making decisions with – not for – those communities, and connecting them to find strength in each other. 
  • Bold Leadership: We understand the severe economic challenge facing local news and thus democracy, and we embrace a sense of possibility with courage, urgency, and perseverance.
  • Constant Learning: We recognize the unknown in front of us. Therefore, we operate with humility and a commitment to continuous improvement and collaboration.
  • Commitment to Equity: We commit to creating a better, more diverse, and more inclusive news media that advances human and civil rights. We actively fight against injustice and racism, and that starts with doing the work ourselves.
  • Integrity: We accept the responsibility of earning trust every day. We operate with honesty, transparency, dignity, and respect, and without allegiance to party, ideology, profit, or power.

Your work will touch nearly every part of the development and fundraising efforts of the American Journalism Project and help develop a new story about the essential role of philanthropy in nonprofit news. You’ll play a vital role in supporting local news organizations across the country and will lay the groundwork for the future of local news in the United States.


The Philanthropy Team at the American Journalism Project works to galvanize support towards rebuilding local news. This team has led the organization to raise more than $53 million dollars for our first philanthropic fund and has launched our second fund with ambitious goals to rally significant contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations. 

The Advancement Associate will report to the Director of Growth Strategy & Investor Relations. They will also work closely with our Development Analyst to support our CEO, Chief Development Officer, and Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships in fundraising.


Our total compensation package is competitive in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and we are committed to supporting our team with what they need to show up every day ready to bolster the local press our democracy deserves.

We benchmark our salaries against similar organizations, and use a scale that considers job complexity and magnitude of responsibility to determine role levels and corresponding base salaries, as well as offering regular opportunities for salary increases. The salary range for this position is $76,296 – $83,926. Read about our benefits here.


The Advancement Associate will help grow the resources available to social entrepreneurs across the U.S. by building and supporting the American Journalism Project’s strategic partnerships and fundraising infrastructure. This role will play a central role across key areas of our development operation, including research and strategic writing. They will have the following responsibilities:

Grant writing and reporting 

  • Develop and write grant proposals and grant reports, and incorporate feedback from internal stakeholders
  • Manage proposal preparation process and grant reporting process to ensure timely stakeholder review and high-quality submission
  • Support on ensuring compliance with grant conditions and regulations, coordinating with program and finance teams as needed

Donor communications and strategic writing

  • Contribute materially to the Philanthropy Team’s body of strategic writing and ad hoc projects at the direction of Director of Growth Strategy and Chief Development Officer
  • Support on ensuring language and messages are synced across fundraising efforts; this can range from updating language in strategic materials, such as the organization’s concept note, to maintaining org-wide and program-specific LOI templates, and more.
  • Coordinate with program teams to ensure accurate representation of work in development materials
  • Maintain accuracy of Philanthropy Team materials, including quarterly talking points, stats docs, and external reading list

Donor qualification and research

  • Proactively identify new prospects through research, including assessment of qualification for fit with the American Journalism Project
  • Research donor prospects using wealth screening tools, online research, and databases
  • Produce in-depth, well-written research briefs to equip our external-facing staff for outreach and meetings
  • Coordinate handoff of qualified prospects, including meeting prep as directed
  • Maintain current research database through ongoing review and updating core research briefs with relevant news and developments

Events support

  • Support and help execute special events, including donor engagement events, board presentations, and special fundraising events
  • Contribute to drafting event scope in coordination with the Communications Team, developing run of show, briefing speakers, and drafting invitation language


This role might be a fit if you are:

  • Are an excellent communicator: You are a strong communicator and writer with a willingness to learn and grow. 
  • Are committed to equity. We are committed to creating a better, more diverse, and more inclusive news media that advances human and civil rights, and that starts with doing the work ourselves.
  • Are bold and mission-oriented: You wake up every day terrified about the future of local news in our country but boldly optimistic that we can reimagine our country’s local news infrastructure. You work with urgency to get us there faster. 
  • Are trustworthy: You handle confidential and sensitive information with humility, professionalism, and discretion.
  • Are detail-oriented: You are highly organized and love taking complex projects with competing priorities and many dimensions, and are comfortable and efficient working in a startup environment. 
  • Are a motivated self-starter with demonstrated good judgment, critical thinking, flexibility, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills. 
  • Are collaborative and agile: You have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment.
  • Are entrepreneurial and effective: You thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment that requires you to be nimble, adapt to change, and think outside of the box.

We know not all strong candidates will have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What background and skills do you have? 

  • Strong organizational skills and experience with grant proposal and reporting writing and management 
  • Experience producing development materials and content
  • Strong research skills
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles/practices and ethics
  • Proficient with office software, primarily Google Suite, including strong presentation design skills
  • Preferred work experience in a fundraising and development environment

Please submit an application through our portal. Download the full job description here. If you have any questions please feel free to email with “Advancement Associate” in the subject line.

The American Journalism Project is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. The American Journalism Project encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran status, sexual orientations, and marital statuses to apply.