Job description

The GroundTruth Project, whose mission is to advance sustainable, innovative, and equitable journalism that serves under-covered communities worldwide through on-the-ground reporting, is seeking a Development Assistant to join its Development Team.

GroundTruth is home to Report for America and Report for the World, two programs addressing the crisis in journalism in the U.S. and abroad by placing local journalists in the field at scale. Housed within the offices of WGBH in Boston, GroundTruth has a lively headquarters; a prestigious Board of Directors and Advisory Board; a small, talented and dedicated staff, and a timely mission and vision.

The Development Assistant will join a fast-growing team and contribute to an ambitious fundraising effort to raise $70 million over the next five years through leading national and regional foundations, corporations, major donors and grassroots campaigns. The Development Assistant will be based remotely and will report to the Director of Local Sustainability.

Responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Responsible for managing operational logistics for our local newsroom partners, donors, foundations and corporations.
  • This position will also focus on database management, and reporting. Solicits and acknowledges donations and maintains donor records.
  • Facilitate and support the development and local sustainability teams with information collection from partner newsrooms about their fundraising activities.
  • Participate in collecting information for the development of the annual report; Build and maintain systems — including our Salesforce database — to carefully track, acknowledge, and report gifts (including data entry and analysis); Maintains accurate newsroom data in Salesforce as the one source of truth and communicates to newsroom status on development goals.
  • Maintain contact with all newsroom affiliates to drive Portal usage, auditing content as needed.
  • Ability to collaborate and build relationships with members of the GroundTruth finance, operations, and program teams to ensure the accuracy and integrity of data relevant to the Local Sustainability and Development teams.
  • Administer day-to-day development tasks, such as preparing gift acknowledgments, addressing donors’ payments concerns, preparing meeting materials, etc.
  • Responsible for supporting the Local Sustainability and Development team with the day to day tasks that make the organization and department run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Support other development functions of a fast-growing team as needs emerge.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an emerging professional who seeks to make an impact in a growing organization and who shares an interest in education, journalism, civic engagement and the issues GroundTruth addresses.

Successful candidates will possess:

  • At least 1 (one) years of professional work experience in a nonprofit development;
  • Demonstrated experience in data reporting and analysis, and presentation of high-level findings;
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to write on a deadline;
  • Excellent attention to detail, especially as it relates to copy editing, deadlines, organizing, and time management;
  • A problem-solving mindset and passion for building things from the ground up;
  • A sense of humor, creativity, flexibility and high standards in nonprofit excellence.
  • Excellent follow-up skills;
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with all levels within the organization;
  • Able to manage an application process and create and manage a calendar of scheduled interviews;
  • Experience creating, mining and merging data;
  • Some experience with planning events,
  • Knowledge of MS Office and Google suites, Salesforce knowledge is a plus.

The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected factor.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $47,000.00 - $49,000.00 per year


  • 403(k)
  • 403(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift


Dear news organization, We're so glad you're considering partnering with Report for the World. This form is for prospective newsrooms applying for their first RFW corps member or members. 

QUESTIONS? Email Report for the World Executive Director Preethi Nallu at

The GroundTruth Project’s mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by supporting the next generation of journalists through field reporting that serves under-covered corners of the United States and the world. The GroundTruth Project is an equal employment opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.


Report for America is a national service program that places emerging journalists into local newsrooms to report on urgent under-covered issues and communities. It is an initiative of The GroundTruth Project, an award winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists. Report for America is a dynamic, rapidly growing answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. Report for America is a dynamic, rapidly growing answer to America’s crisis in local news reporting. 


Report for the World is an international journalism program that matches local newsrooms with talented journalists to report on undercovered issues around the globe. By creating a more sustainable and impactful media ecosystem, Report for the World informs, engages, and enables communities through public service journalism.


The Director of Development will join a tight-knit Development Team that works collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to initiate, steward and grow philanthropic relationships with institutional, individual and corporate donors.


We seek a candidate who is warm, generous of spirit and deeply passionate about the power of journalism as a public service to people and communities, with an abiding commitment to equity.


Key responsibilities of the role will include:


Donor Prospecting, Cultivation and Stewardship

● Lead a portfolio of established, valued philanthropic partners with a spirit of trust building and transparency.

● Lead a prospect development effort to identify and bring new donors into the organization around key growth areas.

● Hold primary responsibility for the development and execution of proposals in harmony with the organization’s strategic and budget goals.

● Help develop overall fundraising strategy and development communications in partnership with development and cross-department colleagues.


Board Relations:

● Support and partner with the Chief Development Officer, as well as the CEO, to engage with the Board of Directors’ Development Committee to work through big questions and tackle ambitious opportunities.

● Help support Board and Advisory Board giving, creating opportune moments for generosity.


Thought Leadership and Events

● Take part in industry and community events in the US, and around the world to further the work of the organization and our partners.

● Create a donor event strategy; co-host donor events, both in-person and virtually.

● Contribute to the larger discourse around journalism in society through earned media.



● Collaborate with the VP of Finance to keep development efforts synchronized with financial forecasting, realities and donor reporting

● Liaise with leaders across teams to maintain a high level of awareness about GroundTruth’s work around the world and to connect our on-the-ground efforts with resources.

● Serve as an organization-wide leader and ambassador for our work, living our values around diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.



● 7+ years of professional work experience in a mix of frontline fundraising and internal development work for a nonprofit or social impact organization; Experience with philanthropy and development outside of the US a plus

● A track record of building strong networks and relationships that lead to direct philanthropic support and ability/comfort to make direct asks;

● A deep passion for and understanding of our mission to restore local news nationally and globally, and an ability to become a strong spokesperson and advocate for that work;

● An excellent writer;

● Demonstrated experience in donor prospect research and developing well-researched internal memos;

● Demonstrated experience in database management (Salesforce preferred) or content management systems;

● Excellent attention to detail, especially as it relates to handling sensitive information and tracking down data;

● An ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment;

● A customer service mindset that centers our donors as a critical part of our work;

● A sense of humor, creativity, flexibility and high standards in nonprofit excellence.



This position is remote and may be based anywhere in the world, with the expectation of approximately 20% travel. Our anticipated salary is $120k. Interviews will be conducted via video conferencing.