City Bureau is seeking a Donor Community Manager to grow and nurture our network of donors and supporters who believe in our vision for a more equitable, community-centered approach to journalism. This person will be in charge of our Press Club membership program, develop and implement a donor management strategy, lead our event planning committee and be our marketing point person.

City Bureau believes that building support (monetary or otherwise) from our community is the duty of everyone in the organization. The Donor Community Manager will oversee and coordinate these efforts while working closely with other team members to ensure the work is integrated into each part of the organization, in accordance with our mission. City Bureau is a startup and intentionally fosters a collaborative work environment; all staff are expected to contribute toward overall organizational goals.

City Bureau is dedicated to reimagining local journalism by disrupting and repairing broken processes and structures. As such, we are looking for someone who also recognizes the flaws in the traditional nonprofit fundraising model and is willing to envision a different, more inclusive way to grow a donor community.
 

We are seeking someone who:

  • Has 2-5 years experience stewarding individual nonprofit donors and members (or similar experience in related fields)

  • Has planned fundraising and community events in a nonprofit and/or media context

  • Has a nuanced understanding of marketing best-practices, especially in the digital space

  • Can use digital tools, including data analytics, to automate, streamline and improve donor/member management processes

  • Can engage donors throughout the year to develop a robust, inclusive community of supporters

  • Understands that donors can give in many ways and is willing to test new types of partnerships

  • Is extremely self-motivated and able to take the initiative to turn ideas into reality

  • Is a collaborative worker who is willing to participate in all parts of our civic journalism lab
     

Not required but preferred:

  • Deep community ties and knowledge about Chicago’s South and West Sides

  • Familiarity with journalism and media industries

  • Experience working with private foundations

  • Experience with graphic design and/or copywriting

  • Proficiency in Spanish

 

You should apply if you:

  • are comfortable talking about money and working with major donors

  • genuinely enjoy connecting with new people and finding ways to work together so all parties benefit

  • love creating new systems that work seamlessly and efficiently

  • are not satisfied with the status quo in local media and nonprofits today and are ready to do something about it

Hours and Compensation:

This is a full-time, salaried position with flexible work hours based in the Chicago area; some work can be done remotely. City Bureau’s office is in Woodlawn, and the Donor Community Manager is expected to attend regular meetings at the office. Weekend or nighttime hours may be necessary, as this person will spend time attending community events, creating relationships with neighborhood groups and organizing City Bureau events outside the office. City Bureau offers professional development and travel opportunities; some work travel may be required.

City Bureau is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
 

Timeline:

Our selection process is designed to be fast and respectful of each candidate’s time. The first round is a simple form (below). The second round is a thorough request for proposals and video interview. All candidates offered an opportunity to submit a proposal will be paid for their proposals regardless of final selection.

  • JULY: FIRST-ROUND APPLICATION IS OPEN

  • july/AUGUST: SELECTED CANDIDATES WILL BE INTERVIEWED IN-PERSON OR VIA VIDEO CHAT. SECOND ROUND CANDIDATES WILL BE OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT A FULL PROJECT PROPOSAL.

  • SEPTEMBER: FINAL interviews and CANDIDATE SELECTION
     

Further Reading

Why We’re Creating the Press Club, City Bureau’s Membership Program

Help City Bureau Grow with Integrity

Billionaires Can’t Build the News We Need

Disruptors or Repairers? How City Bureau Fits in the Local Media Landscape

The Public Newsroom