Jobs

The Center for Public Integrity is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Below, please find our current openings:


Director of Individual Giving

The Center for Public Integrity, founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis, is one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission is to enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

We are looking for a talented Director of Individual Giving to work with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) and senior staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual prospects and donors capable of making major gifts (with a focus on gifts of $10K+).  Building on a current list of prospects who have been identified and cultivated over the past few years, the Director of Annual Giving will secure and expand support for the Center’s investigative journalism. The Director of Individual Giving will also will be part of a dynamic, successful fundraising team and collaborate with other team members in identifying and stewarding mid-level donors from the Center’s membership program, online giving, and event planning.

The ideal candidate will bring at least five years of demonstrated success as a front-line fundraiser, particularly in the area of major giving. S/he must have established skills identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects, as well as the creativity, collegiality, energy and integrity to be part of a highly-motivated development team. Support from the organization’s CEO and board members makes this an ideal time to expand the organization’s burgeoning leadership giving program.  The Director of Individual Giving reports to the Chief Development Officer. 

This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys a lively, friendly workplace, an extraordinarily compelling mission, and a setting filled with dynamic ideas and game-changing journalism.

Responsibilities and Expectations Include:

  • Build a major gifts program, starting with an existing prospect list of 40-50 high net worth individuals, steward major donors from the organization’s mid-level donors
  • Research, rank and organize the current list of major donor prospects. Identify and solicit new major donor prospects who support similar causes.
  • Offer strategic counsel to the CEO, CDO, and development colleagues, on major donor relations.
  • Plan and participate in fundraising visits and calls with the CEO, CDO and board members, as appropriate
  • Develop creative, cost-effective strategies for researching and cultivating individual prospects.
  • Prepare proposals and cultivation/solicitation materials and correspondence for prospects and donors.
  • Work with Development Operations to fully utilize the department’s Salesforce database track prospects and manage existing donors.
  • Identify and cultivate top prospects from the Center’s membership program.
  • As appropriate, and in coordination with the CDO and board members, promote and solicit planned gifts.
  • Plan and grow an online fundraising program in collaboration with the Sr. Manager of Development Operations and the Chief Development Officer.
  • Plan and execute cultivation and stewardship events.
  • Work toward the goal of ensuring that the revenue stream of major gifts ($10k and above) is between $1-$2 million annually.

Qualifications Include:

  • Strong commitment to the role of a free press in a democratic society and enthusiasm for the basic watchdog mission of the Center for Public Integrity.
  • At least five years of professional experience in fundraising or closely related field.
  • Experience with event planning and ability to produce events for major donors and VIPs.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise large gifts.
  • Practical knowledge of major giving and an understanding of the major gifts cycle.
  • Demonstrated ability to move four-figure donors to higher, consistent, sustained giving.
  • Superior communication, presentation, organizational and writing skills.
  • Ability to be a front-line representative of the Center for Public Integrity, to external constituencies such as prospects, donors, and the board.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office, Mailchimp, and Salesforce fundraising software or equivalent.
  • Experience using social media to communicate, influence and fundraise.
  • Proficiency with prospect research techniques.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • A voracious reader who likes to laugh.

Conditions:  Non-supervisory position. Travel as needed

To Apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to: settleson@gmail.com, subject line: CPI, Individual Giving.


Environment Reporter

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for a reporter to join its Pulitzer-winning environment and workers’ rights team in Washington, D.C. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience as a journalist, with a background in enterprise reporting. Strong writing ability is a must; data skills are a plus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing investigative stories on subjects such as federal and state environmental regulation, environmental health and energy development, with a focus on climate change.
  • Writing vivid, original articles, ranging in length from 1,000 words to more than 5,000 words, for publication on the Center’s and media partners’ websites. Clean copy is mandatory.
  • Working collaboratively with other members of the team and our partners, which have included The Associated Press, the Texas Tribune, NPR, The Weather Channel, USA TODAY, The Guardian and Slate.
  • Collecting and analyzing data, when applicable.

Founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis, the Center for Public Integrity is one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission is to enhance democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism. The Center is committed to hiring employees from diverse backgrounds. People of color, women, LGBTQ and differently abled people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Please send resume and cover letter to: workhere@publicintegrity.org