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Development Director

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) seeks a Development Director to work directly with the Executive Director to lead the IWMF’s efforts to raise support among foundations, individuals, and corporations by creating and implementing a strategy and work plan to meet IWMF’s fundraising needs.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Participating in guiding the growth and development of the IWMF as a member of its senior leadership team.
  • Creating a multi-year strategy for donor cultivation and solicitation informed by data collection and knowledge of IWMF’s donor base.
  • Fostering and building relationship with existing donors, including small-dollar and major givers, corporate sponsors and foundation contacts.
  • Traveling to meet potential funders, as well as maintaining and cultivating relationships with existing partners in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.
  • Supporting the IWMF Board of Directors on fundraising activities on behalf of the IWMF.
  • Overseeing and managing year-round Courage in Journalism Awards fundraising campaign, including cultivating leadership, overseeing event planning, solicitation, cultivation, consultant, and consultant management. Annual awards events take place in New York, Washington, DC and Los Angeles.
  • Overseeing planning for and executing three fundraising events in 2023 in Los Angeles.
  • Developing and managing fundraising and advisory committees that support the IWMF’s development efforts.
  • Liaising with IWMF communications and programs departments, as well as leadership to develop content and event programs.
  • Developing materials for solicitations and proposals.
  • Preparing grant reports for foundations and IWMF leadership.
  • Ensuring compliance with all reporting requirements to donors and relevant agencies.
  • Overseeing the development and maintenance of a donor database.
  • Managing development coordinator and executive coordinator (half-time on development).

The Development Director’s role is broad, requiring someone comfortable with juggling many activities. It will require diplomacy and quick action coupled with long-term strategic implementation, and involvement in all aspects of the IWMF’s operations including, but not restricted to, programs, communications, networking, and events.

If you are a bold, experienced development leader able to build on and nurture IWMF’s committed funding base to increase support for the IWMF’s mission, the IWMF welcomes your application.


Eight to 10 years of relevant work experience. Previous fundraising and management experience essential. A proven track-record of high-level fundraising and experience cultivating corporate sponsors and major donors. Must be eligible to work in the United States. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Skills and Values:
  • Cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Proven senior level managerial, problem solving, and organizational development skills.
  • Self-starter who is organized, flexible, able to successfully manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience working with high-level contacts in a diplomatic and professional manner.
  • Excellent fundraising skills.
  • Solutions oriented approach a must.
  • Knowledge of the news media and development industry a plus.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Passion for IWMF’s mission, enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to motivate others and a sense of humor required.
About the IWMF:

The International Women’s Media Foundation breaks barriers for women journalists to promote a diverse and representative news media. The IWMF challenges established narratives by offering resources and opportunities to women and nonbinary journalists and draw attention to gender disparity in the news industry. The IWMF is the only organization that offers emergency support, safety training, global reporting opportunities, and funding for both staff reporters and freelancers, all specifically tailored for women. The IWMF’s priority areas fall into four thematic areas: safety, opportunity, equity, and recognition.

The IWMF prioritizes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging across all its programming and fundraising initiatives, as well as in its day-to-day operations. The IWMF is a women-led organization with 50% of senior leadership and 41% of staff positions held by women of color. The IWMF believes its strength as an organization is directly tied to the diversity of voices on its team.

What the IWMF does:
  • In 2022, the IWMF has awarded $600,000+ in reporting grants to 200+ journalists worldwide, resulting in 340 stories and 15 journalism awards (and counting!).
  • IWMF’s Emergency Fund served as a necessary lifeline of support in times of crisis, assisting over 1,100 journalists from 23 countries the past two years. IWMF’s emergency assistance work expanded to include support to Afghan journalists fleeing crisis, providing over $1,500,00 to over 600 journalists in need. The IWMF also continued the US Emergency Fund and the Black Journalists Therapists Relief Fund, providing over $137,000 to U.S.-based journalists in need; over $160,000 supporting Black journalists’ mental health; and over $215,000 to women journalists in distress globally.
  • This year IWMF’s safety trainings reached 600+ journalists and the IWMF partnered with 20+ newsrooms to provide customized safety support.
  • Via IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Awards, the IWMF has honored 114 women from 60 countries since 1990.

To apply, please click here.

Status: Open

  • Employment

Organisation: International Women’s Media Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

Location: United States


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