Job Opening: Development Assistant


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The GroundTruth Project is an award-winning, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists in the U.S. and around the world. Our mission is to restore journalism from the ground up by supporting emerging journalists through field reporting that serves under-covered corners of the United States and the world. Our team is headquartered at WGBH in Boston, the flagship PBS station.

We are seeking a highly-organized self-starter for a new Development Assistant role focused on donor prospect research, database management, and reporting. This position is full-time and will be located in our Boston, MA office reporting to the Director of Development.


  • Leverage best practices in prospect research to identify new prospects, update      existing prospect information, and produce prospect memos that inform key      leadership team members involved in fundraising;
  • Building and maintaining systems — including our Salesforce database — to carefully      track, acknowledge, and report gifts (including data entry and analysis);
  • Support Report for America’s local sustainability team by facilitating data collection from partner newsrooms about their fundraising activities;
  • Coordinate with Development Communications team on online and direct mail      appeals;
  • Administering day-to-day development tasks, such as preparing gift acknowledgments,      addressing donors’ payments concerns, preparing meeting materials, etc.; and
  • Support other development functions of a fast-growing team as needs emerge.


  • 2-3 years of professional work experience in a nonprofit fundraising and development role;
  • Demonstrated experience in donor prospect research and developing well-researched      internal memos;
  • Demonstrated experience in database management (Salesforce preferred) or content      management systems;
  • Outstanding Excel skills, and some background in data reporting and analysis;
  • 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.

Interviews may be conducted via video conferencing or in-person.

About The GroundTruth Project

Since its incorporation as an independent 501(c)3 organization in 2014, GroundTruth has built award-winning editorial teams to produce in-depth journalism that explores challenging global issues through local, on-the-ground reporting. In 2018, GroundTruth launched Report for America, a new national service program that places talented emerging journalist into local newsrooms in under-covered communities across the United States.

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.