Job opening: Vice President of Development

The GroundTruth Project, a dynamic young organization whose mission is to train the next generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of our time, is seeking a Vice President of Development to partner with the Chief Executive Officer, Report for America President and GroundTruth’s leadership team to scale our development efforts.

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. Founded by correspondent, author, and editor, Charles Sennott, GroundTruth is committed to narrative storytelling that enlightens and informs across media platforms, including digital, radio/podcast, television and documentary film.

Based at WGBH in Boston — and reporting across America and around the world — GroundTruth focuses on issues of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, the environment, religious affairs and global health. We work to foster dialogue and engagement about these issues, with the aim of finding solutions, as well as exposing injustice.

In the last five years, GroundTruth has supported more than 200 reporting fellowships as far away as Myanmar, Egypt and Somalia, and as close to home as Kentucky, Minnesota and Montana. Our local initiative, Report for America (RFA), places early-career journalists for a year-of-service at more than 50 community news organizations around the country. The RFA program headed by Steve Waldman has great momentum, and an ambitious plan for scaling.


With multi-year investments from regional, national and global foundations – such as the Knight Foundation, Google News Labs, Center for Investigative Journalism, and the MacArthur Foundation — GroundTruth is poised for major scale and growth. To help GroundTruth reach the next level of impact, we are seeking a Vice President of Development to partner closely with our dedicated and passionate CEO, RFA President, Board of Directors, and staff to build upon our fundraising success and ensure long-term sustainability.

Specifically, the Vice President of Development will:

  • Spearhead the strategy and execution of a comprehensive and ambitious fundraising effort to take GroundTruth from $5 million per year to $30 million per year over the next five years. Create and manage to clear metrics for success and hold others accountability to achieving metrics.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit potential 6- and 7-figure major individual, foundation, and corporate donors from existing and to-be-developed pipelines.
  • Work closely with GroundTruth CEO and Report for America (RFA) President as thought partners and collaborators, driving efforts to ensure leadership is fully engaged in funder cultivation and stewardship. Steer the work of the CEO and RFA President to enable the Board and Advisors to leverage their networks.
  • Grow and supervise a team to execute on a coordinated approach that balances securing support for our ongoing work and scaling support for new initiatives.
  • Effectively steward secured gifts and grants, keeping GroundTruth supporters abreast of our progress and setting up successful renewal of support.
  • Design and execute events to showcase the organization’s talent and raise visibility and funds (e.g. salons and galas.)
  • Develop and maintain data-driven systems to support a robust pipeline and moves management.
  • Serve as a key member of the senior management team, contributing to overall organizational strategies.
  • Present to the Board of Directors at quarterly, in-person meetings, and on committee calls as needed.


The Vice President of Development will bring a passion for fundraising, a desire to make an impact on a rapidly growing organization, and a heartfelt connection to education, journalism, civic engagement, and the issues GroundTruth addresses. Specifically, you are:

  • An experienced fundraiser with a track record for securing major gifts. You bring success in and enjoyment of every step of identifying, closing and stewarding funding relationships of $100K-$1M+ with individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • An entrepreneurial builder with the know-how and desire to create new fundraising initiatives and programs from the ground up. You take a hands-on approach in translating strategy into tangible activities and results.
  • A strong team leader with the ability to mentor and lead a team that will work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, startup environment.
  • A data-driven strategist who brings success in building sustainable development operations and systems. Salesforce experience is a plus.
  • A strong communicator with a knack for marketing, communications, and/or storytelling in a nonprofit setting. You have a warm, energetic, and authentic personality that translates to building lasting relationships with a variety of constituents (e.g. board, staff, funders, strategic partners, fellows.)
  • A network of contacts and relationships with philanthropic supporters of journalism, democracy, and education, or related fields is a plus.
  • Able to travel up to 25% of the time (domestically sometimes internationally), with the flexibility to work evening and weekend events.

Please fill out this form which will also allow you to upload a cover letter and resume.  Questions about the position may be directed to Director of Human Resources Anne O’Brien at

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.