Individual Giving Officer

Job Type

Full Time




Details: Based on experience and qualifications



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



New York
New York
United States


The News Literacy Project (NLP) is looking for a full-time individual giving officer (IGO) to lead our philanthropic efforts with individual donors. This is a role that requires considerable personal initiative and a “roll up the sleeves” startup mindset. This position offers the successful candidate a unique opportunity: inviting individuals to support the important work of embedding news literacy in the American education experience.


About NLP

The News Literacy Project is a national nonpartisan education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. Our central offering is the checkology® virtual classroom, an online e-learning hub. Since the platform was introduced in May 2016, more than 12,000 educators have registered to use it in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories and 91 other countries. We are currently adding staff to support significant user growth with the launch of the checkology® 2.0 platform for the 2018-19 school year. 


About the position

The individual giving officer is a member of the NLP Development/Revenue Team and reports directly to the chief operating officer (COO). You will be familiar with individual giving strategies and campaigns, comfortable working directly with individual donors and conversant with the general American educational landscape. You’ll hit the ground running, be unafraid to experiment and be a highly motivated self-starter who displays personal integrity, has a sense of fun and is comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.


In this job, you will:

  • Design and execute the organizational strategy to increase philanthropic gifts from individual donors, including stewarding existing donors and identifying and cultivating new donors through campaign & event follow-up.
  • Design and manage planned giving and endowment campaigns.
  • Secure a targeted value of new and renewed gifts each year, with an eye on securing multiyear support.
  • Assist the CEO with his targeted portfolio of high-capacity individual donors.
  • Manage all portfolio support work, including communications with donors and the donor database.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Team to design and produce the necessary messaging and collateral to support portfolio efforts.
  • Collaborate with the CEO, the COO and the Development/Revenue Team as needed to insure a cohesive approach to revenue generation across the organization.


The ideal candidate also will have most or all of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience in identifying, cultivating and stewarding individual gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
  • Experience leveraging events and campaigns to build a pipeline of prospective donors.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a portfolio of 100+ individuals with little supervision.
  • Direct user familiarity with donor databases.
  • Strong and proactive communication skills with team, contractors and funders.
  • Experience with virtual work environment (both technology tools and personal skills).


Compensation and Benefits

Salary is based on experience and qualifications. NLP offers outstanding benefits, including competitive salary, generous time off, health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan and more.


The position can be located in either New York City or Washington. Regular travel (25%-40%) will be required to meet with funders across the country and, if the successful candidate is in New York City, with NLP staff in Washington.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. ET on Monday, April 30. We hope to hire as quickly as possible for a start date before July 1.


The News Literacy Project welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. We offer equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service or other protected status.


NLP offers outstanding benefits, including competitive salary, generous time off, health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan and more.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, send a thoughtful cover letter (with salary expectations) and a resume (including portfolio totals) to with “IGO” in the subject line.