The Trace is seeking a Growth Coordinator to manage our nonprofit journalism startup’s operations in accounting, fundraising, professional development, and office life. The ideal candidate has experience in project management and a demonstrated track record of getting things done — and making things better — in every role you’ve jumped into. If you have your sights set on a leadership role in the nonprofit or media world, this job can be your springboard.

As the only newsroom dedicated to full-time reporting on gun violence in America, The Trace is shining a light on an issue that claims an average of 33,000 lives each year and drives our political and cultural debates in ways big and small. Our editorial staff has joined the team after tours at The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, New York magazine, TIME, the Atlantic, Essence, and Huffington Post. Partners we have worked with in our coverage range from Lenny Letter to the Guardian to ESPN’s Undefeated. Now we are looking for someone who will bring their passion and talent for capacity-building to The Trace as we turn our one-and-a-half-year old operation into a public-spirited media company positioned for the long haul.

Central to the growth coordinator’s job will be managing our budget and our relationships,  identifying and executing on new development and marketing opportunities, and keeping our small New York headquarters running smoothly. Those same responsibilities are also central to The Trace’s overall success. The business of media is changing, and nonprofit news sites that take on complicated issues of strong public interest are emerging as important players in the new landscape. This is an exciting opportunity to help our collaborative team build toward the future, gain new skills, and learn a lot along the way.  

The essential qualifications and responsibilities for the growth coordinator position include:

  • Making things work. You spot inefficiencies or failures in systems and processes and propose smart solutions. Forward-looking and creative, you offer ideas that turn our ambitions into reality, whether it’s a fundraising campaign, research memo, or staff event.
  • Tracking our finances. The Trace uses a few easy-to-understand apps to record and track our spending, donations, and grant activities and reconcile our corporate credit card statements. You have the tech savvy and natural organizational chops to make this a breeze, and the diligence to make sure it’s always done accurately and on time. Past experience maintaining a CRM is a definite bonus.
  • Taking care of freelancers and funders. Contributing authors need to get paid. Donors should to be thanked and kept in the loop. Questions from either need to be answered promptly, concisely, and eagerly. Instinctively, you get that — which makes you great at this aspect of the job.
  • Maintaining a healthy, positive, and productive workspace. The growth coordinator will have a knack for anticipating the material needs of our growing and busy newsroom and finding cost effective ways to address them. He or she serve will also serve as the point of contact with our coworking manager on any office building issues. In addition, the growth coordinator will organize staff lunches, outings, conference travel, guest speaker appearances, internal training sessions, and monthly birthday celebrations.
  • Communicating clearly and thoughtfully. You’re equally skilled at writing a persuasive fundraising document or a punchy internal reminder, always understanding the right tone for the task at hand. In equal measure, you are an active listener during meetings and comfortable addressing a group.
  • Creating the conditions for revenue growth. Working with the editorial director, you will create and manage annual fundraising calendars, helping to identify opportunities and maintain strategic focus on the most promising avenues for expanding financial support. Other development-related duties will include serving as project manager for the creation of collateral materials and grassroots fundraising campaigns and researching grant and donor prospects.

To apply, please submit a single PDF containing a one-page resume, a cover letter summarizing your relevant experience addressed to James Burnett and Olivia Li, and a brief memo telling us about …

  • The most entrepreneurial thing you’ve done this year.
  • The last problem you solved, and how you solved it.
  • Your favorite source of news and what you love about it.

Email your materials to by November 15, 2016.

Important dates and details

  • Start date: before December 16, 2016
  • This is a full-time, salaried position with competitive health and savings benefits.
  • The Trace is committed to diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBQT people.

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