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Leadership Gifts Officer
Job Posting

Local journalism is critical to a thriving democracy.  The Connecticut Mirror (CT Mirror) is a local journalism success story.  And we have ambitious growth goals.

We are creating our first-ever Leadership Gifts Officer position to advance our mission of informing the public about policy, holding government accountable, and amplifying diverse voices and perspectives.

CT Mirror is a nonprofit, non-partisan, online news organization covering public policy, government, and politics in Connecticut.  In our first ten years we became the most trusted source for news about public policy in the state.

We are looking for an innovative and passionate Leadership Gifts Officer who will deepen the impact of our journalism by generating significantly new philanthropic support from high-capacity individual donors.

Our goals include:

  • Expanding the breadth of our reporting by adding an Investigative unit, an Economic Development and Justice beat, a Fairfield County bureau, and a Neighborhoods and Communities focus.
  • Expanding the platforms for delivering our reporting:
    • Growing our Steady Habits podcast.
    • Establishing greater multi-media capability.
    • Building a branded events series.
    • Deepening reader engagement through an online “Public Square.”
  • Providing more opportunities for young, aspiring journalists.
  • Other ideas that we can’t even imagine yet but that will be necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing media landscape!

If you join us you will generate the new funding CT Mirror needs to achieve these goals.  How you do that will be largely up to you.  Big picture, we’re thinking you will:

  • Create a strategic development plan for doubling annual major individual giving by the end of 2022.
  • Identify, prospect, cultivate, solicit, and steward high-capacity individual donors.
  • Collaborate with:
    • The Publisher who will participate in many major donor meetings.
    • The Editor and news staff to become familiar with their work and to understand upcoming newsroom initiatives and innovations.
    • Board members to leverage their networks to launch prospect and donor relationships.
    • The corporate sponsorship consultant to cultivate senior corporate decision-makers as potential individual donors.
    • The grants manager who will write grant proposals for family foundation prospects.
  • Developing and executing support materials for donor solicitation and stewardship such as:
    • Small, intimate fundraising gatherings, as necessary.
    • Talking points to brief the Publisher, Executive Editor, or board members prior to donor meetings they attend.
    • Updates for donors prior to in-person meetings.
    • Written donor proposals that showcase funding opportunities that align with prospects’ interests and CT Mirror’s mission and vision.
    • Prompt, creative and engaging recognition of major gifts.
  • We will look to you to blaze your own path to achieving our major donor goals.

We’re interested in candidates who have:

  • A passion for great journalism that covers policy, government, and politics.
  • Meaningful development experience, with a strong preference for a candidate who has:
    • Initiated new individual donor relationships that led to gifts of $25,000 or more.
    • Built a successful development program from scratch.
  • Strong written and verbal storytelling skills in general and the ability to evangelize about the importance of local news to a thriving democracy and strong communities in particular.
  • An engaging presence and excellent interpersonal, networking, and relationship-building skills.

Here’s our commitment to the candidate whom we hire:

  • A competitive salary designed to attract a top-notch development professional.
  • Medical and dental benefits, generous paid-time-off policy, and a basic 403b retirement savings program.
  • Professional development and the opportunity to learn from peers at industry conferences.
  • Flexibility to work remotely, as appropriate.
  • Transparent internal review and feedback process.
  • Cell phone stipend.
  • New PC or refurbished MAC.
  • You’ll work hard because we’re serious about our mission, but you’ll laugh plenty along the way because we can’t always be serious!
  • We embrace the American Press Institute’s Guiding Principles for Nonprofit Newsrooms.
  • The opportunity, over time, to be considered for promotion to Vice President / Chief Revenue Officer as we grow.

CT Mirror is committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve.  We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our hiring, procurement, volunteer recruitment, or other activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and readers.

The Leadership Gifts Officer position is based in Hartford, CT and reports to Publisher / CEO Bruce Putterman.

Please apply using this form by August 28.  Questions? Contact Bruce Putterman. No phone calls please.

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Investigative Reporter
Hiring Profile

The Connecticut Mirror (www.CTMirror.org) is an established, independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit digital news organization, whose mission is to produce original, in-depth, nonpartisan journalism that informs Connecticut residents about the impact of public policy, holds government accountable, and amplifies diverse voices and perspectives.

We have an immediate opening for an Investigative Reporter who will hold government and government-funded systems accountable by exposing failed practices, unmet needs, gross misrepresentations, and corruption.

The successful applicant will have at least seven years newsroom experience and a track record of reporting ambitious stories that create change. The successful candidate should be able to show examples of work that demonstrate strong interviewing and writing skills, the ability to translate complex policy into readable and relevant copy, a talent for connecting government or system failures to human consequences, and strong data analysis when applicable. Innovation, collaboration, and a hunger for truth are critical.

We’re looking for a reporter who:

  • Can find untold stories in data sets, documents, and sources;
  • Has experience developing story ideas that lead to investigations with the potential to positively impact and improve lives;
  • Has experience documenting and fact checking work;
  • Demonstrates a talent for narrative writing;
  • Has experience using open records laws to obtain records and data;
  • Is eager to tell stories in innovative, compelling ways across platforms and in a way that engages audiences;
  • Works well both independently and collaboratively with other CT Mirror staff and other news organizations;
  • Embraces CT Mirror’s public policy mission as the focus of investigative reporting.

The Investigative Reporter will report to the Executive Editor. The position will be based in our Hartford, CT newsroom.  This job is a two-year position, with an expectation that it will become permanent.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance and a 403(b) deferred retirement savings plan.

CT Mirror is committed to building an inclusive organization that represents the people and communities we serve.  We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our hiring, procurement, volunteer recruitment, or other activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and readers.

Please apply, including submitting your resume and three to five writing samples, using this form, by August 28.  Questions? Contact Elizabeth Hamilton.  No phone calls please.

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Managing Editor
Job Posting

The Connecticut Mirror (www.CTMirror.org) is an established, independent, nonprofit digital news organization, whose mission is to produce original, in-depth, nonpartisan journalism that informs Connecticut residents about the impact of public policy, holds government accountable, and amplifies diverse voices and perspectives.

We have an immediate opening for a full-time Managing Editor with primary responsibility for story editing (origination, development, word editing) across all beats and for accelerating the pace of innovation in CT Mirror’s digital news storytelling.

Specifically, the Managing Editor will work in conjunction with the Executive Editor to oversee day-to-day editing functions.  The Managing Editor will also manage our new Data Journalist whose two key roles will be to support other staff in analyzing and visualizing data and in generating her own data-driven stories.

Other Managing Editor responsibilities will include a) identifying and driving innovative ways of telling stories across multiple platforms, b) supporting audience engagement activities, c) identifying insights through analytics that can inform coverage priorities, d) managing an intern, and e) assuming Executive Editor responsibilities when the Executive Editor is not available.

The successful Managing Editor candidate will embrace CT Mirror’s public policy mission and highly collaborative, nonprofit operating model.

Requirements:

  • Strong editing skills.
  • Working knowledge of economic development and state budget process, politics, and public policy related to health care, housing, education, and criminal justice, and the environment.
  • Fluency in basic data analysis and reader analytics.
  • At least 5 years of digital journalism and editing experience at a daily news organization, preferably in a supervisory capacity.
  • Bachelor of Arts degree or higher.

The Managing Editor will report to the Executive Editor.  The position will be based in our Hartford, CT newsroom.

We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance and a 403(b) deferred retirement savings plan.

Please send a resume and three to five samples of your work to Elizabeth Hamilton, executive Editor, at ehamilton@ctmirror.org.  No phone calls please.

The Connecticut Mirror does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, board, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and readers.