Development Associate

Cityside Journalism Initiative, a pioneering nonprofit organization devoted to building community and strengthening democracy through local news, seeks a Development Associate.

Launched in 2020, Cityside is home to two widely read, award-winning local news sites in the San Francisco Bay Area: Berkeleyside, now in its 14th year, and The Oaklandside, which launched in 2020. A third news outlet, Richmondside, is also launching in the summer of 2024.

About this role


You’ll play a crucial role in Cityside’s fundraising efforts by helping ensure that the donors who power our mission feel known and appreciated. The Development Associate will report to the Sr. Director of Development supporting work to foster donor relationships, maintain donor information, process donations, and coordinate fundraising plans and events. The ideal candidate must have a passion for nonprofit local journalism and strong organizational and communication skills.


What you’ll do

Gift processing

  • Enter and process gifts made by check and ACH
  • Maintain documentation for all gifts made by check or ACH
  • Manage the donor acknowledgment process
  • Provide support for editorial and other events

Major donor portfolio management

  • Maintain all major donor records in Salesforce, ensuring accurate relationship manager assignments as well as maintaining up-to-date information related to meetings and correspondence 
  • Prepare all lists and materials for monthly Portfolio Review meetings
  • Take notes for Portfolio Review meetings and track action steps for each relationship manager
  • Assist in planning and executing donor cultivation and fundraising events

Prospect research

  • Using public sources and Cityside’s research software, create donor and prospect profiles
  • Identify new donor prospects through research software and other sources
  • Using engagement metrics and Cityside’s research software, identify donors with the greatest potential to upgrade their support
  • Other duties as assigned

Required qualifications

  • 2 or more years of fundraising experience
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Relationship building savvy
  • Experience with fundraising operations
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States
  • Must be able to commute to the Oakland office

We’re especially interested in candidates who…

  • Are proficient with Salesforce or a similar CRM
  • Have experience coordinating events
  • Have used Canva or similar software to create presentations
  • Have nonprofit experience
  • Have journalism industry knowledge

What we offer

Cityside aims to do good work and be a great place to work. We invest in our employees and look for teammates galvanized by serving their community through civic-minded local journalism.

Benefits and Compensation

  • Salary: $70,000-80,000
  • $1,000 a year in professional development stipends
  • Cityside pays for 75% of your health insurance premium and provides options for both Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente medical plans. The coverage also includes dental and vision plans from Guardian.
  • 401(k) retirement plan with up to a 4% company match after a 3-month waiting period
  • 20 paid vacation days
  • 12 paid sick days
  • 13 paid holidays
  • 5 additional paid days for an end-of-the-year break between Christmas Day and New Year
  • 100% paid family leave for 6 months
  • $100,000 life insurance coverage

About Cityside Journalism Initiative

Trusted, independent local journalism has never been more important, yet the resources for strong civic reporting are in ever shorter supply. Cityside is determined to change that dynamic.

As a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization committed to building community, we offer a model for sustainable local journalism that fosters civic engagement, enriches people’s lives and contributes to a healthy democracy.

Cityside is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building an organization that is diverse, and a work environment that is safe and inclusive for all employees. We recognize that people of color, gender-expansive people, the LGBTQ+ community, and people from working-class backgrounds have been marginalized in the journalism industry. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work that we do, so strongly encourage applicants from these identities to apply.

Candidates from all spectrums of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socio-economic background, and levels of physical ability are welcome to apply. Cityside values a wide range of experience and encourages candidates to submit their applications even if candidates do not meet all preferred criteria.