Director of Development: Bethesda, MD


Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), the nonprofit publisher of Education Week and, is seeking a highly motivated and experienced development professional to support the growth of this media nonprofit. EPE and Education Week sit at the heart of the growing field of nonprofit journalism, and this individual will contribute to new strategies to strengthen EPE’s 59-year success in the field. The Director of Development will work in concert with EPE’s Vice President of Development and External Communications to support the organization’s senior management team in a full range of fundraising and development initiatives.


  • Support the Vice President in building processes and systems to better identify, engage, track, and report on grant funding in order to support the EPE mission
  • Identify new opportunities and develop new strategies to build capacity into EPE’s fundraising efforts
  • Incorporate new fundraising perspectives in order to diversify EPE’s revenue-building efforts
  • Play a critical role in building and maintaining foundation and corporate relationships, researching prospective funders, building internal databases and processes, developing funding proposals, coordinating grants administration and reporting, and measuring the impact of grant-supported projects
  • Package EPE’s mission while leading confidently and collaborating effectively across the editorial and business teams
  • Initially this role will take on the management of some current grants while working assertively to identify potential prospects


  • Four-year college education or graduate degree and at least 5+ years of hands-on development experience
  • Well-versed in key aspects of fundraising, proposal development, and grant management
  • Be well-connected and credible in the fundraising community
  • Be knowledgeable about current issues in K-12 education, developments in education philanthropy, and trends and best practices in the philanthropic sector
  • Have a strong interest and background in education, journalism and/or media
  • Be highly analytical and comfortable using a variety of technology platforms (CRM systems, media, and web analytics tools)
  • Must be natural at connecting with donors, prospects, and clients
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a diverse group of colleagues
  • Strong organization and time-management skills, effective written and oral communication, and the ability to balance multiple projects on deadline are essential
  • Prior experience working with corporate donors, donor-advised funds, or HNWIs would be an asset
  • Must be able to adapt to and thrive in EPE’s highly collaborative work culture
  • This individual would logically come from an organization that is passionate about education, passionate about journalistic integrity, or the intersection of the two, but extraordinary candidates from other fields are welcome


The Director of Development will be a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and comes with a generous benefits package. 


EPE’s mission is to advance the field of education by providing high quality and unbiased news, research, and information to policymakers, educators, researchers, and other influencers. Under its flagship Education Week brand, EPE engages readers with important education news, meaningful analysis, outside opinion and commentary, and distinctive explanatory and investigative journalism across a range of digital, print, and broadcast platforms as well as through live and virtual events.

EPE has invested heavily in non-print and emerging media over the past 15 years, with more than 65 percent of the publishing revenue generated from digital products and services.  Each month, the website reaches an online audience of 1.3 million unique visitors generating 3 million page views. That content is regularly highlighted through robust social media channels and a variety of partnerships, such as high-profile work with PBS NewsHour.

As an entrepreneurial non-profit media organization with a double bottom-line focus, EPE generates about 75 percent of its revenue from subscribers and advertisers, with the remaining support coming from a committed group of philanthropic funders. EPE is committed to the idea that investing in excellent journalism will generate paid-content/read revenue, and that putting readers front and center aligns the organization’s business goals with its journalistic mission. EPE offers a congenial workplace located in Bethesda, MD, a vibrant suburb just outside Washington, D.C., within walking distance of the Metro subway system.


For interest, referrals or questions regarding this position please contact:

Jeff Perkins
(202) 841-6279

Charles Nailen
Vice President
(334) 796-7336


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