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Director of Development

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Manager: Executive Director

Status: Full-time Exempt Employee (40 hrs/week)

Location: Chicago with hybrid remote and in-person work

Compensation: $60,000, plus benefits

Approximate Start Date: July 2021

Borderless Magazine’s Mission: Borderless Magazine NFP is a nonprofit news outlet that is reimagining immigration journalism for a more just and equitable future. We report stories, train emerging journalists from immigrant communities and train professional journalists in how to better serve immigrant audiences. Sign up for our newsletter and read our 2020 Impact Report for examples of our work. 

Do you believe in the power of immigrant voices? We do. 

Borderless Magazine NFP is seeking a gifted and energetic Director of Development to help make our work reporting on and with immigrants sustainable for years to come.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to work in a creative environment at a growing nonprofit news outlet. You’ll be part of a diverse team that is committed to immigrant rights issues and justice. 

As the Director of Development, you will be the frontline fundraiser responsible for applying and managing grants, running our new membership program, and cultivating major gifts. You will also be responsible for helping grow the top of our donor funnel and supporting audience growth. 

We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including immigrants, women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

We know there are great candidates who may not exactly fit into this job description or who have important skills we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

We can support you and provide training to meet the responsibilities for this role.

Have a background in audience growth or community organizing but not development? Please apply!

Have a background in development but not audience growth? Please apply!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop comprehensive fundraising and audience growth plans and objectives in conjunction with the Executive Director, Art Director and board with targeted goals, quantifiable outcomes, and timelines
  • Write and manage grants, including Letters of Intent (LOIs), proposals and reports
  • Help plan, supervise, and grow Borderless Magazine’s new donor membership program 
  • Cultivate major gifts and planned giving, including identification of prospects, solicitation and stewardship of donors
  • Create unified messaging for fundraising campaigns
  • Foster a healthy and collaborative fundraising culture across the organization
  • Work with the Board of Directors to review, monitor and assess fundraising programs, and identify meaningful ways for Board members to participate in revenue-generating activities
  • Working with the Borderless team and board to help grow our audience

 Essential Skills and Experience

  • A strong passion for immigration issues
  • Commitment to equity and justice for all, regardless of immigration status
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Experience in fundraising or community organizing/outreach

Benefits: The director will receive a $5,000 health care stipend or health insurance, 15 days of vacation, 10 days of sick/mental wellness days, and 12 paid holidays. Borderless offers six weeks paid family leave plus additional subsidized leave available through short-term disability insurance.

Borderless Magazine Culture: We are a small team with two full-time employees and two part-time employees. We are a woman and BIPOC-run nonprofit that is anti-racist. We believe in work-life balance, respect, and boundaries. The director will not be expected to work weekends or evenings except for the occasional event. 

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to [email protected] by 11:59pm CST on June 15, 2021. Letters should answer the questions:

  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • What connection do you have to the issues of immigration and/or journalism?
  • If hired, what would you bring to this position?

Have questions about the position? Send them to [email protected]


Borderless provides pathways for emerging journalists from immigrant and other marginalized communities to report on immigration and learn from professional journalists. We mentor emerging journalists through a mix of paid and unpaid internships, fellowships and one-off projects. Our award-winning team gives mentees comprehensive training in interviewing, writing, research and visual storytelling.

In 2020, we spent 700 hours mentoring emerging journalists from African, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous and Middle Eastern communities.

Our summer 2021 internship application period has passed. We will post future internship and mentoring opportunities here in the future.