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The National Trust for Local News preserves and transforms legacy community news outlets facing succession and other transitions of ownership. We do so by creating new ownership structures and making transformations in the business, editorial, and talent of legacy community newsrooms. Our investments promote financial sustainability, audience engagement, and public service, which result in stronger local economies, higher civic participation, greater public accountability, and more deeply connected and informed communities.


  • We love what we do! Local news is vital to our country and we want to support thriving communities.

  • We like working together! Our colleagues are caring people from a range of backgrounds who enjoy learning with each other.

  • We’re growing! The Trust is in a critical, early stage of development in which we are building our proof of concept and putting in place the processes and resources necessary to scale our impact. We are a small, committed, and entrepreneurial team looking for someone who is comfortable working on details as well as strategy in a fast paced, distributed and virtual work environment.


  • Our core values are meaningful: We strive for equity, transparency, accountability, and humility. While the urgency of our mission creates a bias to action, we are careful, thoughtful, and flexible. We understand that this is ‘long haul’ work that is best supported by an environment of trust, mutual respect, and work-life balance.


Managing Director of Development

The Managing Director of Development will lead and manage a comprehensive major gifts and foundations strategy for the National Trust for Local News. The Managing Director will be responsible for all aspects of the organization’s development strategy, grant seeking activities and reporting. The Managing Director will work closely with NTLN’s CEO and Board to ensure the organization delivers its mission, reaches its desired impact, and meets its commitments to its partners and stakeholders. 

The Managing Director will lead regional and national development strategies and services and possess an ability to develop and execute strategies that will shepherd NTLN into its next stage of growth. This position reports to NTLN’s CEO.

The National Trust for Local News is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse working environment and to principles that promote inclusive practices. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, domestic partner status, pregnancy, caregiver status, gender stereotyping, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, AIDS/HIV status, handicap or disability, or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran, or any other legally protected category. The organization will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Applicants requiring accommodation in the job application process should contact Caroline Ross at

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