We are looking for a Development Lead for Radio Ambulante Studios

March 13, 2023

Development Lead

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In the last two and a half years, our team has doubled in size, our revenue grown significantly, and we are developing new, exciting projects for the second half of 2023 and beyond. As we hire our first dedicated development position, we are seeking someone who can dream big, quickly turn ideas into clear and compelling proposals. The right candidate can manage long-term strategies and plans, and is not afraid to roll up their sleeves in an ambitious non-profit media organization serving a diverse and highly engaged audience.


The Development Coordinator will help the organization achieve its financial priorities. They will bring skills and expertise to develop and implement a fundraising strategy with the support of foundations, government grants, and corporate and individual donors. In conjunction with the executive team, the Development Coordinator will play a vital role in expanding the funding base of Radio Ambulante Studios, writing grants, managing and overseeing all aspects of our fundraising strategy, while developing meaningful relationships with strategic partners to further advance our mission.


An ideal candidate must believe in the mission of Radio Ambulante Studios, understand the important role stories can play in the life and culture of a community, and be able to articulate the significance of the project to potential funders in both Spanish and English. We are looking for a person who has contacts with foundations in the United States, and is comfortable in the role of spokesperson and champion for a new journalistic venture.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Identifying and soliciting funds from donors, maintaining relationships with existing donors, researching and writing grant proposals and reports, and leading fundraising events.
  • Establishing systems and processes for tracking donor cultivation and stewardship, grant applications and reporting, and donor acknowledgment, while maintaining relationships with existing donors.
  • Planning and overseeing special fundraising events and identifying opportunities to raise awareness and support for Radio Ambulante Studios.
  • Significantly increasing the portfolio of institutional and major individual donors through research and donor engagement with the goal of tripling the organization’s operating budget in the next three years.
  • Working closely with the CEO and across teams to design and execute fundraising and communications strategies.



The ideal candidate must:

  • Have a minimum of 2-3 years of related development and fundraising experience in nonprofit media, including responsibility for grant-writing and fund research and relations for organizations with a $2 million or larger annual budget.
  • Have experience writing successful grant proposals, including securing grants of at least $100,000 and multiyear grants.
  • Have proficiency with fundraising databases.
  • Have ability to manage multiple projects and competing deadlines while maintaining rigorous attention to detail.
  • Be a strategic thinker and problem-solver.
  • Be a creative and excellent storyteller who can weave research and data with strong narratives to communicate organizational impact and objectives.
  • Be fully bilingual in English and Spanish at a native level.
  • Have a sense of urgency to optimize processes and the ability to prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Be a caring professional. An empathetic, charismatic individual that develops strong interpersonal relationships with peers horizontally and vertically inside and outside the organization.



The salary is $65,000 – $90,000, depending on experience.

↠ This position reports to the CEO.

↠ Remote position, US based with an easy commute to New York City preferred.


Interested candidates please submit here:

↠ Your résumé.

↠ A cover letter telling us about your background, why you are interested in the position and what experience and strengths you would bring to Radio Ambulante Studios.

↠ Two samples of fundraising collateral you prepared, and your role in producing them, such as a grant application, pitch, or introductory letter.

Deadline to apply: Priority consideration given to applications received by May 31st, 2023.



Radio Ambulante Studios is an independent nonprofit organization producing Latin America’s most ambitious narrative journalism podcasts. We merge the immense talents of Latin American journalists with sophisticated audio production aesthetics to produce two award-winning shows, Radio Ambulante, distributed by NPR, and El hilo, co-produced with ViceNews

Our journalism offers a sonic portrait of the region, with stories coming from everywhere Spanish is spoken. With over 230 episodes produced by Radio Ambulante and 150 by El hilo, Radio Ambulante Studios has not only been a pioneering force in Spanish-language audio storytelling but also has been able to engage listeners and break down cross-border issues on a deeper, authentic level.

We have worked with dozens of media outlets across the United States and Latin America. With Radio Ambulante, we have produced episodes with NPR, The New York Times, Radiolab, This American Life, Planet Money, All Things Considered, Reply All, ESPN’s 30 x 30, PopUp Magazine, California Sunday Magazine, Latino USA, Rough Translation, Univision, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo de Puerto Rico, Las Raras Podcast and 070, among others.

With El hilo, we have collaborated with independent media organisations in Latin America such as Salud con Lupa, IDL-Reporteros (Perú), O Estado de São Paulo, (Brazil), ProDavinci (Venezuela), El Surti (Paraguay), Dromómanos, Red Mexicana de Periodistas de Ciencia (México), GK, Plan V (Ecuador), El Faro (El Salvador), Cuestión Pública (Colombia), La Diaria (Uruguay); as well US-based outlets like The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Univision Noticias, Politico, Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Associated Press, and NPR’s podcasts.