Audience Development Director

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description


About Us

At Devex, our vision is to do more good for more people by being the media platform for the global development community. As a social enterprise, we connect and inform development, health, humanitarian and sustainability professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding and career opportunities, to name a few. Today, we reach over 1 million aid workers and development professionals, and we can't wait to make it even more.

We live our mission and bring our world-class academic and professional experience to work every day to change the world. When you become a Devexer, you’re not only joining a global company but a team of 120+ people who embody our guiding principles:

  • We champion global development professionals.

  • We focus on impact.

  • We embrace transformation.

  • We work together.

  • We feel urgency.

Our news team covers the most meaningful issues in the world, from eradicating malaria and polio to fighting climate change to ending poverty in our time. Our news team gets to know some of the most inspiring leaders in the world, from heads of state to celebrities to philanthropists to aid workers making a difference on the ground. Our journalists and editors produce original news stories, features, interviews, investigations, multimedia projects, OpEds, and online events and have a sustainable business model to do it. Professionals at NGOs like Save the Children, CARE, and the Gates Foundation rely on us to be in-the-know.

Job Description

About You

Do you have at least 7-10 years years of experience, especially in journalism and digital media? Are you an entrepreneurial leader who excels at motivating teams, solving problems, and rolling-up your sleeves? Can you bring digital content strategy to hard-hitting journalism in order to build and engage a global audience? Are you excited to be a part of a global, mission-driven company that has an open, teamwork-focused culture? Read on.

You’re ambitious, detail-oriented, and have an open and collaborative attitude. You thrive in an environment where you’re responsible for results. You are a thoughtful manager who can keep talented colleagues motivated and aligned. You understand how to use digital media and multiple platforms to build audiences.

Does this sound like you? If you just said “yes,” keep reading…

What you’ll do here

If you’ve read this far, we know that you want to know more. As Devex’s Audience Development Director, you’ll be directly managing three key functions: news production & newsletters, events & social media, and news technology. You’ll be responsible for ensuring all the platforms where Devex publishes -- from our website to newsletters to events to social media -- are part of an integrated audience growth and engagement strategy. Every day, you’ll be focused on what’s working to grow and engage our audience and how we can do more of it. Your first year will look a little bit like this…

In your first 90 days, you’ll get to know our news, events, and social media producers, as well as our engineers, graphic designers, and product owner. You will begin aligning these teams (with approximately 20 full-time staff) around our audience growth and engagement strategy.

By the end of your first year, you’ll have led a significant increase in our audience growth and engagement metrics. And you’ll have become a key part of our overall news leadership.


Required Qualifications

Here are the indicators that this could be a good role for you:

  • Minimum 7-10 years of work experience in journalism and digital media

  • Successful leadership and management experience

  • Demonstrated accomplishments in using content strategy to grow and engage audiences

  • Deep knowledge of digital media strategies, platforms, business models, social media, technologies, SEO/SEM

  • Strong experience with audience metrics, marketing platforms, CRMs

  • Relevant educational experience, including at least an undergraduate degree

  • You may be based anywhere, but can work during US or Europe business hours 


Besides the basics, here’s what we’d love to see:

  • Experience working with high-quality media brands

  • You’ve been in an audience engagement or development role before, and understand how to find angles and shape stories that resonate

  • You know and understand the global development community, as well as tangential audiences including around social impact, philanthropy, and sustainability

Additional Information

What We Offer You

Being part of the Devex team is a partnership. We strive to make Devex a place where you can thrive and do your most inspirational work. Here are a few benefits we offer:

Remote contractor position with flexible hours

  • 2, week-long Devex-wide breaks

  • 15 days of holiday

  • 2 YAY days

  • Monthly professional and wellness activities

We encourage applications from all backgrounds! We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Devex. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Ready to get started? Apply now!