DP begins search for new General Manager, Development Director

The DP Board of Directors has set in motion two job searches which will reshape the organization’s small professional staff.

As we announced this past summer, longtime General Manager Eric Jacobs will be retiring next summer after 40 years working for the DP (plus 4 years as student), so the search has begun to find and hire the paper’s second-ever General Manager.

The DP has also launched a search for a Director of Development, to shepherd and drive the organization’s expanded fundraising efforts. Following a decade-long decline in advertising revenue that mirrors the newspaper industry, the DP Board has positioned fundraising as a second pillar of revenue needed to support the DP’s operations in future decades. The decision to hire a full-time development professional was one of the key recommendations which emerged from a six-month study by a nationally renowned consulting firm earlier this year.

The DP Board earlier this fall created a search committee of alumni and students to draft job descriptions and conduct the job searches. The three alumni members of the search committee are Board Lead Alumni Director Chuck Cohen ’89, incoming DPAA President Amy Gardner ’90, and Peter Canellos ’84, as well as Jacobs. The remaining members of the committee are the DP’s top three student leaders: President Julia Schorr, Executive Editor Sarah Fortinsky and Business Manager Remi Golden.

Here’s where you come in. The search committee is asking the DP alumni community for help in finding candidates for these two positions. If you know anyone who might be interested (or you yourself might be interested) in either the development or General Manager role, please check out or pass on these links which describe the Director of Development position and the General Manager position. The job descriptions include instructions on how to apply.

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