Chief Development Officer

Under the general supervision of the General Manager the Chief Development Officer, this position is accountable for developing the vision and strategy and for leading the implementation of effective development efforts for Milwaukee PBS.. Activities include developing relationships and raising funds from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies, the development and execution of special events as well as the development and execution of plans for grants for Milwaukee PBS programs and services. Design and implement an effective fundraising strategy and identify criteria to measure success. Optimize revenue raised in the community through the implementation of appropriate and contemporary methods. Design and implement an effective strategy and identify criteria to measure success. Optimize community regard and awareness of Milwaukee PBS through the implementation of appropriate and contemporary fundraising methods. Build relationships and grow funding by monitoring opportunities and interacting with potential individual, corporate, foundation and government donors. Develop partnerships with educational, cultural and government entities to identify funding and community service opportunities. Serve as a volunteer in industry and community groups and be recognized locally in the development field, as well as regionally/nationally in public media. Supervise the professional staff, volunteers and associated vendors involved with Development activities Select, hire, train, coach, counsel and assure positive performance and morale. Serve as a member of the Milwaukee PBS leadership team. Work collaboratively with other MATC and Milwaukee PBS departments as well as the MATC Foundation. Develop and manage the annual revenue and expense budget relating to development, TV Auction, and other fundraising activities. Maintain the highest integrity in development and communications efforts consistent with industry standards and assure compliance with the gift acceptance policy established by the MATC Board of Directors. Perform other duties as assigned. Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree a plus. Knowledge/Skills/Aptitudes: Demonstrated emotional intelligence: empathy, trust, integrity and social sensitivity. Outstanding professional and personal character and integrity. Demonstrated ability in securing grants and gifts from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies. In depth knowledge of fundraising techniques and fundraising management, including but not limited to annual giving, special campaigns and special events. Excellent written and oral communication skills; stand-up presentation skills; demonstrated ability to organize and present complex information and reports in ways people understand. Broad general business knowledge: budgeting, planning, supervisory experience, etc. Individual and team leadership skills. Ability to exercise good judgment to demonstrate an understanding of ethics as it relates to development and communications activities. Demonstrated innovation and creativity, calculated risk taking. Computer proficiency: word processing, spreadsheets, email and internet. Knowledge of the business, philanthropic, government and not-for-profit community. Experience: Five years of progressively responsible management experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. Experience in public media a plus

Posted on: July 12, 2018

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Coordinator, Foundation Relations

This is a full-time limited term position through December 21st, 2019. Under the direction of the General Manager of Milwaukee PBS, the Foundation Relations Coordinator is responsible for raising funds from foundation partners and major donors in support of Milwaukee PBS programming and community initiatives. The Coordinator serves as the lead grant writer for private sector gifts for Milwaukee PBS and is responsible to coordinate donor communications in partnership with Marketing and Communications. The Coordinator is also responsible for handling grants on behalf of Milwaukee PBS for potential funds that are often offered by PBS, CPB or other public media entities. Duties listed may vary in terms of relative importance, and others may be added or eliminated as this position develops. Lead writing and preparation of grant proposals, funder presentations and progress reports to foundations and individual donors. Identify an ample number of quality prospects and plan cultivation strategies to reach short and long-term goals. Conduct foundation and individual prospect research. Track application deadlines, proposal results, donor research and donor communications using donor database and filing system. Participate in program planning with staff and administrators on projects that will require private sector investment; assist in the development of the program approach, logic models, timelines, budgets, and project outcomes. Oversee the development of donor-centric communications including cases for support, web pages, annual appeals, compelling programming stories and stewardship communications. Provide stewardship to current foundation donors and attend stewardship and cultivation events as needed. Identify and develop possible naming or local programming opportunities for foundation donors. Identify and leverage existing foundation and individual connections of Milwaukee PBS staff, MATC Board members and volunteers. Collaborate with Milwaukee PBS’ Special Events Coordinator and Membership Director to plan donor tour and special events that convey the quality and impact of Milwaukee PBS. Develop and maintain knowledge of Milwaukee PBS’ strategic priorities and program offerings. Provide excellent customer service, anticipating and exceeding the needs of our internal and external customers. Assist with other fundraising projects as requested. Performs related duties as required or assigned Requires a Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of five (5) years of experience in grant writing, program development, and/or communications in a non-profit or higher education setting, with a proven track record of securing sponsorships or raising grant funds from corporations and foundations; or any equivalent combination of training, knowledge, skills, abilities and experience that demonstrate these competencies: Strong written communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals. Experience developing donor or external partner communications in a variety of formats such as grant proposals, letters, newsletters, cases for support, and/or feature articles stories of program impact. Knowledge of area foundations and corporations and their strategic priorities. Experience researching foundation and individual prospective donors. Excellent organizational skills with an ability to meet deadlines, prioritize and manage multiple tasks. Experience with budget development and monitoring. Ability to work effectively with station management, MATC leadership, staff, representatives from outside agencies, volunteers, donors, and the general public. Possess an enthusiasm and ability to work in an environment with diverse groups of people. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Proficiency using in Microsoft Office and fundraising software (Raiser’s Edge preferred).

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