WTTW (Chicago PBS) and WFMT (classical music radio station) are looking for a Director of Development, Major Gifts to raise revenue through developing relationships with prospects and donors that result in financial support for WTTW and WFMT, with an emphasis on raising funds for WTTW News.
Link to job listing: https://cho.tbe.taleo.net/cho02/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=WWCI&cws=40&rid=166
Support fundraising around WTTW News:
Cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 125 - 150 prospects and major gift donors to WFMT and WTTW at the $5,000 - $25,000 level, with an emphasis on donors to WTTW News.
Conduct 15 to 20 meaningful points of contact a week with donors, making regular in-person donor visits a priority when health and safety precautions allow.
Work with manager of stewardship to ensure the intricate benefit fulfillment for donors, including appropriate and accurate recognition and personalized, meaningful contacts.
Work with associate director of events to facilitate invitations to events that align with donor interests and attend events, which include occasional evenings and weekends.
Participate in donor travel if required.
Other duties as assigned.
Lead by example with positive attitude, and goal-oriented, focused approach to developing internal and external relationships that result in increased funding for WTTW and WFMT.
Act in a team-centric, results-oriented manner, anticipating needs and promoting completion of numerous projects. Handle confidential materials with sensitivity and discretion.
Communicate clearly and eloquently, always acting as an ambassador for the institution among donors and across departments within the organization.
Become an expert in WTTW News and other program areas as needed to raise restricted support for News and special projects.
Exhibit always strong donor-centric motives in the cultivation and stewardship of friends, volunteers, and donors that result in increased revenue for WTTW and WFMT.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Word and Excel are required; Publisher and PowerPoint are a plus.
CRM experience required; Tessitura experience a plus.
Strategic, creative, self-motivated.
Excellent people skills.
Excellent organizational and planning skills.
Ability to handle detailed work with accuracy and enthusiasm.
EXPERIENCE: Candidate must have 5-7 years front line major gift fundraising experience, including making asks and closing gifts. Must also have experience presenting written and verbal information for the purposes of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major donors.
MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree required, advanced degree or CFRE a plus.
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