Director of Development - Chicago Pubic Media (WBEZ)

  • 06/16/2017 9:15 AM
    Message # 4903810
    Christine Teed (Administrator)

    Director of Development
    Chicago, IL

    Chicago Public Media ( is one of the largest and most decorated public media organizations in the country. With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive insights, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections with its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally.


    Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast, online, podcasts, streaming and mobile apps. Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM), delivers a weekly listening audience of over 500,000, and broadcasts throughout Chicago and the surrounding region. This station has a variety of broadcast and digital platforms that reach millions.


    Chicago Public Media is the home station of the award-winning national program This American Life, which is heard by millions on more than 500 stations across the country and is the number one podcast on iTunes with about 1 million downloads weekly. Chicago Public Media is also the home station for This American Life’s spinoff podcast Serial. It also produces the nationally-distributed program Sound Opinions, and is home to Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! (a co-production with NPR).


    In Chicago, the station is a cornerstone of local journalism. Chicago Public Media is recognized for the breadth and depth of its reporting, ranging from breaking news to innovative storytelling to enterprise and investigative reporting. It has a tradition of talks shows that serve as a space for the public conversation of the greater Chicago region, and its 9.5 million people.


    The Opportunity:

    The Director of Development is responsible for building a robust and sustainable major giving program to achieve assigned revenue goals.  Working with the Vice President of Development, this position is responsible for developing strategies to secure annual operating, planned giving and restricted initiative gifts and to planning and implementing a capacity building campaign. The Director will manage and develop a prospect portfolio, developing strategies to secure both major gifts and planned gifts. This person will be focused on significantly increasing major gift and planned gift support at CPM. The Director will, as appropriate, support the President and Chief Executive Officer, Board members, senior staff and, other key staff in managing these donor and prospect relationships to foster and sustain a culture of philanthropy at CPM.

    The ideal candidate will be collaborative, a self-starter, and possess an entrepreneurial spirit. The ideal candidate must have a track record of accomplishment as a successful fundraiser, including the identification, solicitation and stewardship of high-capacity donors in an established, best- practice fundraising environment. S/he will establish internal relationships to drive growth, support cross-group collaboration, and execute superior organization-wide communications. The Director of Development is active in the community, building relationships with top donors and community leaders to advance the organizational goals and realize a new level of philanthropic success for the organization.


    Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. Advanced degree and/or professional certification (i.e. CFRE or ACFRE) a plus.
    • Seven to ten years of experience in frontline major gifts fundraising role. 
    • Successful experience in making cold calls, as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience developing case statements and donor proposals.
    • Superior interpersonal communication skills required, along with the ability to take initiative and manage complex projects, and work effectively in a results-oriented team environment.
    • Working knowledge of various planned giving vehicles (e.g., bequests, gift annuities, trusts, etc.) Previous experience working in an environment with an established planned giving program, a plus.
    • Proficiency with constituent management and fundraising software. Salesforce TM, preferred. Has a portfolio of effective communications and marketing materials for major and planned gifts.
    • Proven problem-solving skills and ability to manage multiple priorities on varying deadlines and bring new concepts to fruition.
    • Possess an understanding of fundraising industry standards, especially with regard to the legal and ethical aspects of donor solicitation, confidentiality, gift crediting, stewardship, and financial principles that shape the work of fundraising professionals.

    Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, an Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks diversity in the workplace.

    If Interested and Qualified, please contact:

    Melissa Petersen
    Research Associate
    Stanton Chase International
    Office: (410) 528-8400 or (571) 312-7048

    Last modified: 06/16/2017 11:08 AM | Christine Teed (Administrator)

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