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Job Title: Director of Development
Date: January 2020

Position Purpose:
Increase KPTS' fundraising capacity through the successful and effective management, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a pool of prospective donors with the capacity to make major annual gifts, sponsor programs, provide grants, gifts in kinds, individual memberships, planned giving and supervise a development staff.

  • Position Function:
    Develop and maintain a program that identifies, cultivates and solicits major donors.
  • Develop and maintain a major giving strategic plan including, but not limited to, mailings, cultivation/appreciation events, donor appointments and face-to-face solicitations, upgrades and stretch gifts.
  • Develop and execute solicitation strategies; draft proposals, briefings, stewardship plans/letters, thank you and other correspondence for prospects, working closely with marketing staff.
  • Compile/analyze/evaluate biographical, historical, financial, statistical and giving information non major donor prospects. Oversee fulfillment of major donor benefits and recognition.
  • Develop/implement major donor awareness through on-air/print activities working with the marketing department.
  • Work closely with the Board of Trustees to cultivate and solicit major gifts.
  • Develop and execute planned giving program as a part of the KPTS major giving initiative.
  • Research foundation grants to secure funding for major giving program.
  • Prepare and monitor the annual budget for major giving including revenue and expense forecasting and informs the board through reports to CEO.
  • Attends required station meetings and function sand serves on committees as assigned.
  • Gathers information from all Development areas to compile the monthly board report.
  • May be assigned other responsibilities and duties. Produces consistent and accurate work.
  • Dress and office conduct is professional. Respects and observes station confidentiality.
  • Understands and adheres to Policies and procedures.
  • Punctual.
  • Attendance.
  • Attitude.

  • Additional Responsibilities: Corporate Support
    Position Purpose:
    Implementation and oversight of KPTS' Corporate Support activities relative to annual financial goals for corporate support growth and retention
  • Position Function:
  • Oversight of development and implementation of strategies for cultivating new corporate support revenue as well as maintaining existing clients
  • Oversight and development of corporate support information for the KPTS website and program guide.
  • Understanding, interpretation and adherence of corporate support and underwriting regulations relative to the FCC, PBS and KPTS
  • Understanding of KPTS/PBS programs and the sponsorship opportunities associated with them
  • Oversight of research and development of "lead list" including Initial Value Statements and proposal presentation
  • Oversight and management of Account Executives
  • Prepare and monitor KPTS' annual corporate support budget including revenue and expense categories
  • Oversight of appropriate files and reports as required by KPTS and PBS
  • Understand sand adheres to KPTS policies and procedures

Membership Duties:

  • Help proof and edit various membership letters
  • On occasion help input Donor gifts in the Memsys database
  • On occasion help proof and edit weekly e letter
  • Supervise the membership manager and assist with the January tax Mailer to Major Donors

Pledge Duties:

  • Co-host various live Night's during pledge
  • Supervise and assist the pledge Coordinator with various ideas to enhance the pledge drives and discuss the schedule of programs
  • On occasion take phone calls of donor’s support

Financial Duties:

  • Ensure all gift in kind forms are filled out properly and submitted to Dunning and Dunning accounting
  • Sign off on all invoices generated in the development department and route to the accounting coordinator
  • Create the budget for the development departments, including major gifts, corporate support, pledge, membership, Special events/auction, grants
  • Assure that all invoices to businesses and or individuals that sponsor the veterans coming home awards banquet are prepared and sent out Approve and process the monthly invoice for our contract grant writer

Grant Duties:

  • Personally write and submit various grants throughout the year
  • Supervise and work closely with our contract grant writer to identify various Grant's that can be written, and edit those grants as she creates them. Also submit all follow-up reports to Grants as needed.

Capital Campaign Duties:
During the time we have Capital campaigns identify potential donors, meet with them, create letters and proposals asking for support, Tracking gifts and sending thank-you letters

Reports To: CEO

Position Requirements:
Bachelor's degree; years fundraising in non-profit setting; major donor/planned giving experience preferred; database research skills; excellent presentation, communication/written skills; project/event management skills; computer literate (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint); ability to handle multiple projects. Major Gifts Manager will have mobile access to station email.

Apply now by sending your cover letter, resume and three references to

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JOB TITLE: Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator

REPORTS TO: Director of Marketing & Promotions

JOB CATEGORY: Non-Profit / Fundraising / Volunteer Recruitment

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Full time, salary, exempt

KPTS-Channel 8, the PBS public media affiliate for Central Kansas, seeks an experienced, energetic, and goal- oriented person to join our communications team. This person is responsible for coordinating events that generate revenue for KPTS; establishes and coordinates a volunteer program for the station; assists with KPTS’ social media presence; writes news releases, copy for the KPTS website and writes on-air promos; and performs other communications duties as assigned.

The right candidate for this position will have strong special event experience, volunteer recruitment skills, fundraising sales experience, and public relations experience. He or she will also have strong writing skills and a desire to learn and add new skills to their wheelhouse. He or she will have a strong belief in the value of non-profit public broadcasting, as well as the ability to relay that vision to potential members.

The job requires some evenings and weekends. This position will remain open until filled.


  • Oversee several large events throughout the year that generate revenue for KPTS including the Antiques Fair in the spring and the Veterans Coming Home Banquet in the fall just to name a few.
  • Assist with small events throughout the year that generate revenue and buzz about the station including screenings of shows and bringing in PBS celebrities.
  • Establish a volunteer workforce that can assist KPTS with short and long-term activities on a regular basis. A database of all volunteers will be created and maintained by this person.
  • Assist Director of Marketing with KPTS’ 50th Anniversary activities in 2020.
  • Work with the Development Department to bring in underwriters for these events.
  • Work with Marketing Director to create and implement marketing plans that include goals, deadlines and budgets for each event to ensure each event is a success.
  • Assist Marketing Director in creating a more coordinated, robust presence on social media for special events and fundraisers.
  • Assist Publications Coordinator in re-writing sections of the webpage as needed.
  • Attend PBS webinars to become familiar with PBS resources.
  • Communicate and collaborate with KPTS staff to achieve personal, team and station goals.
  • Maintain working knowledge of current software necessary to fulfill job responsibilities.
  • Exhibit strong commitment to the mission and goals of KPTS – Channel 8.
  • Maintain strong presence in the community, representing KPTS at station events, community events, civic events and professional association events. Must be seen mixing and mingling in the viewing communities of KPTS representing the station.
  • Attend and participate in station meetings, trainings, parties, etc…

(Please note: An equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered.)

  • Prefer undergraduate degree in Communications, Marketing or Integrated Marketing.
  • Prefer experience coordinating successful events.
  • Prefer experience working with and managing volunteers.
  • Prefer experience creating content for and managing social media accounts.
  • Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written.
  • Must have experience with public speaking.
  • Must have experience in researching, creating and implementing strategic plans related to events and other public relations activities as needed.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet deadlines and the ability to effectively multi-task.
  • Candidate must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently, exhibiting the resourcefulness to get the job done with minimal oversight.
  • Candidate must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Candidate must be able to handle stress in a productive manner that is collegial and outcomes based.
  • Candidate must have strong computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign preferred.

Apply now by sending your cover letter, resume, three writing samples and three references to: Jennifer Keller, Director of Marketing & Promotions, KPTS – Channel 8, 320 W. 21st Street North, Wichita, KS 67203
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Position: Underwriting and Sponsorship Sales Representative

Posting Date: December 12, 2019

Accepting applications until Position is Filled.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable sales and federal laws. Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

Reports to: Director of Development

Job Category: Business/Sales/Non-profit

FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, Salary, Exempt

PAY: Base Salary + Commission


KPTS Channel-8 seeks an experienced, energetic, and goal oriented Sales Rep to join our development team. This position is responsible for cultivating new relationships with businesses to secure essential corporate support for KPTS programs and initiatives, including local programs like Positively Kansas and national programs like Antiques Roadshow and Masterpiece. This position also secures funding for and assists with coordinating special events and community initiatives. In addition to bringing in new business, this position will provide exceptional customer service to existing accounts that results in growing financial contributions. The right candidate for this position will have business to business sales experience, customer service experience, and an understanding of and strong belief in the value of non-profit public broadcasting, as well as the ability to relay that vision to potential supporters. The job requires some evenings and weekends. This position will remain open until filled.


  • To secure funding for the station and meet all goals and quotas set forth by the Director of Development
  • To consistently research and generate leads for new business
  • Meet with prospective and existing clients to assess current and future needs
  • Create and present strategic marketing strategies to prospective and existing clients to generate and increase funding for the station, utilizing products, services, and platforms offered by KPTS
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with customers by constant contact via email, phone and personal visits
  • Service all aspects of customer relationship including, but not limited to, contract management, positive issue resolution, credit oversight, and contractual fulfillment
  • Continuously looks for areas of additional revenue – add on products, services, programs, campaigns
  • Oversee production when necessary
  • Maintain familiarity with professional standards and current trends in underwriting field. Remains current with PBS underwriting development practices and trends
  • Understand, adhere to and communicate to clients – underwriting regulations relative to the FCC, PBS, and KPTS in regards to creating messages for corporate sponsors
  • Complete administrative functions relative to job and to meet objectives of station such as reporting, tracking, forecasting, marketing material development, social media and website development and submission
  • Communicate and collaborate with allKPTS team members to achieve personal, team and station goals
  • Maintain working knowledge of tools, database software, and equipment as is necessary to job responsibilities
  • Exhibit STRONG commitment to the mission and goals of public broadcasting and KPTS
  • Maintain strong presence in community, representing KPTS at station events, community events, civic events, professional associations, etc.
  • Attend and participate in station meetings, training, parties, etc.

Education and experience required (an equivalent amount of training, education and experience will be considered):

  • Prefer undergraduate degree in sales, marketing, public relations, non-profit or curriculum or training in these or related field (s)
  • Minimum 1 year experience in outside sales with demonstrated success at achieving goals
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written
  • Experience with public speaking, making presentations in public
  • Experience in researching, creating and implementing a strategic sales plan preferred]
  • Demonstrated success in closing sales
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to meet deadline requirements – ability to effectively multi-task
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently, exhibiting the resourcefulness to get the job done with minimal oversight
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to handle stress in a productive manner that is collegial and outcomes based
  • Strong PC skills, including Microsoft Office, Windows, Excel and Outlook. Protrack database experience highly desirable but not required

Apply now by sending your cover letter, resume and three references to

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KPTS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, natural origin, physical or mental handicap, disability, sexual orientation, citizenship, veteran status, or age. Discriminatory employment is specifically prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission.

KPTS is community-licensed and affiliated with Public Broadcast System (PBS) and operates as a non-profit public media entity.

The Central Kansas Viewing Community

Taken together, the viewing area communities are inclusive of an economically-diverse and robust region abounding in exceptional quality-of-life features. With a combined population of more than 600,000, the region spans the quiet lifestyle and beauty associated with agricultural production to the dynamic and urban character of the Wichita community.

The pride that residents express in their region continues to be affirmed by objective outsiders. Numerous high rankings by entities such as Money magazine are evidence of the region’s lower cost of living, high-quality transportation facilities, diverse arts and entertainment amenities, quality education institutions, state-of-the-art health care, and safe, attractive neighborhoods.

Mainstays of the regional economy are manufacturing, especially general aviation manufacturing, health care, energy production, retail services, and agriculture. The region’s workforce has the second-highest concentration in the country of manufacturing and other skilled-labor jobs.

The area’s modest cost of living, as measured by the cost-of-living index, is below the national average. The Wichita index is currently at 86, 14 points below the national average of 100, with other communities in the region enjoying an even lower cost of living. Housing is a notable bargain, with the cost of single-family homes averaging 40 percent or more below the national median price of $222,800.

The KPTS region offers a myriad of high-quality public and private education programs. Nearly all of the area’s urban, suburban and rural school districts continue to record consecutive years of rising student achievement. Voters in many school districts have approved bond issues to invest in new schools and expand existing schools, upgrade technical education, and renovate athletic and fine arts facilities. The region abounds with numerous private and parochial schools offering preschool through high school education.

A wide array of higher-education institutions is present, ranging from undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs at Wichita State, Newman and Friends Universities. Hutchinson Community College, and Butler Community College, offer many types of associate degrees and a range of post-secondary technical and vocational education. Other private and community colleges in South Central Kansas also have a classroom presence in Wichita.

Spurred by high-quality University fine arts programs and construction of the new Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita a few years ago, the region enjoys exceptional performing and cultural arts, and other entertainment venues. The arts include: a professional symphony orchestra, well-established opera, ballet and music theater companies, local and touring theater troupes, and more than 25 museums.

Outdoor recreation amenities include access to boating, waterskiing, canoeing, fishing and swimming in Cheney and El Dorado Reservoir lakes, state and county public lakes, and the Arkansas River that intersects the region. The region offers miles of paved scenic biking and hiking trails.

KPTS is part of a large and diverse media center in Kansas. The region has eight full-power TV stations representing six major networks and nine additional program streams/networks. There are another six low-power broadcasters representing 23 different program streams/networks. The media market also includes eight AM radio stations and more than 25 FM stations, in addition to 2 National Public Radio (NPR) stations in Wichita (university-based KMUW) and Hutchinson (college-based KHCC). The Wichita Eagle is the region’s daily primary newspaper, but several smaller communities also publish daily newspapers. The Wichita Business Journal is a long-standing, well-respected weekly publication that also includes community-affairs reporting.

Residents benefit from a vital nonprofit sector that develops young people, promotes cultural arts, supports those with life challenges, strengthens civic ties, and in numerous other ways adds value to the community. The Nonprofit Chamber of Service brings together over 100 members to serve as a collective voice for the nonprofit sector, share resources for capacity building, and contribute to public policy. The United Way of the Plains annually raises and distributes millions of dollars for charitable purposes. The Wichita Community Foundation, with assets of more than $57 million and annual grants of more than $3.7 million, assists in building permanent endowments for charitable community needs.