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Job Opening

Position: Director of Development

Closing Date: September 25, 2019

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
  • Compile/analyze/evaluate biographical, historical, financial, statistical and giving information on 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 functions and 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 KPTS policies and procedures.


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
  • Understands and 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 donors 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; 3 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 jobsearch@kpts.org or fax 316-838-8586 or KPTS, 320 W. 21st Street North, Wichita, KS 67203


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.

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