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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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