WKU seeks applications for the position of Manager, Development.
This position reports directly to the Director of the Department of Educational Telecommunications. The Manager coordinates the functions of the Public Broadcasting (WKU-PBS and WKU-NPR) Development Office, provides leadership to development personnel, supervises daily activities and staff, and maintains all aspects of the development office. This individual is responsible for ensuring that WKU-PBS and WKU-NPR meet the fundraising goals set forth by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), or based on the budgetary needs of the department.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
- Identifies, develops, and manages major annual giving/bequests portfolio based on prospects from our listening/viewing audiences.
- Cultivates relationships and solicits gifts in coordination with the Director.
- Organizes and manages all Radio and TV membership fundraising, ensuring superior customer service with donors, underwriters, and our listening/viewing audiences.
- Researches and identifies public and private foundation grant funding and discusses strategies for success with Director.
- Drafts proposals, meets with representatives, and completes applications for submission.
- Plans special events, community outreach initiatives, donor recognitions, etc. to engage our audience.
- Constantly strives to add value and help evolve our operations to ensure our sustainability.
- Reviews and approves all underwriting contracts and assists with writing scripts pursuant to FCC regulations.
- Responsible for knowing and understanding all software/databases (DonorPerfect, Natural Log, ProTrack, ADVANCE, etc.) with the ability to train and assist Development Office staff.
- Understands the importance of following federal regulations, university policies/procedures, IRS tax law (donations), and grant sponsor guidelines for transparency and compliance purposes.
- Coordinates marketing and promotional effort for the department in conjunction with other senior staff members. To include, writing press releases, newsletters, email blasts, and website content.
- Provides assistance to the Director with other initiatives or duties as assigned.
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Generates reports and tracks information for required CPB reports (SAS-Radio, SAS-TV, and SABS).
- Works closely with other senior staff members to ensure smooth workflow and vision of department.
- Maintains policy and procedures manual and provides training to personnel.
- Other administrative duties including running reports, calendar preparation, serving on committees, etc.
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
- Business administration capabilities and best practices when dealing with sensitive information.
- Aptitude and ability to quickly learn and apply in-depth federal regulations from the CPB and FCC.
- Strong leadership and communication skills, both oral and written, with the ability to work in a team oriented environment.
- Highly developed analytical abilities with a strong attention to detail and accuracy.
- Bachelor's degree.
- A minimum of 3 years of appropriate related experience, with familiarity in higher education.
- Supervisory experience.
- Travel, weekend, and evening work will be required as needed to successfully complete responsibilities.
- Ability to become a Notary (will be paid for by Department).
Revision to minimum requirements 8-5-2020 Additional Information:
Salary Grade: 109 Salary Range: $45,000 - $62,500
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all candidates. Western Kentucky University will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745-5121.