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Director of Development, Louisville Public Media Posted Mar 03
Louisville Public Media , Louisville, KY
Louisville Public Media (LPM) is an independent community

supported non-profit serving our Louisville Metropolitan area with

three distinct radio stations and an investigative newsroom.

89.3 WFPL News Louisville provides local, national

and international news, public affairs and cultural programming.

90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville is our city's only

classical music and fine arts radio station. 91.9 WFPK

Independent Louisville showcases independent, alternative

music and an array of musical genres.

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

(KyCIR) shines the light of accountability on the people and

institutions in power. Although LPM was formed as a three-way

partnership in the 1990s, the stations individually trace their

roots back to the 1950s. Today, the stations sustain an audience of

more than 200,000 weekly listeners, and we reach more than 250,000

users via our digital platforms. LPM also serves as a community

convener for public affairs and culture, presenting public panels

and free concerts. The local community provides 90 percent of the

funding for LPM's annual budget of $6.5 million through

memberships, grants and business sponsorships. LPM employs 60

full-time and part- time staff members, led by a President/General

Manager who reports to a 20-member volunteer Board of


Duties of the Director of Development

The Director of Development leads the Development Department to

raise nearly $3 million annually in memberships, major gifts and

foundation grants. (A separate department manages business

underwriting.) The Director is first and foremost the lead

fundraising professional for LPM and should expect to be meeting

daily with current and potential major contributors in order to

cultivate, solicit and steward gifts. The Director must be

articulate, poised and professional in all situations. The Director

is expected to plan and execute all aspects of the Development

Department, including but not limited to: major gifts, campaigns,

grants, membership drives, reporting, membership recognition,

direct mail campaigns, email communications, education and

promotion through on-air presentations, fundraising and cultivation

events, and board engagement. The Director must analyze data to

increase support by regularly improving methods for cultivation,

solicitation, stewardship, retention and increased giving from more

than 13,000 members. Additionally, the Director must guide the

planned giving program and meet regularly with potential legacy

donors and their advisors. The Director works closely with the

President/General Manager to support and guide all fundraising

visits, and the Director is a member of the senior management team

and is expected to display a commitment to helping other staff

succeed. The Director is the key senior staff member to serve as

liaison to the Board. The Director and the Development Department

work closely with LPM Underwriting to provide the greatest benefit

to both the clients and members, and to LPM. The Director

supervises three full-time staff: Membership Manager, Sustainer

Program Coordinator and Membership Associate. The Director reports

to the President/General Manager.

Candidate Qualifications

The successful candidate for Director of Development will


Prior experience as a front-line fundraising professional that

raised major gifts from individuals in support of a significant

nonprofit organization. We prefer at least ten years experience in

progressively more responsible positions that directly relate to

the duties stated above.

Proven management experiences overseeing professional staff and

volunteers, setting and achieving ambitious fundraising goals, and

adhering to budgets. We prefer prior fundraising experience aligned

to goals of at least $1 million or more in organizations where

public charitable support accounts for at least half of the


Demonstrated commitment to a career in fundraising and to the

professional standards and ethics of fundraising, as well as a

demonstrated ability to uphold the professional standards of

confidentiality and workplace ethics that are essential to work in

a public news organization.

A completed bachelors' degree is required, additional

post-graduate coursework in a related field is preferred.

Candidate Competencies

When we interview candidates and speak with their references, we

are looking for demonstrated proof that the next Director of

Development can:

Inspire, engage and influence others to embrace the mission of

public media, to give generously of their time and financial

resources, and to ask others to do the same;

Demonstrate excitement about and passion for public media among

all audiences;

Strengthen relationships and build trust and respect with key


Lead through action, keeping the vision of LPM at the forefront

of fundraising work; and lead

by example, giving staff and volunteers clear direction that

affirms the underlying mission;

Drive execution by translating strategic goals into operational

reality and holding all accountable

to agreed-upon timelines and outcomes;

Resolve conflicts and build coalitions with sensitivity,

integrity and follow-through;

Demonstrate humility, humor and heart in interactions with the

staff, board, donors, volunteers,

audience members and community; and

Communicate and articulate the mission in ways that will foster

wider participation and respect for public media.

Louisville Public Media is an equal opportunity employer that

actively seeks diversity in its workplace and offers an excellent

benefits package.

PLEASE CONTACT our Search Counsel by mail or email only,


Mark W. Rountree, VP and Partner Ashley|Rountree and


2525 Nelson Miller Parkway, Suite 106 Louisville, KY


Employment Type: Permanent

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