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Development Manager, BirdNote

BirdNote creates and tells remarkable stories about birds and nature.  Using words, sounds and images, we inform and inspire a nationwide audience.  BirdNote’s two-minute radio programs are distributed to over 200 stations in 400+ markets.  BirdNote is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

BirdNote has grown rapidly over the past four years, and has an engaged and enthusiastic audience. We seek an experienced development manager with a proven track record of success in growing and retaining a healthy pipeline of supporters. The development manager will have the following primary responsibilities: acquire and steward individual donors who contribute up to $1,000 per year via direct mail, social media, email, text to give and web channels; design and deploy strategies for the successful retention of donors; support the director of development and executive director’s work with major individual donors; track and manage all data and reporting in Salesforce.

We seek a creative, organized person, with exceptional customer service and communication skills, who enjoys working with a team, and who is passionate about BirdNote’s mission to tell the sound-rich stories that inspire listeners to care about birds and take steps to protect them.


Annual Fund:

  • Manage donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual fund donors; design materials, craft messaging, and coordinate mailings on multiple channels: direct mail, social media, podcast, email, web, etc.
  • Write and send fundraising appeal letters and meaningful acknowledgements.
  • Create thoughtful and creative stewardship pieces (print and digital) for annual fund donors that incorporate compelling storytelling.
  • Work with the communications staff to create and implement a digital marketing strategy to acquire new donors and to steward existing donors with innovative content.
  • Identify and act upon opportunities to grow loyalty and increase retention through sustaining donor programs, donor recognition, and event engagement.
  • Track progress with analytics and baseline metrics. Use data to drive improvement and innovation.
  • Fulfill donor premium mailings
  • Identify annual fund donors with greater capacity through regular research and work with director of development and executive director on strategies for increased giving.

Corporate & Foundation Giving:

  • Maintain departmental calendar of proposal/report deadlines.
  • Track program progress and coordinate with the corporate underwriting and foundation grant writing team members on timely deliverables and reporting.
  • Coordinate with production team on donor recognition.
  • Assist with research and proposal/report content as needed.

Communications support:  Support the communications staff and development director in providing content for constituent communications as assigned, including:

  • Weekly Preview newsletter
  • Warblings quarterly donor newsletter
  • Annual Report and Gratitude Report


  • Design, organize, and execute engaging donor and community events that support fundraising, donor acquisition, and retention.
  • Develop invitations, track RSVPs, create nametags, organize logistics, and greet at the events.

Data Entry and Donor Acknowledgement:

  • Process all pledges, gifts and gift acknowledgements using Salesforce CRM.
  • Follow up and send pledge reminders as necessary.
  • Process credit card charges; issue credit card refunds for donations as necessary.
  • Prepare deposits and issue timely deposit reports to business office.
  • Create and mail annual tax receipts to donors.
  • Process matching gifts.
  • Input event attendance into the database.
  • Generate segmented mailing lists from Salesforce for use in donor mailings and other communications.
  • Prepare monthly philanthropy reporting for development director, executive director and other team members.

Administrative Support: support a range of fundraising administrative responsibilities, including:

  • Administrative support for board and fundraising events and meetings as needed.
  • Maintain internal operations and procedure manual and development policies.
  • Maintain supplies of fundraising collateral.
  • Maintain and update fundraising pages and donation forms on with support of digital producer and database contractors.
  • Complete other duties as requested to support the projects and goals of the BirdNote development team.

Desired Qualifications/Skills

  • Five years’ development experience (annual fund experience required) with proven success in annual fund development and direct mail fundraising.
  • Passion for BirdNote’s mission and work
  • College graduate, or equivalent experience
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications and organizational skills; impeccable customer service skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office; experienced with online databases (Salesforce a plus)
  • Social media profiency
  • Positive, self-motivated, responsible, results-oriented – a team player
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers, board members, and to maintain productivity while working remotely
  • Ability to learn from experience and a good sense of humor

Working conditions

BirdNote staff and contractors work from home and communicate electronically, coming together for conversation and camaraderie via Skype and Seattle-based coffee houses.  Candidates working remotely from other locations across the U.S. will be considered.

The person in this position will work 32 hours over 4-5 days/week, schedule TBD

  • Extensive computer and phone work
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours (with advance notice)
  • Occasional lifting up to 50lbs

Hire contingent upon passing a background check.

No relocation package available.


.8FTE Salary Range: $38,000-$42,000/year DOE. Competitive sick and vacation time, and full benefits package (health, dental, vision, disability and retirement contribution).

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and sample fundraising materials (including a writing sample) to Kate Godman, Development Director at with subject line: BirdNote Development Manager. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until position is filled.

BirdNote is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

Executive Producer, KALW, San Francisco, CA

Your Call is a syndicated listener participation program broadcast weekdays from 10-11am PT on KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco. Our aim is to engage with listeners in conversations about current events, politics, arts and the media, with a focus on the ways people can get involved, make change, and build community. We strive to be welcoming, curious, skeptical, and solutions-oriented. You can learn more at our website,

Questions we’ve addressed recently include:

*What’s being done to address inhumane conditions in detention centers?

*How are sex trafficking survivors supporting each other and healing?

*How are moms across the country taking on the powerful gun lobby?

*What will it take to hold religious leaders accountable for clergy abuse?

*What is life like in Iraq, 16 years after the US invasion?

*Canada acknowledges genocide against MMIW. What’s next?

*How should California tackle its child poverty crisis?

*What’s being done to save the bees?

Every Friday, we host the popular media roundtable, which brings together journalists from the mainstream, alternative, and international press to critique the week’s news coverage. And for the past year, we’ve broadcast our One Planet series, which explores the interconnected crises facing humanity and the planet we share.

KALW was the first FM station west of the Mississippi, one of the first NPR affiliates, and the first public broadcaster to bring BBC programming to the San Francisco Bay Area, the nation’s 5th largest media market.


*Is a self-starter who brings ideas on how to develop funding streams for the program through underwriting, dedicated foundation fundraising, and listener/ membership engagement.

*Understands how to take a well-established program to the next level by assessing the program’s strengths and challenges, surveying the existing radio/audio market and increasing listener reach and engagement.

*Is immersed in news and current affairs and has new ideas about facilitating dialogue and bringing listeners into conversations that matter.

*Has excellent writing, editing and fact-checking skills, as well as sound editorial judgment.

*Maintains high standards for all written materials, especially show and web copy.

*Can handle daily deadlines and the pressures of live radio.

*Works well independently, on a small team, and enjoys creative collaboration.


*Successfully manages a small team and annual budget with clarity and creativity.

*In consultation with development director and general manager, sets direction for a strategic fundraising plan for Your Call.

*Works with the host and senior producer to syndicate Monday’s One Planet series and Friday’s Media Roundtable.

*With host, runs weekly editorial and production meetings.

*Produces two shows per week: Schedule, pre-interview, and prepare guests for the broadcast; provide preparatory and research materials for the host; write script intro and questions, next day promos, and the show posting (description, headline, and links) for the website; work with social media producer to raise awareness about each show.

*Oversee the broadcast in-studio 2 days a week: Screen phone calls, direct engineers, and communicate with host.

*Track potential guests coming to town, order books, and reach out to publicists.

*Come up with creative ideas to promote the show, the Your Call podcast, and grow our social media presence.

*Set up the studio for our guests and enable our Facebook live broadcast.


*Three+ years radio experience in news and/or public affairs programming.

*News reporting experience preferred.

*Fundamentals of digital audio editing.

*Familiarity with social media and marketing.




*Independent contractor. Compensation commensurate with experience, in the market range for comparable positions in public radio.


*Resume, including your e-mail address.

*A short personal statement about what you’d bring to Your Call and KALW. What creative ideas do you have for reaching new audiences and fundraising streams for Your Call?

*Three examples of your radio/audio work: Shows or podcasts you have hosted or produced, reporting, and/or promos you have scripted or produced.  (Share as MP3, CD, or online link)

*Three examples of your writing.  Can include radio scripts.

*Three professional references.

All application materials must be RECEIVED by close of business on July 31st.

Please submit all materials to:

ATTN: Tina Pamintuan/General Manager


500 Mansell Street

San Francisco, CA 94134



Development Director, WXPR, Rhinelander, WI

WXPR Public Radio is seeking creative, adventurous candidates for the position of Development Director.

The Development Director will create and implement fundraising activities to fulfill the mission of WXPR. Development areas include, but are not limited to, underwriting, grant funding, planned giving, and major giving.

The ideal candidate is passionate about the mission and value of public media. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and collaborative self-starter with superior communication and interpersonal skills.  This is a full-time exempt position.

WXPR is an independent, community-licensed public radio station founded in 1983 and operated by White Pine Community Broadcasting, Inc. From studios in downtown Rhinelander, Wisconsin, WXPR can be heard in northern and central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Scores of volunteer on-air hosts produce and deliver 70 hours of unique music programming per week. In addition, WXPR is an NPR affiliate that airs national news and produces its own local news. WXPR aims to inform, entertain and engage the community with music and information.


•       Renew underwriters in a timely fashion. Upgrade where possible.
•       Research and approach new underwriting prospects.
•       Develop underwriting scripts according to FCC guidelines.
•       Schedule underwriting using underwriting software.
•       Send invoices and track payments.
•       Keep complete, accurate files on each underwriter including contract information, scripts, contact history, correspondence, etc.

•       Work with Membership Director to plan and carry out membership drives.
Grant funding
•       Seek granting opportunities for programming, operating expenses, and other special and capital projects.
•       Write and submit grant proposals.
•       Report on grants received as required by the grantor.
Major donor and planned giving programs
•       Develop and oversee these programs including identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects.
•       Plan major donor receptions.

Promotional and fundraising events
•       Work with other staff members and board members to produce fundraising and promotional events.
•       Hosting news programming
•       Cohost pledge drive programs
•       All other duties as apparent or as assigned by general manager.

Please send a cover letter and resume by to WXPR General Manager Jessie Dick:

The position will remain open until filled.

Assistant News Director, WORT, Madison, WI

The Assistant News Director is responsible for producing the 6pm local news broadcast Monday through Thursday and ensuring high-quality, journalistically sound programming.

For more information, please see our website:
Deadline July 22, 2019

Business / Development Coordinator, KBFT, Nett Lake, MN

The Business/Development Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for cultivating business underwriting support for Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio. The incumbent must identify and develop relationships with organizations and businesses supportive of KBFT’s mission and programming, and participate in the station’s membership drive planning team.
1. Participates on KBFT’s membership drive planning team.
2. Coordinates KBFT’s overall development strategies to grow revenues in support of its mission.
3. Designs and oversees on-air fundraising campaigns and other special events of all kinds.
4. Coordinates underwriting support to ensure that the solicitation of support from the business community (in the form of underwriting, business memberships, etc.) is coordinated with other development efforts.
5. Coordinates the advertising of events through the use of on-air carts, writing press releases, designing posters and whatever else may be necessary to ensure that the public is aware of an upcoming event.
6. Obtains premiums and giveaway items for on-air fundraising efforts and mails them to the recipients.
7. Develops and implements strategies to build audience, membership, public image, and community relations. This will include participation in community outreach presentations, community events, program guide, web page development and social media outlets.
8. Designs methods for measuring success for all events, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
9. Ensures accuracy in data entry for station underwriting messages, schedules, invoices and monthly billing.
10. Manages day-to-day underwriting traffic; maintains the database of account records; enters contracts and schedules underwriting announcements; ensures accurate, legal, and readable copy in air studio; produces and routes all necessary documents including contracts, confirmations, acknowledgements, renewal notices, affidavits, etc.
11. Compiles and prints management reports; tracks contract fulfillment.
12. Leads and coordinates sales activity; develops and maintains relationships with existing and potential underwriters; recruits, services, and maximizes the potential of house accounts; provides up-to-date sales collateral.
13. Creates underwriting offers for station events, live broadcasts, and special programming projects; oversees collections and ensures that station’s credit policies are enforced; implements appropriate pricing based on market research.
14. Recommends strategies to ensure that sales targets are met.
15. Ensures compliance with all FCC Regulations and applicable laws.
16. Negotiates arrangements with local businesses and underwriters to secure traded or donated goods and services for use as drawings during on-air drives.
17. Proposes annual underwriting goals and budget in coordination with General Manager.
18. Maintains office files and databases, rate structures, inventory availabilities.
19. Collaborates with management and drive planning team to conceptualize drive themes and identify community partners; identifies and recruits community representatives to pitch during on-air drives.
20. Researches and writes grant applications in collaboration with the General Manager.
21. Designs and works with the General Manager to implement large gift and other programs to encourage larger, personal, foundation, or corporate gifts; capital campaigns and endowments.
22. Provides assistance on other projects as assigned by the General Manager.

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