Development Officer - RadioActive

Req #: 160209

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Posting Date: 09/13/2018

Closing Info: Open Until Filled 

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. 

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.  

KUOW, licensed to the University of Washington, is the Puget Sound Region’s NPR-affiliated public radio service delivering local, regional, national and international news, information and cultural programming. With an audience of over one million users each month, KUOW’s mission is to create and serve a more informed public. Our vision is to broaden conversations and deepen understanding. 

KUOW strives to be the finest possible provider of news—both from within our region and beyond. To help in this mission, KUOW has an outstanding opportunity for a Development Officer, RadioActive to identify, cultivate and solicit new funding sources for KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media Program. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Officer is responsible for researching, developing and implementing new fundraising activities and campaigns, including direct mail, digital, major donors, grant writing, event production, etc., with the goal of securing funds on behalf of RadioActive from individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations. Sets strategies, provides reporting and conducts program evaluation to assess effectiveness of new fundraising activities. 


• Research, identify, and implement new fundraising initiatives and campaigns to meet RadioActive's Strategic Business Plan growth goals, including creating digital, direct mail and other campaigns, writing grants, and soliciting major and corporate donors. 

• Works with the Development department to identify, qualify and manage a portfolio of 30-50 donors, including developing, documenting and implementing appropriate cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies and activities for each donor that will result in increased annual and major gifts in support of KUOW. Records strategies and activities using donor database. 

• Works with Major Gifts Team and KUOW staff to create, produce and disseminate communication materials that support donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, including proposals, case statements, grant requests, reports, solicitations and acknowledgment letters. 

• With Director of Development, devises short and long-term strategies to grow the RadioActive fundraising program to maximize revenue and provide a fertile base of prospects to target for membership, major giving, foundation grant awards and corporate gifts to RadioActive. 

• Works with Director, Research & Analysis to identify and qualify donor prospects through analytics and research, utilizing KUOW’s donor database, RadioActive’s rosters, and public record databases; inputs donor data, communications and cultivation strategies into donor database of record. 

• Attends RadioActive events and station-related cultivation and stewardship activities, including donor-related events; assists with events, pledge drives, general membership programs and other duties as assigned. 

• Participates in annual development and marketing planning for the RadioActive unit as well as for the Development department. 

• Provides occasional supervision to task-oriented work-study or part-time employees and volunteers. 

Requirements include: 

• A bachelor's degree and three or more years’ experience in professional fundraising with demonstrated understanding of best practices in donor cultivation. 

• Working knowledge of database programs, competency in Microsoft Word and Excel a must. 

• Strong interpersonal and customer service skills and an ability to communicate successfully in writing, by phone or in person. 

• Proven ability to work professionally and collaboratively as part of a team that includes youth in lead roles and interacts with students, donors or other constituents, colleagues and the general public. Ability to maintain confidences and protect confidential information. 

• Cultural competence and ability to work successfully with diverse groups of people, including people of color, LGBTQ people, financially insecure people, immigrants, religious minorities, and others whose perspectives are underrepresented in the media. 

• Intrinsically motivated and able to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects and deadlines efficiently and effectively. Ability to develop fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities and goals both independently and within a team. Recognizes and seizes opportunities. 

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented setting. Familiarity with and appreciation of public radio programming. Experience in annual fund and major gifts fundraising a plus. 

• Occasional local travel expected. Availability to work occasional evening and weekend hours. 

• Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and a willingness to travel when necessary. 

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.