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Relationship Officer, Mid Donors

Req #: 193493

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Posting Date: 07/27/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $4,717 to $5,897/month [$56,604 to $70,758 annually]

Shift: First Shift


KUOW and the University of Washington are equal opportunity employers. KUOW is dedicated to building a culturally diverse staff and creating a working environment that promotes racial equity and inclusiveness. We believe attracting and retaining diverse staff is crucial to serving our community and fulfilling our mission. Women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.

KUOW has an exciting opportunity for a go getter and “people person”. Serving in the role of Relationship Officer, Mid Donors, you will steward relationships within a portfolio of KUOW’s Broadcast Circle members. You will work with an exceedingly successful and ever-growing team to secure donations from a portfolio of roughly 500+/- donors.

With a big boost from Artificial Intelligence, you will be empowered to work fast and smart. This opportunity is ideal for over-achievers who find fulfillment in generating results. You will strive to establish relationships with your portfolio, ushering donors with the potential to give more generously into the high value portfolios of your colleagues.

You will strive to secure annual gifts from all in your portfolio, which will help to ensure that KUOW has the financial resources needed to deliver the important news, information, and facts that listeners depend on.

The ideal candidate is eager to do great work, charismatic and self-motivated. There is boundless potential to succeed in this role, especially if you enjoy exploring the intersection of people, technology, and fact-based journalism. KUOW staff enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.


Identifies, manages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a portfolio of 500+/- mid-level donors ($1,200-$9,999) and prospects ($500+) to increase annual and special contributions to KUOW. Provides research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities for individuals and some family foundations. Emails, conducts calls and virtual visits with donors. Ensures appropriate treatments are given to these high value donors through KUOW’s marketing program. Upgrades donors into major donor portfolios.


Frontline Fundraising (85%)

  • Administers fundraising activities that support KUOW’s overall health and growth.
  • Cultivates donors who give between $1,200 and $9,999 annually, maintaining an evolving portfolio of 500+/- donors, in alignment with KUOW’s qualify/disqualify policies.
  • Develops and implements activities to advance individuals in portfolio through all aspects of the gift cycle: initiating contact, developing appropriate cultivation strategies, moving potential donors in timely fashion to solicitation and closure, providing stewardship.
  • Supports efforts to identify, research, solicit, cultivate, steward, and communicate with major donor prospects.
  • Supports efforts to identify and cultivate estate and planned gifts.
  • Records all cultivation activities within donor database of record.
  • Works with marketing teams to develop and execute communication strategies and materials appropriate for donors within portfolio.
  • Actively supports the activities of Membership, Marketing, Major Donor and Planned Giving programs.

Program Management (10%)

  • Contributes to and supports the creation of annual plans for Philanthropy and develops personal annual plans which align with KUOW’s strategic impact framework and with the Philanthropy Dept. Annual Plans.
  • Prepares regular reports and analysis to monitor productivity and health of portfolio.
  • Adheres to KUOW’s established protocols for fundraising including qualification and disqualification, stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation policies. Contributes to the continued enhancement of these policies.
  • Periodically attends meetings and conferences as a representative of KUOW.
  • Assists with events, pledge drives, general membership programs and other duties as assigned.

Other Duties as Assigned (5%)


Position reports to the Director of Development.


Occasional task-oriented work-study or part-time employees and volunteers.


  • A bachelor's degree, or equivalent experience, including two or more years of professional experience with demonstrated success in cultivating relationships with customers, donors and/or other stakeholders like buyers, students, or volunteers. • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate successfully in writing, by phone or in person.
  • Proven ability to work professionally, collegially, and effectively with donors or other constituents, colleagues, and the public.
  • Ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, and handle multiple projects and deadlines in an organized and professional manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team-oriented setting and commitment to providing quality
  • Competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

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


  • Familiarity with and appreciation of public radio programming a strong plus.
  • Working knowledge of fundraising databases desirable, preferably Salesforce.
  • Multi-lingual

Application Process:

In addition to submitting a traditional cover letter, you will be prompted to submit your response to the following (limited to 7900 characters):

"How have you committed yourself to understanding and aiding in the pursuit of equity and inclusion in your professional and or personal life?"

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment, you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.