Central Florida public media stations WMFE and WMFV are seeking a creative, collaborative, and highly skilled fundraiser to become their next Director of Development.

Are you an effective written and spoken communicator and relationship builder with a passion for the mission of public media and a proven track record of building financial support for mission- based organizations? Are you a collaborative, inspirational leader committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming workplace? Are you excited about working with passionate professionals in an organization that embraces its 40 year-history while also embodying the spirit of a startup?

If so, we want to meet you!

Who We Are

WMFE and WMFV provide Central Florida with journalism and fact-based content that empowers the community to better understand and participate in our diverse and complex world. We serve Central Floridians who seek unbiased, factual, truthful information and nuanced discussion -- people who share a common curiosity and concern about the complex issues and challenges facing our community, nation, and world. We consider our workforce to be our most important asset, and we value our people both as team members and as individuals.

The stations are operated by Community Communications, Inc., based in Orlando. We are the primary providers of NPR and public media content in east Central Florida. We offer a full benefits package including health insurance, 401k, and generous paid time off. We embrace flexibility and offer remote work options for most positions.

Position Summary

The Director of Development supports our mission by creating and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy to meet the organization’s revenue needs. The Director is a partner to the President in station fundraising efforts and collaborates regularly as part of the senior leadership team. The Director implements WMFE’s fundraising strategy with integrity, based on a solid understanding of the principles of ethical fundraising for a news organization.

Annual Salary Range: $80,000 - $100,000 depending on experience and qualifications

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic Leadership: Create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy to support the organization's mission and growth, including annual development plans to maintain existing revenue streams and create new revenue opportunities. Work with the senior leadership team as an active participant in strategic planning and decision making for the organization as a
  • Departmental Leadership: Develop and manage actionable strategies, procedures and techniques for membership, major and planned giving, capital campaigns, corporate/foundation giving and grants, and special events. Ensure the integrity and accuracy of WMFE’s donor database.
  • Portfolio Management: Work with development staff and WMFE’s President to cultivate relationships with current and potential donors that result in new and ongoing support, significant leadership gifts, planned gifts and grants.
  • Recruitment, Training & Support: Recruit, manage and support development staff to achieve WMFE’s philanthropic goals, nurturing staff through team building, goal setting, mentorship, coaching, evaluation and recognition. Assess the department’s structure and establish effective roles, responsibilities, and workflows.
  • Collaboration: Foster an environment of cohesiveness and collaboration within the development department and across all station departments. Liaise regularly with WMFE’s sponsorship partner, Market Enginuity. Build successful relationships with industry colleagues in philanthropy and public media to stay informed of trends and best practices and to recommend sound policy and implement strategic revenue generating

Qualifications & Skills for Success

  • 5+ years of experience developing and implementing a wide variety of fundraising strategies in the nonprofit industry.
  • Familiarity with public media required. Development experience in public media and/or nonprofit journalism strongly preferred.
  • 3+ years of personnel management
  • Understanding of and enthusiasm for WMFE’s mission to provide public service journalism to Central
  • Advanced collaboration skills and high comfort level working as a team to make decisions and implement
  • Innovative thought leader who embraces new ideas and is able to employ strategies or tactics that push boundaries in fundraising and development.
  • Engaged and hands-on leader, willing to roll up their sleeves to provide direct
  • Demonstrated success in raising funds for an organization through the solicitation of major gifts, planned gifts, and/or grants.
  • Highly effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communication with staff, donors, and other stakeholders, including active listening skills and clear articulation of the organization’s mission and value to the community.
  • Proficiency in the use of fundraising databases to develop strategy, set goals and analyze
  • Demonstrated ability to build and nurture a diverse workforce and to contribute to a workplace that reflects the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • High degree of independent thinking, self-motivation, creativity, and
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and achieve results.

How to Apply

WMFE  is being assisted in this search by Livingston Associates. 

We know there are qualified candidates who may have relevant skills and experiences that don’t look exactly like what's described here. If that’s you, please don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself! We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and with diverse perspectives.

As part of your application process, you are asked to also submit a resume, letter of introduction including why you’re a great fit for this position. These documents should be uploaded when you apply.

Date for full consideration: April 10, 2022

Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates at (410) 243-1974.

Location and Working Conditions

This position is based in Orlando, Florida. The incumbent should reside in Central Florida, but remote work (i.e., work from home) options are available.

Much of this work is done in an indoor location. Some offsite work required for fundraising and events. There may be extended periods of working at a computer. This position must be available for meetings, trainings, and operational emergencies outside of normal working hours.

WMFE / Community Communications, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

About Orlando & Central Florida

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