Roanoke, VA


The Organization – WVTF

WVTF, a Public Radio station licensed to Virginia Tech, based in Roanoke, VA seeks a dynamic leader to oversee all fundraising activities. Reporting to the General Manager and the Assistant VP for Advancement – Colleges and Units, this role focuses on Annual and Major Giving, Planned and Principal Giving, and Donor Relations. Responsibilities include devising a detailed operating plan, formulating a balanced budget, setting revenue objectives, leading major giving initiatives, and collaborating on on-air fundraising. The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in shaping the station’s messaging, particularly for donor engagement, and will actively promote support for the station as an ex officio member of the WVTF RADIO IQ Friends Council.

Position Overview

Required Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s degree and related experience equating to an advanced degree or specialized fundraising training. Demonstrated successful record of accomplishment in fundraising, preferably within a public radio setting and demonstrated success in acquiring major gifts. Strong communication, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated experience motivating volunteers, professional staff, and donors. Ability to work as a team member within a multifaceted organization requiring collaboration, teamwork, and communication. Willingness to travel regionally and nationally, including overnights and weekends. Demonstrated ability to lead a program including goal-setting, evaluation, and planning. Must be able to communicate with key managers as well as all staff members.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Master’s degree along with relevant experience or advanced training in fundraising. Demonstrated experience in nurturing and soliciting major gifts. Experience in developing fundraising messages for on-air and marketing campaigns.

Job Duties: 

Major Giving

• Responsible for all aspects of individual and corporate major gifts to WVTF RADIO IQ including planned gifts/bequests.

• Works closely with the General Manager with stewardship and cultivation of major gifts.

• Outlines a major gift initiative to complement and align with Virginia Tech Capital Campaign through 2027.

• Plan, coordinate and execute activities for Producer’s Circle and major donor events.

Annual Giving

• Supervise Development Operations Manager (updated title to Annual Giving Coordinator).

• Oversee planning and coordination for all on air fund drives including contributing to the messaging of each campaign.

• Oversee planning, coordination, and execution of all direct mail solicitations. Includes supervising contracted mailing and production services.

• Confer with Sponsorship Consultant on goals and planning in this area.

Corporate Support & Special Events

• Supervise the Corporate Support & Special Events Manager (updated title).

• Provide general oversight of the corporate underwriting department.

• Develop strategies to increase underwriting revenue.

• Work with the General Manager to identify a small number of events that engage the public, attract sponsorship, and/or represent strategic donor cultivation opportunities.

• Confer with Sponsorship Consultant on goals and planning in this area.

How To Apply

WVTF is being assisted in this search by Livingston Associates.

To Apply, please follow this link. As part of your application process, you are asked to also submit a resume, letter of introduction including your vision for leading WVTF to optimal growth in the future. These documents should be uploaded when you apply.

Date for full consideration: November 30th, 2023
Inquiries are welcome with Livingston Associates at (410) 243-1974.
WVTF offers a competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package for employees including healthcare, retirement, paid time off, dental, vision, health/wellness reimbursements, and other supplemental benefits.
It is the policy of WVTF to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons and not to discriminate in employment because of race, religion, gender, age, marital status, veteran status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.

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