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Director of Development and Donor Engagement

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 24, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Development & Advancement, Alumni Affairs, Conference & Special Event Administration, Executive, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Title

Director of Development and Donor Engagement

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Position Summary

The Director of Development and Donor Engagement serves as the primary fundraising executive for KTWU and, in that capacity, works closely with the General Manager to ensure the financial and budgetary obligations of the station are being met.

Essential Job Functions of Position

1. As primary fundraising executive for KTWU, works closely with the General Manager and station departments, applying knowledge of FCC CPB, PBS and IRS rules relative to fundraising activities.
Work closely with the KTWU General Manager to ensure that the station’s financial and budgetary obligations are met, recommending and assisting in developing revenue budgets for the station.

2. Plans and directs the implementation of KTWU fundraising campaigns, member events, community events and activities, incorporating new technologies, community partnerships and strategic alliances with businesses, organizations, other media organizations, etc.; working in consultation with the General Manager and involving the department and KTWU team members throughout the process to ensure successful implementation of all activities and optimal support of KTWU goals. Oversees donor engagement opportunities and ensures a nurturing and responsive environment for all KTWU donors. Manages volunteer involvement and engagement within all departments of KTWU .

3. Directs, supervises and evaluates the performance of the development team. Monitor events and activities such as on-air fundraising, viewer membership drives, annual fundraising events like the KTWU golf tournament and Women on Wheels car show, annual giving campaigns, major giving, corporate gifts and underwriting, and offer recommendations and guidance to staff as necessary or consulted to ensure successful completion of activities and professional performance. Secure financial, human and technical resources to support events and activities. Screen, interview and recommend hire as vacancies occur. Provide team-building, guidance and mentorship as necessary to improve and enhance the performance of the Development team.

Recruits, hires, trains, schedules and evaluates the performance and effectiveness of assigned staff to maximize employee performance and facilitate professional growth. Provides feedback and professional development opportunities. As the team leader and motivator, maintains a healthy, fair, and inclusive work environment by promoting diversity and exercising teamwork and collaboration. Actively promotes a professional workplace culture of mutual respect and collegiality for all members of the institution. Works to build positive and cooperative relationships with staff, encouraging them to work toward individual and departmental goals. Encourages the pursuit of professional development opportunities among staff to enrich employee performance and job satisfaction and bring new ideas and technologies to KTWU .

4. As a liaison with the Public Broadcasting Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washburn Endowment Association and other community organizations, foundations and funding sources, coordinate the logistics of receiving and transferring funds received through gifts and grants. Serves as a spokesperson for the station, serves as on-air talent, speaks to civic groups at conferences and committees, interacts with the public on behalf of KTWU and the General Manager, and assists in the station’s public relations effort. Accepts items for auction, pledges, payments for such things as auction items, underwriting, and pledges; and otherwise assists and supports other departments and staff during special events, unavailability of other staff, etc., to ensure the station’s success in all endeavors.

5. The Director of Development and Donor Engagement will establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with KTWU’s community partners and KTWU’s licensee, Washburn University, seeking out new and innovative fundraising initiatives and opportunities for community and donor engagement.

Performs additional job-related duties as assigned or as appropriate.

Non-Essential Job Functions of Position

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree
Five years of fundraising experience
Five years of supervisory experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Experience in a highly technical and creative environment
Demonstrated effective communication and critical thinking skills

Licenses, Certifications & Registrations

Additional Requirements (e.g. Physical Demands)

Campus Security Authority


Special Instructions to Applicant

Advertised Pay


Work Schedule

Regular Business Hours, Other - Could require some weekend and evening hours as special events warrant

  • After completing one year of service in a benefits-eligible position, the University will contribute an amount equal to 10% of base pay into an employee’s defined contribution plan with TIAA .
  • After one year of continuous employment, eligible employees may officially enroll in University courses for credit or audit without paying applicable tuition and fees. Law School Courses excluded.
  • For an overview of the excellent benefits package, Washburn provides employees visit Washburn benefits.

Full Time

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EEO Statement

Washburn is an EOE and is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching-focused academic and work environment. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a campus climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in higher education.

Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

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Driving History Checked?


Drug Screen Required?


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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Yes, by the end of semester of hire.
  2. * Do you have at least 5 years of experience in fundraising?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have at least 5 years of experience in supervising employees
    • Yes
    • No
Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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