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Associate Director Community Philanthropy & Partnerships (4846)

Position Summary

This role reports to the Director of Northern Public Radio and serves on the station’s cross-departmental leadership team.
As the Director of Community Philanthropy and Partnerships, you will play a pivotal role in advancing WNIJ – Classical WNIU by spearheading initiatives to grow our audience, cultivate donors, and foster community support. You will provide day-to-day direction for the marketing and engagement team. You will develop and lead efforts to engage community partners for programmatic and sponsorship opportunities, driving our fundraising and audience development goals forward.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Expansion of mid-level and major donors
  • Identify, cultivate, and steward relationships with major donors who are passionate about the mission and impact of public radio.
  • Develop personalized cultivation plans and engagement strategies to deepen donor relationships and secure significant financial contributions.
Audience and on-air development
  • Collaborate with programming and marketing teams to develop initiatives that enhance listener engagement and expand our audience reach.
  • Implement strategies to drive listener support through on-air fundraising drives, membership campaigns, and community events.
Community Partnerships
  • Build and engage a network of strategic partners aligned with our mission to enrich our live programming and enhance listener engagement.
  • Develop creative strategies to expand our audience reach and deepen community connections.
Community Philanthropy
  • Work closely with local businesses, organizations, and community leaders to identify opportunities for philanthropic partnerships and financial support.
  • Develop creative sponsorship packages that align with the interests and values of our supporters while providing valuable exposure for our partners.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) (Civil Service)


Specialty Factors (Civil Service)


Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)


Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)

Required Qualifications
Minimum of 3-5 years major gifts experience or comparable experience in generating revenue in a nonprofit setting (Demonstrated successful fundraising experience is an acceptable substitute for a degree;
Proven experience in fundraising, partnership development, or events management, preferably within the nonprofit or media sector;
Strong networking and relationship-building skills, with the ability to identify and engage key stakeholders;
Strategic thinker with the ability to identify opportunities for collaboration and develop innovative solutions;
Excellent communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to articulate value propositions and build consensus among partners;

Additional Requirements (SPS)

Passion for public radio and a commitment to advancing our mission of serving the community;
Highly organized, open, and flexible;
Strong verbal and written communication skills;
Team oriented with desire to lead;
Comfortable with a fast paced, changing environment;
Life-long learner and good problem solver;
High ethical standards;

Preferred Qualifications (SPS)

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field preferred;

Physical demands/requirements

Appointment and Compensation Details

Appointment and Compensation Details

Anticipated Appointment Start Date

July 1, 2024

Anticipated Appointment End Date

Percent of Staff Year


Standard Hours Per Week


Working Hours

8 - 4:30; evenings and weekends as needed


Salary range starts at $60,000/Annually

Hourly or Semi-monthly Pay Rate/Range

Salary range starts at $2,500/pay period

Earn Type


Application Procedure

Application Procedure

Application Procedure

For full consideration, please visit and submit the following materials by June 10, 2024.

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • List of Three Professional References
Applications received after June 10, 2024 will be considered as needed.

Special Instructions

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Is Background Check Required?


EEO Statement Summary

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, disability (physical and mental), marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (identity and expression), political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of at least 3 Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Other #2

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