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Employment at WTTW11, Chicago's Public Media

Employment at WTTW - Public Media Chicago

Chief Development Officer


Bachelor’s Degree required, advanced degree a plus. CFRE also a plus.

The Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations will be a development professional with direct experience managing high level corporate, foundation, and government relationships, including identification, cultivation, proposal development, solicitation, benefit fulfillment and stewardship.

Must have a minimum of seven years in development focusing on corporate, foundation, and government support with a proven track record of demonstrable results and successes.

Must have experience supervising professional staff.

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, as well as excellent people skills. Candidate must be organized, detail oriented, have experience supervising professional staff, and be able to multi-task and meet a rigorous schedule of deadlines. A positive, goal, and team-oriented attitude is essential. Demonstrated skill in developing and writing corporate, foundation, and government grant requests. Proven track record of effective one-on-one relationships with corporate and foundation supporters. Proficiency with basic software programs is required, as is a readiness to become proficient using the donor database software Team Approach. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, strategic, and creative. 

The ideal candidate will display enthusiasm, drive, a high standard of personal achievement, willingness to take calculated risks, and a commitment to the mission of WTTW11 and 98.7WFMT. The Director of Development will lead by example with positive attitude; team-centric behavior; pleasant demeanor; and results-oriented, focused approach to developing relationships both externally and internally that result in increased revenue for WWCI.

Raise revenue for WWCI through developing relationships with corporate, foundation,and government prospects and donors that result in increased financial support for WTTW and WFMT.

Raise funds directly from corporations, foundations, and select government entities in support of WWCI operations and mission (programming on all WTTW11 and 98.7WFMT platforms) with a goal of nearly $3 million in annual support and additional goals for seven-figure institutional grants in support of the WWCI Imagining More campaign.

Manage a personal caseload as well as supervise and mentor the two members of the Foundation and Corporate Relations team. Lead and manage the operations and administration of the Foundation and Corporate Relations team.

Direct oversight and management of corporate, foundation, and government grants, including representing WTTW|WFMT in meetings and in the community, orchestrating meetings between funders, senior staff, and program producers, writing briefing memos and preparing trustees and senior staff for meetings, and acting as an effective and eloquent ambassador and liaison both externally and within the organization.

Serve as a key member of the development team’s senior staff and work closely with all other members of the development team, trustees, and program staff in a collaborative, supportive environment to identify key ideas and projects that advance the mission of the organization, utilize our contacts to open doors and advance the development team’s efforts, and market organizational priorities effectively to corporate, foundation, and government funders.

Identify, research, and cultivate new potential funding sources and make informed recommendations to match prospects with funding opportunities.

Ensure all benefit fulfillment including accurate recognition and meaningful ongoing stewardship.

Advise and assist with initiatives at the request of the Chief Development Officer and Vice President of Development, and partner with the development team to participate in organizational opportunities such as donor events and the annual gala and involve corporate and foundation donors as appropriate.

Must have a current driver’s license with means to accommodate travel in and around the Chicago area. Must be available for occasional evening and weekend work-related events and donor meetings.


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Window To The World Communications
5400 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Fax: (773) 509-5309


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