REPORTS TO: Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations
JOB PURPOSE: Raise revenue for WWCI through relationships with prospects and donors that result in increased financial support for WTTW and WFMT.
MINIMUM EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree required, advanced degree a plus.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE: Must have 3-5 years of experience in grant writing with a proven track record of demonstrable results and successes. Must also be experienced in working with donors and stewarding their interests. Must have experience in gathering, compiling, and presenting written and verbal information including but not limited to: research; letters of intent; foundation proposals; government grant applications; budgets; acknowledgements; and stewardship reports.
SKILLS REQUIRED: Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are required, as well as excellent people skills. Candidate must be organized, detail oriented, and able to multi-task and meet a rigorous schedule of deadlines. A positive, goal, and team-oriented attitude is essential. The ability to handle detailed work with accuracy and enthusiasm is crucial. 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.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Support Development department’s $12-20M revenue goals, with a focus on $2-5M from Foundations and select government entities, in support of WWCI operations and mission, including programming on all WTTW11 and 98.7WFMT platforms.
Write and submit letters of intent, proposals, budgets, grant applications, follow-up materials, and stewardship reports to foundations and government entities to solicit funds for annual, special project, and/or campaign support.
Direct oversight and management of a portfolio of foundation and government grants, including orchestrating meetings between funders, senior staff, and program producers, writing briefing memos and preparing senior staff for meetings, and acting as an effective and eloquent ambassador and liaison both externally and within the organization.
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.
Support the development team’s cultivation and stewardship activities, including special events and other activities and involve foundation and government funders as appropriate.
Support the Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations as necessary and perform other duties as assigned and work collaboratively and cross-departmentally across the organization.
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.