Chicago Public Media’s flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM), is dedicated to producing high-quality, fact-based local journalism across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, web, streaming services, smart speakers, social media, and mobile apps. WBEZ’s sister station, Vocalo Radio (91.1FM), is Chicago’s Urban Alternative music station. Through a unique mix of music and conversation, Vocalo Radio gives voice to those that enrich Chicago culturally and socially. With a tradition of excellence and innovation, and a culture that embraces positivity, diversity, ambition, inclusion, and impact, Chicago Public Media is posed for a new era of growth.
Chicago Public Media (CPM) is searching for a Major Gifts Officer at a time of great change and significant opportunity in nonprofit journalism The Development team at CPM plays a central role in the organization’s future and in its revenue. The Major Gifts Officer serves as a key member of the team and will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individuals/families philanthropic support in support of CPM’s mission and objectives. Reporting to the Director, Major Gifts, the Major Gifts Officer is responsible for building and managing a portfolio of donors/families for the purpose of deepening engagement among existing major donors, increasing giving among donors and ultimately growing annual revenue and increasing the number of major donors to CPM.
Through WBEZ and Vocalo, CPM serves an important civic role across Chicago. The ideal candidate will be passionate about championing CPM’s mission and vision and have enthusiasm for the organization’s journalism role in the community. In addition to being self-motivated, organized and results-oriented, the ideal candidate is someone who enjoys building relationships with others, both inside and outside the organization. The ideal candidate has an eagerness to learn, is an active listener who can help connect potential donors’ interests with CPM’s key strategic priorities.
Frontline fundraising/Relationship Management (85%)
Other Fundraising Activity (15%)
At Chicago Public Media, we are looking for people who are curious about the world and have an excitement for the mission of independent, nonprofit journalism.
At Chicago Public Media, we care deeply about our employees as we know attracting, developing and growing talent is key to our success and enhancing our impact. Our culture is one where collaboration, ideas, and innovation are encouraged. We value colleagues who will enhance our culture by bringing new ideas, diverse experiences and talents to our dynamic workplace.
Chicago Public Media’s dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion is reflective across our brands, WBEZ 91.5 FM and Vocalo 91.1 FM, in our staff and in our work. We are fully focused on equality of opportunity and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, experience and all other characteristics that make us different.
At Chicago Public Media we believe dedication to a great workplace includes supporting our employees and their families. As a result, we provide a broad and generous benefits package for you at hire and in the years to come. Our benefits include:
The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM). The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment. Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.
Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we actively seek and welcome people from all backgrounds, orientations, and life experiences to join our team.