The PBS Foundation provides philanthropic support on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and its member stations. In supporting PBS, the PBS Foundation seeks private funds from individuals, foundations and corporations for priority initiatives and carries out such activities as prospect identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and donor stewardship; generation of proposals; grants management; and management of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Reporting to the Foundation’s Deputy Director and working closely with PBS staff, the Director of Philanthropy Communications & Stewardship is responsible for the development and management of materials and resources related to all means of communication with donors and prospective donors, and devises and manages a comprehensive program to help steward this population.
Essential duties include, but are not limited to:
Responsible for managing and coordinating the development and production of communications materials for all Foundation-related initiatives.
Oversees, writes and edits Foundation communications, including: fundraising proposals; fundraising publications, such as newsletters, program descriptions and summaries; content for the Foundation’s web site; and other externally-focused communications materials.
Closely collaborates with all PBS Foundation staff, especially frontline fundraisers, enabling effective donor and prospect communications.
Develops and implements a strategic plan for donor recognition and stewardship that appropriately and consistently promotes interaction with and recognition of donors at all levels.
Reviews and modifies, as necessary, the acknowledgment process to ensure donors are thanked in a personal, timely, and appropriate manner.
Collaborates with Research and Prospect Management Director and frontline fundraising staff to develop creative and personalized stewardship and cultivation plans for institution’s top donors.
Manages all gift agreements, acknowledgements, and endowment reports.
Manages all cultivation, recognition, and celebration events, identifying opportunities to connect donors and prospects with the institution.
Maintains current knowledge of fundraising and philanthropy issues, trends, best practices, and resources.
Collaborates with the PBS communications staff to develop messaging and materials.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Requirements for success:
At least 7 years of experience in communications and/or stewardship, including at least 3 years of experience managing a complex philanthropy communications and/or stewardship program/s.
Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree preferred.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Exceptional judgment skills
Demonstrated strong organization skills with attention to detail
Self-motivated individual who can work independently and as part of a team in a highly-collaborative environment
Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals within the organization
Ability to set priorities, organize, and manage diverse activities to meet deadlines
Ability to manage resources to achieve project goals within time and budget constraints
Ability to practice innovative and creative thinking, and to motivate others to do the same
Consistently demonstrates respect for inclusion, diversity, and ethics
Proficiency with donor management software
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Experience with social media strategies and implementation
About Public Broadcasting Service
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PBS is a private, nonprofit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations -- noncommercial, educational licensees that operate nearly 350 PBS member stations and serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Of the 155 licensees, 82 are community organizations, 51 are colleges/universities, 18 are state authorities and four are local educational or municipal authorities.