Director of Development


Illinois Public Media seeks a full-time Director of Development to provide leadership and administrative management of the Development Department at WILL-Illinois Public Media, with overall responsibility for fund development. The Director supervises staff engaged in fund development, including membership, corporate support, major gifts and grants, related art and graphic design, program guide and donor newsletter(s) production. The Director works directly with a portfolio of major donors and prospects.

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Major Duties and Responsibilities:


Fundraising (70%)

  • Identifies, qualifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards major and planned gifts for IPM.
  • Serves as liaison with Community Advisors, designing Advisor projects and recruiting members.
  • Designs and implements strategies to increase major and planned gift fundraising for the stations, working with the Major Gifts Director.
  • Sets annual fundraising goals in consultation with the Executive Director, the Membership Director/Senior Membership Director, Major Gifts Director, and Assistant Director of Corporate Support.
  • Supervises and is responsible for fundraising activities, which may include major and planned gift campaigns, membership drives, program underwriting, direct mail campaigns, digital fundraising, telemarketing and digital marketing, grants research and writing, events, and other nontraditional fundraising activities.
  • Provides timely and accurate fundraising information, including fundraising results for the Executive Director and the IPM Leadership Team.
  • Works closely with the IPM Leadership Team, including News, Operations, Content, Business and Outreach to pursue revenue strategies.

Management and Administration (30%)

  • Maintains positive productive relationships with the College of Media Advancement team, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Advancement, and UI Foundation.
  • Manages a team that delivers annual gift, corporate support, major and planned giving results for IPM.
  • Participates in the campus fundraising community and national public media community. 
  • Prepares and monitors the Development Department budget.
  • Represents the station on-air and in the community, especially with regard to fundraising activities. 
  • Provides reports to IPM management, the University of Illinois, and national public media entities, as required.
  • Participates as a senior manager on the IPM Leadership Team.
  • Assumes other IPM management duties, as assigned. 



  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum 5 years nonprofit development experience.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of IPM and public media.
  • Working knowledge of grant writing and research.
  • Typical office computer programs and ability to use donor database programs for look-up.
  • Thorough understanding of annual fund and major and planned gift strategies.


  • Demonstrated successful major gifts fundraising experience.
  • Five years’ demonstrably successful management experience.
  • Experience working in public media.

Knowledge Required:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Effective public speaking ability
  • Ability to clearly articulate IPM mission, vision, and values
  • Mentoring skills

Environmental Demands:

  • The Director of Development works primarily in a normal office setting? however, some responsibilities will require the Director to work in radio and television broadcast studios.
  • The Director should be comfortable traveling to off-site locations, greeting the public and participating in meetings and conferences at various times.

Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by November 29, 2021. The committee may begin reviewing applications before the closing date, but no decision will be made until after the closing date. Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter describing qualifications for the position, your current resume and the names and contact information for three professional references.  All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete.  For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Cassie Kenton at 217.300.3667 or cass3188@illinois.edu.

This is a full-time 12-month academic professional position with a start date as soon as possible after the closing date.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.