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Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts

Application Deadline: Sunday, August 04, 2019

St. Louis Public Radio (STLPR), the region’s National Public Radio (NPR) member station, seeks an experienced fundraising professional to supervise and coordinate activities for the station’s major and mid-level donor groups and to secure $1,000+ gifts for annual support, special projects and planned gifts.

We’re looking for someone who wants a dedicated portfolio of donors and prospects, and who can manage and activate that portfolio through annual gift solicitation and cultivation, along with multiple stewardship activities. This person should be comfortable supervising processes for mailings, calls, pledge billing, invitations, donor recognition, reports, events and other cultivation-related tasks. STLPR’s development team is vibrant, diverse, ambitious and accomplished. A candidate for this position should welcome the opportunity to collaborate, teach and learn as an engaged member of the department. The Senior Development Officer reports directly to the Associate Development Director and plays an integral role in the planning and execution of club-level major gift annual fundraising efforts for the station. So it’s vital that this person can develop well-conceived and well-written appeals on their own, and also in cooperation with STLPR’s Development and Management leaders. They should expect to not only manage but grow club-level giving, and accurately keep track of plans and progress using fundraising software.

St. Louis Public Radio’s mission is ‘To inform and provide a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures for a more inspired and engaged public.’ Our next Associate Development Director, Major Gifts, should demonstrate passion for the importance, urgency, exclusivity and power of public radio to improve lives as well as a desire to work in a trusted organization that serves the educational, cultural and informational needs of the community.


Minimum: Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities is necessary. It’s also strongly preferred that candidates have worked at least three years in fundraising, donor relations, prospect management or a related field.

An exceptional candidate might also possess some of the following qualities:

  • Experience in fundraising, giving clubs, major gifts, planned giving and proposal writing;
  • Proven ability and willingness to solicit $1,000 annual gifts;
  • Enthusiasm for building relationships with individuals from myriad backgrounds and life experiences;
  • Knowledge of and passion for public radio.

Application Instructions:

St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In order to be considered for this position, you must visit UMSL's employment site and complete an online application. Job ID: 30372.