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Development Officer, Major Gifts

Req #: 176065

Department: KUOW / PSPR

Job Location: Seattle Campus

Job Location Detail: U District

Posting Date: 01/15/2020

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Shift: First Shift

Notes: This position will be posted Open until filled, however, to ensure consideration, please apply by February 17, 2020.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

KUOW, licensed to the University of Washington, is the Puget Sound Region’s NPR-affiliated public radio service delivering local, regional, national and international news, information and cultural programming. With an audience of over one million users each month, KUOW’s mission is to create and serve a more informed public. Our vision is to broaden conversations and deepen understanding. KUOW strives to be the finest possible provider of news—both from within our region and beyond. To help in this mission, KUOW has an outstanding opportunity for a Development Officer, Major Gifts to develop and implement activities to advance individuals, corporate giving programs and foundations through all aspects of the gift cycle including initiating contact, developing appropriate cultivation strategies, drafting proposals, moving potential donors in timely fashion to solicitation and stewardship. Establish and maintain relationship with a portfolio of approx. 150 donors on behalf of KUOW. Sets cultivation strategies, implements and tracks activities.


Maintain a portfolio of approximately 150 major prospects consisting of individuals, corporate giving programs and foundations. Identify, research, write and submit letters of inquiry, grant requests and proposals, including supporting documents as needed, in a timely manner to major prospects, ensuring accurate representation of KUOW and its services in all documentation. Conduct cold-calls and proactive outreach where necessary to prospective donors; coordinate and prepare staff and materials for site visits by Foundations and Corporations as needed. (60%)

Create and maintain complex spreadsheets tracking grant prospects, due dates, status of grants, reporting requirements, etc.; run database queries; create templates and prepare mail merges and print materials, as needed. Coordinate and assist with database input and account management as relates to Foundations and Corporate donors. Create and disseminate grant production calendars, schedules and performance reports. (15%)

Initiate and maintain relationship with Foundation and Corporate donors on behalf of KUOW. Plan, coordinate and implement all gift acknowledgement and stewardship activities for Foundation and Corporate donors, using multiple mediums including mail and email. Examples include welcome letters, acknowledgement letters, impact statements, the quarterly Listening Post, etc. Create a schedule for regular dissemination and implement, ensuring that every donor has a minimum of 2 thank-you touches annually. (15%)

Works with Major Gifts Team and KUOW staff to create, produce and disseminate communication materials that support donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, including proposals, case statements, grant requests, reports, solicitations and acknowledgment letters. (5%)

Participate in annual development and marketing planning for the major gifts and grants unit and development department. (2.5%)

Attend cultivation and stewardship activities, including donor-related events and assist with events, pledge drives, general membership programs and other duties as assigned. (2.5%)


Position reports to the Director of Philanthropy


Occasional task-oriented work-study or part-time employees and volunteers.

Requirements include:

A bachelor's degree and two or more years’ experience in professional fundraising with demonstrated success in donor cultivation and stewarding donor relationships. Familiarity with, and ability to articulate best practices in non-profit fundraising. Ability to develop fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization’s mission, priorities and goals both independently and within a team.

Strong interpersonal and customer service skills and an ability to communicate successfully in writing, by phone or in person. Proven ability to work professionally, collegially and effectively with donors or other constituents, colleagues and the general public. Commitment to providing quality customer service and ability to maintain confidences and protect confidential information.

Working knowledge of database programs, competency in Microsoft Word and Excel a must.

Occasional local travel expected. Availability to work occasional evening and weekend hours. Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and a willingness to travel when necessary.

Intrinsically motivated and able to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, set priorities and handle multiple projects and deadlines in an organized and professional manner a must. Recognizes and seizes opportunities.

Familiarity with and appreciation of public radio programming a plus.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website.

Application Process:

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