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Boston University SENIOR LEADERSHIP GIFTS OFFICER, WBUR Development in BOSTON, Massachusetts

If you want to join a dynamic, mission-driven team and support award winning journalism and programming at one of the most prominent Nation Public Radio (NPR) stations in the country with competitive compensation and benefits, consider us. If you want to help fund award winning journalism and programing and maybe do some of your best work as an advancement professional consider joining our team. This historic effort will depend upon a dedicated, creative, and diverse staff. SR. LEADERSHIP GIFT OFFICER, WBUR For over 70 years, WBUR has proudly served the City of Boston, the nation and the world with award-winning, in-depth reporting and powerful programming. WBUR currently produces more content for NPR than any other public radio station in the country. WBUR offers a deep and insightful public conversation about issues of local, national and global importance. Our not-for-profit model, based on audience and community support, helps us to sustain independent journalism that feeds the soul of democracy. WBUR's journalistic rise in Boston and around the nation makes it one of the most prominent and widely consumed organizations in all of public radio. WBUR's local newsroom, the largest radio newsroom in New England, broadcasts to more than 500,000 listeners each week in our region. Meanwhile, our national programs such as Here & Now and On Point are carried on more than 650 stations nationwide, broadcasting collectively to more than 7 million listeners each week. has over 2 million unique visitors each month and our podcasts have over 5 million downloads each month. We have a plan to build a WBUR for the future. That plan calls for us to invest in content, people, innovation, and technologies. We not only will help shape the future of public media playing a leading role on-air, online and in person but also serve our community on a broader stage with far greater impact. Like any bold venture, this process of transformation will require capital, the commitment of our community and a shared belief in our ability to create a better future. Together, we can build a more informed, empowered and inspired society. JOB SCOPE The Sr. Leadership Gift Officer (LGO) will manage a portfolio of leadership annual fund and campaign gifts with an emphasis on five, six- and seven-figure gifts. The Sr. LGO will identify and cultivate prospective donors and develop solicitation and stewardship strategies, coordinating the involvement of WBURs GM, senior management team, peers on the Development team, WBUR Board of Directors and Community Advisory Board members and volunteers as necessary. Working closely with Development colleagues, the Sr. LGO will solicit leadership annual fund gifts and campaign gifts, by engaging in face-to-face prospect visits and donor meetings and writing funding requests, donor reports, solicitation letters and impactful correspondence. The Sr. LGO will conduct independent research to identify new prospects and to learn more about known prospects. Develop and execute thoughtful strategies for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of each assigned project, and coordinate with WBUR staff, including WBURs GM in cultivating, solicitation and stewardship of prospects, accompanying colleagues to meetings with prospective donors, providing appropriate briefing materials and coaching as part of the meeting preparation. This position has the ability to be hybrid.

Required Skills

  • The Sr. LGO for WBUR at Boston University will be a professional fund raiser with a successful track record of board management and engagement with prospects and donors.

  • A minimum of eight years of direct fund-raising experience with a proven track record of soliciting and closing gifts is required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships in a highly collaborative environment is a must, the ability to engage in building relationships of trust and mutual value added with colleagues across the station. A capacity to think strategically and creatively is necessary, this involves the ability to inquire about and listen to a prospect's needs, and then to understand and determine how to best develop a successful strategy for engagement.

  • Candidates must have a bachelors degree and six to eight years fundraising experience. Additionally, advanced written communications, analytical skills, collaboration, and project management skills are required. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

  • Play a leading role in WBURs campaign and join us today.

  • WBUR is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Please note all newly hired staff and faculty will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement ( within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption ( instructions ( ). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Resources ( site.

    We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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