Jobs/Opportunities

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AT PRAIRIE PUBLIC

 

Director of Development

Prairie Public Broadcasting, a community licensee for public radio and television serving North Dakota, northwestern Minnesota and Manitoba, seeks a Director of Development to lead a team of fundraising professionals. The position is located in Fargo, ND—the largest community in the state of North Dakota with a population of more than 118,500. The city is situated along the Red River, which provides miles of recreational areas including parks, fishing, walking/biking paths and camping, and is home to three major university campuses, a vibrant arts community, and a progressive business climate.

The Director of Development is responsible for the development and implementation of fundraising activities for Prairie Public Broadcasting, including overseeing any future capital campaigns. The position performs managerial and administrative functions in supervising the activities and staff of the development department in their execution of such tasks. The director of development oversees the areas of membership and business development, including television and radio on-air fundraising, and is directly responsible for the major gifts and planned giving programs.

  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate, and motivate development staff.
  • Oversee the membership department, including activities as member acquisition, member retention, additional giving, and the sustainer program. Set and attain budget goals.
  • Oversee the business development department, including underwriting (corporate sponsorship) activities as identifying and soliciting new underwriters, renewing current underwriters, cultivating and providing stewardship to sponsors. Set and attain budget goals.
  • Responsible for successful major gifts and planned giving programs. Identify, cultivate, solicit, and provide stewardship to major and planned gift donors. Set and attain budget goals.
  • Develop, monitor, and manage budgets for development department.
  • Achieve annual goals by identifying and cultivating potential funding sources.
  • Design, develop strategies, and implement programs and campaigns for raising operating and capital support.
  • Utilize and provide statistical reports to evaluate project performance and make decisions.
  • Research and implement state-of-the-art fundraising approaches, including new digital and mobile strategies.
  • Write new materials and/or approaches to fundraising and membership drives.
  • Review and give final approval on direct mail materials.
  • Assure that member/customer service and communication matters are handled promptly and accurately.
  • Make on-air appearances to ask for donations during membership drives.
  • Represent Prairie Public to local, state, regional and national organizations.
  • Plan, organize, and implement any future capital campaigns with the president/CEO.
  • Ensure capital goals are met by working with senior management and board members; keep updated on progress as needed.
  • Ensure best practices and employ innovative fundraising strategies for fundraising success.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervision: Reports to the CEO, and heads development department. Directly supervises membership manager, business development manager, and donor relations coordinator.

Confidentiality: This position has information about donors and their relationship to the organization, as well as other sensitive information. High ethical standards of integrity, understanding, and diplomacy are required.

Mental Application: The position requires excellent problem-solving and organizational skills, as well as anticipation of circumstances in order to meet the requirements of the position.

Responsibilities: Requires thoroughness in project and time management. Attention to detail is crucial.

Contacts: Internal contacts include all departments. External contacts include various business professionals, community representatives, and the general public.

Magnitude and Scope: Thorough knowledge of fundraising practices, procedures, and methods is required. Must be familiar with program development and implementation. Grant and proposal writing experience necessary. Significant expenditures will require approval from the President/CEO.

Working Conditions: Many position requirements can be performed in normal office conditions. The position requires extended hours (i.e., 45-55 hours/week), including occasional weekends, and take-home work. On-air fundraising is required. Travel in and out of town is required. This is a high-visibility position.

Technology: Requires strong PC skills (Microsoft Office Suite) and proficiency with donor databases and software. Experience with Allegiance Software is a plus.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, communications, business, or a related field.

Experience: A minimum of 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, including major and planned giving, preferred. Proven supervisory, management, and leadership capabilities.

Abilities: Must be able to work independently, set objectives, develop plans, supervise implementation, and achieve results. Excellent organizational skills are necessary. Must be able to communicate effectively in writing and orally, both in person and on the telephone. Must be able to work efficiently and effectively with a wide variety of people, including community, business and government leaders. Excellent customer service skills and attention to detail are crucial.

Essential Job Functions: Must be able to sit at a desk for extended periods of time and have the finger dexterity to operate office equipment. Must be able to speak clearly as well as read and write in order to communicate effectively and complete required paperwork. Must be able to balance, bend, sit, stand, twist, reach, crouch, climb, and lift/move up to 25 pounds. Must exhibit well-paced mobility in order to visit various locations of the organization, community, and region in keeping with the demands of the position. Car, valid driver’s license, and proof of auto insurance are required. Decision making, reasoning and analytical skills are required.

To be considered, please submit resume, three references and completed Prairie Public Broadcasting employment application, available online at the link at the bottom of this page. Mail to Prairie Public Broadcasting, Human Resources, 207 North 5th Street, Fargo, ND  58102,  Or email to pholmlund@prairiepublic.org

 

Internships

Prairie Public Broadcasting has unpaid internship positions available throughout the organization. If you are interested in a hands-on learning experience in a fast-paced, exciting environment, send your resume to info@prairiepublic.org, or fax it to 701-239-7650.

Education Services Internship

This is your opportunity to work on meaningful community projects within an active broadcasting office! Work with Prairie Public’s Education Services within the television department in the downtown Fargo office. This department provides educational Web, print, and video resources and professional development for preK-12+ educators and early childhood caregivers. Duties include promotion of valuable resources and services to educators and the community; assisting with organizing community engagement projects for pre-school and/or K-12 organizations; uploading content for several online multimedia websites; collaborating on events and projects with other members of the Prairie Public staff, including radio and television; developing an understanding of educational materials and digital applications that can be used in education settings; as well as performing other office tasks which may include updating databases, organizing invoices, making copies and other maintenance activities.

Work approximately fifteen flexible hours per week between the hours of 8 and 5. This unpaid internship provides insight into office operations as well as the education, production and broadcasting professions and will provide valuable work experience and professional contacts while helping to improve communication skills. We ask that our intern candidates possess good people skills, be able to work with minimal supervision, and be dependable.

This is a positive office atmosphere with staff that really appreciates interns! Check out our Web site or contact Tim Wollenzien at twollenzien@prairiepublic.org or 701-239-7575.

Individually Designed Internship – Radio Some interns work with us to design a set of activities that match the intern’s interests and skills with our needs. An internship like this may combine elements of writing, audio production, web work, radio operations, music programming, program distribution, and so on. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org

Radio News InternshipsBismarck (2 concurrent internships available) This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Bismarck. The intern will work under the direction of the News Director and in association with other news staff. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, newsroom software, and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, including state government. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

• Radio News Internship — Fargo or Grand Forks This is a 1 semester, unpaid news internship in Fargo or Grand Forks. The intern will be directly supervised by our Red River Valley reporters, under the overall direction of the News Director. The intern will be given a “real world” experience in news, so that by the end of the internship, the person will be able to report and write news stories, as well as operate the control board, use newsroom software and possibly anchor newscasts. Prairie Public covers statewide news, and this position focuses on stories originating in eastern North Dakota. Work is based at the studios in downtown Fargo or on the UND campus in Grand Forks. Hours per week are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. Up to full time is possible. The people will be selected through an interview process, and candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and recording. Students should have some background or course work in journalism. The intern will be assigned duties by the News Director, and those duties may include coverage of scheduled events, telephone interviews, on-site interviews, writing and rewriting news copy, and production of voicers and wraps. Some work may be for television and the internet as well as radio. We will assist the intern in preparing an audition recording based on their work. We will reimburse expenses. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

Community Affairs Internship, Radio — Fargo This is a one semester, unpaid internship to produce a broadcast and web program on a particular topic. The student will work with the Director of Radio to choose a subject, and determine the production activities necessary. The conclusion of the internship will be the production of programming for radio broadcast and internet presentation. The end result might be, for example, a half hour program, or a series of shorter pieces. The student may suggest a topic, or accept one provided by Prairie Public. The subject could be a social or political issue, music or other arts activity, or almost anything else. The main criterion is that the resulting programming be interesting to public radio listeners. Production activities could include field recording, field interviews, in-studio interviews, and will certainly include writing and audio editing. The intern will have the chance to become familiar with the production process, including equipment and appropriate software. The production may be broadcast and presented on Prairie Public’s website. The hours are flexible, depending on the number of credits taken. The intern will work under the supervision of the Director of Radio. Students should have an interest in radio and journalism, and some experience with audio equipment and writing will be helpful. Please apply with a cover letter and resume. Contact Bill Thomas, 239-7509, Box 3240, Fargo, ND 58108-3240, or write info@prairiepublic.org.

Download the Prairie Public employment application.

Download the Prairie Public employment application for gaming applicants.

 

Shopping Cart

Your shopping cart is empty
Visit the shop

Shop

Shop NPR - a portion of your purchase benefits Prairie Public


Shop PBS