CHIRP Radio is seeking a highly motivated, self-directed fundraising professional with excellent writing and data management skills to handle the following responsibilities:
Fundraising campaign management: The director will manage three annual fundraising campaigns from planning through fulfillment, creating messaging and materials, with a goal of growing and strengthening the station’s individual giving and sustainer programs.
Donor data management: The director will utilize the station’s CRM (Neon) to analyze and segment donor records for more effective communication, keep records updated, and manage gift processing.
Donor cultivation and corporate gifts: The director will research and target appropriate donors for specific messaging, with an eye toward moving regular donors to sustainers and sustainers to major donors. He or she will develop “giving circles” and other efforts to encourage major gifts, work to solicit matching gifts and manage other corporate giving opportunities, and coordinate with the CHIRP Board of Directors to develop and support their fundraising plans and strategy.
Grant prospecting/grant writing: The director will seek out new grants and work to develop relationships with program officers at local foundations. In coordination with the General Manager, he or she will write grant applications and renewals and develop effective materials that can be reused from application to application.
Supporting and encouraging volunteer-led fundraising efforts: The director will provide support as needed for major CHIRP events like the Record Fair. He or she will assist with fundraising events that don't have a specific CHIRP volunteer director and help brainstorm new CHIRP fundraising events with appropriate teams.
In addition to these responsibilities, the development director will be expected to serve as a leader within the organization, working with volunteers, attending meetings and events, and providing general support as appropriate. Training will be provided on station policies and equipment so that the director can serve in a supervisory position in the absence of the general manager.
This job will begin as a three-month contract position, and will evolve upon a successful review into a salaried 20 hour per week position that includes two weeks (40 total hours) of paid vacation. The CHIRP development director may frequently work remotely and the schedule generally is flexible, although some daytime availability is required. Candidates must be located in the Chicago area, as some duties do require on-site work.
Bachelor’s Degree and at least two years experience working in a non-profit fundraising environment
Thorough understanding of all components of a diversified funding base including donor prospecting and cultivation (individual and corporate) and grant research and application cycles
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including a demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively and to make effective public presentations
Proficient in Google Docs, Microsoft Word and Excel, and meaningful experience using donor database systems (our CRM is Neon)
Ability to establish clear objectives, monitor progress, and achieve fundraising goals with a strong adherence to deadlines
Ability to collaborate with and motivate an array of internal staff, board members, and volunteers
Self-starter with high degree of initiative, enthusiasm, and ability to work independently; ability to effectively manage time and prioritize projects
Willingness to bring new ideas to the table, be open to growth and experimentation, and not be bound by existing structures
Ability to be a passionate and effective advocate for CHIRP, its mission and vision
No applications will be considered without a personalized cover letter detailing the applicant’s specific interest in this position.
About CHIRP Radio 107.1FM
CHIRP Radio 107.1FM is a non-commercial radio station focused on independent music, arts, and culture. The station is always live and local, staffed by more than 200 volunteers and a part-time general manager. The development director is the organization's second staff position.