Director, National Foundation and Government Development

Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 29, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Director, National Foundation and Government Development

Full-Time, Regular

Reports to: Vice President, Foundation and Government Development


WETA is looking for a driven Director for our Foundation and Government Development (FGD) team. In this role, you will work closely with the Vice President and other WETA leadership to develop and execute innovative strategies to secure funding to support PBS NewsHour, Ken Burns, Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr., Washington Week, arts productions, and documentaries. We will count on you to be a stellar multitasker and provide clear, practical, and concise advice on funding operations and goals to WETA leadership.

In an average week, you can expect to:

  • Maximize productivity and profitability by leading the prospecting function for National Productions and the PBS Newshour for the FGD team.
  • Work closely with the WETA FGD Grants Management team to ensure that all reporting to donors is completed accurately and on time.
  • Monitor and research funding trends, issues and opportunities.
  • Coordinate with the Director, Local Foundation and Government Development in budget development process, tracking revenue and expenses, and that the department is on target towards annual goal and within budgeted expenses.

What success looks like:

  • After 60 days, you will be familiar with key partners and stakeholders throughout the company; and understand the current relationships we have with funders.
  • After 120 days, you’ll have been actively prospecting and identifying new funding opportunities for your portfolio.

You must have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of national foundation and federal government fundraising.
  • Proven track record of securing six and seven figure gifts.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills to manage the development and growth of a high-performing team
  • Understanding and application of computer technology, fundraising programs, social media, email, and the Internet.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and juggle responsibilities simultaneously.

You should have:

  • Minimum 10+ years of progressively responsible experience in national foundation and federal government fundraising and stewardship; college degree in liberal arts, communications, public relations, marketing, or related field (Master’s degree preferred); or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of public media preferred.


About us:

Founded in 1961, WETA is Washington, DC’s leading public broadcasting station. As a PBS and NPR member, we not only serve the DC metro area with our local programming and classical radio station, but also the nation with Washington WeekPBS NewsHour, and our partnerships with Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Our staff comes from very diverse backgrounds, but we all have one thing in common; we believe in our mission and the service we provide to the public.


WETA is an equal employment opportunity employer.  WETA does not discriminate against employees or applications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, medical condition, genetic predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable local, state or federal law.