Senior Director, Principal Gifts
The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the PBS
Foundation in the search for a Senior Director, Principal
Reporting to the Senior Director, Individual Giving, the Senior Director, Principal Gifts will seek private funds primarily from individuals for priority initiatives and will manage a robust portfolio of principal gift prospects with the capacity and inclination to make gifts of $1M+ in support of PBS.
PBS is a private, non-profit corporation, founded in 1969, whose members are America’s public TV stations, noncommercial, educational licensees that operate more than 330 PBS member stations and serve all 50 states, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. PBS creates content that educates, informs, and inspires. To do this, PBS offers programming that expands the minds of children, documentaries that open up new worlds, non-commercialized news programs that keep citizens informed on world events and cultures, and programs that expose America to the worlds of music, theater, dance, and art. PBS has transformed itself from a solely broadcast organization to a multi-platform leader that serves Americans through television, mobile TV, the Web, interactive whiteboards in the classroom, and more.
Over the course of a year, 80% of all U.S. television households – over 206 million people – watch PBS via traditional television. Each month, Americans watch an average of 375 million videos across all of PBS’s web, mobile, and connected device platforms. PBS stations reach more children, and more caretakers of young children, than any of the children’s TV networks. PBS and its member stations are America's undisputed home for documentary storytelling. During the 2019-2020 season, PBS offered 202 hours of new documentary content, seen by over 77 million people, and is helping to keep the arts alive today and for generations to come, featuring over 200 hours of new arts and cultural programming, seen by 83 million people. During the COVID crisis, PBS cemented its role as America's educational media resource. In the first eight weeks of the shutdown, PBS TV stations reached over 23 million children and parents during at-home learning hours. More than 21 million children, parents and educators engaged with digital content.
Established in 2004 as the national fundraising arm for PBS, the PBS Foundation helps donors realize their philanthropic goals by offering opportunities to make outsized impact. The PBS Foundation is both a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a 509(a)(3) supporting organization to PBS. Its purpose is to seek, cultivate, and receive philanthropic gifts and grants at the national level for PBS. The Foundation administers these gifts and grants on behalf of PBS.
PBS’s audience mirrors the diversity of the United States with respect to race, ethnicity, income, and geography and it is core to its mission that PBS content reflects this diversity. In addition, PBS is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and high-performing culture, so that every staff member can bring their best work forward.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least five years of experience in development working with high-net-worth individuals. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of PBS and the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the position prospectus.