WBGO is jazz. Like jazz, WBGO has a legacy of
creative, bold innovation and is itself an expression of a belief
in the power of music and voice to change the world. And, like
jazz, WBGO is at a critical inflection point. We are challenged
today to be courageous in embracing change amid a fast-moving
evolution of the music world and a sweeping transformation of the
WBGO 88.3 FM / Newark Public Radio is a non-profit, publicly
funded arts and cultural institution, dedicated to the curation,
presentation and preservation of music created out of the African
American experience. WBGO is committed to providing our
community with independently produced music programming and
journalism for public enrichment, entertainment, and insight.
The mission of WBGO is accomplished via:
- The creation and distribution of relevant audio, video and
editorial content that reflects honesty, complexity, and
- The development of diverse and equitable platforms for
presentation, discovery, and expression;
- Our active engagement with audiences and supporters where we
convey a dynamic representation of the communities in which they
live and work; and
- The continued enhancement of our diverse and inclusive
workplace with a foundation of respect, integrity, and
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
Now at a pivotal point in our growth, WBGO is seeking a Chief
Development Officer to join the senior leadership team. The
successful candidate will possess the requisite competencies to
enable him/her to translate WBGO’s vision into a compelling case
for financial support. The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a
full-time, executive-level position with excellent benefits.
Reporting directly to WBGO President & CEO, Steven A. Williams
and working collaboratively with the senior leadership team, the
CDO will lead all fundraising areas including Individual Giving,
Major Gifts, Membership, Corporate Philanthropy, Governmental
support, and Special Events. The CDO will also lead an
upcoming Capital Campaign for the station to build on WBGO and its
He/She/They will secure private funds that will support the
fulfillment of WBGO’s expanded vision for serving local, national,
and international listener communities. The CDO will help to foster
a culture of philanthropy, ensuring that WBGO is positioned to
achieve its mission and objectives for years to come.
- Genuine interest in and a deep appreciation for WBGO and its
- Experienced fundraising professional ideally within arts,
culture, educational or non-profit institutions or other related
fields with a record of accomplishment of success in annual and
capital campaigns, fundraising strategies, individual donor
relations and leadership.
- Ability to create and implement successful strategies for a
local, national, and international donor base.
- Capacity to lead all aspects of fundraising at WBGO including
individual, membership, corporate, institutional, donor
cultivation, government funding and targeted events.
- Frontline fundraiser to solicit and steward a portfolio of
donors, with an equally important focus on current members who
could increase giving to WBGO.
- Experience with managing support staff with an ability to build
strong, productive, and lasting donor relationships.
- Collaborate with WBGO Development team members on
wealth-screening projects, results analysis, and prospect pipeline
- Develop a Planned Giving Program with a focus on deferred gifts
such as bequest expectancies
- Connects WBGO to a variety of constituent groups, making public
appearances and accepts speaking engagements with the ability to
articulate a compelling case for support for WBGO’s vision, mission
& strategic plan.
- Pursues best practices in fundraising, leveraging online tools
and social media to increase efficiency and embrace/increase a
younger listening audience
- Together with the President & CEO, works to cultivate and
engage members of the Board of Trustees in the work of WBGO, to
include the expansion of current Board and their
involvement/responsibility for directly contributing to the
- Desire to have a lasting impact on WBGO and our bold outlook
for its future.
- Creative, proactive, and strategic thinker.
- Capital Campaign experience.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 5-7 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience
in a non-profit organization, arts-related is a plus.
- Excellent written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal
- Collaborative working style, with the ability to establish
collegial, effective working relationships.
- Excellent management skills and team building affinity.
- Proven record of accomplishment in cultivating and soliciting a
portfolio of donors.
- Experience working in a comprehensive development
- Ability to manage, influence and inspire a wide range of
stakeholders, both internally and externally.
- Successful experience working with volunteer leaders, board
members and organizational leadership, within a non-profit
- Familiarity with grant writing, submission requirements, and
reporting a plus.
- Strong, proactive strategic planning, project management,
organization, and administrative skills to lead various projects
- Ability to proceed with calm and grace under pressure in a
- Ability to take initiative and concurrently manage multiple
- Ability and willingness to attend evening and weekend events,
when required and to travel when needed
- The Newark Public Radio CDO works at the location in Newark,
WBGO’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity &
WBGO Newark Public Radio welcomes all ethnicities, races, gender
identifications, ages, sexual orientations, ableness, languages,
nationalities, and religions. This multiplicity supports our effort
to create a healthy and thriving workplace where we all contribute
to an invaluable and indelible service for our constituency.
Embodying the spirit of diversity, equity and inclusion are core
values for WBGO, as a champion of music discovery, independent,
fact-based news reporting, intelligent discourse, the African
American experience, and as a steadfast advocate for the
communities in which we live and work.
At WBGO, our goal is to provide and maintain a work environment
that fosters diversity, inclusion, mutual respect, professionalism,
and cooperation. Newark Public Radio is an equal opportunity
employer that does not make hiring decisions based on race, creed,
color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or
handicap, sex, gender identity, marital status, or sexual