Tri States Public Radio Development Director

Tri States Public Radio Development Director




Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions


Department: WIUM RADIO


Locations: Macomb, IL


Posted: Mar 11, 2024


Closes: Open Until Filled


Type: FT - Continuous


About Western Illinois University:


Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review. Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, serves nearly 7,600 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential branch campus in Moline, IL.


Job Description:


APPOINTMENT: May 1, 2024


RESPONSIBILITIES: The Development Director will report to the TSPR General Manager. Provides overall leadership for the station's fundraising program, develops corporate and individual support for TSPR; sets annual fundraising goals and meets those goals, solicits program underwriting and other corporate support, plan and direct individual giving, including semi-annual fundraising drives, planned gifts and capital campaigns. Development Director will also promote TSPR programs and activities and plan and execute fundraising/outreach events, coordinates production of external communication to listeners and members, writes press releases, feature articles, ads and on-air promos. Development Director is responsible for donor stewardship and appreciation.


RANK & SALARY: Salary Competitive. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:






• Bachelor's Degree required

• Demonstrated success in non-profit fundraising

• Exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills

• An understanding of and belief in the mission of public broadcasting

• A passion for relationship building

• The ability to coordinate with and motivate staff to reach fundraising goals

• Willingness to explore and develop digital communication with donors and potential donors

• Extensive regional travel is necessary, valid driver's license is required

• The ability to keep abreast of the latest trends in public media fundraising and industry

• Evening and weekend work is required

• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, including department planning and goal setting

• Computer proficiency applicable to the position is required




• Experience using donor databases and prospect management software.

• Previous public media fundraising experience

• Knowledge and skills pertaining to gift planning, mid and major donor-giving programs

• Marketing or outside sales experience, including copywriting experience


For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be conferred at the time of appointment.


Additional Information:


THE DEPARTMENT: Tri States Public Radio is an outreach service of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University. TSPR provides information and entertainment of the highest possible caliber to enrich and engage the public, enhance quality of life, and meet the diverse needs of people in west central Illinois, southeast Iowa and northeast Missouri. Tri States Public Radio endorses and is guided by the Public Media Code of Integrity. Tri States Public Radio is the region's voice for award-winning National Public Radio news and locally produced programming. Listeners enjoy classical music, as well as the uniquely American sounds of jazz and folk music. TSPR is the area's premier public radio service, catering to a growing group of discriminating listeners.




Since 1899, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU's traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.


WIU-Macomb, IL:


Western's traditional, residential main campus offers a comprehensive slate of undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, and post-baccalaureate certificates. A diverse community in west central Illinois, Macomb features a unique blend of agriculture, industry, service, retail, education, and culture. Macomb serves as the county seat, with connections across the state with Amtrak providing twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and point in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).


WIU-Quad Cities:


Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois, the WIU-Quad Cities campus is the only public four-year regional university that serves the Quad Cities region. Designed as a metropolitan commuter campus, WIU-Quad Cities offers select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Moline is located just 80 miles north of the Macomb campus and is centered within a diverse, bi-state community of 383,000 that offers a broad range of cultural, social, and entertainment amenities and experiences, as well as varied businesses and industries.


Western Illinois University fosters respect, equity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. WIU is committed to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity. We value inclusion as a core value and as an essential element of Western's public service mission. WIU embraces individual uniqueness and a culture of inclusion that supports broad and specific diversity initiatives. Western believes in the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society as integral to the success of all individuals.


At WIU, we will:


• Maintain a safe and secure environment for all members of our University communities. Educate and empower students, staff, and faculty to be social justice advocates.

• Provide curricula, programs, training, resources, and environments that reflect and strengthen the diversity of our communities, and to elevate cultural awareness and understanding.

• Ensure fair, equitable, and inclusive access to University facilities, programs, resources, and services.

• Create inclusive and equitable policies and practices.

• Diversify the University's workforce by assessing hiring practices to attract, retain, and develop talented staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

• Address intergroup disparities through areas as representation, retention, learning outcomes, and graduation rates.

• Create a Universitywide diversity plan to ensure a continued commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, social justice, and diversity.


More than 61 undergraduate degree programs, 41 graduate programs, two doctoral programs and 16 post-baccaulaureate certificate programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation.


Student Resources


More than 200 student organizations at Western provide social, academic, recreation, athletics, service, academic, and many other opportunities for students to grow and learn, develop leadership skills, and much more. Numerous concerts, lectures, films, dance performances, cultural events and more are presented and performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, and a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women's Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU's goal of enhancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University's athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's and women's varsity sports. All varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Ohio Valley Conference.


Application Instructions:


Complete applications include:


1) a letter of application


2) current curriculum vita or resume


3) copies of unofficial or official academic transcripts; official copies will be requested of selected candidate


4) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references


Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL


**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.


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Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.


Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Heather Norman, search chair at mailto:[email protected]


For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Human Resources at (309) 298-1971 or via email at mailto:[email protected].


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