WMNR Major Gifts Representative

WMNR Fine Arts Radio is a public radio station, licensed to the Town of Monroe in Monroe, Connecticut. The station is funded entirely by listeners, foundations and businesses. We operate 24 hours a day, providing classical and fine arts music programming to listeners in much of Connecticut and nearby portions of New York.

WMNR has an opening for a part-time, paid Major Gifts Representative. For a complete job description see below.

Salary: $24 per hour

Position Posting Date: 01/30/2017

Closing Date: until position filled

Apply online at monroect.org by clicking here

Please submit an employment application, resume and cover letter.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action

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WMNR Fine Arts Radio / Town of Monroe, CT
Job Description for Major Gifts Representative

Reports To: WMNR General Manager


The Major Gifts Representative directs all major giving efforts for WMNR from individuals, foundations and businesses. Efforts include annual major giving ($1,000+), planned giving, and special project fundraising programs. Works with the General Manager to help meet the revenue needs of the organization.  The Major Gifts Representative manages a personal portfolio of major donors and prospects. Develops strategies for encouraging and asking for major gifts,  including: determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommending specific purpose and level of  gift; and identifying those to be involved in building a relationship and subsequent ask for a major gift. May assist other staff on various issues within or outside of functional area of responsibility, as requested. Contributes to the general management of WMNR as a member of the WMNR Management Team. 


Supervises the annual major gift program including the encouragement of major gifts, attention to relationships, research, and record keeping of WMNR’s major gift donors and prospects.

The major giving program is grown incrementally. Donors are added using an established cycle of contacts and are stewarded accordingly. Donors have opportunities to increase their level of support annually and they enjoy a close relationship to the station. New major donor prospects are regularly identified and asked to support the station.

Identifies opportunities for special fundraising campaigns to help ensure that WMNR is able to carry out its vision and strategic plans. Fundraising campaigns will be well-organized and meet established goals in the appropriate timeline.

Manages a personal portfolio of potential members and donors and participates in all aspects of the gift cycle. Manages donor relationships in a professional manner, ensuring incremental growth of major giving from donors in the portfolio.

Establishes budget goals for major and planned giving in consultation with the General Manager and develops strategies to meet them.

Establishes procedures for tracking and qualifying prospects and for recording and reporting gifts. Identifies and develops relationship plans for the 50 most generous donors. Implements a tracking program that is updated monthly and used by team to formulate strategies for stewardship, retention and increase of major donors.

Assists with on-air fundraising activities.

Ensures WMNR’s Gift Acceptance Policy and any other pertinent WMNR policies, are followed, with a special emphasis on ethical standards for donor relations and reporting.

Supervises the preparation of written materials, including correspondence, major giving program materials, acknowledgements, and regular communications as part of the stewardship program for all major, planned and special gifts. All correspondence will be timely, well-written, effective stewardship, and will consistently represent the WMNR brand.

Oversees the scheduling and planning of major gifts relationship building and recognition events. Will develop a program for recognition, involvement and stewardship of major, planned and special gift donors. Events will be effectively used to increase relationships and recognize donors insuring that Donors are excited to attend, feel welcomed, and know that their giving allows these special opportunities.

Responsible for the consistent and effective use of Fundraiser Professional with respect to the major donor program, including planned giving and other campaigns.

Serves as a member of WMNR’s management team, sharing responsibility for the ongoing operation of the whole organization. Works effectively with peers on projects impacting the whole organization


Education, Experience, and Other: Bachelor's degree and at least three years of relevant experience in major gifts fundraising. Must have valid current drivers license and reliable transportation. 

Essential Skills: Strong leadership and organizational skills. Demonstrated creativity. Superb writing and presentation skills and keen ability to relate to donors at all levels required. 

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Must be able to present self in a neat, professional manner. 

Knowledge of and fluency in Microsoft Office, ability to provide comprehensive communication skills

EXCELLENCE IN THIS POSITION includes the following: 

1. A high level of commitment and dedication to the mission of WMNR and public radio. 
2. A high level of energy. An obvious enthusiasm for the work of WMNR.
3. Acting consistently with the highest standards of business ethics and personal integrity.
4. Serving as an excellent ambassador for WMNR, both formally and informally. Helping listeners, potential listeners, and donors connect with WMNR.
5. Demonstrating a commitment to the continuous improvement of WMNR’s ability to fulfill its mission and vision. Demonstrating and encouraging creativity and enthusiasm for this work.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly to talk, hear, walk, sit for extended periods, travel, and occasionally stand, use hands to feel and hold, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. The ability to drive an automobile during the day and night is critical. (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Please note: This is not an all-encompassing statement of this position's responsibilities. While it attempts to be comprehensive, new responsibilities may be assigned to this position at any time.

Part time: 17 hours a week;  $24 an hour

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