Position Description

Fundraising Campaign Associate
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 308
# of Openings 1
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About Chicago Public Media

Chicago Public Media is one of the largest and most respected public media organizations in the country. The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, Nerdette, Making Obama and the ground-breaking podcast Serial. With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insight, thoughtful conversation and meaningful connections to its diverse audiences throughout the Chicago area, as well as nationally and globally. 


Chicago Public Media engages with its listeners and users across multiple platforms, including broadcast radio, digital streaming, and mobile apps. Its flagship station, WBEZ-Chicago (91.5 FM) is Chicagoland’s premier media hub for high-quality, fact-based journalism and engaging, entertaining audio programs and podcasts. WBEZ’s website, wbez.org, and its mobile app allow listeners to fully control their experience through their groundbreaking rePlayer functionality and on-demand offerings. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo Radio (91.1 FM, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative format.  


About The Position

The Fundraising Campaign Associate is responsible for the coordination and execution of Chicago Public Media’s fundraising activities including pledge drives, podcast initiatives and member acquisition efforts. This person will participate in campaign planning and project management as well as other fundraising and membership duties as assigned. This position is a part of the Membership & Marketing team and reports to the Director, New Member Acquisition.

Position Responsibility:

  • Manage execution of fundraising activities to meet or exceed defined revenue goals
  • Communicate with other internal departments to ensure effective and efficient use of resources
  • Manage relationships and coordinate work with external vendors & freelancers as they pertain to fundraising campaigns including digital marketing, copywriting and graphic design
  • In collaboration with the Director, New Member Acquisition, execute fundraising strategies that specifically relate to pledge drives including:
    • Staff scheduling and management
    • Message management
    • Goal achievement
  • With the Director, New Member Acquisition create and maintain reports to measure success of campaigns and the program overall
  • Coordinate with Data Infrastructure, Governance and Integrity team to create and maintain campaign tracking in CRM (Salesforce)
  • Foster a creative and productive work environment
  • Communicate effectively and consistently with vendors and staff to apprise others of project status and timelines
  • Work within a team framework to achieve organization goals
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • 3 years' work experience in fundraising, marketing, or events


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate events or other large-scale deadline dependent projects
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Well-developed collaboration skills to work with cross-functional teams
  • Ability to multi-task in a deadline-driven environment, and to manage own time and schedules
  • High energy, positive attitude, and a demonstrated ability to deliver results on-time and on-budget
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must be open to working evenings and weekends as needed
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Word, Excel, and internet-based software
  • Affinity for public radio programming; Passion for/understanding of the WBEZ mission & values
  • Desire to learn


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Basic HTML knowledge
  • Basic Photoshop skills
  • Media or non-profit experience

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Physical Demands: Required to walk, sit, and stand; reach with hands and arms; balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch; Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
  • Working Conditions: Moderate noise level, occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.

This job is located in Chicago, IL. 


The essential functions described above are not all-inclusive and may change periodically to meet the needs of Chicago Public Media (CPM).  The information contained in this job description is not intended to create any contractual or other legal commitment.  Chicago Public Media may change the content or format of this job at any time in its sole and exclusive discretion without notice.


At Chicago Public Media, we are looking for people who are curious about the world and have an excitement for the mission of independent, nonprofit journalism. If it sounds like you would be a good fit for our team, apply today. 


Chicago Public Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer, an Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks talented people from all backgrounds, orientations and walks of life.




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