Position Description

Manager of Institutional Giving
Location Chicago, Navy Pier
Job Code 309
# 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.  With an unparalleled reputation for creativity and innovation across all platforms, Chicago Public Media provides substantive news and insights, 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 Chicago delivers a weekly listening audience of over 550,000, and broadcasts throughout Chicago and the surrounding region. WBEZ’s website, wbez.org, and its newly launched mobile app allows listeners to fully control their experience through its groundbreaking rePlayer functionality and on-demand platform. WBEZ’s sister service, Vocalo Radio (91.1 FM, vocalo.org), targets a multicultural audience through an urban alternative format.  

The organization has a legacy of innovative program development having launched such iconic shows as This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…, and the ground-breaking podcasts Serial and Making Obama.  Chicago Public Media is in the midst of a transformation from a broadcast radio service to a digital on-demand news and entertainment hub.  With a tradition of journalistic excellence and innovation, and financial stability, CPM is poised for growth.


Manager of Institutional Giving

Reporting to the Director of Institutional Giving, the Manager of Institutional Giving will strategize, plan, coordinate, and implement fundraising initiatives in the institutional giving sector (foundation and corporate grant funding) and secure funding to make possible the work of Chicago Public Media. This person interacts externally with Corporate and Foundation philanthropy program officers, executives, administrative staff, and board volunteers.  This role internally collaborates with the content and programming teams, finance, marketing and membership, corporate sponsorship, as well as with other members of the Development team.  The candidate must be highly motivated to help build and refine new systems, processes, and develop new relationships for significantly growing institutional giving.  


Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, secure, recognize, and steward institutional donors as part of Chicago Public Media’s fast-growing Development program
  • Partner with the Director, of Institutional Giving to develop a strategic revenue plan for a more ambitious institutional giving program in support of CPM’s 3-year strategic plan.  Requires the ability to benchmark, strategize and build a pipeline through sophisticated prospect research. 
  • Actively identify potential funders based on CPM’s organizational priorities and unfunded needs.  Build a 36-month pipeline to attract new funders to CPM or increase funding from existing funders.
  • Proactively approach potential institutional funders to establish new relationships and strengthen CPM’s connections within the institutional funding community.   
  • Prepare compelling written solicitation and proposals to secure funding.
  • Supervise the timely and sensitive acknowledgment of gifts from institutional funders.
  • Manage the responsible stewardship of grants, including the interpretation of terms and budget tracking and reporting requirements.
  • Provide informative and regular reports to funders to maintain continued support and involvement
  • Maintain data for assigned portfolio in the Sales Force database, including contact reports, proposals, and other stewardship activities. 
  • Working with the Director, manage an active portfolio of 150+ Institutional funder relationships and be responsible for an annual fundraising goal of $1.5 million that will increase appropriate with the maturity the program.  As part of CPM’s strategy for fundraising growth, revenue in this area should demonstrate sustainable growth year over year. 
  • Strategically leverage CPM’s ambitious three year strategic plan to deepen relationships with existing funders and establish new funding relationships.  


Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • 5 – 7 years progressive experience in fundraising and institutional giving with demonstrated expertise interacting with executive-level volunteers and corporate/foundation representatives 
  • A strong work ethic, dedication to the role, and a self-starter with the desire to work in a growing, fast paced environment
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate/foundation philanthropy process
  • Established relationships with potential funders and enthusiasm for building new funder relationships 
  • Understanding of corporate/foundation prospect research and strategy 
  • Experience navigating a large, complex organization
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to understand the needs of Chicago Public Media and translate those needs into compelling funding proposals.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet short deadlines
  • Ability to work with a variety of people in multiple departments for the benefit of the organization, desire to collaborate across departments 
  • Ability to think creatively and problem solve
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus 
  • Excellent organizational, presentation and interpersonal skills


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.