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Chief Progress Officer
Founded in 1997, RIPR’s mission is to provide quality journalism on-air, online, and in-person throughout the state. Our content and services provide wide-ranging discovery, and help create a disposition to participation among constituents. Our role is to support the ongoing, evolving public conversation. Rhode Island Public Radio is devoted to being the keeper of an inclusive commons, which creates opportunities for factual public discussion, discourse, debate and deliberation covering all aspects of Rhode Island’s pluralistic society. Rhode Island Public Radio sees difference as a resource for social solutions and believes compelling storytelling is a pathway to shared understanding.
RIPR, with our strong reputation, exceptional public service journalism, award-winning staff and board of Rhode Island’s most influential civic leaders, is looking for a Chief Progress Officer to help us build our vision for vital growth in services and impact, generate substantial revenues from traditional and emerging sources, and maximize our position in the philanthropic community, corporate sponsorship circles and among local, national, and international foundations.
Reporting to the President/CEO, Mr. Torey Malatia, in partnership with the Board of Directors, the Chief Progress Officer will spearhead all entrepreneurial and traditional revenue production efforts as RIPR continues on its steep growth path. he CPO will be responsible for overseeing the Director of Philanthropy and Stewardship, Membership Manager, Underwriting Manager (who oversees one Account Executive) and the Database Manager.
The Long View:
The CPO impacts RIPR’s institutional growth and its progress on numerous fronts. The CPO is co-architect and primary driver of the implementation plan that insures the successful attainment of institutional milestones. This position also communicates progress internally to staff and board, to stakeholders, and to the public.
Daily Role and Responsibilities:
• The CPO is responsible for the business development of RIPR. This includes identifying and assessing partnerships for public programs, production collaborations and measuring viability for these non-traditional pilot projects on an ongoing basis.
• Seek opportunities for future growth and recognize the potential impact of the ambitions of our teams and co-creators.
• Oversee all revenue operations and initiatives, including traditional giving streams, fee-for-service ancillary revenues, corporate underwriting, a capital campaign, online advertising, and micro-giving.
• Develop RIPR’s annual revenue plan and supporting budget.
• Oversee metadata analysis and exploitation of intelligence extracted.
• Cultivate opportunities.
• Manage maintenance and mining of Raiser’s Edge and/or any future CRM infrastructure.
• Create and execute strategies that innovate the next phase of membership attraction and retention, beyond mail, e-mail, sustainer programs, and enticements.
• Build a sophisticated multi-option planned giving program.
• Oversee all events and cultivation/stewardship activities.
• Advocate and support philanthropic giving and involvement of the Board of Directors.
• Analyze and report on all development results to RIPR leadership.
• At their core, the CPO must be a powerful fundraiser, with demonstrated success developing relationships and generating major gifts, as well as strategic knowledge of/hands on experience with public media’s other revenue sources including foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, membership, underwriting, micro donations, Kickstarter-type pilot funding, mobile ad sales, and other digital revenue processes and procedures.
• Passion for public media and its role in a civil society.
• Customer service focus, both internally and with external constituents.
• Energetic, focused and goal oriented, including setting staff targets, managing others, mentoring, innovating in teams and creative risk-taking.
• People person, including strong emotional intelligence.
• Comfortable with and able to develop and maintain peer-level relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, from individual members to major donors, and to make solicitations across that spectrum.
• Strategic/Metrics and Goal Driven/Entrepreneurial, including helping develop and drive existing as well as identify and build new fundraising efforts.
• Flexible – maintain equanimity and energy level in a changing, sometimes stressful, fast-paced and growing organization.
• Integrity – Our most important asset is the trust our audiences have in us.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
• Public media consumer and contributor.
• 3-5 years’ experience in revenue generation for non-profits.
• Demonstrated experience in personal major giving solicitation, direct mail, grant writing and staff management.
• Raiser’s Edge or other CRM experience that goes beyond use and includes deep analysis of data patterns and giving capacities.
RIPR offers a competitive compensation plan and benefits including health, dental, life and LTD insurance, and 401k.
TO APPLY, submit a letter, resume and at least three professional references at liv.jobs no later than March 31 for full consideration. RIPR is an EEO/AA employer.
Questions about the position can be addressed to Livingston Associates at 410.243.1974
Part-Time On-Air Host
• To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our service area.
• To provide equal opportunity in employment.
• To educate its management and staff in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons.
• RIPR is committed to diversity and equal employment opportunity in every aspect of personnel policy and practice including: recruitment, selection, placement, training and advancement of employees.
• Recruitment for employment opportunities at RIPR takes place through an open and fair process.
• RIPR job postings are submitted to professional minority organizations consistent with its established FCC EEO program with the goal of attracting a diverse candidate pool. Special effort will be made by RIPR management and search committee members to recruit minority candidates.
• RIPR management and other appropriate staff will attend training seminars or workshops in order to learn ways to create a more diverse workforce and to maintain a culture of respect and non-discrimination. RIPR management will review practices designed to fulfill RIPR’s commitment to diversity and to meet applicable FCC guidelines.
RIPR has 19 full time members of its public radio staff. Women comprise a total of 42% of RIPR’s full time staff. RIPR’s staff generally reflects the demographic makeup of its listening area and we will continue to recruit diverse candidates for future open positions.