Manager of Major Gifts


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Manager of Major Gifts coordinates and grows Rhode Island Public Radio’s annual major giving program, The Founders Society.


  • Managing a portfolio of annual major donors ($1,000+) including identification, cultivation, and solicitation
  • Recognizing and stewarding major gifts
  • Developing and marketing the Founder’s Society program
  • Coordinating development mailings
  • Managing fundraising events including the annual Fall Gala and other cultivation events aimed at major donors
  • Growing and managing the planned giving program
  • Tracking and reporting on major gifts revenue
  • Participating in capital/endowment and special project fundraising programs
  • Assisting the Director of Development and/or General Manager on various issues within or outside of functional area of responsibility as requested

The ideal candidate has a proven track record of raising major gifts and interacting with high level donors. He or she should be passionate about the mission and value of public media. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and collaborative self-starter with superior communication and interpersonal skills to engage donors, board members and volunteers; to articulate the case for support for Rhode Island Public Radio; and to serve as an effective ambassador for Rhode Island Public Radio in the community.

  • RIPR provides the perfect environment for an independent professional looking to join an exciting organization and a dynamic team. We offer a competitive salary and plenty of opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Rhode Islanders. Benefits include partially Subsidized Health Insurance, Dental Insurance and parking. Fully paid Life & LTD insurance.  Flexible Spending Plan, Vision Plan and 401k available.

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3-5 years minimum experience in a non-profit development office
  • Experience working with boards and high level donors
  • Experiencing identifying, cultivating, and soliciting large gifts
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate as part of a dynamic team
  • Excellent sense of humor
  • Familiarity with Rhode Island philanthropic community a plus
  • Proficiency with Raisers Edge or a comparable relational database is preferred
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Windows Office Suite 

Please submit resumes and three references to careers@ripr.org by close of business on January 30, 2015.

Audio Production Internships

Rhode Island Public Radio is not currently seeking audio production interns. For future reference: the intern will work one, three-hour shift per week on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for approximately 2 to 4 months. Duties include: editing music for use as background and buttons; editing promos for local features and events; editing national programming promos for local broadcast; assisting the Operations & Production Manager with other audio production tasks. Familiarity with digital audio or video editing software is preferred. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to James Baumgartner: james@ripr.org.

Newsroom Internships

Rhode Island Public Radio is not currently seeking interns for the newsroom internship. For future reference: Interns will work two, four-hour shifts per week in the newsroom writing and producing stories for the daily newscasts. Duties include: researching, interviewing both in the newsroom and out in the field, editing audio, and writing news copy. Interns will also post their stories on the RIPR website and assist with other duties in the newsroom. This is a great opportunity to learn the core skills of broadcast journalism while working alongside experienced journalists. Internship shifts run from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM or Noon - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


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Rhode Island Public Radio does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, or sexual orientation. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

In accordance with FCC guidelines, Rhode Island Public Radio is required to provide notification of full-time job vacancies to organizations involved in assisting job seekers upon request by such organization. As a public service, Rhode Island Public Radio Human Resources office will provide notification of jobs to interested organizations. To request notification, write:

Rhode Island Public Radio
1 Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

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