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Grant Manager Writer for NEPM at WGBH in Springfield, Massachusetts

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

WGBH enriches people's lives through programs and services that educate, inspire, and entertain, fostering citizenship and culture, the joy of learning, and the power of diverse perspectives.


Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, New England Public Media is the new alliance of NEPR (New England Public Radio) and WGBY-TV. It provides audiences with a broad array of local and national programs across all media -- TV, radio, online, and mobile, including PBS and NPR programs as well as locally produced series, podcasts and specials. Its four digital TV channels, and two radio networks present news, jazz and classical music, and cultural programming. NEPM is an independently operated organization affiliated with WGBH.


Working in collaboration with leaders of education, editorial, production and engagement units, senior management, and Development colleagues, the Grants Manager/Writer designs and implements fundraising strategies that maximize grantor engagement with NEPM. Specific responsibilities include, cultivating relationships with new potential foundation prospects; managing and strengthening a portfolio of existing relationships; understanding the ongoing funding needs of NEPM, and determining alignment with potential funders; coordinating and staffing grantor visits; writing letters of inquiry and grant proposals; and ensuring all relationships are stewarded carefully and conscientiously. As a core member of the Development team, the Grants Manager/Writer actively participates in the life of NEPM and stays abreast of ongoing programming, education efforts, engagement opportunities and new developments in order to represent the breadth and depth of activity to outside organizations.


  • Secure grant support from all possible sources

  • Proactively identify and pursue new funding sources;

  • Maintain and strengthen a portfolio of existing donors, developing and continually updating strategies to increase their engagement;

  • Ensure that all relationships in portfolio are stewarded appropriately and in a timely manner

  • Establish productive, supportive working relationships with assigned NEPM departments and staff, and with senior management;

  • Develop and write letters of inquiry, proposals, correspondence, contact reports, and other fundraising materials;

  • Stay abreast of trends, the national and regional landscape, developments in public media, and new NEPM initiatives;

  • Oversee the development of contracts, narrative and financial reports, communications, acknowledgements, crediting, and more for donors.

  • Ensure that all communication with existing and prospective donors is of the highest quality.

  • Identify potential prospects;

  • Cultivate and steward relationships;

  • Strategize and design approaches with senior development and institutional leaders and staffing them on visits;

  • Develop and write proposals, reports, letters of inquiry, briefings, and other communications;

  • Manage complex projects across multiple divisions or departments;


  • Ability to conceive and implement high-level fundraising strategies;

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;

  • Comfortable working with multi-media and digital initiatives;


Bachelor's Degree required. Minimum 4 years of fundraising experience with granting organizations. Experience in public media and/or complex cultural or educational institutions a plus. A proven track record of securing support.


Staff Position


WGBH is an equal opportunity employer. The community and audience we serve is diverse, and we wish to foster that diversity in our workplace. Toward that end, WGBH does not discriminate against individuals in hiring, employment or promotion on the basis of race, religion, color, sex/gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship, handicap or disability, veteran or military status, political belief, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.