Detailed Job Description

Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations

WBGO is a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz and presents news as an NPR affiliate to a worldwide audience through radio, other technologies and events. Founded in 1979, WBGO is the premiere jazz broadcaster in the U.S. WBGO is located in Newark, NJ and broadcasts in the New York DMA and via the internet across the nation and around the world.

We are seeking a proactive, entrepreneurial, and enthusiastic, front-line fundraiser to join our expanding development team. The position reports directly to the Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations and works closely with program staff across departments. Candidate must be equally comfortable presenting to foundation staff and corporate executives and understand the importance of working collaboratively both with clients and staff.

Position Duties:

  • Research, vet, solicit and steward new donors in support of WBGO and its activities.
  • Develop creative partnerships and sponsorships with funders and community stakeholders.
  • Help set annual goals and assists the Director and in the overall implementation and evaluation of this plan on an ongoing basis.
  • Solicit general operating and programmatic funds from private foundations, corporations and government entities to support WBGO.
  • Manage and grow existing accounts.
  • Provide writing expertise for the development of proposals and any written materials in support of corporate/foundation fundraising initiatives.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies to attract funds from corporate, foundation and government sources in support of WBGO.
  • Working in tandem with WBGO Travel and Events, and Development , take an active role in various fundraising activities including but not limited to annual gala and membership drives

Requirements and Attributes:

  • 2-3 years of experience in relevant field with demonstrated success in grant and proposal writing, development, or media sales required Bachelor’s degree required
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in diverse settings
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to successfully present to audiences ranging from small foundation staff to major corporation executives
  • Ability to prepare written media presentations and present them to a diverse audience
  • Understanding of the public media landscape
  • Ability to represent and inspire confidence in WBGO, externally
  • Must be available to work nights and weekends for events and other client and promotional needs
  • Affinity and knowledge for the arts is a requisite—a background in jazz and or public broadcasting is a plus.


Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to:

No phone calls please.

WBGO is a not for profit organization. WBGO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. WBGO is committed to maintaining a diverse workforce and actively encourages applications from a broad spectrum of applicants.