Job Description:

NEPM 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.


About Us

At New England Public Media, we aspire to be the hometown station for western Massachusetts. Based in Springfield, NEPM’s mission is to enrich lives across the four counties and beyond through programming that nurtures community, civility, and curiosity. Our current programming is as compelling and diverse as the region we serve: public radio and TV services, a 24-7 classical channel, jazz shows, education programs, live events, podcasts and more. We believe that our commitment to quality journalism will strengthen community connections at home, across the Commonwealth, and throughout New England.


About the Role

The Senior Director of Development is responsible for the overall fundraising strategy and program planning for major gifts, annual funds, mid-level giving, membership, pledge drives, planned giving, and capital campaign(s). 


You will plan and implement a comprehensive development program that is built with a focus on accountability and continuous improvement, highly organized, data-driven, and collaborative.


While you will often represent NEPM in the community, you will also be expected to nurture a workplace culture that leverages the full potential and diversity of the department’s staff, helping them thrive professionally as we make progress toward our fundraising goals. 


Your vision on how we can reach our fundraising goals will inspire a culture of philanthropy across the entire organization.


About You

You are an experienced fundraiser with a successful track record, preferably within a membership-focused nonprofit organization, along with a demonstrated ability in soliciting major gifts at increasing levels for the organization.


You’re an exceptional listener who can provide the leadership, feedback, and resources that are necessary for our staff’s success. 


You’ve managed diverse teams to help them achieve their best work and celebrated their wins. You’re a champion of diversity, equity and inclusion in the work and at the workplace. You’re fully committed to the need for quality, trustworthy journalism in a healthy democracy. You have a palpable passion for seeing western Massachusetts thrive and can inspire others to support that vision.



  • Building the overall strategy and program implementation of the Development department with the aim of growing annual support, including goal-setting, evaluation, budgeting, data analysis and planning.

  • Work with our collaborative fundraising business partner, CDP, to oversee and develop membership solicitation strategies and to ensure that the communications are reflective of our local community and culture.

  • Identify key data reports and analytics tools needed to demonstrate results, track donor activities and provide information for internal and external reporting and communications. 

  • Develop and maintain relationships with donors, board members, and community members.  

  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of major donors and planned-giving prospects. 

  • Guide the department’s communication strategies, including direct mail copy, newsletters, email communications and on-air support materials.

  • Work with the Development Committee, and other committees as needed, to establish strategies to identify potential growth areas for philanthropic support.

  • Make public appearances/accept speaking engagements to share information about NEPM with the community, including evenings and weekends

  • Participate in station membership drives, special events and other community events and/or activities as needed, including evenings and weekends



  • Demonstrated successful track record in fundraising, preferably within a public media setting and demonstrated success in acquiring major gifts.

  • Strong communication, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated experience motivating professional staff and donors.

  • Ability to work as a team member within a multifaceted organization requiring collaboration, teamwork, and communication.

  • Willingness to travel regionally and nationally, including some overnights and weekends.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a program including goal setting, evaluation, and planning.

  • Must be able to clearly communicate with executives, Board of Directors, managers, staff, and donors of all levels.

  • Strong cultivation, written and oral communication skills required.

  • Experience in public speaking.

  • Familiarity with Fundraising Databases.

  • Excellent computer skills, specifically in Word and Excel.

  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.

  • Willingness to comply with all donor and station related ethics, integrity, and editorial policies.



Bachelor's degree and related experience equating to an advanced degree or specialized fundraising training. Must have at least 6 – 8 years of leadership experience. Must have at least 8 – 10 years of fundraising experience.



Staff position

Hybrid position



Springfield, MA



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


Application Process Assistance

NEPM will reasonably accommodate applicants with disabilities who need adjustments to participate in the application or interview process. To initiate an accommodation request, contact the Human Resource department by sending an email to or by calling 617-300-2000.

Job Location: 
Springfield, MA
United States
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