The WGBH Educational Foundation is a vibrant public media powerhouse that 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. The Development Division is responsible for raising funds from individuals and institutions and includes five areas of focus, including: Major Gifts, Annual Giving, Gift Planning & Endowment, Foundation Development, and Board Relations. It plays a vital role in helping to finance broadcast, video, and audio programs, including some of the premier and most celebrated dramas, investigative journalism, innovative documentaries and podcasts, and other local and national programming in the public media system.
This is a momentous, transformative period for WGBH, an organization working toward the completion of a $175 million capital campaign (The Campaign for WGBH – Leadership in the Digital Century), its largest to date, in a profoundly changing public media industry.
As a member of a three-person research team, reporting to the Director of Prospect Management and Research (“Director”), and working closely with other senior staff of the Division, the Research Manager (RM) oversees the research function that anticipates and responds to the needs of the Major Gifts, Annual Giving and Board Relations teams. The research function is designed to help expand WGBH’s base of individual support, as well as the volunteer pipeline of board candidates and nominees for consideration as trustees, advisors or key committee members.
The RM will be a thought partner to the Director and other senior staff, and will help to guide and oversee the workload and output of the Senior Research Associate. The RM will also conduct research independently and will write briefings and other research reports.
The Development Division works closely with WGBH executives, board members, program producers and other high-level volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity to gain strong campaign experience and to build research and prospect management skills while working in a positive, creative, professional, and collegial atmosphere.
- -Oversee a robust research function, including managing the pipeline of prospect research, guiding / reviewing the work of the Senior Research Associate, and setting overall research strategies and priorities. Act as a thought partner to Director of Prospect Management and Research.
- -Conduct research independently using print and electronic resources to identify, qualify, rate and track prospective individual donors.
- -Write accurate, relevant and timely prospect profiles, solicitation briefings, and event briefings, consisting of biographical, financial, and wealth capacity information, as well as indicators of possible philanthropic interests.