Radio News Reporter

Gulf States Newsroom Mission, Vision &Values

The Gulf States Newsroom is a public media collaboration that’sbringing valuable local and regional news coverage to audiences inLouisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and sharing those stories withthe national NPR audience as well. Our goal is to serve communitiesin the deep South where some legacy media outlets are closing, andto grow the audience there for public media’s contextual,fact-based reporting. The Gulf States Newsroom has four beatreporters who explore health care, wealth and poverty, race andequity and criminal justice across the three-state region. They’reguided by three editors and a business manager. All are employeesof one of the collaboration’s partner stations — WBHM inBirmingham, AL; WWNO in New Orleans; WRKF in Baton Rouge, LA; andMississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson, MS. NPR is also apartner.


The Gulf States Newsroom was launched in 2020 with grant fundingfrom the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and funds from NPR.We’re seeking a director of development to ensure that we sustainour important work beyond the grant period. This position offers anexciting opportunity to work both independently and as part of ateam that includes fundraisers at the partner stations and NPR.


We expect all employees to adhere to the values and ethicalstandards and practices of the public radio system.


General Responsibilities

This front-line-fundraiser position will secure support fromindividuals, corporations or foundations for the Gulf StatesNewsroom and its managing partner stations by successfullycultivating assigned prospects and soliciting them.

 The director of development functions asan integral part of a team that designs and implements successfulfundraising programs that may include annual fund, planned givingand major gift solicitations as part of a coordinated andsuccessful development program.


Key Duties & Responsibilities


  1. Lead major gifts solicitation for the Gulf States Newsroom, inconjunction with the gifts staff at the managing partner stationsand NPR. Collaborate with and communicate frequently with partnerstations on all aspects of the program.
  2. Manage a prospect and donor portfolio of 50-100 prospects withthe ability to make major gifts or pledges. Cultivate, solicit andsteward this portfolio, using management tools and fundraising bestpractices to track activity and progress.
  3. Partner with newsroom leadership and key volunteers infundraising strategies and donor engagement.
  4. Research, identify and cultivate new sources of funding to growthe pipeline of major donors across the region.
  5. Plan select events designed to cultivate or solicit major giftprospects.
  6. Gather information and oversee creation of proposals,stewardship touches and other donor materials as required.
  7. Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, marketing or a relatedfield, and three to five (3 to 5) years of development experiencerequired. Work experience may NOT substitute for educationrequirement.



Benefits include BCBS medical, vision and dental coverage, lifeand disability, 401(k) with employer match, paid vacation, personaland sick time.


WRKF is an equal opportunity employer.



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