Job Opportunities

Assistant Director of Advancement, WKSU

Join WKSU’s ambitious and strategic fundraising team, and move forward the mission of independent, accessible, trustworthy journalism in Northeast Ohio. WKSU is a non-profit, public radio station covering 22 counties and more than 3.5 million people. The station has a strong presence and reputation in the community, with more than 150,000 weekly listeners relying on its excellent local, national and global programming.

BASIC FUNCTION: To assist in the planning and implementation of all aspects of WKSU’s major gifts program, including: prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; Leadership Circle program management; planned giving program development and management; donor cultivation event management; foundation and corporate prospect research; and donor recognition and acknowledgement. Reports to Director of Advancement, WKSU.

Examples of Duties/Essential Functions:

Manage a portfolio of WKSU major/leadership annual giving donor prospects. Move donors through the cultivation pipeline through effective outreach, discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. Responsible for meeting fundraising and donor/prospect moves management goals.

Develop and execute a major donor cultivation and stewardship event strategy and calendar, in coordination with Director of Advancement and WKSU events team. 

Take ownership of WKSU’s leadership annual giving donors, the Leadership Circle, including donor acquisition, renewal and upgrade, and stewardship. Build a strategy for growth of this program and find efficiencies for regular cultivation and stewardship communication with this band of donors, in collaboration with Director of Advancement.

Develop and execute a planned giving donor engagement program in order to cultivate a relationship for WKSU with planned giving prospects, qualify and cultivate prospects to prepare them for a planned giving request. Develop and execute a recognition and stewardship program for planned gift donors, in collaboration with Director of Advancement.

Research foundation and corporate giving prospects for WKSU. Support the grant writing process.

Write donor solicitation and acknowledgement letters and emails. Coordinate mass donor communication through mail and email. Execute major donor acknowledgement process.

Collaborate and communicate effectively across departments within WKSU and KSU.

Track donor communication and moves management steps in various donor databases. Track progress toward goals. Provide regular reports.

May work with high-level volunteers.

Responsible for special projects and other duties as assigned. 


Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism or a relevant field and one to two years of fundraising experience. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including some weekends, evenings and early mornings.

Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of public media and/or higher education preferred. High-level database and moves management system knowledge preferred.

Knowledge of:

Public media

Non-profit fundraising

Direct mail, email marketing, social media applications

Skill in:

Written, verbal and interpersonal communication

Microsoft Office suite

Constituent database use: data entry, querying, pulling and analyzing reports and data

Organizing information

Project management

Adhering to deadlines

Ability to:

Think creatively and strategically in order to best move the mission forward

Fundraise and meet goals

Work independently and as part of the team

Multi-task while managing multiple projects and assignments

Communicate effectively and appropriately with donors, volunteers, constituents and colleagues

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus regularly.

All applications are required to be submitted through the university's online process.

For more information and to apply, go to: 

Please submit a writing sample with your application.


                                                                               News Internship

WKSU News internships provide Kent State students with a tremendous opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a professionally run radio station.  Students who are accepted as interns at WKSU are an integral part of the day-to-day operations of the newsroom.  Under the supervision of the news director and his representatives, they gather news and information for use in both daily ‘spot’ news stories and longer ‘feature’ stories produced by WKSU’s reporters and hosts.  They are expected to offer ideas for news coverage and, occasionally, may be assigned to cover stories in the field. 

Responsibilities:  Audio production, script writing, phone interviews, field interviews, WKSU web content loading and social media posting, fact-checking, assisting WKSU reporters, and other newsroom duties  as assigned by the news director or other news department supervisors. Interns report to the WKSU newsroom in Kent, but there may be the need occasionally to be at WKSU’s other bureaus in Akron, Canton, or Cleveland, as assigned.

There may occasionally be additional/alternate hours.  A driver’s license will be needed. 

Academic Requirements: Student must be currently enrolled in Kent State, participation in School of Journalism & Mass Communication preferred, but not required.

Length of Internship:  one semester with the opportunity of for additional semesters/summer employment, based on performance.

College Credit:  Available, but interns must make their own arrangements for credit.

Paid:  Yes, for students not seeking course credit; candidates on work study are preferred.

Contact: Andrew Meyer, News Director. 

To Apply: Email a cover letter and resume to

Deadline for Application:  Ongoing.  

WKSU is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.