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Vice President, Philanthropy

San Francisco, CA

The Vice President, Philanthropy, will lead the strategy and implementation for KQED’s philanthropic portfolio, which includes individual major gifts, foundation and government grants, and planned giving and endowment gifts. The VP will effectively articulate the vision of the organization and the impact philanthropic giving has in enabling the programming and services KQED provides to millions of individuals and families in the Bay area, and across California and the country.

The VP will inspire and collaborate with the development team, executive leadership and board of directors to build relationships that help advance our public media mission.

The VP will partner with the CEO and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) on long-term and annual planning, and create pathways to innovate fundraising and stewardship programs.

KQED envisions a public media organization with a culture that centers on human dignity, equity, and belonging. This will enable us to better serve and reflect the Bay Area through diverse and inclusive storytelling. 

We value the contributions of marginalized people in society — including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people — and we believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do, and we strongly encourage members of these communities to apply.

The mission that drives us:

KQED provides citizens of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media. We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

This role will work hybrid between working in KQED's headquarters and working remotely. KQED requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Salary Range: $204,000 to $256,000 Annually

Essential Functions: 

Strategic Direction and Management

  • Responsible for the strategic leadership and revenue generation for major giving, foundations and government support, and planned giving and endowment gift programs including any campaigns to ensure achievement of goals.
  • Brings a big vision and the ability to infuse excitement around it with donors and staff, and put into action.
  • Oversees strategies across the supporter journey including prospect research, cultivation and solicitations, gift processing and acknowledgement, and stewardship experiences and engagement.
  • Reports to the CRO with direct access to the CEO, and works closely with the Chief Content Officer (CCO), CFO, and VP of Membership.
  • Translates KQED's mission, strategic plan, and operational goals into a comprehensive, integrated strategy sensitive to both long-term and immediate needs.
  • Uses data-driven insights and innovative approaches to maximize highest potential programs and generate new revenue streams
  • Works with department heads and managers to develop annual and project work plans with defined objectives, actionable tactics, and clear milestones. 
  • Creates pathways to innovate fundraising and stewardship programs. Generate creative ways and new experiences to attract potential supporters.
  • Directs large campaign efforts including feasibility studies, case development, and lead gifts 

Team Builder and Leader

  • Responsible for the supervision of development teams and providing a welcoming environment where staff are engaged and motivated. Direct supervision of the senior directors of major giving, foundation and grants support, and endowment and gift planning. 
  • Provide leadership and guidance on goals and priorities, and allocates the resources needed to attain. Effectively delegate responsibilities and ensures accountability across the team.
  • Foster a strategic, collaborative team that develops strategies, funding opportunities, and case narratives together to serve KQED's highest needs.
  • Lead inclusive decision-making processes that provide team members opportunities to inform and be involved in initiatives at the onset.
  • Works strategically and proactively across organization to build a strong culture and understanding of philanthropy within KQED.
  • Be strong thought partner and leader in the organization who raises critical questions, thinks creatively and innovatively, and propose solutions.

Donor and Board Engagement

  • Establish and strengthen meaningful relationships with our leading donors, regional philanthropists, and KQED Board of Directors to cultivate and secure transformative, principal-level gifts and grants from individuals and foundations.
  • Inspire and actively engage supporters and prospects in the public media mission providing memorable experiences and touchpoints. 
  • Directly manages a portfolio of major donors.
  • Partner with the Development Steering Committee in creating a dynamic board development effort.
  • Participate in KQED Board nomination process to help identify potential members who bring fundraising expertise, connections to the philanthropic community and can be effective advocates for the organization.


  • Be a lead communicator articulating the vision of the organization and the impact its supporters have across the Bay area
  • Be visible in philanthropic communities and look for creative ways to tell the KQED story and develop new relationships with key stakeholders and prospective donors.
  • Effectively communicate with all levels of the organization, 
  • Provide a concise strategy with clear directives, and translate financials for donors and staff.
  • Elevate the marketing and communication methods and assets used in all stages of engagement. 

Financials and Operations

  • Create and manage revenue and expense budgets, forecasts, and revenue reconciliation.
  • Regularly analyze program and financial data, and provide reports to executive leadership and staff.
  • Work with team leads and people managers to assess and improve standards and process, and provided streamlined workflows to build and track pipeline.
  • Oversee best utilization of and training for ROI Solutions, Revolution CRM.
  • Organize the department for maximum efficiency and long-term effectiveness.

Other duties as assigned

Candidate qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience 
  • 10-15 years’ experience working with individuals, local and national foundations securing annual, campaign, and endowment support
  • Deep understanding of contemporary fundraising strategies and practices
  • Experience managing development teams and providing an environment where teams thrive
  • Proven track record building and nurturing relationship with donors, board of directors, executive leadership, and community members
  • Passion for public media
  • Connection or familiarity with the Bay Area 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to compelling present the case for the organization. 
  • Diplomatic, approachable and supportive demeanor
  • Delegates effectively, with the ability to manage and prioritizing multiple projects

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift a minimum of fifteen (15) pounds;
  • Ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull or carry;
  • Ability to use abdominal and lower back muscles over time without fatigue;
  • Ability to stand and/or sit for extended periods;
  • Ability to bend, stoop, stretch, twist, sit, and reach;
  • Fine motor skills;
  • Good visual and auditory acuity.

The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.

The KQED Code of Ethics applies to this role.

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