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Nashville Public Radio

Director of Institutional Giving

Nashville Public Radio


Job Summary

We are seeking a savvy, highly organized candidate to fill the full-time position of Director of Institutional Giving. The individual in this role will report to the Vice President of Development and is responsible for developing and managing all activities related to grantmaking for government, corporate and foundation entities. The Director of Institutional Giving will write and submit grant proposals, track deliverables and compile reports for funders, manage a calendar of submission dates and deadlines, and prospect for new funding sources for Nashville Public Radio, including 90.3 WPLN News and 91.1 WXNP, Nashville’s Music Experience. We’re looking for someone who’s a strategic thinker, mission-driven, team-oriented, and a skilled writer who has a “can-do” solution orientation. Our Director of Institutional Giving will excel while working in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple priorities, and have a history of consistently meeting deadlines and exceeding goals.

Job Responsibilities

Research and Cultivation

  • Strategically seek grant opportunities that align well with Nashville Public Radio’s programmatic plans, priorities, and mission.
  • Collaborate with the VP of Development, the corporate sponsorship team, and board committees to identify and cultivate prospective corporate and foundation funders.
  • Regularly monitor federal, state, and local websites, prospecting tools, and other sources for Request for Proposals (RFP) announcements and guidelines.
  • Build relationships with corporate and foundation funders, involving the CEO, VP of Development, and corporate sponsorship team when appropriate.
  • Foster positive and organized working relationships with staff members and key contacts.

Proposal Development and Submission

  • Coordinate and manage the application process for grant opportunities, including developing the strategy, submission plan, writing, document collection, internal and external submission deadlines, and final submission of all related materials.
  • Serve as lead writer and editor for all aspects of the application process. Ensure accuracy of all submitted materials and collaborate with the finance team on the submission of financial reports.
  • Serve as liaison to program staff of grantmaking entities, and actively solicit feedback on proposal preparation and solicitations.

Grant Management

  • Upon receipt of a grant award, monitor progress and ensure appropriate grant fulfillment and effective communication with the funding entity.
  • Maintain a detailed application and reporting calendar, including prospective sources, grants awarded, reports submitted, and those funding entities who are on a hiatus or declined.
  • Provide budget projections and institutional giving financial information to the leadership team as requested.
  • Write and submit all required reports and grant documentation.
  • Maintain grantmaking historical records and regularly update Nashville Public Radio’s CRM system to document institutional giving information and track donor activity.
  • Manage the gift acknowledgment process for institutional giving.
  • Create an annual plan for each institutional supporter with identified points of contact and communication, above and beyond the traditional submission process.
  • Attend Nashville Public Radio and outside events to represent the organization, for networking and external relations.


REQUIRED:  3-5 years of grant writing experience with demonstrated success in applying for and administering grants. Demonstrated skill in developing proposal budgets and a proven track record with institutional funders. Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree a plus.


  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with a proven ability to present information in a concise, accurate and persuasive format.
  • Experienced at multi-tasking, working calmly under the pressure of deadlines, while managing competing priorities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in utilizing Windows operating systems and familiarity with utilizing various grant submission systems and portals.
  • Work effectively in a collaborative, highly team-oriented environment, yet possess initiative, self-motivation and the ability to work with minimal supervision.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Days and hours of work vary, but often run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Occasional weekend and evening hours will be necessary.
This position can be in-office or a hybrid structure.

At Nashville Public Radio, we are looking for people who are curious about the world and are excited about our mission. If it sounds like you would be a good fit for our team, apply today.

Physical Demands

The employee in this position is frequently standing, walking, or sitting; using hands to finger, handle, or feel; reaching with hands and arms, and talking or hearing.

Lifts Weight or Exerts Force Work Environment

The employee in this position may regularly lift up to 20 pounds.


Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Additional Information


Nashville Public Radio serves Middle Tennessee by providing trusted in-depth news, engaging music, and unique cultural programs on 90.3 FM WPLN News, WNXP, Nashville Classical Radio, and our various digital platforms. For more than 60 years, listeners have turned to this community supported service for programming that inspires conversation and curiosity, educates, and entertains. Our values are:

  • To operate the station at the highest level of professional standards and integrity.
  • To be responsive to our listeners, members, supporters, and public.
  • To exhibit mutual respect for our peers and audience.
  • To value the member and community support that our station receives.
  • To work together in an environment that encourages participation and sharing of the decisions that affect the station and our listeners.

Nashville Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in our hiring. Nashville Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodation.

Nashville Public Radio offers a generous benefit package including medical, vision, dental, and a robust Employee Assistance Program inclusive of six free sessions of counseling each year and basic legal assistance. Long-term disability and life insurance are provided at no cost to employees. We also have up to 40 days of paid parental or medical leave, inclusive for adoptive and/or foster parents.

In addition to these benefits, employees receive vacation and sick leave, access to a 401(k) plan with employer matching, and 13 paid holidays, 2 of which are floating to employee preference.

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, and/or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.

How to Apply

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  • Date Posted: May 5, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Other
  • Salary Range: 75,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/week