Thursday, 02 July 2015 20:07

Director of Fundraising Events

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

Position Title: Director of Fundraising Events
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Development & Corporate Communications
Status: Full-time, Exempt
Date: June 2015      


Develops, manages and coordinates all aspects of fundraising ticketed events for WNED | WBFO. The goal of this position is to create new or expand existing event opportunities for viewers/listeners to enjoy. The events are intended to generate revenue for our stations and provide our audience with “insider” access to our business. Each event will complement our public broadcasting programs (TV & Radio). The Director of Fundraising Events will frequently work with other WNED | WBFO departments on each project. These departments include Facilities, Major Gifts, Engineering, Graphics, Volunteer Services, Underwriting & Marketing, TV & Radio staff and others.  In addition to these ticketed events, WNED | WBFO will continue to coordinate member cultivation events (through Major Gifts Dept.) and program previews (through Corporate Communications Dept.). The Director of Fundraising Events will regularly coordinate with these two areas in order to avoid overlap and/or create synergies among events.

II.         Duties and Responsibilities              

  • Coordination and execution of existing ticketed events (45%)

  • Duties include securing venues in both the USA and Canada, working with caterers for food orders and timely delivery, setting ticket prices, managing studio set-up and staging for each event (in-house and alternate venues), crafting promotional materials to sell event, booking talent & negotiating fees (performance artists, appraisers, musicians, lecturers, television and radio personalities, and others), working with volunteers, maintaining accurate computer records of ticket purchasers and prospect lists, and coordinating with key WNED | WBFO departments (as noted above).

These existing ticketed events include:

    • KidFest

      • Once per year in USA – February

      • Once per year in Canada – month TBD

    • Antiques Home Show

      • Once per year in either USA or Canada – May

    • WBFO’s Buffalo Blues Bash

      • Twice per year in USA – April and October

    • JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition

      • Once every other year - June

  • Develop and coordinate new ticketed event opportunities (45%)

  • Duties include creating new relationships with potential partners from around WNY and Southern Ontario, creating and monitoring budgets for new events, researching viability and revenue potential for new events, bringing in appropriate talent/ celebrities for each event, researching and securing new venues in both WNY & Southern Ontario, coordinating calendar of events, and finally coordinating these new events as with “existing” event roster.

Potential new ticketed events include:

  • WBFO’s Jazz Concerts

  • NPR personality Lecture Series

  • PBS personality Lecture Series

  • What’s Happening Around Western New York – Round Table Series

  • What’s Happening Around Southern Ontario – Round Table Series

  • Tastes of WNY Cooking Demonstrations & Tastings

  • WNED | WBFO Gala

    • Celebrity driven gala around existing television and radio programs OR a current WNED | WBFO production

  • Other Duties as Assigned (10%)

Required qualifications

  • Proven track record of event management & creation

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, which includes nights, weekends, and extended hours

  • Superior ability to work with a variety of people, organizations, and operate successfully under pressure

  • Must be able to multi-task and manage multiple projects at once

  • Ability to react quickly and decisively to correct problems

  • College degree

Required qualifications

  • Superior verbal and written communications skills

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Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:52

Director of Broadcasting

WNED-TV     Buffalo / Toronto

Position Description

Position Title: Director of Broadcasting
Department: TV Broadcasting
Reports To: Vice President of TV Production                     
Full-time, Exempt
Date: 6/19/15

Position Summary:
The Director of Broadcasting creates and implements monthly television broadcast schedule based on PBS network program offerings, independent program acquisitions and locally produced programs for WNED and ThinkBright and Well/WORLD.  Supervises Broadcast Operations Manager, Editor/Copywriter and Viewer Services.

Responsibilities include:                                                                                           

35%         Create and implement monthly broadcast schedule including pledge schedule, schedule changes and updates.  Use US and Canadian Nielsen ratings to help in creation of schedule.  Manage and oversee program acquisition budget.  Report on ratings as needed. 

30%        Screen programs from independent producers and distributors, PBS, regional networks, and commercial syndicators for possible broadcast and pledge.

10%        Fundraising activities including Pledge Task Force and on-air talent.            

5%         Select and manage the promotional priorities for the month, and guide the overall direction of station broadcast look and design. 
Coordinate with Corporate Communications and Underwriting Departments as they relate to the TV broadcast schedule. 

10%        Supervise Broadcast Operations Manager and Editor / Copywriter             
and manage overall department.

5%         Network with professional peers to insure most innovative and creative TV broadcast schedule.

5%         Oversee WNED TV Viewer Services and participate in U.S./Canadian Border Station Consortium activities. 

Qualifications and Education Required:

  • Five years experience in public television programming with at least three years in a supervisory role.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Nielsen audience research data withability to analyze and evaluate.
  • Knowledge and understanding of word processing and computer skills.
  • Effective communication skills necessary.
  • College degree required.
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WNED is currently accepting applications for the position of Director, Foundation & Community Development.  Qualified applicants may submit their cover letter & resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to:  



140 Lower Terrace

Buffalo, NY  14202


WNED is an equal employment opportunity employer with a commitment to excellence through diversity.


Position Title:  Director, Foundation and Community Development 

Department:                      Foundation and Community Development

Reports To:                       President & CEO                              

Status:                             Full-Time, Exempt


Position Summary:

To oversee development of relationships with foundations, corporate giving programs, and government agencies; ensure payment and stewardship of major donor commitments to the capital campaign; serve as WNED|WBFO liaison with PBS on program underwriting and funder recognition and to assist and support the work of other non-profits in the region.


Responsibilities Include:                                                                                  


•To oversee the development of grant proposals to local,                                   

regional and national foundations, corporations, and 

government agencies for funding projects and undertakings

of WNED|WBFO; ensure that the terms and conditions of grants

are being met within the organization, including interim and final reports

as required by the grantor.


•To assist in the design, implementation and stewardship of capital 

solicitation campaigns for major WNED|WBFO projects                                          


•To be the liaison with PBS for all discussions regarding program                           

underwriting and funder recognition.


•To assist and support the work of other non-profits in the region,                          

including development of collaborations with WNED|WBFO and guidance

in the development and implementation of capital campaigns.


•Perform other assignments as assigned by the President & CEO.                          


Qualifications and Education Required:

•Bachelors Degree

•Minimum five years experience in writing and communications, sales or fundraising with particular emphasis on grant writing for non-profit organizations.

•Strong writing, verbal, interpersonal and organizational skills essential.

•Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, PowerPoint, Access and Excel desirable.





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Monday, 04 August 2014 20:12

Classical Music Librarian

WNED|WBFO Buffalo/Toronto

WNED is currently accepting applications for the position of Part Time/Casual Classical Music Librarian.  The job description is shown below.  Interested applicants may submit cover letter & resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR mail to: WNED HR Dept., 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202.  WNED is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Position Description

Position Title: Classical Music Librarian
Department: Classical 94.5 WNED
Reports To: Classical Program Director
Status: Casual, Non-Exempt (15 hours per week)     
Date: August 2014  


Position Summary:
The Classical 94.5 WNED Music Librarian is responsible for the organization, cataloging, and maintenance of the station’s music library.

Responsibilities Include:                                                                  

  • Pulls programmed CDs and routes them to marked  day shelves in advance of scheduled broadcast dates. 
  • Sorts and shelves CDs after they have been broadcast and returned to sorting area by announcer/program hosts.
  • Checks in, logs and times new CD acquisitions as they are received from the various record companies.
  • Create, update, and manage cataloging records in “Music Librarian” and “Music Master” Cataloging system.
  • Maintain accurate records of all library holdings and playlists. 
  • Other duties as assigned.                                                             


Qualifications and Education Required:

  • Degree in library science, or equivalent experience with library systems.
  • Familiarity with database management.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with or interest in classical music and station’s programming.
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Thursday, 13 March 2014 18:30

Director of News & Public Affairs

Position Title:      Director of News & Public Affairs

Department:        WBFO Radio

Division:              Radio Broadcasting

Reports to:          Chief Program Officer

                Status:                 Full-time, Exempt

Date:                    March 7, 2014



I.                   Summary:  


The News Director is responsible for the management of WBFO Radio and the news department and ensures the highest journalistic standards and public service ethics are met. Supervises all news gathering activity, in charge of day-to-day operations of the newsroom, and sets policy & procedures for news department staff.  The News Director is responsible for overseeing the news and public affairs content of local programs produced by WNED-TV. Working with senior management, creates and implements the vision, strategy and plan to enable WBFO to be a valued and critical community news and information service. Works with other departments on cross platform projects related to news and public affairs, creating high quality news and information programming for broadcast, web and mobile.


II.  Duties & Responsibilities:                                                                             % Time Spent


  1. Oversees the operation of WBFO, including the full day program                            70%

schedule, local programming and production, and the 24/7 news gathering

operation; oversees all WBFO new and digital media activities; maintains

budgets, develops procedures & policies for station operations, evaluates

staff development & performance; schedules staff; makes hiring

recommendations;  plans and administers departmental and project budgets;

works with development department to coordinate on-air fund drives. 


  1. Establishes and maintains partnerships with other news and community                  5%

organizations to further WNYPBA goals, serves as primary contact with

NPR and other public radio entities, and represents WBFO at community

and professional events.


  1. Serves as a member of the President’s Staff, taking part in regular                           10%

meetings, discussions and reviews of overall organizational activities

and operations; participates in strategic planning and annual planning

for WBFO and other departments and activities.


  1. Oversees content and editorial standards for WNED-TV news and public              15%

affairs programs including community forums, long form interviews,

debates and other news and public affairs programs.


Qualifications & Experience:


·         Significant journalism and reporting experience with demonstrated skills in writing, reporting and editing procedures.

·         Experience in maintaining the high journalistic standards including objectivity, balance and fairness.

·         Minimum 4-6 years of public radio experience including management or supervisory experience, but will consider combination of public and commercial radio experience.

·         Strong communications and leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to work with internal and external partners and the ability to lead, train, grow and motivate staff.

·         Knowledge of online news platforms and production.


·         Bachelor’s degree from accredited university in journalism, broadcasting or related field.

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