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Major Donor Events Coordinator

Arizona Public Media (AZPM) seeking a Program Coordinator (AZPM Internal Title: Major Donor Events Coordinator). Under the direction and supervision of the Director of Marketing & Brand Management, and in consultation with the Director of Development and the Director of Member Services, the Major Donor Events Coordinator will be responsible for developing, scheduling, and coordinating special events for AZPM supporters.

Work requires the exercise of independent judgment and analysis in decision-making in accordance with established AZPM, UA, and University of Arizona Foundation policies and procedures.

The nature of the position of Major Donor Events Coordinator is analytical and strategic. The successful candidate will be a skilled worker and communicator, able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, plan timelines, and meet critical deadlines. Attendance is required at events that regularly take place outside the office and normal business hours so the ability to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends is required.

AZPM is an editorially independent, member-supported, non-profit public media organization serving Southern Arizona, and is provided as a community service of the University of Arizona. AZPM utilizes advanced digital transmission technology to deliver three channels of public television, three channels of radio, online, and educational outreach services to audiences in all or portions of eleven Arizona counties. AZPM is committed to being a source of information that promotes thoughtful conversation and community collaboration by bringing people and ideas together.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from viewers and listeners, the University, grant makers, and corporate supporters. Regardless of job capacity, each AZPM employee is obligated to present a responsive, professional and helpful business image to all. As a trusted media organization that provides impartial coverage on a variety of topics, all AZPM employees are required to support its Editorial Standards and Code of Ethics policies, both of which are available for review at azpm.org.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Orchestrate AZPM major donor events – working to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of AZPM supporters.
  • Book and schedule facilities and event services; negotiate and prepare contracts including fees and terms; estimate costs and create an event budget in consultation with the CFO.
  • Determine and coordinate aesthetic and technical and/or other special requirements needed for an event; determine resources available, such as equipment and labor, and comparing with event requirements; coordinate acquisition of additional resources as needed (e.g., equipment rental and catering services).
  • Coordinate special event logistics (ensuring proper set up of chairs, turnstiles, tables, and other requirements, including medical and security services).
  • Monitoring the activities of subordinates, students, and, in coordination with the Volunteer Coordinator, volunteers.
  • Representing AZPM in a public relations/liaison capacity on matters pertaining to events and intradepartmental meetings.
  • Provide concierge-level service to major donors at preview screenings and other membership events.
  • Conceptualize, create, coordinate, and manage events for major donors such as AZPM’s Annual Holiday Tea, to include identifying, selecting, and contracting with vendors for food, drink, and event decor.
  • Arrange for ticketing and marketing, ushers and other staff needed to coordinate an event and arranging for backstage hospitality and for the needs of talent.
  • When appropriate, arranging for VIP receptions (e.g., PBS/NPR talent who might be in town when an event is held to include food, drink, and hosting).
  • In consultation and coordination with the AZPM Volunteer Coordinator, recruit and manage volunteers for events, radio and television pledge drives, and community engagement events.
  • Identify and pursue event opportunities with partners in the community.
  • In consultation and coordination with the Chief Executive Officer, develop relationships with local businesses for food and services in support of pledge drives and events.
  • Provide donor assistance and maintain personal contact and good relationships with donors through timely and polite responses to donor inquiries.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to productively and diplomatically address major donor interests as needed.
  • Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques used in the area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of and experience with computer software including applications in areas such as - Excel for spreadsheets and MS Word for word processing. Must be comfortable working in a PC/Mac environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for public broadcasting.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently through oral and written means.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and productive relationships with co-workers, volunteers, donors, stakeholders, and interested third parties.
  • Ability to be innovative and creative in the application of new technologies and techniques.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as required, including evenings and weekends, as assigned and needed.

Opens: May 22, 2018
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: May 28, 2018

Associate Director of Development

The Associate Director of Development assists the Director of Development in the preparation and implementation of development activities in support of AZPM. The Associate Director’s primary responsibility is to identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit donors to secure philanthropic gifts. The incumbent will spend the vast majority of his/her time regularly visiting individual donors and corporate and foundation executives to build relationships and ask for support of AZPM. This position is jointly managed by AZPM and the University Development Plan (UDP), which is managed under contract by the University of Arizona Foundation (UAF).

AZPM is an editorially independent, member-supported, non-profit public media organization serving Southern Arizona, and is provided as a community service of the University of Arizona (UA). AZPM utilizes advanced digital transmission technology to deliver three public television stations, three radio stations, online, and educational outreach services to audiences in all or portions of eleven Arizona counties. AZPM is committed to being a source of information that promotes thoughtful conversation and community collaboration by bringing people and ideas together.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from viewers and listeners, the University, grant makers, and corporate supporters. Regardless of job capacity, each AZPM employee is obligated to present a responsive, professional, and helpful business image to all. As a trusted media organization that provides impartial coverage on a variety of topics, all AZPM employees are required to support its Editorial Standards and Code of Ethics policies, both of which are available for review online at azpm.org.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Works closely with AZPM’s Director of Development and with the University Development Program (UDP) to establish priorities for fundraising projects, and to develop objectives, strategies, and specific plans for such projects in accordance with the University of Arizona Gift Policy.
  • Develops and prepares background information for visits using the CRM software and other data sources.
  • After an initial 6-month onboarding period, executes an agreed upon metric of at least 125 current or prospect donor visits and presentation of 20+ proposals per year, with an expectation of $500K+ raised after the initial onboarding period (with incremental increases after the first year).
  • Qualifies major gift donors and prospects.
  • Develops personalized strategy for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of each assigned prospect and donor.
  • Builds a portfolio of 100+ prospects.
  • Cultivate and solicit, and secure major gifts of $25,000+. This position also has responsibility to maintain a pipeline of donors at the $1,000+ annual level.
  • Stays current with developments in AZPM programming, stations, people, and initiatives.
  • Assists in the identification, education, cultivation, and solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation prospects.
  • Attends AZPM special events.
  • Assists the Director of Development in preparing, implementing, and following-up with AZPM, UA, and UDP fund-raising initiatives.
  • Regular travel may be required. The incumbent will be required to work evenings and/or weekends, as necessary.
  • Keeps the Director of Development apprised of his/her calendar of donor appointments, contacts, gift proposal/solicitation activity, and fund-raising results and progress.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong personal interest in public television and radio programming. Ability to effectively and accurately converse with current and prospective donors about the content of AZPM programs in a manner that does not compromise AZPM’s editorial integrity policy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively represent AZPM.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and listening skills (demonstrated competence in the English language and grammar).
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent initiative, including the ability to make cold calls and get first appointments with donors and prospects.
  • Excellent working knowledge of the ways donors can make charitable gifts, including cash, appreciated securities, real and personal property, charitable remainder trusts, bequests in a will or living trust, charitable gift annuities, etc.
  • Ability to effectively communicate the missions of AZPM and the University of Arizona, their respective strategic plans and goals, and their respective cases for philanthropic support.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive relationships with donors, development colleagues, and UA faculty and staff.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Ability to inspire cooperation and participation.
  • Ability to make cold calls and other introductory contacts to obtain appointments with prospects.
  • Ability to make good decisions and to exercise good judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to maintain donor and AZPM confidentiality.
  • Ability to understand and follow AZPM, UA, and UAF policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work within established budgetary restrictions.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment (telephone, computer, printer, copier, etc.).

Opens: May 22, 2018
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: June 1, 2018

Major Gifts/Grants Officer

The Major Gifts/Grants Officer assists the Director of Development in the coordination and implementation of all development activities in support of AZPM. The Major Gifts/Grants Officer’s primary responsibility is to identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit donors to secure philanthropic gifts. The incumbent will spend the vast majority of his/her time: 1) regularly visiting individual donors and corporate and foundation executives to build relationships and ask for support of AZPM; and 2) seeking and securing grant support for AZPM. This position is jointly managed by AZPM and the University Development Program (UDP), which is managed under contract by the University of Arizona Foundation (UAF).

AZPM is an editorially independent, member-supported, non-profit public media organization serving Southern Arizona, and is provided as a community service of the University of Arizona (UA). AZPM utilizes advanced digital transmission technology to deliver three channels of public television, three channels of radio, online, and educational outreach services to audiences in all or portions of eleven Arizona counties. AZPM is committed to being a source of information that promotes thoughtful conversation and community collaboration by bringing people and ideas together.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from viewers and listeners, the University, grant makers, and corporate supporters. Regardless of job capacity, each AZPM employee is obligated to present a responsive, professional, and helpful business image to all. As a trusted media organization that provides impartial coverage on a variety of topics, all AZPM employees are required to support its Editorial Standards and Code of Ethics policies, both of which are available for review online at azpm.org.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Works closely with the CEO and Director of Development and the University Development Plan (UDP) to establish priorities for fund-raising projects, and to development objectives, strategies and specific plans for such projects in accordance with the University of Arizona Gift Policy.
  • Develops and prepares background information for visits using CRM software and other appropriate data sources.
  • Working closely with UAF Gift Center, researches, writes, reviews, coordinates, and administers grant and contract and contract proposals for subsequent awards.
  • Working closely with UAF Gift Center and AZPM leadership, monitors awarded projects and prepares budget projections, financial statements, reports, and complex analyses according to grantor requirements.
  • After an initial 6-month on-boarding period, executes an agreed upon metric of at least 60 current or prospective donor visits and presentation of 20+ proposals per year, with an expectation of $500K+ raised after the initial onboarding period (with incremental increases after the first year).
  • Cultivates and solicits, and secures major gifts/grants totaling $25,000+ from individuals, corporations, and/or foundations. This position also has responsibilities to maintain a pipeline of donors at the $1,000+ annual level.
  • Qualifies major gift individual and foundation donors and prospects, maintaining a portfolio of 100 assigned prospects/donors.
  • Develops a personalized strategy for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of each assigned prospect, donor, and/or foundation.
  • Keeps updated about AZPM and its stations, programs, people and initiatives.
  • Assists in the identification, education, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of each assigned prospect, donor, and foundation.
  • Attends special events for AZPM.
  • Assists the CEO and Director in preparing, implementing, and following up with UA, UDP, and AZPM fundraising initiatives.
  • Regular travel may be required. The Major Gifts/Grants Officer will be required to work evenings and/or weekends as necessary.
  • Keeps the Director of Development apprised of his/her calendar of donor appointments, contacts, gift proposal/solicitation activity, and fundraising results and progress.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Strong personal interest in public television and radio programming. Ability to effectively, efficiently, and accurately converse with current and prospective donors about the content of AZPM programs in a manner that does not compromise AZPM’s editorial integrity policy.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and listening skills (e.g., demonstrated competence with the English language and grammar).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively represent AZPM.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent initiative, including the ability to make cold calls and arrange first appointments with donors and prospects.
  • Strong knowledge, aptitude, and experience in grant and proposal writing.
  • Working knowledge of the ways donors can make charitable gifts, including cash, appreciated securities, real and personal property, charitable remainder trusts, bequests in a will or living trust, charitable gift annuities, etc.
  • Ability to build and maintain productive relationships with donors, development colleagues, and UA faculty and staff.
  • Ability to inspire cooperation and participation.
  • Ability to make cold calls and other introductory contacts to get appointments with prospects.
  • Ability to make good decisions and to exercise good judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to maintain donor confidentiality.
  • Ability to understand and follow AZPM, UA, and UAF policies and procedures.
  • Ability to understand and work within budgetary restrictions.
  • Ability to operate basic office equipment (telephone, computer, printer, copier, etc.).

Opens: May 22, 2018
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: June 1, 2018

Production Services Manager

Working under the supervision and direction of the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Production Services Manager will be responsible for leading the AZPM Production Services Department and AZPM’s Fee-for-Services Client Production Services Division by providing operational planning and logistical support for productions and projects that result in deliverables that are completed on time, on budget, and that meet all applicable technical requirements.

Among the myriad responsibilities of this position, the Production Services Manager will be responsible for providing analysis and assistance in determining production needs for AZPM’s own original productions and client projects, maintaining a production schedule and coordinating and managing the day-to-day resourcing of personnel, equipment, and related production services for on-location and/or studio productions, and hiring freelance crews. The Production Services Manager will also be responsible for renting required equipment when necessary. Additional duties will include, but not be limited to, creating accurate budget estimates and tracking progress for client projects, providing timely and accurate financial reports relating to AZPM Production Services personnel, equipment, facilities and billing for management.

The Production Services Manager will also be responsible for pursuing fee-for-service client production projects to support AZPM’s production revenue objectives.

A self-sufficient and resourceful problem solver, the Production Services Manager will work both independently and with internal and external teams (including freelancers and agencies) across the entire life cycle of television, radio, and digital productions (ideation/conceptualization, project planning, pre-production, production, post-production, and delivery).

Arizona Public Media (AZPM), is an editorially independent, member-supported, non-profit public media organization serving Southern Arizona, and is provided as a community service of the University of Arizona (UA). AZPM utilizes advanced digital transmission technology to deliver three channels of public television, three channels of radio, online, and educational outreach services to audiences in all or portions of eleven Arizona counties. AZPM is committed to being a source of information that promotes thoughtful conversation and community collaboration by bringing people and ideas together.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from the University, viewers, listeners, and corporate supporters. Regardless of job capacity, each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to those with whom they come in contact both within and without the organization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supervise employees including Videographers, Editors, Directors, Studio Supervisor, and Production Technicians.
  • Identify and pursue fee-for-service client production projects to support AZPM’s production revenue objectives.
  • In consultation with the COO and the Human Resources Representative, make recommendations regarding hiring, performance evaluation, promotion, and termination of employees. These recommendations will be given significant weight and consideration in the decision-making process.
  • Manage the day-to-day radio and television production activities and operations for all AZPM productions, special projects, and client production services of the Production Services Department through the resourcing of personnel, equipment, and related production services for on-location or studio production. Special consideration will be given to project needs, budgets, and compliance with UA and AZPM Human Resources policies and procedures.
  • Develop and utilize project scheduling software, budget templates, and other tools and systems to accurately assign and coordinate personnel and equipment, project results and predict conflicts, track progress against project plans and budget estimates, and report accurate budget data.
  • Consult with the Executive Producer and creative staff to determine the most efficient and creative approach to a production’s design including lighting, equipment, and personnel assignments.
  • Participate in the preparation of AZPM’s annual budget, capital budget preparation, and analysis, and provide long range television and radio production planning.
  • Create and manage project budget estimates that support AZPM and/or client expectations, AZPM pricing practices, and which meet AZPM business affairs reporting requirements and management revenue expectations.
  • Negotiate and manage UA and external production services client relationships and ensure that the express terms and conditions set forth in all MOUs and contracts are observed and complied with by AZPM and third party contractors (freelancers).
  • Negotiate and manage contractor (freelance) relationships.
  • Regularly partner with project/production teams and AZPM’s Business Affairs Department to produce timely and accurate project reporting and participate in audits as needed.
  • Prepare and present monthly project forecasts and portfolio review of variances to executive leadership.
  • Prepare and present quarterly and annual reviews of the roll up projects.
  • Provide information to supervisors about rights and talent payment issues.
  • Ensure that completed programs and deliverables successfully meet AZPM technical specifications and deadlines as well as those of clients, partners, and grantors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to develop positive and productive relationships with AZPM clients and prospective clients, meet client needs, and exceed client expectations.
  • Working knowledge of all relevant broadcast and digital industry rules and regulations, guidelines, and terminology as they relate to production gear and processes.
  • Knowledge of production, broadcast, and digital media technical standards.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Proficiency in Excel, FarmersWife, Smartsheet, or similar production scheduling and reporting software.
  • Proven project management and budgetary skills.
  • Strong, respectful communicator and problem solver.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to navigate multiple projects in a fast-paced and deadline drive environment.
  • Exceptional detail orientation with specific attention to data accuracy and quality service.
  • Ability to work independently, establish priorities, and manage time effectively.
  • Ability to work for sustained periods of time at a computer work station.
  • Must be available to work flexibly including, but not limited to, weekdays and some evenings and weekends as necessary to support major activities.

Opens: May 21, 2018
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: May 31, 2018

Radio/TV Announcer (Multiple Positions and On-Call)

Are you a classical music connoisseur or a news enthusiast? If so, Arizona Public Media (AZPM) is seeking individuals who can host/anchor local network programming and/or introduce and announce CLASSICAL musical recordings for the KUAT/KUAZ radio stations on an “on-call” basis. On-call availability may involve weekday and/or weekend evenings, holidays, and other shifts as scheduled. These are permanent on-call positions with hours not to exceed 19 per week.

AZPM receives a significant amount of support from the University, viewers, listeners, and corporate supporters. Regardless of job capacity, each employee is obligated to present a professional and helpful business image to those with whom they come in contact both within and without the organization.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state retirement plan; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Operates control room equipment and board during broadcasts; delivers live spots and content.
  • Documents discrepancies and maintains required Federal Communications Commission programs and engineering logs on assigned shifts.
  • Cues and starts music and programs while maintaining volume level.
  • Introduces and announces various classical music recordings.
  • Provides announcements to the audience on the programs and matters of interest.
  • Reviews program schedules and obtains recordings from the library for on-air as needed.
  • Responds to calls from the listening audience.
  • Participates in fundraising drives as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Auditioning recording required for consideration (please see ‘Special Instructions to Applicant’ section in link).
  • Skill in speaking clearly with a well modulated voice.
  • Excellent working knowledge of classical music including musical history, composition, composers, and performers for classical assignments.
  • At least six months of radio announcing experience.
  • Skill in the pronunciation of foreign languages and technical names, places, and titles.

Opens: Feb. 21, 2018
Ends: Open Until Filled
Review Begins: Feb. 26, 2018

Working at Arizona Public Media

Arizona Public Media is committed to providing excellence in Public Broadcasting to the diverse communities of southern Arizona. Our employees are the single most important resource, making all we achieve possible.

Arizona Public Media values creativity, diversity and sincerity in public service. Arizona Public Media is an AA/ADA/EEO employer. We encourage all those qualified to apply.

In accordance with FCC guidelines (adopted Nov. 7, 2002), Arizona Public Media is required to provide notification of full-time job vacancies to organizations involved in assisting job seekers upon request by such organization. As a public service, Arizona Public Media Human Resources office will provide notification of jobs to interested organizations. To request notification, write:

Arizona Public Media
PO Box 210067
Tucson, AZ 85721-0067

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Links

The University of Arizona's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office Web site
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
AZPM Equal Opportunity Report
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The University of Arizona