Corporate Development Officer

Employment Opportunity

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The Commonwealth Fund for KET, the fundraising arm of Kentucky Educational Television, has the following job opening at its Network Center in Lexington, Ky.:

Corporate Development Officer

Reports To:

President, Commonwealth Fund for KET

Position Purpose:

Plan and implement all aspects of an integrated fundraising program designed to secure and grow on-air and community sponsorships that advance KET’s mission.

Essential Duties:

  • Understand KET’s mission, impact, needs, and vision in order to communicate/ articulate a case for support.
  • Track and meet monthly and annual revenue goals and expense budgets. Monthly contact and progress reports expected. Accountability based on fundraising achievement.
  • Responsible for continuous strategic planning to add new, rejoin, renew, and upgrade partners, with an emphasis on regional, state, and national companies, foundations, non-profits, government entities, and advertising agencies.
  • Balance and/or package multiple funding opportunities that serve both the donor’s and KET’s interests: on-air, event, and education sponsorships, grants, and capital campaigns.
  • Using all available resources, gather and research leads to identify viable donor prospects with the interests, giving capacity and relationships that align with KET.
  • Strengthen partner relationships from initiating cold calls, cultivation, solicitation, closing the gift to stewardship.
  • Expectations include a specified number of face-to-face appointments, contacts, and follow-up.
  • In collaboration with other Commonwealth Fund team members, manage network of personal contacts, a designated portfolio of current partners and prospects, and portfolios for leadership.
  • Write, design, and present funding proposals using available resources and multiple platforms.
  • Ensure records of contacts, acknowledgments, and research are up-to-date in database and file systems.
  • Support three Commonwealth Fund boards of directors in solicitations and other board initiatives.
  • In addition to securing sponsorships, manage all aspects of specified events or assist as needed.
  • Refine sponsorship benefits and work with KET staff to ensure appropriated donor recognition on all platforms. Assist with on-air production and traffic processes.
  • Engage and manage volunteers as needed.
  • Working closely with KET staff, help reinforce a culture of philanthropy to advance the common goals of the Fund and KET.
  • Serve as an ambassador and advocate for KET’s programs and services.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Performance Expectations:

  • Meet annual financial goals
  • Meet specified number of contacts, visits, and solicitations
  • Maintain up-to-date record of activity and research
  • Work products are completed accurately and by deadline
  • Maintain positive and collaborative working relationship with Commonwealth Fund and KET staff and boards
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism

Position Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated success in securing major gifts, grants, and sponsorships
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Computer proficiency and database management skills
  • Self-supporting administrative, marketing, and office skills
  • Travel and extended work hours expected
  • Primary job site: Lexington, Ky.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and qualifications, plus a minimum of three years of experience in fundraising, media sales, or a related field
  • Salary commensurate with qualifications; non-commissionable


Please send state application, cover letter, resume, and writing samples to: Employment & Recruiting, KET, 600 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY 40502 or e-mail to, or send via fax to 859-258-7765.
KET is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Position open until filled.