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Chief Development Officer WAMU 88.5 American University Radio, Washington, D.C.

WAMU is the only public news and information service in the nation’s capital and has consistently ranked among the country’s top stations in audience share and size. The station supports diverse, award-winning programming ranging from national talk shows to local news and podcasts, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Diane Rehm: On My Mind, the Kojo Nnamdi Show and 1A.

Deeply committed to the D.C. region, WAMU produces regular and special programming that reflects its unique environment. As a civic institution, WAMU seeks to improve the lives of people in the region, providing information and fostering conversations that lead to positive social change. A commitment to public service infuses all of the station’s activities — from news beats that unpack the region’s thorniest issues to regional events that bring visibility and support to local communities.

WAMU draws strength from being a part of American University (AU) and its bold vision. The University is driven by the belief that the country needs active citizens engaged in building a stronger nation and world. WAMU shares that vision and call to action.

The Opportunity

WAMU seeks a strategic, entrepreneurial, self-starter to serve as its next Chief Development Officer (CDO). At a time when public radio has never been more important, WAMU’s potential has never been greater. With the support of American University, WAMU is embracing its role to provide unprecedented value and service to the region, and to serve as a model for impact and innovation among its public media peers. To fulfill its aspirations, the CDO will lead significant fundraising efforts to expand the station’s ability to provide access and deliver more comprehensive and actionable information on issues most critical to Washington.

The successful candidate will be an intellectually curious, broad thinker, with a demonstrated ability in securing major and principal gifts. Leading a sophisticated staff of 12, the CDO will drive and inspire a culture of philanthropy and collaboration internally and in partnership with AU during the University’s multi-million-dollar campaign. S/He will successfully build and grow WAMU’s fundraising and membership program to its greatest potential.

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