Job Openings

KOPN currently has two available job openings which may be filled by two half-time employees or one-full time employee. Please see the descriptions below.

Application process: Submit a cover letter, resumé/CV, and three references by email to [email protected] or by mail to KOPN (attn: Tim Pilcher),  915 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201. Please identify the position(s) for which you are applying. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

(posted 12/26/2019)

Underwriting Associate

Job Summary

The underwriting associate will lead KOPN’s underwriting and sponsorship program, growing new and existing local support by initiating cold calls, setting appointments, presenting and proposing marketing solutions, and closing sales with owners and decision makers. This position will work collaboratively with the general manager to drive future growth in a manner that is consistent with the station’s overall mission and values while maximizing KOPN’s underwriting sales revenues, in-kind trades, and donations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implement the overall strategy for underwriting and sponsorship.
  • Play a hands-on role cultivating new and existing accounts and relationships, researching accounts, developing proposals, and closing new business.
  • Effectively communicate KOPN’s mission and values to prospective underwriters and donors.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of FCC and station rules regarding underwriting, and adhere to best practices and guidelines regarding copy approval, deadlines, and accounts receivable and collections.
  • Bring creativity to the packaging, positioning, and pricing of integrated programs that enhance the attraction of KOPN sponsorship.
  • Send invoices and track payments, keeping complete, accurate files on each account including contract information, scripts, contact history, correspondence, etc.
  • Participate in station events and meetings and inform strategic planning process.
  • Submit a monthly report of activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of local market, including decision makers, philanthropists, and key accounts.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about community radio.
  • Proven fundraising and/or media sales management experience.
  • Strong written, phone, and conversation skills; ability to persuasively communicate KOPN’s mission, values, and value to potential funders.
  • Ability to accurately calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, commissions, percentages, etc.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables.
  • Advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office and Google Drive. Willingness to learn new software including traffic management systems and Salesforce.

Job Type

Part-time (20 hours/week)

Base Compensation

  • Negotiable

Underwriting Commission

  • 15% for new accounts
  • 10% for renewals

Work Location

  • KOPN Office
  • Remote or at-home as appropriate

Benefits

  • None

Development Associate

Job Summary

KOPN is seeking a development associate that will lead the expansion of our fundraising efforts by focusing on grant writing, cultivating individual gifts at major giving levels, and stewarding a Legacy Giving program. This position will work closely with the general manager to achieve fundraising goals in a manner that is sustainable and consistent with the station’s overall mission and values.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of a portfolio of prospective and current donors; meeting donors in-person, over the phone, or during events to converse with them toward deepening their engagement and financial support.
  • Assist in researching, developing, and writing grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations.
  • Steward a Legacy Giving program.
  • Actively engage with the KOPN community, and have a fluent understanding of KOPN’s mission, values, programming, and history.
  • Advise the development team on fundraising tactics and practices for individual giving.
  • Assist with other fundraising initiatives and community outreach engagement.
  • Participate in station meetings and inform strategic planning process.
  • Submit a monthly report of activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and/or producing charitable contributions.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about community radio.
  • Demonstrated experience and confidence in asking people to contribute time and money.
  • Established relationships with local media, businesses, community groups and government.
  • Strong written, phone, and conversation skills; ability to persuasively communicate KOPN’s mission and values to potential funders.
  • Must be well-organized, fastidious, and timely about recording donor activity in Salesforce.
  • Excellent ability to meet deadlines while also paying close attention to details and accuracy.
  • Advanced computer skills, including Google Drive, Microsoft Office, and Salesforce.
  • Experience and excitement about working with diverse groups and communities.
  • Flexibility, with a strong commitment to collaboration.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and commitment to professional ethics.

Job Type

  • Part-time (20 hours/week)

Base Compensation

  • Negotiable

Work Location

  • KOPN Office
  • Remote or at-home as appropriate

Benefits

  • None