Rocky Mountain Public Media
Denver, Colorado
April 12, 2024
Job Type
Full Time


Vice President of Philanthropy

Denver, CO

Rocky Mountain Public Media, Inc. (RMPM) is the parent company of Rocky Mountain PBS, KUVO Jazz and The Drop. Over a million Coloradans turn to Rocky Mountain PBS, KUVO Jazz and The Drop to discover provocative and inspiring local, national and international programming; find diverse viewpoints; score front-row center seats to world-class performances; and experience lifelong learning opportunities every month.

The Vice President of Philanthropy supports RMPM'S mission by leading a comprehensive fundraising, donor relations and grants program including strategic and annual gifts from individuals, local and national foundations, and planned giving. The VP directly manages two teams - Philanthropy and Foundations & Grants - and demonstrates exceptional leadership in people management. The VP partners with the CEO, COO and CRO to develop fundraising goals, build a comprehensive fundraising program, manage strategic donor, board and partner relationships, and create campaign strategies to maximize support for RMPM's priorities. They also help advance the organization's mission and vision by sharing RMPM's community impact with funding partners and creating a culture of belonging within philanthropic initiatives, inviting non-traditional donors to engage. The role works cross-departmentally to achieve an organization-wide cultural of philanthropy and diversity and strengthen funding opportunities for RMPM. The VP develops and cultivates key community partnerships.


Major, Mid-Level & Planned Giving

  • Oversees organization-wide donor relations program, leading the vision and strategy for donor cultivation, stewardship and donor relationship efforts. Leads the Philanthropy team in developing and implementing strategies to cultivate, solicit and steward mid-level, major and planned giving donors. Ensures team is sharing regular communication that captures attention and sparks continued interest and contributions, while also identifying opportunities for new engagement and relationship building.

  • Manages a portfolio of transformational donors, board and strategic community relationships that support fundraising priorities with the CEO and the CRO.

  • Leads catalytic giving campaigns to support RMPM's revenue growth and future sustainability.

  • Provides senior-level fundraising expertise to the CEO, CRO, senior team, and Board to focus on strengthening RMPM's overall philanthropic capacity.

  • Collaboratively guides development and implementation of strategies that successfully support RMPM's mission and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives through inclusive philanthropy.

  • In partnership with CRO, manages Philanthropy budget and assesses team targets toward annual fundraising goals, adjusting strategies as necessary to meet and exceed goals.

Foundations & Grants

  • Along with the Foundations and Grants Manager, leads RMPM's Foundations & Grants program to develop and expand portfolio of foundation prospects, nurtures current relationships and cultivates new ones, and ensure retention and growth of institutional revenue and partnerships to support organization-wide strategies.

  • Collaborates on the creation of strategies for retention and re-engagement of lapsed foundation donors, and for stewardship and engagement of current supporters.

  • Collaborates with staff in developing strategies to support programs and initiatives that attract and promote RMPM initiatives and priorities.

  • Monitors and reports fundraising goals and progress regularly.

  • Perform other tasks as assigned and/or required.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises a team of 5 for Philanthropy and 1 for Foundations & Grants

Minimum Qualifications

Work Environment

This position works primarily in an office environment. This position must be able to work a flexible schedule with occasionally long hours including some evenings and weekends. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands

The position requires the ability to lift and carry up to 10 lbs. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Rocky Mountain Public Media embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. As such, Rocky Mountain Public Media does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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