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Part-time Grant Writer

WDSE.WRPT, in Northeastern Minnesota, seeks a part-time professional grant writer to join our team. The individual selected will identify, define, and develop funding sources to support existing and planned program activities as well as coordinate the development, do the writing and submissions of grant proposals to third party entities for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects. This position is also responsible for collecting, analyzing and reporting data on the performance of program activities that are funded by third party public and private sources. It is a preference to have a passion for public broadcasting and the power of noncommercial television.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, write, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources based on the organizational requirement.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Identify and understand the financial and budget matters of the company and work with finance to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Provide stewardship to current donors, provide regular written updates to corporate and foundation donors.
  • Possess broad knowledge of organizational structure, functions and needs including institutional history and programs.
  • Make appointments with foundation officers and other prospects, arrange for onsite tours for supporters (foundation officers, foundation trustees).
  • Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, program, etc).
  • Provide development input for all written institutional materials for all Annual Reporting.
  • Interfacing and communicating with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong research skills and multi tasking.
  • Excellent written skills with proper knowledge of grammar.
  • Ability to understand the project requirements, the organization, departments and its functions.
  • Self-driven, pro-active, ability to work effectively and independently.
  • Experienced in handling highly confidential matters with discretion.
  • Responsible, organized and provides attention to details.
  • Knowledge of computer and software programs.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Minimum of two years’ experience with grant writing.
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Ability to monitor and meet income goals.

Floor Crew Member

WDSE.WRPT in Duluth, MN is seeking an individual to work part time on our studio floor crew. Experience in and working knowledge of television production is desired but not required. Must be able to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 75 pounds.

Position Description:

Floor crew members assist with productions as directed in studio and occasionally on location. Helps in preparing for and recording studio productions, and assists with studio set up and maintenance.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Assists as assigned in the studio, preparing sets, assisting talent and guests, operating studio cameras as directed during recorded and live productions, and maintaining the studio space.
  2. Assists as assigned on location, carrying and operating camera equipment and assisting with field photography and lighting, and in other capacities as required.
  3. Assists in the effort to maintain a safe environment for the general public and station personnel on location and in the studio.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Working knowledge of television production equipment and techniques, studio cameras, placing microphones, able to follow director’s studio instructions. A valid driver’s license, high school diploma or equivalent. Must be able to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 75 pounds. Must be able to accept oral and written direction and work cooperatively to complete assigned tasks. Able to bend/stoop/squat repeatedly or continually for extended periods of time.

Finance Director

WDSE WRPT, in Northeastern Minnesota, is hiring a Finance Director. Ideal candidates will have a history with complex organizations, cost accounting or non-profit accounting, and a passion for public broadcasting and the power of noncommercial television.

The Director of Finance position is responsible for maximizing the impact from all WDSE.WRPT resources by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems. The Director of Finance will oversee cost and general accounting, accounts receivable/collection, payables, payroll and risk management.

Positon Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain timely and accurate financial statements and reports that are appropriate for the users and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
  • Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures
  • Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions
  • Develop and maintain financial accounting systems for cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable
  • Reconcile and monitor bank and investment accounts
  • Review monthly results and budget to actual reports including monthly variance reporting
  • Manage cash flow and prepare cash flow forecasts
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure that all personnel and financial information is securely stored
  • Manage the acquisition of capital assets and ensure that assets are properly recorded, amortized, and disposed of as appropriate
  • Prepare annual charitable reporting in a timely manner
  • Assist the General Manager with financial reporting as required
  • Organize and prepare all supporting information needed for the annual audit
  • Ensure that all federal and state required filings are prepared and met
  • Responsibilities related to HR including benefit administration and working with the payroll provider to ensure hours are reported and all payroll reports are filed accurately and timely
  • Support for grant writing through creating budgets for grant proposals and reporting financial results to granting agencies and working with department heads to create and manage an annual budget by department
  • Knowledge of the volunteer/non-profit sector
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks Online and/or Cougar Mountain Software would be a plus

Required competencies:

  1. Financial Management.
  2. Strategic Thinking.
  3. Business Acumen.
  4. Ethical Conduct.
  5. Technical Capacity.
  6. Performance Management.
  7. Human Resource Management.

Required Education and Experience
Required - Bachelor’s degree in accounting, financial or related field or experience in managing the accounting function in a complex organization, or 5 years of managing the accounting function in a complex organization.

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands
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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Other Duties
This position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of this employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change. Reasonable accommodations will be considered.


Interested parties should send a cover email and resume in confidence to email [at] wdse [dot] org.