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Foundations & Grant Specialist

We are actively pursuing dynamic and diverse team members to join us in the role of Foundations & Grant Specialist in Wixom, MI.

What You’ll Do:

The Foundations & Grant Specialist is responsible for the growth and development of Detroit Public Television and WRCJ-FM’s prospecting, grant writing and grant tracking and reporting for relationships and partnerships with philanthropic foundations.  Partnerships will be created and nurtured for the purpose of raising funding to serve the organization mission including; general operating support, initiative and project funding, revenue for production; local and national projects; digital platforms and events

Essential Functions:

  • Research philanthropic foundation giving opportunities aligned with DPTV & WRCJ annual support, key initiatives, projects; streamline and accelerate the funding process from the idea stage to full funding.
  • Support the organization’s foundation relationship managers and their portfolios of foundations with grant writing, grant tracking and reporting to service, with the goal of establishing long-term relationships, investors, and funders.
  • Connect and align projects to funder relationships based on strategic interests and in-depth knowledge of DPTV and WRCJ capabilities and products.
  • Position case for support with foundations, through the understanding of organization vision, strategy and impact.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to match funder needs and interests with DPTV & WRCJ initiatives and programming for support with a focus on early childhood, journalism, energy and environment and arts and culture.
  • Advocate for foundation needs and expectations throughout the organization to improve processes and ensure funding outcomes.
  • Track the development of strategies meet grant deliverables for foundations, government entities, corporate foundations and charitable giving programs.
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commitment to the mission and standards of public broadcasting
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to plan for and work under pressure of deadlines
  • Strategic and creative thinker and collaborator


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, Non-Profit Management, or related field or equivalent experience
  • 2+ years of experience writing grants
  • 2+ years of experience managing grants
  • 2+ years of experience in a role responsible for revenue generation
  • Knowledge of Michigan and national foundations and corporations
  • Passion and enthusiasm for Detroit Public Television & WRCJ and its mission, vision, values and program/content areas
  • Nonprofit experience preferred
  • Knowledge of public media and/or other broadcast media preferred
  • Deep knowledge, appreciation and understanding of Detroit preferred
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience using foundation grant portals and systems

What You’ll Get:

  • Excellent benefits package that includes 403(b) employer match, medical, dental, vision and much more.
  • Opportunities to participate in personal and professional development programs.
  • Opportunities to serve our mission and community.
  • Great work environment.

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How to Apply:

Send resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
WTVS Detroit Public Television
1 Clover Court
Wixom, MI 48393-2247

*No telephone calls or third parties.  Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email.

Posting Date: 12/21/2018

Detroit Educational Television Foundation, d/b/a Detroit Public Television and WRCJ FM 90.9, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability status, marital status, military status, or protected veteran status. Employment decisions at Detroit Public Television will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.  The specific statements above are not intended to be all inclusive.

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