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WRKF Membership Manager
WRKF Baton Rouge Public Radio – The Louisiana capital region’s leading news radio station is seeking a pro-active, positive fundraiser with a minimum of two years of experience in organizing and implementing non-profit fundraising activities, as membership manager. Experience working in Public Radio donor campaigns is preferred. This is a full-time, in-house, benefits-eligible position in Baton Rouge.

Position Description
The WRKF Membership Manager defines and implements strategies for the WRKF membership program. This key position calls for an organized and goal-oriented person who will increase the number of WRKF members, grow the average gift size, improve donor retention, and develop creative strategies for donor acquisition. Reports to and works closely with the Development Director.

Salary: $45,000-$55,000

Primary Duties

  • Manages all components of WRKF’s membership program, including on-air pledge drives, direct mail, and digital platforms, including the website donation page.
  • Uses industry resources and best practices for acquisition, renewal, additional gifts, lapsed, and sustainer programs to increase average gift, donor base, and retention rate
  • Supports WRKF”s commitment to member satisfaction, ensures a positive donor experience
  • Coordinates membership events and tabling at external events
  • Manages vendor relationships for the membership program, including vehicle donation, direct mail services, membership database software, payment systems, inbound answering service, email marketing, premiums, and membership-related print and digital materials.
  • Monitors and evaluates the performance of mail and digital solicitations and communications to develop data-driven fundraising strategies. Supports the Director of Development in analyzing and managing the donor pipeline from membership to mid-level donors to major donors and bequests. Generates end-of-month reports, including revenue and cash projections.
  • Provides infrastructure support for the development director, including the design and maintenance of a donor communications calendar.
  • Works with development director to prepare annual budgets and define yearly work plans to include strategies for continued growth.
  • Reviews progress to goal throughout the year and adjusts their activity to meet annual goals
  • Supports the Membership Coordinator as needed in donor communications, cultivation records, premium fulfillment, and acknowledgment letters.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited four-year college or university
  • Two years’ experience organizing and implementing nonprofit fundraising activities
  • Demonstrated ability to self-manage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Orientation to detail
  • Ability to attend to multiple tasks and competing priorities
  • Good critical analysis skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel
  • Familiarity with public radio

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in public radio fundraising campaigns
  • Experience in customer service
  • Willingness to work some evenings, weekends
  • Experience with a fundraising database and email marketing platform
  • Email cover letter, resume, and three references with the subject line "Membership Manager" to barbara@wrkf.org

Benefits include medical, vision and dental, life and disability coverage, 401(k) with employer match, paid vacation, personal and sick time. Position open until filled. First review Feb. 1, 2022. WRKF is an equal opportunity employer.

About WRKF
89.3 WRKF is public radio for Louisiana's capital city. WRKF has informed and entertained Baton Rouge as the region's independent NPR affiliate since 1980. WRKF is a non-profit organization and serves its audience with support from underwriters and donors who value original coverage of Louisiana news and politics along with national and international news coverage from NPR.

WRKF features news and talk programming along with a diverse mix of music and cultural programs like "American Routes" with Nick Spitzer, theater of the mind programs like "This American Life" with Ira Glass, and variety programs like "Wait, Wait, Don't Me" with Peter Sagal. WRKF brings the BBC World Service to Baton Rouge every night. WRKF streams at wrkf.org, through the WRKF App, and on other digital platforms.

WRKF is an equal opportunity employer.

"South Louisiana is a place rich with heritage and passionate people. The food, of course, is amazing. But so are the stories. If you’re serious about your journalism and want to make a real difference in people’s lives, this is the job for you."
— Russell Lewis, NPR Southern Bureau Chief (and former New Orleans resident).

Justice, Race and Equity Reporter, Gulf States NewsroomLocation: New Orleans, Louisiana

Do you have a passion for uplifting marginalized communities, accountability reporting, narrative storytelling and collaborative teamwork?

Come join us as a reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom! This is a chance to dig into a story-rich beat in a vital region, travel and do impactful work.

Apply Here: https://ulsuno.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UniversityOfNewOrleans/job/New-Orleans-La/Justice--Race--and-Equity-Reporter_R-000306

Who We Are: The Gulf States Newsroom is an exciting partnership between public radio stations in Louisiana (WWNO & WRKF), Alabama (WBHM), and Mississippi (MPB-Mississippi Public Broadcasting) and NPR. We’re working together as a regional newsroom to plan coverage, share resources and add reporting power in a story-rich region where too many local news outlets have disappeared. It’s part of NPR’s collaborative journalism network, an initiative designed to better connect NPR with local member stations to represent what’s happening around the United States.

Who We Are Looking For: We need a passionate reporter to travel across the region and cover stories about incarceration, policing, housing and education, through the lens of race and equity. And there are so many stories to tell. This region has some of the harshest sentencing laws and highest rates of incarceration in the country. Prisons in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are each under investigation by the Department of Justice for various violations. This reporter will cover these issues and their ripple effects on communities, and highlight the reform efforts underway to turn around these bleak statistics.

How It Works: The reporter will be an employee of WWNO in New Orleans and will report to the managing editor of the Gulf States Newsroom (based in Birmingham), with support from the local news director. This reporter will be part of a team of regional reporters who cover health care and wealth and poverty. Stories run on the radio and online across partner stations. They will have the opportunity to file for NPR often and occasionally pitch in on local coverage at their home station. This is a grant-funded position with funding through October 2023. The Gulf States Newsroom intends to raise funds to sustain the position beyond that period.

Salary: $45,000-$50,000

Required attachments:

  1. A cover letter explaining your journalism experience and why you are interested in this beat and the Gulf States Newsroom
  2. Your resume
  3. Two links to reporting samples you are proud of along with a couple of sentences explaining the backstory.

The position will remain open until filled. For best consideration, submit by August 15th.


  • Pitch, plan, report and produce audio and digital feature stories to air/publish regionally and often nationally.
  • Develop a robust network of sources that reflect the diversity of the region.
  • Report local and regional news spots as assigned by the Gulf States Newsroom Managing Editor.
  • Collaborate with editors and show staff at local stations to shape on-air two-way discussions.
  • Ensure that all work meets NPR News and station standards for accuracy, fairness, honesty and impartiality.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • At least two years of reporting and/or producing experience.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with others and go with the flow.
  • Ability to stay organized and meet deadlines for long and quick-turn assignments.
  • Willingness to travel to report stories across Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with public records requests and data reporting.
  • Familiarity with the Gulf States region.
  • Ability to speak a language besides English.