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JOB TITLE:              Major & Planned Gifts Officer

DEPARTMENT:      Development

STATUS:                   Exempt, Full Time

REPORTS TO:         Dir. of Development

SUPERVISES:          N/A

Summary of Job:

The Major & Planned Gifts Officer is responsible for developing and managing Mountain Lake PBS’s Major Donor and Planned Giving programs for individuals.  Primary responsibilities include identifying, cultivating, securing and sustaining relationships with donors of $1,000 and above.  The Major & Planned Gifts Officer is expected to maintain complete confidentiality.


Work with the Director of Development to:

  • Manage a portfolio of 100 prospective and current donors.
  • Create individual goals, communication plan and strategy timeline for portfolio.
  • Design and implement strategies to increase Major Donor and Planned Giving Contributions.
  • Plan and implement Major Donor and Planned Giving fundraising campaigns, events and activities (volunteer experiences, tours, receptions, etc.).
  • Coordinate solicitation activities with membership, corporate marketing, underwriting sales and station management.
  • Work closely with Director of Development and President and CEO to cultivate and engage prospects.
  • Analyze donor data and giving trends as needed to grow contributions. Produce periodic reports as required by management that accurately reflect portfolio activity and performance.

 Research, Record keeping, and tracking

  • Develops and maintains relevant research on donors, prospects, and their interests associated with support of Mountain Lake PBS.
  • Works with membership to maintain accurate records of donors and gifts.
  • Responsible for acknowledgement of all gifts Major and Planned Gifts.
  • Provides Dir. of Development reports and analysis as needed. 

Works with Communications & Production Department & Director of Development to develop marketing/promotion campaigns for Major & Planned Gifts

  • Stays abreast of major giving developments with the public media and non-profit sectors.
  • As budget permits, attends seminars and workshops to enhance expertise in major gift solicitation
  • Travels as needed to meet with donors, prospects, and station supporters.
  • Participation in MLPBS fund-raising activities, including events and other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Possess excellent communication skills both written and verbal. 
  • Three years of fundraising experience.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledgeable in donor prospecting/research methods and techniques
  • Experience with database and word processing computer software.
  • Work well with others in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings
  • Knowledge of PBS programming and public media fundraising preferred


  • Valid NYS Driver’s License
  • Proper documentation to travel to Canada or the ability to obtain proper documentation.


  • Adequate vision and hearing
  • Ability to sit for long periods of time at a computer.


TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume  to:

Human Resources

Mountain Lake PBS

One Sesame Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

- or –


JOB TITLE:              Account Representative

DEPARTMENT:      Underwriting

REPORTS TO:         Director of Sales & Events

STATUS:                   Exempt

Summary of Job:

Responsible for securing corporate underwriting for Mountain Lake PBS (MLPBS) programming and content (locally and nationally produced) and other related activities, such as special events and other station activities. The individual should have a strong commitment to Public Broadcasting.




  • Secure financial support for MLPBS programming, productions and related activities including, but not limited to: special events, promotion and/or outreach activities/projects.  Primary territory: Northeastern New York, Western Vermont, Eastern Ontario and Southern Quebec (including Montreal and Quebec City).
  • Identify, research, and solicit clients for financial support.  Cultivate immediate and long-term prospects.  Generate and track clients & prospects, including interests, budgeting cycle, marketing objectives, historical associations with MLPBS, philanthropic activities and corporate financial performance.  Secure immediate funding commitments and long term client relationships.  Identify opportunities for enhanced corporate funding from current clients. 
  • Create effective proposals integrating sales and marketing tools.  Acquire in-depth knowledge of MLPBS broadcast schedule, local and regional productions, outreach and development efforts.  Maintain file of promotional materials and additional opportunities for “off-air” client recognition.  Develop project packages that will result in increased funding for MLPBS and will help corporate funders better meet their marketing objectives.
  • Travel to Canada to generate Underwriting sales as needed.
  • Maintain and update client and prospect files and database.  Regularly summarize and report significant client information. 
  • Maintain regular communication and correspondence with existing client base.  Work with existing and new clients and the production department to create and air effective underwriting spots. 
  • Attend regular Underwriting sales meetings at the station.  The Account Representative needs to be aware of all productions at the station. 
  • Participate in MLPBS development efforts, including on-air fundraising.  Represent MLPBS to community at large including community events, trade organization, service clubs, meet and greets, special events, etc...
  • Other duties as assigned.                               


  • The Account Representative is expected to maintain complete confidentiality.


Education & Training: Associates degree or equivalent work experience.

Work-Related Experience: Two years sales experience or a combination of customer service, sales and special event experience. Proficient in word processing; must have excellent interpersonal; verbal and written skills; composition of routine business correspondence; communicate effectively; handle multiple tasks simultaneously; must be deadline oriented; must have the ability to work well with others under tight deadlines; must possess strong organizational and customer service skills. 


Must be able to legally operate a motor vehicle in the United States and Canada. Passport and/or enhanced driver’s license is required for travel in and out of Canada. Some overnight travel may be required - at the station’s cost.


Adequate vision and hearing.  Occasional lifting of up to 30-40lbs.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume  to:

Human Resources

Mountain Lake PBS

One Sesame Street

Plattsburgh, NY 12901

- or –

2015 New York State Broadcasters Association Intern Program.

Attention high school seniors and undergraduate college students interested in a career in radio and television broadcasting - would you like to work at Mountain Lake PBS? If you’re at least 17 years old and a career in broadcasting sounds interesting, send us a letter and resume telling us why you’d like to work for us. We’ll review your letter and perhaps call you in for an interview. The intern will be expected to complete up to 180 hours at the station and will be paid $8.75/hour for their time. At the conclusion of the internship the intern will be expected to complete a written evaluation of the experience including the intern’s intentions to further a career in broadcasting. Send your letter to the NYSBA Intern Program, WCFE- Mountain Lake PBS; One Sesame Street; Plattsburgh, NY 12901.


- at least 17 years of age

- residents of New York State and/or attending school in New York State

Mountain Lake PBS is an equal opportunity employer, and offers employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines including production, programming, development, communications, engineering, information technology and many other areas.

If you are interested in applying for a position, please email or mail your salary requirements, cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
ATTN: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901


This position is coordinated through the SUNY Plattsburgh Mass Communications Department and is full time for one semester. An academic internship is dependent on department approval, required courses, and GPA, and is normally done in senior year. Interns assist in local productions as production assistant, videotape editor, videographer, or researcher. When appropriate and in collaboration with a producer interns serve as writer or field interviewer. This internship is for credit hours only and is unpaid.

Marketing & Promotions

Opportunities to become involved might include assisting with the writing press releases, researching media opportunities, creating and placing advertising, planning and executing special events, assist with mailings, as well as handling details of a wide range of projects and activities related to the promotion of Mountain Lake PBS. Minimum 6 hours per week. This internship can be for credit hours or as a volunteer position.


Internships in this field allow you to expand your knowledge of non-profit administration and improve your communication skills in various forms. As an intern you would assist with: letter writing and/or design for appeals, thank you letters to donors and volunteers, budget development, revenue analysis, information and data management, expanding the overall mission of Mountain Lake PBS with creative ingenuity, and events and member drives.

If you are interested in an internship with Mountain Lake PBS, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Mountain Lake PBS
Attn: Human Resources
One Sesame Street
Plattsburgh, NY, 12901

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