Jobs and Internships

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

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2016 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 $9.00/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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