Associate Director of Development – School of Nursing

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)*, the private fundraising and alumni relations organization for UW-Madison, is recruiting for an Associate Director of Development that will have primary responsibility for qualifying major gift and planned giving prospects, and soliciting leadership annual gifts for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing.


Established in 1924, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing  has a long and distinguished history as a national leader in nursing education and research and innovative practice models leveraging technology to support and improve human health. As a “top 20” school and the leading nursing research institution in Wisconsin, the School of Nursing plays a crucial role in the state’s health care system.


The School of Nursing is led by Dean Linda Scott  and its development efforts are led by an advancement team that oversees development, alumni relations, and communications efforts for the school. The development professional hired into this position will be a member of the School of Nursing advancement team and will be instrumental in the school’s fundraising efforts. 


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Essential Functions

  • Working with the Dean and the advancement team to advance the key philanthropic priorities of the school;
  • Identifying and qualifying new prospects (major gift, planned gift and leadership annual gift) in the areas of student support, educational innovation, faculty support, research and innovation;
  • Cultivating and soliciting prospects for philanthropic support of the school’s priorities, and to develop and initiate strategies to enhance donor stewardship;
  • Working with colleagues on major gift strategies and referrals;
  • Assisting with strategic events and special projects;
  • Developing and maintaining effective internal and external communications;
  • Working collaboratively with the Director of Development and advancement team to further engage the School of Nursing Board of Visitors



Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience;
  • 1 + year in gift development experience or a related.


Other Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills required;
  • Appreciation of the vital role played by School of Nursing and an interest in promoting its programs as well as an ability to work effectively with university officials and prominent alumni and donors;
  • Ability to articulate the case for private support with sufficient effectiveness so that individuals understand the vision and strategy of the school and choose to invest in the vision;
  • Self-directed, entrepreneurial, ability to work independently, and as a member of an effective development team;
  • Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising or related activities;
  • Ability to meet travel requirements


WFAA is committed to provide our employees with an environment that is inspiring, creative and respectful. We offer competitive pay and an excellent benefits program, which includes a 10% 401k contribution after 1 year of service!


Just as the university community benefits from differing viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences, inclusion and diversity are imperative for the success of our mission. WFAA values people and the differences that they bring to the organization, and creates an environment in which all staff members and constituents feel respected and have opportunities to thrive. 


The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer *The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is the “doing business as” name of the merged organization comprising the University of Wisconsin Foundation ( and the Wisconsin Alumni Association ( Its legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation. 





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