Director / Associate Director of Development – College of Engineering

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)*, the private fundraising and alumni relations organization for the University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking a development professional to support the College of Engineering (CoE). The Director of Development will be responsible for qualifying, cultivating and soliciting major gift prospects.  This position is an integral part of a highly collaborative, energetic and innovative development team for the UW-Madison College of Engineering.    The College of Engineering is one of the University’s major units, with more than 4,000 students and over 40,000 alumni. Development efforts strive to involve alumni and friends in the life of the departments and College, resulting in their increased engagement and philanthropic support.  

 

As the university prepares to exceed all goals in its $3.2 billion campaign, the college of engineering is focusing on a bold future, with more than 50,000 alumni behind them.  The campaign has raised $270 million for the college, including one gift of $32 million, the largest in college history.  This included $20 million to match future scholarships. In addition to that goal, the college is also embarking on a $150 million fund raising effort for a new building. These goals make it a pivotal moment in college history, cementing a legacy of philanthropy and excellence in education.  

 

Please note:  This position can be filled at the Associate Director of Development, Director of Development or Senior Director of Development level, depending on skills/experience of selected candidate. 

 

Essential Functions

Major Gift Development

  • Develop objectives, priorities and strategies for major gift development related to capital campaigns, special programs, and ongoing fund raising in collaboration with dean/faculty/staff, WFAA vice president and colleagues.
  • Implement development strategies with assigned constituencies, managing a portfolio of prospects and donors in varying stages of involvement to advance them strategically through the development process.
  • Work with prospect management, WFAA research and development colleagues to identify and qualify a portfolio of major gift prospects from existing and potential donors.
  • Schedule and conduct initial assessment/exploratory meetings with prospects, following up with correspondence, phone calls and additional visits as appropriate to qualify prospect.
  • Plan and conduct visits/trips, events and other ongoing contact to build relationships with donors, effectively presenting the case for philanthropic support and explaining gift opportunities

Donor Relations/Stewardship/ Recognition

  • Plan and implement recognition for donors, including writing thank you letters, making personal calls, arranging meetings, hosting events, etc.
  • Plan and implement ongoing communication and stewardship with donors.

Campus Relations

  • Communicate, problem solve, and anticipate needs of campus staff regarding accounting for donor created funds and serve as liaison between WFAA accounting department and campus staff.
  • Request data/reports from WFAA staff to meet needs of donors and campus staff.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional work experience;
  • Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising or related activities;
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills required;
  • Ability to meet travel requirements (@25%).

Other Qualifications

  • Post high school training, college degree, or equivalent preferred.
  • Ability to articulate the case for private support with sufficient effectiveness so that individuals understand the vision and strategy of the College and choose to invest in the vision;
  • Ability to work independently, in addition to as a member of an effective development team;

 

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 (advanceuw.org) is the “doing business as” name of the merged organization comprising the University of Wisconsin Foundation (supportuw.org) and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (uwalumni.com). Its legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation. 

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