Director of Development, College of L & S – Computer, Data & IS

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 help develop and implement a major gifts program benefitting a new program in the School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS) in the College of Letters & Science (L&S) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Employed by WFAA and reporting to a Managing Senior Director for L&S, the Director of Development will work closely with the leadership of three L&S departments and WFAA staff as appropriate.

L & S is the University’s core academic unit, with approximately 17,000 undergraduates, 4,000 graduate students, 950 faculty and 217,000 alumni. Its 39 departments encompass the arts and humanities, social sciences and physical sciences. In 2019, L&S received more than 11,000 gifts and pledges totaling more than $78 million. More information about L&S is available at CDIS is the newest division in L&S, aiming to be a preeminent center for discovery, learning, and engagement related to computing, data and information. It incorporates the departments of Computer Science, Statistics and the Information School, each of which is ranked in the top 15 programs in the country.

The Director of Development will be responsible for qualifying, cultivating and soliciting major gift prospects with a primary focus on Computer Science, but also including select prospects from Statistics and the Information School. This position will also have a geographic focus on San Francisco and Seattle for these departments and the College generally. Final appointment will be made at the Associate Director, Director or Senior Director level depending on experience and qualifications.

This is a challenging, exciting and meaningful full-time position involving travel. WFAA is committed to provide our employees with an environment that is inspiring, creative and respectful. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits program, which includes a 10% 401k employer contribution after 1 year of service!

Essential Functions

  • Prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects;
  • Working collaboratively within L&S team where each development officer travels to multiple locations but has a key strategic focus in one geographic region;
  • Works with three L&S academic department to support their development efforts;
  • Working with WFAA research and to coordinate strategies for prospects.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education and work experience;
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills required;
  • Appreciation of the vital role played by L&S and an interest in promoting its programs;
  • 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;
  • Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising or related activities;
  • Ability to meet travel requirements (@25%).



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