Director of Development – Department of Medicine

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 expand the Department of Medicine team within the WFAA Medical Advancement Group. The Director of Development will be responsible for qualifying, cultivating and soliciting major gift prospects.

The Director of Development will spend approximately 50% of their time focused on the department’s grateful patient philanthropy program supporting the heart, digestive system/liver, kidney, and lung programs and 50% of their time on the qualification of existing donors within the department and additional areas within the medical development program.


The Department of Medicine is the largest academic department in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and in the University of Wisconsin system.  The department focuses on internal medicine, which is the branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases in adults.  Additional information is available at

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 campus staff, WFAA vice president, and colleagues.
  • Implement development strategies with assigned constituencies, building and managing a portfolio of prospects and donors in varying stages of involvement to advance them strategically through the development process.
  • Work closely with division heads, faculty, and care team members to strengthen and expand the existing grateful patient program.
  • Partner with prospect management, WFAA research and development colleagues, and campus partners 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 prospects.
  • 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.
  • Adept at building strong relationships with donors and prospects and skilled at soliciting donors and prospects for gifts at the appropriate time with the appropriate gift ask.

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.


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;

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 ( 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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