The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)* is recruiting for an experienced development director to join a team of professionals responsible for the private funds development programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This position will have primary responsibility for the management of a comprehensive philanthropy program, with particular focus on the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM).
The Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was founded and is led by world-renowned neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. CHM investigates the science of emotions, contemplative practices and qualities of mind that affect well-being, including attention, resilience, equanimity, savoring positive emotions, kindness, compassion, gratitude and empathy. The Center, part of one of the world’s top research institutions, benefits from cross-disciplinary collaborations in the arts and humanities, the physical and natural sciences, and the social sciences. CHM takes pride in being a global hub for innovations in affective and contemplative neuroscience in addition to well-being across the lifespan.
In 1992, the Dalai Lama personally challenged Dr. Davidson to investigate how well-being could be nurtured through these amazing insights from neuroscience. His Holiness believes that “All humans have an innate desire to overcome suffering and find happiness.” This launched a robust series of research studies and new discoveries have emerged about how the mind works and how well-being can be cultivated. Since then Dr. Davidson and his team have made remarkable progress, publishing more than 300 scientific articles and leading the world in this field of research. No other organization has the visionary leadership, immense body of successful research to build upon, over $15 million of neuroimaging technology, and the tremendous infrastructure and reputation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s top learning institutions.
The successful candidates for this position will provide strategic leadership and management of development initiatives directed to the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of top prospects and donors. The successful candidate will be forward thinking, dynamic, energetic, and an innovative team player who can engage CHM leadership and faculty members and develop an internal and external environment for philanthropy through consistent messaging and communication for CHM.
The Director of Development will work collaboratively with CHM’s Chief Development Officer to accomplish the following objectives:
- To work directly with CHM’s Director, administrators and campus-wide affiliated faculty to identify department priorities and design and implement strategic plans for a comprehensive development program.
- To identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage a portfolio of top prospects and donors in order to secure major gifts in support of the Center.
- Continue to build, develop and maintain effective and consistent internal and external communications.
- Continue to build, develop and maintain effective prospect identification tools to link potential donors with Center programs and needs.
- Continue to build, develop and maintain strategies to enhance donor stewardship.
- To partner with marketing and communication staff to develop materials for increasing awareness of departmental initiatives as destinations for philanthropic support.
- To create and manage the implementation of an annual private fundraising strategy for the CHM.
- To plan and conduct visits, events and other ongoing contacts to build relationships and interest in the CHM mission among private stakeholders.
- To ensure all donations are properly tracked, submitted, and reconciled with WFAA reports and databases.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Final appointment will be made at the Director or Senior Director level depending on experience and qualifications. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits program. Current WFAA Directors of Development at any level are eligible to transfer laterally, maintaining their current job title and salary.
To apply, please submit cover letter and resume in a single
attachment to: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=15584671
Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is Friday, April 28.
Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association
*The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is the “doing business as” name of the merged organization comprising the University of Wisconsin Foundation (www.supportuw.org) and the Wisconsin Alumni Association (www.uwalumni.com), whose legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer