Associate Director of Development UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA), the private fundraising and alumni relations organization for UW-Madison, is recruiting an Associate Director of Development to join the advancement team working on behalf of the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. The Associate Director is primarily responsible for qualifying major gift prospects and soliciting leadership annual gifts on behalf of the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

The UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health is recognized as an international, national and statewide leader in education, research and service. More than a century since the School’s founding as the University of Wisconsin Medical School, it has been transformed into the nation’s first School of Medicine and Public Health and has integrated the principles and power of traditional medical and public health approaches in all of its missions. This revolutionary synthesis seeks to develop new approaches for preventing, as well as diagnosing and treating illness, with a simultaneous focus on both individuals and populations. More information about the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health can be found at

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Building the pipeline of future major gift donors through prospect qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual gifts, and sometimes, major gifts;
  • Assisting with alumni and donor engagement events in key geographic areas;
  • Qualifying, soliciting and stewarding leadership annual gift donors and prospects;
  • Working with UW Foundation research and other advancement team colleagues to coordinate strategies for prospects;
  • Assisting the Senior Director of Development and advancement team colleagues with special projects;
  • Contributing to the implementation of a strategic plan for advancement;
  • Assisting with planning and executing advancement related events such as Alumni and Reunion Weekends, Board meetings, Scholarship and Honors & Awards Ceremonies and receptions;
  • Working with the Assistant Dean for Alumni/External Relations and the staff of the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association to manage alumni and donor communication, engagement, cultivation and annual solicitations.


  • Report/record/document development activity and results;
  • Collaborate on writing of Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) as necessary;
  • Manage travel arrangements and calendar for self;
  • Use a computer for communicating via e-mail, writing, researching prospects, completing reports, etc.


  • Communicate effectively and meaningfully with individuals in diverse settings using a range of techniques including in person, telephone, email and written correspondence;
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels – colleagues, dean, campus staff, donors, volunteers and others;
  • Understand and access resources within WFAA to support the fund development process, e.g., research, planned giving, real estate, accounting, investments;
  • Plan and prioritize work, using time and other resources effectively to maximize desired outcomes;
  • Demonstrate strong initiative and attention to detail;
  • Be available for some evening and weekend work;
  • Attend WFAA and School of Medicine and Public Health advancement team meetings;
  • Travel by car, plane, cab, and foot (or with assistive device, e.g. wheelchair);
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appreciation for UW-Madison and the School of Medicine and Public Health mission, history and goals.

Support a service-oriented atmosphere in accordance with WFAA mission, values and philosophy

  • Strategic beliefs
    • The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a transforming impact on students, alumni, and society;
    • Authentic, lifelong relationships and engagement with alumni, donors and friends are fundamental to sustaining the reputation and continued success of the University;
    • Philanthropy has an essential and growing importance on the future progress of UW-Madison;
    • The highest level of stewardship and fiduciary responsibility in financial, investment, data and gift administration is vital to maintaining trust with our stakeholders;
    • Diverse views, experiences and perspectives strengthen WFAA and the university community.
  • Organizational values
    • We are serious about delivering results;
    • We work together and with our campus partners as a team;
    • We are committed to alumni, donors, volunteers and others;
    • We are open-minded;
    • We create a positive work environment.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree;
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills required;
  • Appreciation of the vital role played by the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health 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 School and choose to invest in the vision;
  • Ability to work independently, and as a member of an effective development/advancement team;
  • Experience and demonstrated success in fundraising or related activities;
  • Ability to meet travel requirements.

This is a full-time position involving travel. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits program. Current WFAA Associate Directors and Directors of Development are eligible to transfer laterally, maintaining their current job title and salary.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume in a single attachment.

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Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions at Review of applications will begin on January 19, 2018.