Director of Development, Student Experience


    Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association

    The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)*, the private fundraising and alumni relations organization for University of Wisconsin-Madison, is seeking an experienced Director of Development to join a team of professionals responsible for the private funds development programs at UW-Madison. This newly created position will be responsible for the planning, management, and implementation of a major gifts development program that will primarily support undergraduate student scholarships, with a secondary focus on student life initiatives. While reporting to an Associate Vice President and Managing Director at WFAA, the Director of Development will work closely with other staff of WFAA and campus leadership engaged in the areas of financial aid and student life.

    The Director of Development will work collaboratively to accomplish the following objectives:

    • Work with WFFA and campus leadership, particularly the Office of Student Financial Aid, to identify priorities and design, implement, and manage strategic plans for a comprehensive development program in support of undergraduate scholarship and student life initiatives.
    • Self-direct prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and management of a portfolio of potential and current donors, with a focus on leadership annual and major gifts that advance campus priorities.
    • Plan and conduct visits, events and other ongoing contacts that link potential donors with UW-Madison’s programs and development needs.
    • Develop and maintain strategies to enhance donor stewardship.
    • Practice effective and consistent internal and external communications.
    • Effectively navigate relationships with and between WFAA and campus leadership engaged in the areas of financial aid and student life.


    • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree in marketing, communication, non-profit management or business preferred
    • 3 – 5 years of fund development experience, with focus on major gifts
    • Appreciation of the role played by the University of Wisconsin, and an interest in promoting its programs, as well as an ability to work effectively with University officials and prominent alumni
    • Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
    • Self-directed, entrepreneurial, team player who has a results-oriented work ethic
    • Willingness and ability to meet travel requirements (approx. 25%)


    Final appointment will be made at the Associate Director, Director or Senior level depending on experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position involving travel. 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 click on the following link (note – when submitting application materials, cover letter and resume must be combined into a single attachment):


    Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions at To be considered in the first round of resume review, please submit materials by July 28. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


    Mia Kahl

    Human Resources

    Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association

    (608) 308-5392


    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 (, whose legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation.