Director of Development, UW Hillel


    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 lead the planning and management of UW Hillel’s fundraising enterprise, particularly focusing on implementing its major gifts program. While employed by WFAA and reporting to an Associate Vice President and Managing Director at WFAA, the Director of Development will work closely with and travel alongside the Executive Director of UW Hillel, coordinating efforts with Hillel and WFAA staff as appropriate.

    Hillel, The Jewish Student Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, at the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life, serves over 5,000 Jewish students and faculty. Hillel provides a home and support to over 20 independent student organizations. Every expression of Jewish life is represented: religious, cultural, political, traditional and alternative. Hillel enables University of Wisconsin Jewish students to have a voice in their community – one that helps them maintain their ties to Judaism. Programs range from Shabbat dinners to Israel trips, social justice programs, peer mentoring and leadership training, and opportunities to learn, grow and teach others. Hillel at the UW has a prominent board of directors, including students, faculty, UW administrators, alumni, and parents. There is a robust professional team of full- and part-time staff members. UW Hillel has an annual operating budget of $1.4 million, which includes annual campaign gifts of approximately $1 million, as well as annual grants, allocations, and endowment funds.

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

    • Work with the leadership of UW Hillel and WFAA to identify priorities and design, implement, and manage strategic plans for a comprehensive development program.
    • 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 Hillel’s strategic priorities.
    • Plan and conduct visits, events and other ongoing contacts that link potential donors with Hillel’s programs and development needs.
    • Oversee UW Hillel’s annual fundraising campaigns.
      Develop and maintain strategies to enhance donor stewardship.
    • Practice effective and consistent internal and external communications.
    • Effectively navigate relationships with and between Hillel, WFAA, other UW-Madison programs, and the Madison community.


    • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree in marketing, communication, non-profit management or business preferred
    • 2 or more years of fund development experience, with focus on major gifts
    • Appreciation of the role played by UW Hillel and the University of Wisconsin, and an interest in promoting its programs
    • Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
    • Self-directed, entrepreneurial, team player who has a strong, 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 (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 The position will remain open until filled, so apply now.


    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.