Assistant Development Director - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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May 24, 2019


Working Title: Assistant Director of Development – Lubar School of Business

Position Title: Development Specialist
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office for Development and Alumni Relations

Position Type: Non-Teaching Academic Staff
Department: B015050 DEVELOPMENT

The vibrant and talented professional development team at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Office for Development & Alumni Relations seeks to fill the full-time position for Assistant Development Director supporting the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business. 

If you are early in your fund development career and would like to grow as a professional, consider joining UWM’s team. As we wrap up a successful comprehensive campaign, the new Assistant Director of Development will participate in planning strategies for future funding initiatives under a new dean. Working closely with the Senior Director, the Assistant Director will play a role in multiple facets of fund development including individual giving, corporate and foundation giving, stewardship, and prospect discovery within the School’s large local base of alumni and friends. The successful candidate will work in Lubar Hall in the center of UWM’s bustling main campus.

We seek an individual with the ability to create and execute donor-focused, metric-specific development plans, who enjoys meeting people, values excellence and will contribute to our esprit de corps!

The Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business is a major metropolitan business school with approximately 3,500 undergraduate students, 600 graduate students, 70 full-time faculty, and 40 professional staff.  The business school was created in 1966, ten years after the establishment of UWM.   

The position will report to the Senior Development Director, Lubar School of Business.      

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Applicants are required to apply online using the link above.  UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications.  Applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 26,000 students from 89 countries on a budget of $667 million. Its 14 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2018 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.

Position Description

The Development Specialist/Assistant Director of Development Lubar School of Business is a member of the professional staff in the Office for Development and Alumni Relations and reports to the Senior Development Director Lubar School of Business.   The Assistant Director of Development will be primarily responsible for: 

  • increasing the number of overall donors at in the $500-$49,999 level via qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a donor/prospect portfolio of alumni and individuals from assigned college(s)
  • enhancing the alumni giving program  
  • assisting to build a culture of philanthropy

All activities are for the benefit of short and long-term philanthropic goals of the Lubar School of Business as well as those of the University.  Position will require some night and weekend work, and some travel as needed.

Basic Responsibilities


  • Execute elements of an annual plan specific to the School of Business and its alumni/donor base.  Responsibilities include:
    • Annual qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of prospects/donors in the $500-$49,999 range  
  • Use donor data base systems to document contacts and connections with alumni/donors.
  • Meet performance metrics established by the department which include but are not limited to reports on substantive contacts, requests in pipeline, closed gifts, and qualification calls.
  • Prepare letters, memoranda, inquires, and proposals supporting the School of Business and the university’s private philanthropic efforts.
  • Steward donors and acknowledge gifts utilizing UWM Foundation procedures and guidelines.
  • Communicate with the Department of Financial Aid and School of Business staff to promote scholarship availability and to meet donor criteria expectations.

Enhancing the Alumni Giving Program

  • Organize alumni engagement events and facilitate communication (i.e. direct mail, email solicitation, newsletters, etc.) and events for prospects and donors of the School of Business.
  • Represent the university at alumni/development functions as appropriate.

Building a Culture of Philanthropy

  • Acquire a level of expertise about the School of Business, the university and specific departments and programs as needed.
  • Engage Faculty and staff to share, discover and develop a culture of philanthropy within the school.
  • Contribute to team by building a constructive and collaborative atmosphere within the department to achieve the best possible results.



  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of three-years professional fundraising experience, or related experience in another profession
  • Demonstrated track record of successful annual gift solicitation, or related measurable achievement in another profession


  • Broad-based fundraising experience in direct mail, annual giving, proposal and report preparation and event and meeting planning
  • Strong written, verbal and communication skills
  • Evidence of success working effectively with diverse constituencies and in a team environment
  • Academic fundraising experience
  • Experience utilizing donor database or contact management systems
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