Senior Development Specialist - University Of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

AFP SE WI Administrator
August 16, 2019

Position Description
Position Title: Senior Development Specialist
Working Title: Development Director
College of Nursing / Zilber School of Public Health

Position Description

The Development Director is a member of the professional staff of the Office for Development and Alumni Relations and reports to a Major and Planned Gifts Director. Primary responsibilities include overall responsibility for the development programs at UWM’s College of Nursing (CON) and Zilber School of Public Health (ZSPH). The role is divided approximately 80% time for CON and 20% time for ZSPH. The Development Director will manage a portfolio of 100-150 prospects/donors; execute qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities for the benefit of short and long-term philanthropic goals of CON/ZSPH as well as those of the University, build academic partnerships to strengthen fundraising opportunities, and collaborate with other development staff to implement annual fundraising strategies. 

Basic Responsibilities

Develop and execute an annual plan specific to CON/ZSPH and the respective alumni/donor base.

Develop and strategically manage a portfolio of prospects/donors along the donor continuum to increase support for the university.    

Acquire a level of expertise about CON/ZSPH and university departments and programs as needed. 

Maintain supportive relationships with deans and associate deans through regular meetings.

Engage deans, center directors, faculty and staff to share, discover and develop philanthropic strategies for existing and prospective donors.

Provide advice, assistance and support to faculty and staff seeking external support.

Use donor data base systems to document contacts, 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, case statements, inquiries, and proposals supporting the university’s private philanthropic major gift efforts.

Coordinate stewardship and acknowledgement process utilizing UWM Foundation procedures and guidelines.

Coordinate communications with the Department of Financial Aid and CON/ZSPH to promote scholarship availability and meet donor criteria expectations.

Lead and contribute to a team building, constructive, and collaborative atmosphere within the department to achieve the best possible financial results.

Represent the university at alumni/development functions as appropriate.

Complete other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of five-years fundraising, or related experience
  • Demonstrated track record of successful major gift solicitation


  • Master’s degree
  • Broad-based and progressive fundraising experience in annual giving, proposal preparation, individual, corporate and foundation solicitation, major and planned gifts
  • Academic fundraising experience
  • Fundraising campaign experience
  • Experience working with donor data base systems
  • Superior verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of success working effectively with diverse constituencies and in a team environment
  • Certified Fund Raising Executive

To Apply:

For this position, applicants are required to apply online UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, 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.

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