New Director of Development position opening at the Global Health Institute, Applications due Monday, Dec 20, 2013

Apply for the GHI Director of Development position today!

We are currently accepting applications for the Director of Development position. Details and application information below. Deadline of Monday, December 20, 2013.


Director of Development – Global Health Institute

The University of Wisconsin Foundation is seeking an experienced development director to join a team of professionals responsible for the private funds development programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This newly created position will have primary responsibility for the planning, management, and implementation of a comprehensive philanthropy program, with particular focus on the Global Health Institute (GHI).

The UW-Madison Global Health Institute advances equitable and sustainable health across Wisconsin and throughout the world. We view the health of individuals and populations through a holistic context of healthy places upon which public health depends–from neighborhoods and national policies, to the state of the global environment. This approach requires collaboration from across the entire campus to address health care, food security and sustainable agriculture, water and sanitation, environmental sustainability, and “one health” perspectives that integrate the health of humans, animals and the environment. In essence, the GHI addresses the upstream causes of ill health across sectors to discover more sustainable strategies for human well-being.

The successful candidates for this position will provide strategic leadership and management of development initiatives directed to the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of top prospects and donors. The successful candidate will be forward thinking, dynamic, energetic, and an innovative team player who can engage department leadership and faculty members and develop an internal and external environment for philanthropy through consistent messaging and communication for the department.

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

  • To work directly with the Institute Director, administrators and campus-wide affiliated faculty to identify department priorities and design and implement strategic plans for a comprehensive development program.
  • To identify, cultivate, solicit, and manage a portfolio of top prospects and donors in order to secure major gifts in support of the Institute.
  • Continue to build, develop and maintain effective and consistent internal and external communications.
  • Continue to build, develop and maintain effective prospect identification tools to link potential donors with department programs and needs.
  • Continue to build, develop and maintain strategies to enhance donor stewardship.
  • To partner with marketing and communication staff to develop materials for increasing awareness of departmental initiatives as destinations for philanthropic support.
  • To identify foundations and grant opportunities that would support the GHI research and overall mission.
  • To create and manage the implementation of an annual private fundraising strategy for the GHI.
  • To plan and conduct visits, events and other ongoing contacts to build relationships and interest in the GHI mission among private stakeholders.
  • To work closely with GHI staff to develop a brand and presence (digital and print) that respects the GHI culture, builds a consistent and recognizable identity, and supports the mission.
  • To manage the implementation of CRM software to track donor activity.
  • To ensure all donations are properly tracked, submitted, and reconciled with UW Foundation reports and databases.
  • To contribute to writing annual report and funding priority portfolio


  • 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
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Self-directed, team player who has a strong work ethic and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work effectively with University officials, faculty and prominent alumni
  • Ability to meet travel requirements (approx. 25%)
  • Alignment with the mission to inspire a new “global health ethic” that promotes sustainable, intergenerational health while addressing the root causes of ill health, be they environmental, economic or ethical.
  • Commitment to the values of the UW Foundation –
    • The joy of giving and the power of philanthropy
    • The transforming impact of the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • The treatment of all with respect, courtesy and dignity
    • The inviolability of ethical behavior, honesty and integrity
    • The sanctity of relationships

The Director of Development reports to a Vice President and Managing Group Leader at the Foundation. Depending on qualifications, this position may be filled at an Associate Director, Director or Senior Director level, consistent with the UW Foundation’s professional career progression plan. This is a full-time position involving travel. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefit program.

Please contact Human Resources if you have any questions at Application deadline is Monday, December 30.