Employment Opportunities

Director of Development

  • Job Tracking ID: 512507-678643
  • Job Location: Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Level: Management
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: April 12, 2019
  • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
  • Starting Date: April 30, 2019

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Job Description:

Be Part of a Great Team!

IndependenceFirst is looking for awesome people to join our team!

You are just the person to join our growing team if you are...

  • Looking for an Excellent Benefits Package
  • Passionate About Helping Others
  • Prefer Bilingual in English, Spanish, Hmong or Arabic (Not required)

Benefits include:

  • 12 sick days, 18 vacation days and an additional 10 paid holidays a year
  • Employer paid Dental, Life Insurance (twice annual salary), AD&D, Short and Long Term Disability
  • Health Insurance Benefits (partially employer paid, depending on coverage)
  • Low-cost Vision Insurance
  • Employer-matched 403(b) Retirement Account
  • Fitness Center On-site
  • Annual Health Risk Assessment
  • Annual Flu Shot
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program




I. Position: Director of Development


II. Status: Full-Time, Salaried


III. Reports to: President/Chief Executive Officer


IV. Position Summary: Identify and expand donor base; responsible for donor research and donor database management, donor recognition, and special fund raising events. Promotes positive community presences and mission enhancement utilizing a results-oriented approach to increase public awareness and name recognition for IndependenceFirst. Collaborates with designated vendors and external marketing team to develop, implement, and monitor the agency’s:

  • Agency Fund Development Plan
  • Annual Marketing Plan
  • Advertising Calendar
  • Annual Outreach Plan

Provides direct supervision for the PR Marketing Coordinator, Community Relations & Special Events Coordinator, Grants Coordinator, Fund Development Coordinator and the Administrative Assistant.

V. Position Expected Hours of Work: Staff is expected to be in the office during regular business hours; or conducting/collaborating with businesses in the community. This is a salaried position; as such, a minimum of 40 or more hours weekly may be required to complete job duties.


VI. Essential Functions of the Position:


Fund Development Responsibilities:

  1. Direct and coordinate the agency’s fund raising programs, to include the annual giving, major gifts, special gifts, planned giving, memorial and tribute, foundation and corporate contributions.
  2. Develop and implement specific campaigns, planned giving, charitable trusts, endowments, and development projects.
  3. Direct the production of annual fundraising events and appeals. Oversight of fund development/marketing events, including promotion, planning, and implementation.
  4. Utilize management database to plan, implement, and evaluate specific fund development programs and campaigns; ensuring effective management, review and analysis of donor statistics and information is reported.
  5. Develop and staff Board committee of fund development (currently named FirstFriends) and responsible for activities associated with the committee.
  6. May collaborate with agency grant writer to research foundation and governmental awards, prepare proposals, assist in preparation of annual reports, grant proposals and special appeals/projects as needed.
  7. Assure the complete and thorough maintenance of all necessary documentation for timely and accurate recording of fund development activities.
  8. Stays abreast of current events, new and trends to integrate into agency relationships and opportunities in the community.


Communications Responsibilities:

  1. Collaborate with vendors and external marketing team to ensure the development and implementation of the agency marketing plan and outreach strategies to expand brand recognition.
  2. First point of media contact and establishes alternative media contact when not available. Reporter relations, over-sight and implementation of press release generation, distribution. Provides staff expert media talking points, preparation, and coordination for interviews.
  3. Ensures consistency in all agency communications.
  4. Provides oversight for:
  • The agency communication tools including e-newsletter, brochures, quarterly newsletter and website.
  • Updating and maintaining organization’s website, online publications, and social media
  1. Communicate and collaborate with a range of people and organizations, including working with the executive management team. Creates a cohesive image and strategy for the agency. Provides management input on strategic internal communications and holds primary external communications messaging responsibility.

I. Work Environment

  1. Work environment is generally performed in an office setting with minimal to moderate noise level.
  2. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.

Experience and Skills:

I. Professional Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in related field and a minimum of five years of experience in non-profit fundraising and development, preferably with significant foundation and high donor fundraising experience.
  2. Excellent organizational skills. Able to manage multiple, concurrent projects and deadlines.
  3. Demonstrate excellence in organizational, managerial and supervisory skills.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  5. Experience with website and newsletter production and message development.
  6. Functional knowledge of current marketing and advertising practices, including Branding, PR, Storytelling, Social Media and Digital Marketing. Working knowledge of Photography and Videography, Print and Production process and techniques, Media Planning and buying, and Website dynamics.
  7. Ability to work well with diverse individuals and balance a variety of needs.
  8. Computer literacy to include use of various software packages, including work processing, data base and Excel and spreadsheet applications is required.
  9. Transportationally mobile of ability to arrange transportation, within the four-county Metro Milwaukee area; some state and national travel required.
  10. Experience with disabilities and Independent Living Philosophy preferred.
  11. Must work well as a team member.
  12. Research Skills required.

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