Employment Opportunities

Wisconsin Voices is an innovative community advocate program that provides services for neighborhood organizations. We are looking for people who want to make a difference in their communities and work with us as we empower residents and neighborhoods.

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Who are we?

Wisconsin Voices envisions a Wisconsin where every person has the means, motivation, and freedom to fully participate in a just democracy that provides opportunities for all people to thrive.

We unify a dynamic network of progressive nonprofits in Wisconsin around achieving shared goals to build a better democracy.
We build our partners’ capacity, amplify their impact, nurture new leadership, promote racial equity, champion transparent policies, and foster civic engagement so that everyone has an equal voice.
We help create the conditions for Wisconsinites who share our values to strengthen Wisconsin’s democracy for everyone.

Wisconsin Voices plays a unique role in the progressive movement by creating the structure to empower organizations in the c3 community through:

• Capacity building
• Ongoing year-round civic engagement
• Convening and connecting
• Long-term strategic planning for collective impact

Our Commitment to DE&I

• Wisconsin Voices is committed to continuing to make diversity, equity, and inclusion part of everything we do. We embrace diversity of background, perspective, culture, and experience, and together with our partners, we have been working to fight injustice and inequity for over a decade.

Senior Fund Development Manager

$65,000 to $70,000

Position Summary:

Reports to: Co-Executive Director of Fundraising and Development

The Senior Fund Development Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fund development plan that focuses on annual giving, planned to give, events and endowment campaigns. This position will work in collaboration with the Co-Executive Director of Fundraising and Development and the Communications Director for the direct cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals, corporate and foundation giving. The manager will cultivate, steward, and expand the relationships between Wisconsin Voices and its donors at all levels by providing extraordinary service to donors. The manager will manage donor data records with integrity and accuracy, including the development of robust reports, while offering clear analysis of their contents. This position will be the primary point of contact for all tasks related to the organization’s donor development software.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Fund Development (85%)

·       Works with the Co-Executive Director of Fundraising and Development to create solicitation and year-round engagement strategy and materials to retain current and attract new individual and corporate donors, increasing revenue and overall engagement.

·       Research and identify new donor prospects.

·       Prioritizes donor engagement through Zoom, in-person meetings, phone calls, emails, written thank you letters and other methods.

·       Achieve annual fundraising goals including donor participation rates (number and level of donations), individual giving, and corporate/foundations.

·       Cultivate and develop individual and corporate donor relationships.

·       Work in partnership with the Communications Director to develop a strategy for use of social media/website online giving for individual giving appeals.

·       Researches and communicates emerging trends and best practices in donor engagement and stewardship to the Co-Executive Director of Fundraising and Development.

  • Produce timely mailing lists for invitations, newsletters, and direct mail, pledge reminders, acknowledgement letters, and donor invoices.
  • Reconcile pledges and revenue with all event invoices with the Financial and Regrants Manager.

·       Major Gift/Donor Support–Produce major donor, board, and special category solicitations/support materials with the intent to retain or upgrade gifts when possible. Works with program staff to develop grant reports and funding related projects.

·       Cultivates donors by producing specialized correspondences, preparing letters of acknowledgment, scheduling, and attending in-person visits. Organizes individual donor campaigns (e.g., major donors, direct mail, and matching gifts).


Database Management, Reporting and Gift Processing (15%)

·       Responsible for writing grant midterm and final reports to funders and maintaining calendar to ensure timely submission all reports.

·       Serve as Database Administrator for Wisconsin Voices by managing the donor database, including maintenance, user accounts, global changes, gift entry, reporting, queries, and data cleanup projects to ensure database integrity.

  • Develop clear and accurate reporting systems, key metric tracking, instruction manual(s) to access reports, and dashboards and data extracts.
  • Establish Standard Operating Procedures for entry and reporting to ensure all entries conform to those procedures.
  • Produce timely mailing lists for invitations, newsletters, and direct mail; pledge reminders; and donor invoices.
  • Coordinate outreach and serve as organizer of events.
  • Reconcile and close monthly development financials on time.
  • Ensure accurate gift entry and acknowledgments.
  • Perform any other related duties as may be assigned by the Co-Executive Director of Fundraising and Development.


Education/Experience/Skills and Abilities

·       Bachelor’s preferred, though an associate degree and relevant experience may be considered.

·       A minimum of four years of progressive development and fundraising experience in a nonprofit setting required.

·       Proven history of managing and growing donor portfolios and making successful ask.

·       Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and attention to detail required.

·       Experience with successful donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship required.

·       Three to five years’ experience administering relational database management systems and other information systems in an educational or non-profit environment.

·       Demonstrated experience in fundraising events planning.

·       Experience in developing and managing fundraising events.

·       Excellent project and time management skills, including the ability to perform multiple tasks accurately.

·       Highly skilled in database programs, such as Every Action, word processing and spreadsheets

·       Able to take direction well and work with minimal supervision.

·       Requires initiative, self-motivation, and ability to work successfully with others.

·       Requires excellent dependability and some flexibility in work hours.

·       Experience in volunteer engagement.

Working Conditions:

Job Conditions/Work Location:
The position is based at the Wisconsin Voices Worksite, with occasional remote on-line work, expected. Office space is open, shared, and dynamic with periodic interaction with partners and community members.
Physical Requirements: Requires sitting, standing, walking, and using a computer—sometimes for long periods of time. Engages in personal and virtual discussions. There is bending, reaching, stooping, and crouching at times. Lifting, carrying, and pushing of lighter objects up to 10 pounds may be required.
Equipment Used: Computers and related components/software, copier/printer/fax/scanner, audio-visual equipment, etc.
Wisconsin Voices is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to make all personnel decisions without discriminating based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, physical disability, mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, national or ethnic origin and any other protected status.

 Submit your resume and cover letter to Timothy@wisconsinvoices.org. Phone calls will not be accepted for this position.