Director of Development - Alumni

Medical College of WI
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
May 25, 2021
Jun 23, 2021
Position Type
Fundraising, Alumni Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time

The Director of Development, Alumni will be responsible for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift alumni prospects and donors. This position is an integral leader of the MCW School of Medicine, Graduate School and School of Pharmacy.


The Director works closely with MCW leadership, faculty, administrators, benefactors, and Board members to secure leadership commitments at the $100,000+ level in support of research and education initiatives supporting the Medical College of Wisconsin programs.


Primary Functions

Understands the mission and philanthropic priorities of the Medical College of Wisconsin and works collaboratively across the organization to build on our collective success. Comprehensive understanding of the strategic priorities.

Builds and manages a portfolio of approximately 150 alumni prospects and donors with capacity to contribute major gifts. Develops and executes strategies designed to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of major gift prospects.

Focuses on qualification efforts to identify and advance donors from annual giving to major giving.

Provides high-level philanthropic staffing and management of the Deans of the Medical School, School of Pharmacy and Graduate School.

Establishes deep relationships with MCW leaders and administrators to define and promote philanthropic priorities. Builds a culture of philanthropy within MCW educational programs to encourage alumni giving.

Understands and articulates philanthropic priorities across MCW, effectively matching the interests of alumni prospects to institutional priorities and ensure effective stewardship of donor relationships.

Partners with the Executive Director of the Alumni Association to leverage ongoing engagement activity. Establishes regional engagement strategies to enhance connectivity of alumni to MCW.

 Participates in advancement activities and events, including dinners, receptions, and other fundraising initiatives. 

Reviews and ensures continued accuracy of his/her portfolio in database software. Records proposals and actions about prospects and donors in a timely fashion in database. 

Accountable to annual individual performance goal metrics as well as strategic goals and objectives of department.


Preferred Schedule: Remote work opportunity is available - please inquire for discussion.


Position Requirements:

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Organized, thoughtful leader with entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and resourcefulness. Superior interpersonal and relationship management skills.

Ability to work across a complex organization and provide inspired leadership. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all constituencies, fostering inclusiveness and diversity of ideas.

Ability to work independently and thrive in a fast-paced deadline-oriented team environment. Ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a complex environment and embrace challenges.

Demonstrated visionary and strategic thinking capabilities.

Ability to manage sensitive and confidential information related to both alumni and donors, as well as employees.

Domestic travel required.


Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on equivalent basis

Minimum Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Required Experience: 4 years’ experience

Preferred Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Experience: Fund raising experience closing major gifts; higher education experience a plus.



About MCW
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.