Annual Fund and Membership Manager

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center:

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC), located north of Milwaukee in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is known for promoting the understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through exhibitions and commissioned works of art.

Founded in 1967, JMKAC has preserved, studied, and exhibited artist-built environments, earning a worldwide reputation. Art environments involve an individual significantly transforming their surroundings into an exceptional, multifaceted work of art.

The Arts Center’s downtown Sheboygan facility includes eight galleries, two performance spaces, a café, a museum shop, and a drop-in art-making studio. Among its program offerings are community arts projects; artist residencies; presentations of dance, film, and music; a free weekly summer concert series; classes and workshops; an onsite arts-based preschool; and approximately twelve original exhibitions of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists annually. JMKAC also administers the renowned Arts/Industry residency program, which is hosted by Kohler Co.

Position Details

Annual Fund and Membership Manager
Northeast Wisconsin
Sheboygan, WI

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI) - a world-renowned museum with a mission to generate a creative exchange between artists and the public - seeks an energized, creative, and collaborative fundraising professional to join its development team.

The Annual Fund and Membership Manager will be responsible for developing, managing and executing a comprehensive and integrated membership/annual fund program to broaden, retain and upgrade the member and donor bases.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Design, implement and manage a hybrid annual fund and membership fundraising program to broaden, retain, and upgrade the member and donor bases, monitoring progress against goals and providing timely reports. 
  2. Create and implement an integrated donor and member communications and stewardship plan that creates a philanthropic connection by balancing philanthropic messaging with the transactional nature of membership; coordinate messaging with Marketing strategies. 
  3. Develop, manage, execute, and evaluate fundraising events, including program, invitation list, logistics, and contractors. 
  4. Monitor and evaluate membership benefits, evolving the benefits strategy. 
  5. Develop, monitor and adhere to expense budget for membership, events and annual fund. 
  6. Delegate fulfillment of member benefits, gift entry, and gift acknowledgements to Development Coordinator, supervising timeliness and accuracy. 
  7. Maintain accurate member/donor and member/donor prospect records and moves management progress in CRM.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Motivated self-starter and collaborative team player 
  • Detail oriented, with strong time management and organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks, meeting deadlines 
  • Knowledge of member-based nonprofits and membership fundraising a plus 
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion


  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 – 8 years of equivalent experience in a related field 
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in membership, annual fundraising, and events 
  • Excellent listening,verbal and written communications skills, skilled at integrating donor centric messaging into fundraising materials 
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, using data to inform planning and decision making 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite 
  • Experience with customer relationship management software (Salesforce, Blackbaud, etc.) is preferred.

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