Development Assistant

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

About Us:

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization established in 1967 for aesthetic and educational purposes.

Its mission is to encourage and support innovative explorations in the arts and to foster an exchange between a national community of artists and a broad public that will help realize the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world.

The Arts Center serves as laboratory for the creation of new works, nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives, originator of exhibitions, presenter and producer of performing arts, educator, publisher of critical writings, community builder, and advocate for issues affecting the arts. In essence, the Arts Center functions as a catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and new ideas that will impact the lives of both artists and public.

Position Details

Development Assistant
Northeast Wisconsin
Sheboygan, WI

Are you interested in growing in a career that helps support and expand connections to the arts? Are you someone who likes to be busy with multiple projects? Do you exhibit curiosity when it comes to keeping systems and processes moving efficiently? Do you enjoy knowing that your attention to detail creates a great experience for our patrons and staff? Have people ever told you that you are friendly and terrific at supporting a team? If you answered yes to these questions, then we may have the opportunity for you!

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI) is seeking a Development Assistant to support the daily operations of the development team by providing administrative support across all fundraising programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Perform all tasks associated with producing donor acknowledgement letters and tax receipts as well as membership acknowledgements and renewals; membership benefit fulfillment; member/donor event registration; and corporate sponsorship benefit fulfillment (via CRM) 
  2. Provide administrative support, schedule meetings, and perform other duties as assigned. 
  3. Manage the membership and gift entry process including entering membership payments and gifts into the CRM. 
  4. Enter contact reports for executive director, development director, and other key personnel with donor portfolios into database, tracking and reporting on donor and prospect engagement. 
  5. Provide fundraising and membership event support as needed. 
  6. Follow all written procedures and workflows and ensure data hygiene and appropriate coding by conducting quality audits. 
  7. Run weekly/monthly/quarterly fundraising and membership tracking reports, distributing as assigned, and provide data and documentation to Finance as requested. 
  8. Conduct donor, funder, and sponsorship prospecting as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated proficiency inproblem-solving 
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated time management skills with ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks, meeting deadlines 
  • Excellent interpersonal, listening, verbal and written communication, editing skills is a plus 
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion. 
  • Curious, creative, and self-motivated. 
  • A high level of computer proficiency with knowledge of and experience with fundraising technology (such as CRM and wealth screening programs) and intermediate proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


  • High school diploma or GED; bachelor’s degree preferred. 
  • 1+ year of relevant work experience in a nonprofit fundraising office with hands-on knowledge of fundraising practices.

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