Development Director

Shepherd Express

Interested in working for a company that has been fighting for Social Justice in Milwaukee for the past 40 years? The Shepherd Express is the largest, locally owned, alternative news publication in the State of Wisconsin covering local news, arts, culture, politics and entertainment since 1982.

The Shepherd Express is devoted to bettering our community and enriching our reader’s lives through honest, accurate and courageous news coverage. If you believe in fighting for social justice, environmental protections, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights and building a rational and fair community, and want to work for an institution that shares your values, please consider the Shepherd Express.

Locally owned and published by Editor Louis Fortis, the Shepherd Express has thrived and grown into the most trusted source of news for over 250,000 readers in the greater Milwaukee area (Milwaukee, Washington, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Racine counties). The Shepherd Express is willing to question and challenge the powerful special interests. Our readers are better educated and have higher income than the average Milwaukeean. than the average person. They also understand and appreciate the value of an ethical, honest and courageous local news source. We distribute monthly to more than 800 high-traffic locations in the five-county area.

Position Details

Development Director
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

We are looking for a Development Director. The candidate must be highly motivated, organized, have strong communication and excellent customer service skills. Some sales and customer service experience is preferred. Knowledge in print, online, events and social media is a plus but not a requirement. An eagerness to learn is the requirement. We are looking for a person who can build our membership program, bring in event sponsors and fundraise to help cover important news topics.


  • Help grow Shepherd Express membership program utilizing multiple communication channels with marketing campaigns which include print, digital, eblasts, e-newsletters, social media etc.
  • Fulfill membership obligations per membership levels 


  • Sell various sponsorship packages for multiple fun events throughout the year including presenting sponsors, glass sponsors, liquor sponsors and stage sponsors 


  • Raise funds for special news reporting or to bring in funds to support local stories and independent journalism. 


  • Must be able to work Independently 
  • Be competitive and love to win 
  • Interested in learning about businesses, nonprofit organizations and what is happening in our community 
  • Have strong communication and diplomatic skills 
  • Have strong ties to the local community 
  • Be organized and have the ability to meet deadlines in a high paced environment 
  • Enjoy developing creative solutions for clients 
  • Have a vehicle 
  • Available for full time employment 
  • Should be comfortable with cold calling

We Offer

  • A Competitive Salary based on experience 
  • Company provided laptop 
  • Car allowance 
  • Medical and dental benefits 
  • Retirement Plan 
  • Paid time off and holidays 
  • A work environment that won an award for one of the Best Places to Work in the Milwaukee Area

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