Director of Development

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts


To be a vibrant destination expanding, inspiring, and delivering a lifetime of arts education and experiences.

Position Details

Director of Development
Southeast Wisconsin
Brookfield, WI

As a fund development professional, the Director of Development provides essential leadership to the Wilson Center team. Participating in the senior leadership team, the Director of Development is responsible for planning and coordinating the engagement, cultivation and strengthening of donor relationships including individuals and sponsors.

  • Under the direction of Executive Director, help create a comprehensive development plan each year that includes long-term goals, annual milestones, and specific strategies for increasing contributions to the annual fund, capital needs, grant writing, special events, arts education, and performances.
  • Manages events budgets and oversees all events-related income and expenses.
  • Effectively manages timelines and schedules for event-related teams including, volunteers, sponsors, and vendors.
  • Works with Event Consultant to assist in directing all special fundraising events, including the Golf Classic, Literary Luncheon, and Big Event gala. Responsible for securing sponsors, donations, and auction items for events.
  • Responsible for achieving the revenue and goals of Performances, Annual Fund, and Special Events.
  • Serve as the Grant Manager. The Director of Development will serve as the primary resource in researching grant opportunities, writing, and editing letters of inquiry, formal proposals, and reports for submission to corporate and private foundations as well as governmental funding agencies.
  • Works with Executive Director in selecting key stakeholders at event to cultivate and steward.
  • Engage in relationship-building activities through in-person visits, virtual and phone meetings, events, and through written and email correspondence.
  • Enter and track all activities, actions, call reports, critical donor information and deadlines.
  • Direct fulfillment of annual giving plan Assist Event Consultant in fundraising events for the Center.
  • Process all donations, reporting and record keeping
  • Compile and report Fund Development status verbally and in writing
  • Provide staff leadership and support to the Development Committee
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Documented evidence of continuing pursuit of current development practices
  • Evidence of successful stewardship strategy and planning 
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate increasing donor engagement and funding growth
  • Demonstrated ability to lead development strategy fulfillment
  • Track record of fund development goal achievement
  • Track record as a team member who successfully navigates the roles of contributor or leader as the challenge requires
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, openly, and simply, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ease with computer functions including Word and Excel
  • Excellent knowledge of CRM systems, specifically Tessitura
  • Salary of $60,000 per year
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health spending account
  • 15 days of Paid Time off for the first year.

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