The Director of Programs and Research is an integral leader within the WPN team and will serve as a key driver of WPN’s programs, member relations and outreach. This position promotes a “Close to the Member” mindset by regularly interacting with Wisconsin’s philanthropic community through structured programs, focus meetings and research. The role demonstrates the value of WPN to members and implements innovative strategies while helpingincrease program income to support operations.
The Director will center equity in their work to lead, develop, and implement a comprehensive package of programs that create value for our members and other community stakeholders. You will interface with other staff, our board of directors, community stakeholders and lead our relationships with the program committee. This position ensures effective member programs and develops new products and services.
With support from team members and the program committee, you will develop, from concept to execution, WPN’s Statewide Conference on Philanthropy.
As the Director of Programs and research you will develop plans, manage budgets, support program sponsorship, contribute to the organization bottom line, engage relationships with national, regional, and local speakers, arrange live and virtual events and ensure effective program publicity.
This position responds promptly to member research inquiries, including requests for philanthropic and charitable data, nonprofit financial analysis, issue area data, policies, best practices, and other general research assistance. Identifying relevant local, regional, and national philanthropic trends that are of value to WPN members will be an important goal. Through research, the director is a key contributor to development of our Wisconsin Gives Report.
Participates in multiple member touchpoints to cultivate relationships with the goal of retaining existing members by developing strong relationships and developing satisfaction through programming.
Effectively evaluating programmatic success to assure the satisfactory accomplishment of program goals, you will establish a model for short and long term follow up, measuring the impact and change in grantmaking practice made due to our educational offerings. The position monitors, recommends, and implements teaching and learning techniques and presentation methods for the effective delivery of the organization’s services to membership. Assessing member program needs and utilizing that information to create relevant programming and marketing the services of WPN.
Passion for Equity and Building Trust, High Energy, Self-Motivated, Relationship Builder, Entrepreneurial, Coachable, Humbly Confident, Ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, Ability to demonstrate contribution and value on day one, Highly Organized, Strategic Thinker, Engaging Personality, Customer Service Oriented, Problem Solver, Asset Based/Can Do Approach, and Team Player.