Director of Stewardship

Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is where a diverse group of thought leaders in science, medicine, education and community engagement work together to build a healthier future. At the core of everything we do with our partner Froedtert Hospital is academic medicine, a model—and a way of thinking—that finds scientists, physicians and students working hand-in-hand with community to solve the toughest challenges in health and society at large. Together, and with the support of the philanthropic donations through MCW or the Froedtert Hospital Foundation, we are committed to exploring every possibility to improve health in the region, the state and beyond.

More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY2016, faculty received more than $184 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,500 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 525,000 patients annually.

Position Details

Director of Stewardship
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Position Description:

The Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital Foundation foster deeper relationships by demonstrating appreciation for the impact our donors are making in the lives of our students, faculty, and broader community. Our collaborative, comprehensive efforts connect donors to our organizations proactively and intentionally, securing ongoing support and lifelong engagement. Our stewardship program is critical to philanthropy by enriching the experience our donors have with us.

The Director, Stewardship is responsible for implementing and overseeing the institution-wide comprehensive donor stewardship program. This leader is committed to strategically and programmatically elevating the way Principal, Major and Annual giving donors experience engagement, to aid in the efforts to acknowledge, retain, and grow donor support. This position is dedicated to building and leading an innovative strategy and executing meaningful efforts to connect donors to the importance and impact of their giving at every level.


  • Proactively lead and support the stewardship responsibilities in partnership with the Major Gifts team, developing and coordinating individualized stewardship plans for key Principal ($1 million+) and Major ($100,000+) donors, as well as the Annual Giving donors (under $100,000). 
  • These plans will acknowledge and recognize donors in meaningful ways, communicate the impact of their philanthropy, and deepen their engagement with the Medical College (MCW) and Froedtert Hospital Foundation (FHF) with the goals of attaining, retaining and expanding donor support for The Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital Foundation. 
  • Work closely with principal and major gift directors, working hand-in-hand on stewardship, events (namely salons and appropriate service line philanthropic events), as well as meetings and travel. 
  • Oversee a systematic and integrated stewardship program that encompasses personal acknowledgements to Principal, Major and Annual donors from leadership, planned publicity of donors, high-level displays of philanthropic impact in MCW and FHF, donor recognition in print and electronic publications, scholarship and giving society program management. 
  • Responsible for consistent, accurate, and appropriate information-sharing mechanisms for stewarding prospects and donors. Manage information tracking processes regarding acknowledgement, recognition, on-going communications, and continued cultivation of past and current major donors to enhance their relationship with Medical College and Froedtert Hospital Foundation. Develop and assess policies and procedures that are essential for a comprehensive donor stewardship program. 
  • Follow and promote the ethical guidelines set forth in the Association of Donor Relations for Advancement (ADRP), the Association of Advancement Services Professionals (AASP), the CASE Donor Bill of Rights, and the CASE Ethics Guidelines. Stay abreast of privacy issues as they relate to Donor Relations. 
  • Supervise and lead all current and future stewardship staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

Appropriate experience may be substituted for education on an equivalent basis

  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • 4-6 years 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree 
  • Related experience in stewardship and philanthropy engagement programs as well as managing a team. 
  • Understanding of fundraising programs, ideally in an academic medical setting or other complex institution. 

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

  • Excellent presentation skills, including the presence to deal effectively with senior level administrators and prominent alumni and key donors. 
  • A communication style that is open, cordial, and focused. Superb communication skills, including the ability to write and speak clearly and effectively. 
  • Able to collaborate effectively with Institutional Advancement leaders, as well as a diverse body of colleagues in a large complex environment. 
  • Must have long-range planning skills, a creative approach to problem solving, and the ability to be flexible and open to new ideas. 
  • Must be a self-starter with a sense of urgency, a bias for execution, a clear set of priorities, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative environment where working across teams and leveraging strengths are encouraged. 
  • A high level of energy and self-confidence, a positive “can-do” attitude, and the ability to function at peak in a fast-paced high expectation environment are essential. 
  • Familiarity with technology and other innovations that can streamline the development process and improve “best practices”. 
  • Evening/weekend work, occasional travel and valid driver’s license required.
  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options 
  • 403B Retirement Package 
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered 
  • Tuition Reimbursement 
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes. 
  • Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc.

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