Vice President and Chief Development Officer


Sojourner is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 11,800 clients each year. 

Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being. Our primary goals are to ensure the safety of victims of family violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers through opportunities to make positive and lasting changes for themselves and their children.

Position Details

Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Southeast Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Sojourner, the leading nonprofit provider of domestic violence services within the Milwaukee community since 1975, is seeking a Vice President and Chief Development Officer. If you are inspired by the thought of using your fundraising talent to secure funding to provide advocacy, prevention and emergency shelter services for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault survivors, victims of human trafficking and their children, we would love to have you join our team.

As the Vice President and Chief Development Officer, you will create short- and long-term strategies that support Sojourner’s mission and grow our programs and services, impacting more than 11,800 survivors each year. Reporting to the CEO, you will bring your experience, new ideas and proven track record of successfully closing five-figure gifts and leading a successful team of development and communications professionals.

In addition to leading Sojourner’s fundraising programs (major gifts, annual, corporate, foundation giving, communications and events), you will serve on the executive team and contribute to the overall strategic direction of the organization.

How will your days be spent?

  • Setting clear development priorities and goals and fostering a team-focused, results-driven fundraising culture
  • Guiding and advising the CEO on principal gifts strategy and portfolio management
  • Managing and leading Sojourner’s team of passionate and dedicated development professionals
  • Ensuring Sojourner maintains strict compliance with all development policies and procedures
  • Using moves management to manage a personal portfolio of major donors, to include cultivating and closing five-figure gifts and qualifying principal gift prospects for the CEO
  • Ensuring a positive donor experience
  • Engaging the Sojourner board of directors and Sojourner Foundation board as partners in fundraising, contributing to an organizational culture of philanthropy
  • Partnering with the board finance committee to align fundraising priorities with budget targets
  • Contributing to strategy development and decision making as a member of the Sojourner executive team in order to lead a sustainable, growing organization

What are we looking for?

  • Experienced professional who values integrity, courage, diversity and inclusion, leadership and accountability and respect
  • Charismatic personality who enjoys building relationships, who can articulate a compelling case for philanthropic support to help donors and members of various audiences helping them to understand how their support can positively impact survivors and assist in preventing domestic violence
  • Inspiring leader who enjoys coaching and mentoring others
  • Ability to think strategically and respond to changing needs of the department and organization Individual who leads by example, exercises compassionate accountability with staff and fosters a teamwork environment
  • Driven, with a strong intrinsic desire to succeed and grow
  • Can work well independently and collaboratively
  • Willingness to openly share ideas and offer solutions to problems while respecting the opinions of others and to build and nurture collaborative relationships with internal and external partners


  • Increasingly responsible development experience and proven success in fundraising
  • Passion for the mission of Sojourner to transform lives impacted by domestic violence
  • Dynamic executive abilities- planning, communicating, and managing talent in a fast paced environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, Marketing, Fundraising or related field, advanced degree in related field preferred
  • Knowledge of the local Milwaukee philanthropic community
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts
  • Well versed in development best practices, fundraising planning and budget management
  • Successful board and committee engagement experience
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, insurable driving record, and automobile insurance

Benefits We Provide:

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Short-term disability insurance
  • Group life insurance
  • Generous 403B retirement plan with match
  • Discounted and free wellness services including massages and acupuncture
  • Flexible spending accounts, employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits through Colonial Life Insurance
  • Generous PTO policy
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Comprehensive wellness program

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