Development & Events Manager

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  • Full-Time
  • Wauwatosa, WI
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Job Description:

Autism Society SE WI Development & Events Manager

Full-time salaried/exempt position

Autism Society SE WI is looking for an outgoing, energetic person who would like to use their skills to identify and engage individuals, businesses, opinion leaders, board members, and others in the organization’s program activities and fundraising.

Position Description:

The Development & Events Manager oversees fundraising event initiatives. The successful candidate will also be responsible for developing nonprofit’s fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors, and building a stronger development team for the organization. This position involves managing corporate sponsorships/gifts as well as supporting planned and annual giving campaigns and coordinating marketing strategy that supports these activities.  The Development and Events Manager is a permanent, full-time position averaging 40+ hours a week that will support a strategy for donor engagement and cultivation. This is a hybrid role with three-four days in-office a week depending on workload and event timing.


  • Grant writing, submission, tracking and reporting

Includes finding new area of potential marketing grants for use in support of Programs in different counties

  • Lead Special Event Fundraising Events and logistical support teams (IE: Gala/A-Team Fun Walk/Additional large events) (Specific duties/responsibilities to be specified)
  • Lead sponsor cultivation plan development and execution including identifying prospective individual and corporate donors and develop strategies to cultivate those relationships
  • Maintain ongoing communications with private and corporate donors in support with the Executive Director
  • Support Major Donor plan development and execution with the Executive Director
  • Lead creating process and procedures for functions within the organization within the Marketing and Development Department
  • Support creating of templated/specific materials for sponsorship/unique asks with Marketing
  • Manage Contributed Revenue Streams including Grants (restricted and unrestricted) and support Executive Director in contribution and campaign income initiatives. Eventual transition to lead all Contributed Revenue Streams
  • Serve as liaison for Funds Development Committee
  • Support Annual Campaign plan and execution with Executive Director and support from Marketing
  • Support third-party fundraisers plan and execution including cultivating relationships with third-party hosts, thank your and reporting after events along with Development Associate and Executive Director
  • Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders
  • Collaborate with staff on the management and planning of fundraising events and donor receptions
  • Develop print marketing collateral related to fundraising in collaboration with Marketing Coordinator and Art Director
  • Support Office Management requirements and troubleshoot issues that arise including computer support/plan, phone systems, etc.

Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred with an emphasis on Business Management.  


  • Experience with conferences and fundraising events Previous nonprofit work
  • Focus on previous management experience of teams of three or more
  • Published writing
  • Management of print/mass mail campaigns a plus
  • Proven record of campaign launch and ROI

Skills (but not limited to):

  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office products; ability to learn new applications quickly
  • Demonstrated ability to interact and communicate well with the public and with other staff members
  • Ability to work independently and follow through
  • Ability to handle stressful situations with poise and tact
  • Identify and develop new relationships to grow the organization

Other Requirements:

Must be able to answer telephone and perform light work that includes walking or operating computer and office equipment for extended periods of time – as well as occasional strenuous activity like reaching or bending.

Maintain a valid driver’s license, good driving record and access to a fully insured car; and maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by supervisor.

Notes: This is a full-time, salaried exempt position.  Occasional evening and weekend work required (3-4 times per year) to lead fundraising events and support conferences.

Benefits: We do currently offer health insurance for full-time positions. Paid time off based on preset holiday schedule. Paid vacation available after one year, paid holidays after three month probationary period is completed.

Who You Are

To succeed in this job, you:

Are genuinely interested in people – connecting them, understanding their interests, building relationships, and looking for opportunities to engage them with the Autism Society SE WI program and fundraising. Believe in building the sustainability of the organization by growing and deepening a strong base of financial supporters. You are comfortable asking for financial support and understand the value of giving people opportunities to use their financial abilities to support their values.

Have great interpersonal skills, can work well in a team, and manage projects that require input from multiple staff and across departments. You value collaborative brainstorming and looking for opportunities to solicit ideas from co-workers, partners, donors, and others. You are a cooperative team player but are also a self-starter.

See connections and opportunities for collaboration with diverse partners, from businesses to grassroots organizations to vendors. You are comfortable working with people of different racial identities, ages, and socio-economic differences.

Share our commitment to improve the lives of all affected by Autism.

Are innovative and entrepreneurial, always seeking out new opportunities to expand the organization’s base of support and engage new supporters in our mission. You value learning, are curious, and like to seek out new ideas and opportunities for personal growth and improvement.

What you should know

Work experience: 3-6 years of experience in fundraising preferred. Experience with special events and community organizing a plus.

Skills: Demonstrated experience and success with citizen engagement and fundraising; ability to work well in a fast-paced environment; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously; understanding of or ability to learn quickly about environmental issues, politics, and their potential to engage the public; passion for Wisconsin Conservation Voters’ mission and work.

Technical skills: Comfortable with databases, Microsoft Excel and Office, Google suite, and Zoom.

Reports to: Executive Director

Please note that Autism Society SE WI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization


The job description lists typical examples of work and is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to a position.  An employee may be required to perform other related duties not listed on the job description provided that such duties are characteristic of that position. Position is based in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, and is part-time, salaried, and classified as exempt. You will need a smartphone, and a laptop will be provided. Some evening and weekend work is required, and during busy times you should have the flexibility to work hours exceeding regular office hours to get the job done. Reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and ability and willingness to travel within the state are required.

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