Development Manager, Eastern WI

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Position Title: Development Manager, Eastern WI

Location: Milwaukee (Approximately 50% remote)

Reports To: Director of Marketing & Development

Status: Full-time

Pay: $55k-60k

FLSA Status: Not applicable

Are you looking for a position that brings purpose to your life? Would you like to wake up every day knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities? Are you ready to join a team that cares deeply for its staff and has an awesome culture? Are you excited by a hybrid position that combines the best of remote life and office perks? If this sounds like you, then read on for an exciting opportunity to join us at the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin!


The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin is a statewide, volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome and related disabilities and their families through awareness, education, information, programs, services, and the exchange of ideas and experiences.

DSAW provides programs and services throughout the lifespan (Parent’s First Call for new and expectant parents, children’s services, adult services, vocational services, and aging services), as well as educational opportunities and events.

We have an immediate opening for a Development Manager. The Development Manager will report to the Director of Marketing and Development and will assist in coordinating DSAW’s fundraising, events, and development activities in Eastern Wisconsin: DSAW-Southeastern WI (Milwaukee), DSAW-Sheboygan, DSAW-Green Bay, and DSAW-Fox Cities. Regular travel to these locations will be required. Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Our busy period for fundraising events is during the late summer and early fall months (August through the beginning of October).

The candidate should be driven, self-motivated, a quick learner, and a skilled communicator with excellent technology skills. The candidate should be a great writer and communicator, detail-oriented, organized, not afraid to make asks and build new relationships, comfortable with technology, and willing to learn/take the lead on new platforms to maintain donor data integrity. Experience with fundraising, event planning, and grant writing is required. The Development Manager for Eastern WI will oversee a team of event and development coordinators.

As DSAW continues to grow rapidly, we are seeking a candidate for this role who is excited about having a say in the future of the organization. We work within a collaborative leadership model, meaning that everyone is expected to come to the table with ideas to improve our company. The ideal candidate should be excited to roll up their sleeves and take initiative in creating new processes and procedures throughout the organization.

As a member of a small (but growing) team, the candidate should also be ready to pitch in with administrative tasks related to development and important event preparation.

This candidate will interact with DSAW’s sponsors, donors, and constituents. Thus, successful candidates will be extremely positive, energetic, and have a passion for helping individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities to achieve amazing lives.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities 


  • Write and submit grants on behalf of DSAW’s four Eastern WI chapters
  • Manage donor database (Salesforce)
  • Work with the Western WI Development Manager to implement a gifts of stock program, coordination of bequests and planned giving, maintenance of the Sustain21 recurring giving program, maintenance of memorial donations program, and more
  • Directly manage DSAW’s Development Coordinator
  • Improve donor retention
  • Research prospective corporate donors and foundations
  • Assist in the development of mass fundraising appeal campaigns (World Down Syndrome Day, Annual Appeal, etc.)
  • Track important fundraising metrics
  • Work with the Marketing Department to promote fundraising and implement campaigns
  • Assist the Director of Marketing and Development in the creation of fundraising goals and plans for the department
  • Work to achieve and surpass fundraising goals

Fundraising & Events

  • Manage Outreach and Event Coordinators in DSAW’s four Eastern WI chapters
  • Maintain relationships with sponsors
  • Solicit new event sponsors
  • With the Marketing Department, ensure the fulfillment of all sponsorship benefits
  • Solicit matching gifts
  • Provide administrative support and work in online fundraising platform (Qgiv)
  • Attend major fundraising events, including a Golf Outing in August and Awareness Walks in August-October
  • Attend the Down Syndrome Awareness Walks in the Eastern region of Wisconsin
  • Work with the Outreach & Event Coordinators to ensure the success of major fundraising events
  • Work to achieve and surpass all event fundraising goals


  • Work with DSAW’s chapter board members in Eastern WI and attend quarterly board meetings
  • Attend resource fairs and outreach events
  • Build community partnerships
  • Work with the Director of Marketing & Development as well as other managers and coordinators on big-picture strategy for regional growth

Staff Management

  • Directly supervise Outreach and Event Coordinators in Eastern WI chapters
  • Directly supervise Development Coordinator
  • Provide regular feedback and complete annual performance reviews
  • Train new coordinators and provide ongoing training to all coordinators in the region
  • Meet once weekly with each direct report
  • Review and analyze time sheets
  • Other duties as assigned


  • The minimum education level for this job is a BA/BS, preferably in Fundraising, Event Planning, Communication, Business, or a related field.
  • Applicant must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Applicant must be able to pass a caregiver background check, credit check, and driver’s license background check
  • Applicant must be an excellent writer, with knowledge of correct grammar and punctuation usage
  • Professional written and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Knowledge of MS Office and Google Suite
  • Outstanding personal integrity and commitment to DSAW’s mission
  • Must be able to work at the DSAW office in West Allis, WI as needed


Given that the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin is a non-profit organization that is not engaged in the production of goods or services, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Wisconsin overtime law does not apply to DSAW employees.


  • Health Reimbursement Account program ($300/month) and access to Dental and Vision
  • Employer-paid disability and life insurance, with access to supplemental life, critical illness insurance, and accident insurance
  • 10 days of PTO, accrued in bi-weekly increments, as well as 5 set holidays and 5 floating holidays
  • Monthly phone stipend of $20/month for using personal cell phone
  • Laptop to complete your work

Additional benefits include the following:

  • Flexible schedule
  • Remote work (50% remote)
  • Parental leave after one year of service
  • Access to healthy snacks, bottled water, coffee, and tea at the DSAW office
  • Ongoing training opportunities sponsored by DSAW
  • Employee referral program (employee will receive $50 if their referral is hired)
  • Relaxed dress code at the discretion of your supervisor
  • Annual offsite staff team-building activities
  • Continuing education incentives
  • One paid day per year to volunteer
  • An amazing mission and culture!

As part of the hiring process, candidate will have a 90-day probationary period. During this time, the candidate will be able to utilize floating and set holidays. Candidate will accrue PTO during this time, but will not be able to use it until after the probationary period.


The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

This is a grant-funded position through December 31, 2024. We anticipate the continuation of this position after the grant period ends, but it is not guaranteed.

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