Development Director

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: 40 Hours per week

Summary of Organization

Hope House was originally created in 1987 by five local churches to address homelessness on Milwaukee’s south side; over the years Hope House has evolved into a respected shelter known for providing support, services and a chance at a brighter future for families. We are a true community center that offers numerous programs and activities to assist men, women and children struggling with homelessness. It is the mission of Hope House to end homelessness and create healthy communities. Currently, Hope House is an exciting period of growth as our budget has quadrupled in the last seven years and our leadership role in the Milwaukee social services sector continues to grow.

Summary of Position

The Development Director will set and achieve fundraising goals, maintain knowledge of funders interests as well as cultivate relationships with staff, Board members, donors and community stakeholders. The Development Director will maintain an aggressive grant calendar, provide strategic and effective leadership and develop a fund development plan that meets or exceeds Hope House goals on an annual basis. The successful applicant will build lasting relationships with donors and keep them informed regarding how their donations are contributing to the accomplishment of ending homelessness in the city of Milwaukee.


  • With the Executive Director and Board of Directors, create a fundraising plan with detailed timelines and action items to achieve measurable success.
  • Oversee all funding solicitations for foundations, corporations and individuals and build and maintain relationships with those constituencies.
  • Develop, execute and evaluate marketing and communication strategies for the Hope House website, social media outlets and direct mail pieces.
  • Act as lead grant writer for all private fundraising initiative.
  • Manage and utilize the Hope House GiveSmart Donor Database.
  • In collaboration with the Hope House Finance Director, reconcile bank deposits with donations and create budgets for inclusion with grant proposals.


  • Bachelors degree. Masters degree in Nonprofit Management not required but would be a plus.
  • Five to seven years of experience with Development Operations, preferably in a nonprofit role.
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers.
  • Experience managing and coordinating Special Events.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation: Commensurate with experience, but the expected salary range is $70,000-$85,000.

Benefits include:  Paid vacation, personal and sick time, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short and long term disability insurance, and life insurance.

Email cover letter, resume and three references to Wendy Weckler, Executive Director at:

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