Director of Development, Chazen Museum of Art

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  • Full-Time
  • Madison, WI
  • 9/30/22
  • Job Type Details: Full-Time


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The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA)*, the private fundraising and alumni relations organization for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is seeking an experienced Director of Development. The Director of Development is responsible for directly identifying, qualifying, engaging, soliciting, and stewarding high-capacity prospects for major gift support in the amount of $25,000 or more, for the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Individual will also secure leadership level support of annual and special gifts between $1,000 – $25,000 and assist in securing art gifts-in-kind. Individual will also be asked to interact and support the board and other volunteers.

The Director of Development is employed by WFAA and reports to the Managing Senior Director of Development at WFAA and, will work hand-in-hand with the Director at Chazen.

Who is the Chazen Museum of Art?

The Chazen Museum of Art has an expansive two-building site that holds the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin and is the largest collecting museum in the Big 10. The Chazen opened in 1970 as the Elvehjem Art Center to further the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s mission of education, research, and public service. In 2005, in honor of a lead gift toward expansion, it was renamed the Chazen Museum of Art. Amy Gilman, Director, joined the Chazen in 2017 and during her time of leading has been an advocate for the role or the university art museum and opportunities for philanthropy to fulfill and expand its mission. Learn more about the Chazen Museum of Art at:

Who is WFAA?

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is a private, nonprofit corporation that encourages individuals and organizations to make gifts to the university and to connect with the UW. In 2014, the UW Foundation merged with the Wisconsin Alumni Association® to better serve a growing population of UW alumni and donors. We believe that private support grows out of good relationships between campus leaders, faculty and program staff who need support, and the alumni and friends who want to invest in UW–Madison. We provide important engagement opportunities to link UW–Madison alumni to each other and to their alma mater, building a strong community of Badgers.

Diversity and Inclusion

Just as the university community benefits from differing viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences, inclusion and diversity are imperative for the success of our mission. WFAA values people and the differences that they bring to the organization, and creates an environment in which all staff members and constituents feel respected and have opportunities to thrive.

Essential Functions

Major Gift Development

  • Develop objectives, priorities and strategies focused on major ($25k+) development activity
  • Implement development strategies with assigned constituencies, managing a portfolio of prospects and donors in varying stages of involvement to advance them strategically through the development process.
  • Cultivate lead donors for networked philanthropy opportunities as appropriate.
  • Work with prospect management, WFAA research and development colleagues to identify, qualify, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of major gift prospects from existing and potential donors.
  • Schedule and conduct initial assessment/exploratory meetings in-person and virtually with prospects, following up with correspondence, phone calls, emails, and additional visits as appropriate to qualify prospect.
  • Plan and conduct visits/trips, events and other ongoing contact to build relationships with donors, effectively presenting the case for philanthropic support and explaining gift opportunities.
  • Artfully ask for the right gift, at the right time, in the right way.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, discussing donor prospects, sharing advice/information, and coordinating activity on prospects.
  • In collaboration with Senior Managing Director of Development, coordinate development efforts with the campus unit, working closely with director, faculty and the Chazen advancement team to develop and implement strategies related to gift opportunities and optimizing campus involvement in the development process.

 Donor Relations/Stewardship/Recognition

  • Plan and implement recognition for donors, including writing thank you letters, making personal calls, arranging meetings, hosting events, etc.
  • Plan and implement ongoing communication and stewardship with donors.
  • Coordinate volunteer or other engagement opportunities to more deeply engage donors and prospects.
  • Participate in the external relations activities of the campus unit, attend sponsored events, etc., to solicit, encourage, increase the involvement of alumni/donors in campus unit & UW activities.

 Campus Relations

  • Request data/reports from WFAA staff to meet needs of donors and campus staff.
  • Serve as a liaison with the campus unit, other UW entities and friends/booster groups.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional work experience;
  • 3 + years experience in development, sales/marketing or a related field;
  • Ability to meet travel requirements (@25%)

Other Qualifications

  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills;
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; master’s degree in marketing, communication, non-profit management, government, or higher education preferred.
  • A passion for and commitment to helping advance the mission and programs of the Chazen Museum of Art and the University of Wisconsin through increased philanthropic support.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Self-directed, team player who has a strong, results-oriented, work ethic.

WFAA is committed to provide our employees with an environment that is inspiring, creative and respectful. We offer competitive pay and an excellent benefits program, which includes a 10% 401k contribution after 1 year of service!

The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer *The Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association ( is the “doing business as” name of the merged organization comprising the University of Wisconsin Foundation ( and the Wisconsin Alumni Association ( Its legal corporate name is registered as the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

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