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Position Summary

Assistant Director – Development

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MCW Profile

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is where a diverse group of thought leaders in science, medicine, education and community engagement work together to build a healthier future. At the core of everything we do with our partner Froedtert Hospital is academic medicine, a model—and a way of thinking—that finds scientists, physicians and students working hand-in-hand with our community to solve the toughest challenges in health and society at large. Together, and with the support of the philanthropic donations through MCW or the Froedtert Hospital Foundation, we are committed to exploring every possibility to improve health in the region, the state and beyond. 

More than 1,400 students are enrolled in MCW’s medical school and graduate school programs in Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Central Wisconsin. MCW’s School of Pharmacy opened in 2017. A major national research center, MCW is the largest research institution in the Milwaukee metro area and second largest in Wisconsin. In FY2016, faculty received more than $184 million in external support for research, teaching, training and related purposes. This total includes highly competitive research and training awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Annually, MCW faculty direct or collaborate on more than 3,100 research studies, including clinical trials. Additionally, more than 1,500 physicians provide care in virtually every specialty of medicine for more than 525,000 patients annually.


The Assistant Director will be responsible for qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding philanthropic gifts. This role works closely with faculty, staff, and volunteers to secure commitments up to $100,000 in support of research, education, community engagement and patient care initiatives.

Primary Functions

Understand the mission and philanthropic priorities of Froedtert Hospital Foundation, and Medical College of Wisconsin. Works collaboratively across the organization and departments to build relationships with benefactors, prospects, friends and organizational leaders. Comprehensive understanding of the strategic research, education, community, and patient care priorities.

Build and effectively manage a portfolio of prospects and donors with a highly relational lens. Qualifies prospects and works collaboratively with colleagues within the Office of Institutional Advancement to expand the base of donors supporting for MCW and Froedtert Hospital priorities.

Pursue giving opportunities that align priorities with donor interests and the overall strategic priorities of Froedtert Hospital, Froedtert Hospital Foundation, and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Creatively develop and implement innovative strategies for the successful qualification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of gifts.

Utilize predictive data analytics, assess prospects, and develop and execute strategies to realize the current and lifetime giving potential of prospects.

Ability to inspire prospective benefactors, articulate organizational priorities, strategically present and solicit philanthropic opportunities and close gifts.

Develop and maintain relationships with volunteer leadership, faculty, clinicians and staff associated with her/his portfolios and educational programs. Meet with colleagues across campus to coordinate and execute strategies, utilizing experience and knowledge to build consensus.

Make persuasive verbal and written cases for supporting these key priorities, effectively matching the interests of prospects to specific projects and programs needing support and ensure effective stewardship of donor relationships.

General understanding of principles and techniques associated with planned giving and estate gifts. Work collaboratively colleagues to cultivate, solicit and steward planned gifts.

Participate in advancement activities and events, including dinners, receptions, and other fundraising initiatives.

Review and ensure overall accuracy of her/his portfolio in database. Record proposals and actions about prospects and donors in a timely fashion in Raisers Edge database.

Accountable to annual individual performance goal metrics as well as strategic goals and objectives of department.


Position Requirements:

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Organized professional and with entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and resourcefulness.

Superior interpersonal and collaborative relationship skills, with demonstrated verbal presentation experience and written communication skills.

Ability to work across a complex organization and provide highly visible inspired leadership. Professional credibility and decision-making integrity to gain trust of key constituents and leaders. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with all constituencies, fostering inclusiveness and diversity of ideas.

Ability to work independently and thrive in a fast-paced deadline-oriented team environment. Ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a complex environment and embrace challenges.

Demonstrated analytic and strategic thinking capabilities. Experience with fundraising database software and Microsoft Office, including Excel.

A highly developed ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information related to both alumni and donors, as well as employees.


Appropriate education and/or experience may be substituted on equivalent basis

Minimum Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Minimum Required Experience: 4 years’ experience

Preferred Education: Master’s Degree

Preferred Experience: Fundraising experience



Organizational Structure

Building: Hybrid, Remote and Research Park Center

Department: Development

Division: Institutional Development

Reports to (Title): Managing Senior Director

Direct Reports (Titles): N/A

Collaborates with (Titles): Individual Giving Officers, Major Gift Officers, Planned Giving Director, Prospect Research Manager, Stewardship and Information Services Team

Why MCW?

  • Outstanding Healthcare Coverage, including but not limited to Health, Vision, and Dental. Along with Flexible Spending options
  • 403B Retirement Package
  • Competitive Vacation and Paid Holidays offered
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • On campus Fitness Facility, offering onsite classes.
  • Additional discounted rates on items such as: Select cell phone plans, local fitness facilities, Milwaukee recreation and entertainment etc. 

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Eastern Wisconsin is
 a vibrant, diverse metropolitan area.  MCW is intent on attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce and faculty body that reflects the community we serve. We value diversity of backgrounds, experience, thought, and perspectives to advance excellence in science and medicine.  MCW is a welcoming campus community with a strong culture of collaboration, partnership, and engagement with our surrounding community.

MCW as an Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Non-Discrimination

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristic, or military status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the MCW community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68834276
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Position Title: Assistant Director of Development
  • Industry: Health
  • Job Function: Annual Giving,
    Development - General,
    Donor Relations/Stewardship,
    Major Gifts,
    Planned Giving
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Masters
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
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