Job no: 235123-AS
Work type: Staff-Part Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Development, Alumni Affairs

Position Summary:

The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 14 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, specialty clinics that operate in collaboration with UW Hospital and Clinics, a clinical bio- manufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials and a preschool. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.

Reporting directly to the Waisman Center Director, the Development and Donor Relations Manager provides strategy development, leadership and management of the development and donor relations program focusing on strategic prioritization, goal-setting, stewardship of major gifts and advancement/donor-related communications. The successful candidate will plan, organize and implement fundraising programs consistent with the fundraising campaigns and strategies of the Waisman Center, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (OVCRGE) and of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Development and Donor Relations Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of development for the Waisman Center including creating a definable and measurable set of strategic objectives for the development and donor relations program. The manger will gather and analyze internal and external program needs, priorities, feasibility and options to respond to internal and external constituencies including current and prospective donors, Center faculty and staff, campus units, community/business leaders, board members and the UW Foundation.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Business and or Communications.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

A minimum of two (2) years of professional experience in development, sales, marketing or related field is required. A minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in development, sales, marketing or related field is required for the Sr. Development Specialist level. The most qualified candidates also will possess: an understanding of a major research institution of higher education and an interest in interdisciplinary research in the area of developmental and neurodegenerative diseases; strong written, interpersonal and organizational skills; self-directed, team player with personal integrity and has a strong work ethic; the ability to multi-task and work effectively with a diverse range of individuals including Waisman Center colleagues, campus partners, business/community leaders, current and former Waisman Center Board of Visitors, grateful patients and their families; and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Additional Information:

A criminal background check will be performed.

Evening and weekend hours may be required. Periodic travel may be required including in-state, out-of-state, and overnight travel. A valid driver's license that meets UW Risk Management Standards is required. or the incumbent must provide his/her own transportation to sites.

Must complete HIPAA training and receive certification within the first 5 days of employment and annually thereafter within 5 days of notification.

Reporting requirements must be completed in a timely manner, including but not limited to effort reporting and outside activities reporting.



Work Type:

Part Time: 40% - 50%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered, applications must be submitted online. Please click on the "" button to start the application process.


Melissa Strupp
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Jun 1 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Jun 15 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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