Job Description

The Vice President of Development (VPD) will provide senior level leadership for the development, oversight, execution and monitoring of a diversified, comprehensive Fund Development plan for Wisconsin that is aligned with the Association's strategic plan. The VPD will be responsible for the oversight of all Wisconsin annual revenue sources including recruitment, retention and overall supervision of all staff and volunteers. The VPD will also be responsible for building strong community relationships and volunteer leaders across the state of Wisconsin to partner with Development staff across all revenue sources for the chapter. The VPD serves as a member of the Chapter Leadership Team. 

This position is eligible for a $10,000 sign on bonus!


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic direction and leadership for the development and execution of the Wisconsin’s fundraising plans to ensure the overall success of all Association revenue sources including Walk To End Alzheimer’s (WTEA), The Longest Day (TLD), Gala, Reason To Hope, Major, Intermediate and Planned Gifts, Corporate Initiatives & Sponsorship, Third Party events and Memorial/Tribute gifts.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision and coaching of all Wisconsin Development staff and volunteers necessary to successfully achieve revenue goals and objectives.
  • Lead revenue opportunities in other areas such as the cultivation of Intermediate and Major Gifts, corporate sponsorships; initiate strong working relationships with new corporate partners and community organizations across Wisconsin.
  • Build and effectively utilize relationships and informal influence networks to achieve goals.  Share knowledge and build trust with colleagues, managers, chapter staff, board members, volunteers and external stakeholders.
  • Place the highest priority on managing the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process for individual and corporate donors and prospects.
  • Create a structured process for the identification, recruitment, evaluation, recognition and replacement of volunteers in order to strengthen the Alzheimer's Association effectiveness.
  • Identify prospects and collect data in an organized manner on individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations and government agencies that might become donors to our organization.
  • Take an active role in leading the content and coaching for all revenue sources throughout Wisconsin. 
  • Empower volunteer leaders to reach higher levels of performance through trust, delegation, participation and coaching. Establishes formal and informal relationships with others to provide feedback, information, support and resources to help them develop new or higher levels of skill and ability.
  • Actively participate in the chapter’s Leadership Team to ensure effective integration of strategic priorities into the Development work plan
  • Ensure that donor preferences are met and that all Development activities meet the highest ethical standards.
  • Ensure that periodic and accurate reports are provided to the Chapter Executive Director and Board in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, CRFE preferred.
  • At least 7 years of non-profit Development leadership experience; minimum 3 years of mass-market special event fundraising experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven leadership experience in peer-to-peer fundraising and other diversified fundraising programs with a track record of successful mass-market special event fundraising.
  • Ability to effectively analyze and utilize data to increase productivity and enhance results.
  • Strong track record for networking and cultivating relationships with key C-Suite community and corporate leaders.
  • Proven success in bringing community and corporate leaders to the table to fulfill volunteer leadership roles.
  • Experience in strategic implementation planning, budget development and management.
  • Successful experience in supervising, coaching and motivating fundraising staff and volunteers.
  • Capable of working cross-functionally to build capacity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and solid project management skills.
  • Superior management skills with ability to troubleshoot, resolve differences, and ability to gain wide-spread support in the course of managing projects.
  • Proficiency with applications for Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and PowerPoint), Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides), and teleconferencing software, such as Zoom.
  • Proficiency with Internet and database/fundraising applications, preferably Luminate.
  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, early morning and occasional weekends.
  • Ability and willingness to represent the chapter at meetings and special events.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively in chapter territory, as well as occasional overnight travel.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance and access to reliable, personal vehicle to meet travel requirements.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, lift and transport up to 25 lbs. of materials.

Position Location: Milwaukee, WI

Full time or Part time: Full Time

Position Grade: 210

Reports To: Executive Director

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia- by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,900 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life-changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.

At the Alzheimer's Association®, we believe that diverse perspectives are critical to achieving health equity - meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. The Association is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved communities and responding with resources and education to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.

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