Development Manager

  • Full-time

Company Description

350 Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that mobilizes grassroots power to change hearts and minds, laws and policies, and humanity’s massive systems to make transformational progress toward environmental justice and solving the climate crisis by 2030. We work to ensure a livable, sustainable future for all life, now and for generations to come. Volunteer leadership, respect for natural systems, creative approaches to art and activism, and working in coalition are key elements of our approach.

350 Wisconsin stands in solidarity with people the world over who are working for justice, equity, and preservation of a livable planet. A key priority is ensuring that our strong commitment to climate and racial justice is reflected throughout our campaigns and operations. We continually work to develop 350 Wisconsin as a welcoming, inclusive, anti-racist organization, dedicated to raising awareness and taking action to fight racism in the climate movement and in our personal lives.

Job Description

Job Summary

350 Wisconsin is looking to hire an individual with excellent oral and written communication skills, a high level of attention to detail, and strong organizational abilities to join our fundraising and development team. This position is appropriate for someone who is interested in supporting an energetic, up-beat, and growing nonprofit organization and grassroots activist community focused on climate change and justice. 350 Wisconsin is committed to supporting employee growth and development and fosters an inclusive and welcoming work environment. If you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t completely align with every qualification in the job description, we still encourage you to apply.

The Development Manager role is a permanent position and will work directly with our co-Executive Director/Development Director along with other fundraising, communications, and administrative staff to support 350 Wisconsin’s mission and vision. 

Position Overview

The following is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities, but is representative of the types of work performed and managed by the Development Manager. We are seeking applicants who possess a meaningful degree of skills and experience in the majority of these areas:

  • Donor database management (CRM):
    • Maintain up-to-date constituent records
    • Produce reports and track fundraising metrics and results
  • Fundraising campaigns and programs:
    • Write digital and direct mail appeals
    • Manage peer-to-peer campaigns
    • Grow and promote: legacy giving, donor-advised Funds (DAFs), recurring donations 
  • Donor and business cultivation and stewardship:
    • Conduct prospect research
    • Update outreach and sponsorship program materials
    • Write and track gift acknowledgements
  • Foundation Grants:
    • Conduct research and contribute to proposal writing
    • Coordinate with internal and external project teams to develop fundable projects
    • Manage application process to ensure timely completion and track project requirements 
  • Event planning for fundraisers and ‘friendraisers’:
    • Conduct venue research and coordination
    • Develop event communication materials 
    • Manage volunteers and overall event implementation


Preferred Experience (in a paid, educational or volunteer role) 

  • 2-5+ years of fundraising and development experience
  • Experience working remotely (hybrid or fully remote)
  • Proficient in Google Suites or similar shared digital work space
  • Previous experience with a CRM database or the demonstrated ability to learn new technologies

Additional Information

Employment Details

  • This is a 75% time salaried position, working the equivalent of 30 hours per week. Occasional weekend and evening work is required.
  • Work schedule has flexibility, and we will work with you to balance the needs of the individual and the organization.
  • Pay: $35,646 per year (equivalent to $22.85 per hour)
  • Health care stipend included
  • Other benefits: tech stipend and professional development stipends (subject to review)
  • Reports to co-Executive Director/Development Director
  • Location: 350 Wisconsin currently operates virtually, without a brick and mortar office. Most, but not all, members of the staff, board, and volunteers live in the greater Madison, Wisconsin area. The position may require occasional travel within Wisconsin for organizing meetings, events, training, one-to-one meetings, and other functions.
  • Must have access to the internet and a computer.
  • PTO: Includes 4 weeks/year, plus holidays, and a winter holiday “shutdown week.”

Workplace Culture

350 Wisconsin is committed to being a collaborative organization that values a diversity of approaches and perspectives in the work we do. This is because it allows the climate movement to be as strong as possible. Building a just, diverse, and inclusive community is key to our growth and to addressing the inequities associated with climate change. 

350 Wisconsin strongly welcomes and encourages applications from people of color, and of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, and abilities, and members of communities on the frontlines of climate change. We seek to help all employees learn, discover and grow as individuals and professionals. 

Physical Demands

Occasional physical demands include setting up for events, working on mailings, tabling at outreach events and filing. This would include lifting files, and using hands to fold, stuff, seal, and stamp envelopes. The physical demands may also include driving.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter. This letter should explain both why you are interested in this position and how your experience relates to the work to be done.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with priority given to submissions received by June 10th.