Director of Development, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

By: Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association

Job Summary:

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 to help develop and implement a major gifts program benefitting the UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. While employed by WFAA and reporting to a Vice President and Managing Group Leader at WFAA, the Director of Development will work closely with the Director of the Nelson Institute, as well as its Director of Advancement and Donor Relations, coordinating efforts with the Institute and WFAA staff as appropriate.


The Nelson Institute, named after former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. Similarly, Earth Day, founded by Senator Nelson and celebrated annually by the Nelson Institute with a large, public conference event, will also celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. These joint anniversaries, as well as UW-Madison’s and the State of Wisconsin’s strong history of environmental leadership, provide a strong foundation for fundraising success. This Director of Development position is newly created and presents an enormous opportunity for organizational and professional growth at an exciting time for the Institute. The Director of Development will function as a member of the Nelson Institute’s Earth Day 2020 Legacy Campaign Team. This team is comprised of the 1) Nelson Institute Senior Leadership Team, 2) Nelson Institute Board of Visitors, and 3) 2020 Legacy Advisory Committee. Learn more about the Nelson Institute at

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To be considered in the first round of resume review, please submit materials by November 26, 2018. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.