Development Director

Madison, United States

Title/Position: DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT Location: Madison, WI
Reporting To: Executive Director
Department: Administration
Employment Type: Full-time, salaried position FSLA Classification: Exempt

Develop and execute an effective strategic fundraising plan that taps into individual, institutional, nonprofit, foundation, governmental, and corporate revenue sources, raising significant funds to build entrepreneurial ecosystems where women of all backgrounds can thrive.


  • Collaborate with Executive Director, Board of Directors and other Doyenne stakeholders to build a strategic fundraising plan in support of general operations, new and existing programming, and national expansion

  • Identify, research, and cultivate potential major donors ($10,000 minimum), grantmakers, and sponsors, including individuals, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and corporations

  • Schedule, support, and attend meetings with potential donors and Doyenne stakeholders

  • Make specific dollar asks of potential funders, close the deal, and follow up as needed

  • Ensure timely and accurate report deliveries to funders

  • Report out regularly on progress and provide complete data for legal and financial reporting as requested

  • Advise on and implement systems to support long-term growth and success in donor relationships, including new CRM embedded in the organization’s website

  • Further development-related support as requested 

Education and/or Experience

At Doyenne, we share an attitude of being Relentless, Bold, Real, and Fun. We are looking for a person to support Doyenne’s culture and who has experience in the following areas:

  • A track record of success in securing funds for 501(c)3s and/or other organizations, or a related field

  • ~5 years or more experience in nonprofit fundraising or a related field

  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a variety of communities, entities, and partners across industries, including individual, institutional, nonprofit, foundation, governmental, and corporate stakeholders

  • Experience working within a startup and/or with entrepreneurs

  • H.S. (or equivalent) degree

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experienced fundraiser with a track record of success

  • Commitment to building an entrepreneurial ecosystem where women of all backgrounds can thrive

  • Ability to advise on and implement current development best practices

  • Adept at building, deepening, and leveraging professional relationships

  • Ability to lead and manage all aspects of work from prospecting through securing gifts, all while cultivating a relationship

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Highly detail-oriented and great multi-tasking abilities, while working independently and/or remotely

  • Ability to take on a substantial role on a small team with limited administrative support, including CRM and/or other databases

  • Entrepreneurial/Intrapreneurial spirit

Work Environment / Physical Demands

Work is generally performed in an office/co-working space environment and routinely requires employees to do the following while carrying out the essential functions of the job:

  • Use standard office equipment (computer, phone, printer/photocopies, etc.)

  • Drive or otherwise travel to event and meeting locations within and outside the local community

  • Candidates are not required to live in Madison, Wisconsin but must be able to work remotely

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Job Complexity:
Personal Evolution:
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Team / Company Size:

2 / 10 people



Potential Candidates:

Contract or Full-time status


Vacation, Sick, and paid leaves


Travel expenses reimbursed for work responsibilities

Prime location

Remote Working Available

Eat & Drink

Reimbursement available for meeting expenses