College Possible Leadership Team
  • 25-Aug-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Development Manager - Milwaukee Office
  • Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

Development Manager

College Possible Milwaukee

About College Possible

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of $25 million, more than 140 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2020-21 school year, we will reach an estimated 20,000 students in 49 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at nearly 600 colleges.

College Possible is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve. We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants. For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education. To learn more: Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, MN, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; Portland, OR; and Seattle, WA; and has Catalyze partnerships in MN, IA, MD, TN, NY, CA, TX, and OH.

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Your Role as Development Manager

We're seeking a creative, committed and energetic Development Manager who will function as a key member of the Milwaukee Office external relations team, working closely with the Development Director and Executive Director to achieve annual revenue goals. Their primary focus will be on creating and executing our individual giving efforts, as well as executing a high-quality annual fundraising event. This position will play a crucial role in the implementation of the strategic fundraising plan for individual donors, including prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. These responsibilities include managing and tracking donor solicitations and processing gifts, organizing fundraising and donor stewardship events, managing the donor stewardship program and running direct mail campaigns. The Development Manager will assist other external relations team members as necessary throughout the year in order for the department to successfully accomplish its goals.

  • Relationship Management & Stewardship: Create and manage a portfolio of individual donors with the goal of deepening engagement, renewing annual gifts, and increasing affinity and giving.
  • Direct Mail Campaigns: Lead on all direct mail fundraising campaigns targeting individuals. Develop the strategy, preparation and execution of all mailings, including the end-of-year campaign. Collaborate with the Communications staff to write all appeal letters and donor communications.
  • Prospecting and Cultivation: Lead prospecting and donor research for individuals. Strategize and implement cultivation techniques to inspire prospective supporters to become donors.
  • Fundraising Events: Generate, manage and support events by working with the Development Director and Executive Director to leverage relationships with current individual donors, including board members, to significantly grow the number of individuals supporting the organization. Successfully plan and execute our annual Dream Big Dinner event for approximately 500 attendees, including leading all event preparation and post-event follow-up.
  • Development Operations: Execute the acknowledgement of donations from individuals, including monetary, services, and in-kind. Assist Development Director as needed with donor stewardship, policy development, database management and updating, internal reports, and filing.
  • Gift Processing: Work with the National team to process gifts and send out acknowledgment letters in an accurate, timely manner.
  • Database management: Ensure data integrity for Milwaukee constituents in the Raiser's Edge database. Create and pull queries, exports and mailing lists from Raiser's Edge as necessary, working with staff at the National office.
  • Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned: Work with the Development Director on various projects as assigned.

What You Bring

Professional Requirements (Skills & Qualifications)


  • Bachelor's degree;
  • Nonprofit or Fund Development certification preferred.

Related Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years fundraising experience with experience managing individual giving campaigns;
  • Experience in developing, implementing and managing direct mail projects;
  • Previous experience implementing and managing a donor stewardship program;
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing multiple projects and deadlines concurrently;
  • Experience in creating processes and tools for effective donor prospecting, research and solicitation that leads to new donor acquisition and increased gifts and a strong focus on moving donors up the pipeline;
  • History of using data analysis and reporting to inform decisions as they relate to donor communications, individual giving and donor stewardship program;
  • Relationship management experience, demonstrating the ability to work one-on-one with new and existing donors through site visits, donor stewardship calls and in-person meetings;
  • Experience developing and organizing large-scale fundraising events.

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and donor database software;
  • Raiser's Edge experience strongly preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented;
  • Must have a desire to engage in diversity, inclusion and equity work;
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and sensitivity to balance the perspectives of others;
  • Strategic thinker and problem-solver, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial;
  • Enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives;
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously;
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, volunteers, donors, program participants and other supporters;
  • Desire to work in a growing nonprofit organization, ability to adapt, creativity, and commitment to excellence highly valued;
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 15 lbs
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone

What We Offer

In addition to joining a committed, diverse, values-based organization, we offer:

  • An opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact both internally and in the broader country
  • a competitive salary commensurate with experience
  • excellent benefits including complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance
  • 401(k) retirement plan
  • Encouraged sustainability through a generous paid time off program
  • Personalized professional development and growth opportunities

To Join Our Growing College Possible Team

Please apply at: Include a resume and cover letter.

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