Director of Donor & Alumni Engagement
Position Is Open Until Filled

Code: 19945 Posted: 09/29/2023

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion and community engagement. One of 13 four-year institutions within the University of Wisconsin System, Parkside provides an educational value to our students that’s unparalleled. An affordable, high-quality education is an investment in one’s future, and we believe the cost of an education should not prevent any student from achieving their educational and professional goals. The university is the proud recipient of the 2022 AASCU Excellence & Innovation Award for Student Success and College Completion from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), a testament to years of strategic efforts.

UW-Parkside is a great place to start or enhance your career. The campus is nestled in 700 acres of woodland and prairie and two miles west of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, WI. At UW-Parkside we offer an engaging and supportive work environment and the opportunity to make a difference for students on a daily basis. Parkside is a community that’s easy to call home. Find out why.

Position Title: Advancement Director (Director of Donor & Alumni Engagement)

Employment Type: Full time, Limited, Salaried

Reports To: The Director of Donor & Alumni Engagement will report to the Director of Development (University Advancement)

Full Time Pay Range: $60,000-70,000 annualized, commensurate with experience

The Director of Donor & Alumni Engagement is a key leader in UW-Parkside’s efforts as we raise funds and build community with a broad network of donors and alumni, in support of student success. The Director of Donor & Alumni Engagement sets the strategy and provides direction for the university’s annual fundraising activities, including the highly successful annual day of giving (Parkside Day). This role also guides donor recognition and alumni engagement tactics, and manages a team of 2-3 full time employees.

The Director of Donor & Alumni Engagement partners with units across campus, works closely with university leadership, and is a leader in the University Advancement team. University Advancement leads UW-Parkside’s development, alumni relations, communications, and marketing efforts.   

Essential Job Functions

Annual Fundraising & Donor Stewardship

  • Lead the strategy and execution of broad-based fundraising activities: direct mail, digital appeals, and events, including the university’s annual Parkside Day day of giving
  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 50 leadership annual giving prospects to secure their support annually
  • Partner with campus units to execute targeted fundraising activities by sharing strategic guidance, best practices, and support
  • Direct stewardship activities (communications, events, and more) to recognize and thank donors, including scholarship donor recognition, Chancellor Society annual giving circle, Wyllie Society planned giving circle, alumni donors, and more
  • Use the Raiser’s Edge database proficiently to record donor information, monitor gift data, analyze fundraising performance, and set goals for annual fundraising and donor stewardship areas

Alumni Engagement

  • Direct the university’s alumni engagement strategy with the goals of creating alumni goodwill, raising the profile of the university among alumni and in the wider community, and increasing financial support.
  • Lead the execution of alumni engagement activities: communications, events, and individual alumni engagement, including the university’s Distinguished Alumni Awards program
  • Partner with campus units on projects related to alumni engagement


  • Supervise a team of 2-3 full-time employees, multiple student employees, and volunteers (as needed)
  • Manage vendor relationships and tools used for annual fundraising
  • Work with Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Director of Development to engage volunteer leadership groups (UW-Parkside Foundation, UW-Parkside Alumni Association, etc.) in fundraising and alumni engagement
  • Participate in university events and meetings for fundraising and donor/alumni engagement, both during working hours and occasionally on evenings and weekends
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least 3 years of experience fundraising in a higher education or nonprofit organization setting

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success leading and achieving goals for an annual fundraising program. They will have previous supervisory experience and an affinity for UW-Parkside’s educational mission.

Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

Benefit Details:

Health & Retirement Contributions Estimator:  

Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • The names and email addresses of three (3) professional references

Review of Applications

Applications received by 10/30/2023 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.  

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Human Resources
Available Until: 12/03/2023

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