Fundraising Director


About The Democratic Party of Wisconsin:
For the next four years, Wisconsin state politics will carry an almost unprecedented intensity and level of historical significance. Wisconsin faces a pivotal local and state Supreme Court race in the spring of 2020, will host the Democratic National Convention in 2020, and will be a – maybe THE – critical swing state in the 2020 presidential election. The 2020 state legislative elections will also shape redistricting in 2021, which will determine the state’s political future for a decade to come. And in 2022, the state will hold deeply competitive and consequential statewide elections, including for Governor and US Senator.

For the sake of the state’s future – and the nation’s – the Democratic Party of Wisconsin seeks a passionate, experienced, and highly organized manager and leader as the next Fundraising Director.

The Opportunity:
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Fundraising Director will develop a multi-million dollar fundraising plan and oversee its execution. The Fundraising Director will set and meet performance milestones, working with the Chair and other colleagues, to build and maintain donor relationships, develop fundraising proposals and collateral, and expand grassroots fundraising. Additionally, they will be an aggressive innovator of new ideas, approaches, and opportunities to raise funds for DPW to ensure Democratic victories up and down the ballot.

Job Responsibilities:

Design and implement an aggressive fundraising plan for a competitive election cycle, incorporating a variety of new and traditional fundraising tools

Manages the Chair as the party’s principal fundraiser, ensuring call time is scheduled, staffed, and executed and deploying the Chair to events and to make asks

Cultivate and steward a network of high-capacity in-state and national donors

Oversee and perform donor research and maintain secure database of relevant information

Solicit contributions from individuals, PACs, unions, and partner organizations, in compliance with relevant campaign finance law

Set, chart & track measurable goals, i.e. overall call time, revenue/calls per hour, per pledge average, new donors, and efficiency goals

Direct organizational call-time program, including raising funds through personal call time

Oversee the overall strategy for low-dollar donor programs through internet & direct mail fundraising

Develop materials for prospective donors, meetings, and events

Develop & implement donor communications program including donor acknowledgment

Oversee fundraising events throughout the state; oversee national finance consultant to organize fundraising events throughout country

Manage finance department staff and oversee day-to-day department operations, and consultants

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications (required):

Experience leading a political fundraising operation for at least 2-4 cycles

Experience fundraising for candidates and/or state or national party committees

Experience with managing consultants and staff

Strong written and interpersonal communication skills

Ability to manage details and stay on top of multiple tasks, large and small, at once

Be a “team player” and assist co-workers with meeting important party deadlines, stuffing envelopes, and moral support as time permits.

Ready to work irregular hours with frequent weekends and evenings

Experience with donor management software such as NGP

Willing to travel



Qualifications (preferred):

Experience requesting donations from and maintaining relationships with major donors and organizations

Experience fundraising in a multi-entity organization structure

Experience with grant writing and grant management

Experience with online, grassroots, and email fundraising

Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle preferred

This is not an entry-level position. Ideal candidates will have at least two to four cycles of political or non-profit fundraising experience, one to two years in a leadership role, and have a commitment to Democratic values. While campaign experience is a plus, the DPW is willing to consider highly qualified candidates with non-campaign backgrounds. Knowledge of Wisconsin politics and campaign finance laws a plus. The Fundraising Director will be based in Madison.

To Apply: Please summit a resume, cover letter, and three references.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a vision for a deeply inclusive and diverse party organization, membership, and electorate. In order to be successful in this role, the Fundraising Director must have the cultural competence to successfully work with a diverse group of constituency groups. We especially strongly encourage applicants with close ties to Black, Latinx, Muslim, non-English-speaking, disability, and LGBTQ communities. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is an equal-opportunity employer.