Skip navigation
Upcoming Events
10/13/18 - 10/15/18 | Philadelphia | PA
10/15/18 - 10/18/18 | Philadelphia | PA
Latest from the News Blog
February 16, 2018

CHATTAHOOCHEE HILLS, Georgia—The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded...

February 15, 2018

PAʻI Foundation is developing a new Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program -Native Artist...

February 07, 2018

The Rauschenberg Residency has announced a session this coming fall specifically for...

Join Our Mailing List

Stay informed about our latest news and updates. Powered by Vertical Response.

Development Director | Wormfarm Institute (Reedsburg, WI)

New Position: Development Director, part time (70%), flexible work schedule
Company:​ Wormfarm Institute
Date Posted:​ December 14, 2017

The Wormfarm Institute (Wormfarm) is a small arts and culture organization in Reedsburg, Wisconsin enjoying an exciting period of rapid growth and national attention. We are seeking a multitalented, super-organized, creative thinker to help us further develop and manage Wormfarn’s systems and strategies for effective revenue development. This is a wonderful opportunity to design a strategic, multi-year development effort for a unique rural arts program with national recognition and support.

The Development Director, a new leadership position, will plan, manage, and implement Wormfarm’s fundraising efforts, including donor appeals, grant writing, sponsorship solicitations, and efforts for increasing earned revenue. S/he will coordinate all development-related communications strategies, including media, public and donor relations.

The Development Director will report directly to Wormfarm’s Executive Director, Donna Neuwirth.

Please note: This position does not have a regular assistant, so the Director will need to be comfortable in both the planning and execution of all duties assigned, including administrative tasks.

Primary Duties:

● Create, implement, and report on annual fundraising plan in collaboration with Executive Director and Board.
● Develop and implement strategies to build and maintain excellent relationships with individual and corporate donors, institutional funders, and other stakeholders.
● Cultivate and steward existing and prospective private and corporate donors and develop donor-specific opportunities for donations and/or sponsorships.
● Manage Wormfarm’s individual giving program, including bi-annual print solicitations, online solicitations, payments, gift acknowledgements.
● Conduct ongoing research into institutional funding opportunities (government, foundation, and corporate), and assist Executive Director with grant applications as appropriate.
● Solicit and secure sponsors for Wormfarm’s community events, particularly Fermentation Fest.

● Develop outreach language for donors, including annual report, event invitations, and gift renewal materials.
● Prepare all donor correspondence, including solicitation letters, pledge payment reminders, and
gift acknowledgements and receipts.

● Coordinate a limited number of small fundraising events (as determined by the development plan and Executive Director)
● Collaborate with Wormfarm staff, Board, and volunteers on events and publications to support and promote fundraising opportunities and align resources effectively.

● Maintain complete and accurate print and digital organizational systems for tracking fundraising files, proposals, prospects, and funder relationships. Produce reports from donor database (DonorPerfect) as needed.
● Enter all pledges and gifts in database. Work with bookkeeper to ensure accuracy and consistency across systems.

● Collaborative team player with strong work ethic
● Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple demands.
● Strong communication skills, including public speaking, writing, and interpersonal communications.
● Proven track record of effective fundraising
● Minimum three years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, including donor relations and major gifts.
● Minimum three years of grant writing experience including government grants, knowledge of foundation and corporate fundraising, including understanding of and experience with prospect research and direct experience in proposal writing.
● Facility with donor management software (DonorPerfect a plus)
● Demonstrated ability to personally solicit and secure contributions from individuals and organizations.
● Experience with social media
● Familiarity with Wisconsin philanthropic and business community desired.
● Prior knowledge of finance and/or other quantitative disciplines a plus.
● Knowledge of the culture, operations, and structure of nonprofit corporations required.
● Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in related field

Appointment Type/Salary:
This is a part time 70% position. Salary is based on FTE $40-$50k, commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure and Deadline:
Please visit our websites to learn more about Wormfarm and our related activities.

To apply, submit a resume along with a cover letter stating how your experiences, relationships, and interests align with the job requirements. Include a writing sample and three professional references.
Flexibility in work schedule can be addressed in interview process.

Email application to
Applications due by Feb 15, 2018 (or until position is filled)