We are presently seeking a Vice President-Development & Finance to direct all aspects of financial development at the Wilson Center. Reporting directly to the Executive Director as a key member of the senior leadership team, the Vice President of Development & Finance’s primary areas of oversight includes:
Develop and implement annual campaign fundraising strategies and yearly goal of $1.2-$1.3 million through Annual Fund, Corporate Sponsorships, Foundation/Grant writing, and special event divisions.
Annual Fund oversight:
Create and implement strategies to achieve Annual Fund goals, including comprehensive fundraising plans and appeal schedules:
Multidimensional campaign timeline utilizing a variety of fundraising channels including electronic solicitation, direct mail appeals, face-to-face solicitations.
Identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding assigned pool of managed prospects through the volunteer solicitor component (Ambassador Program).
Maintain and expand the Wilson Center’s network of corporate contacts through one-on-one meetings, professional networking events, and community engagement.
Collaborate with marketing team in creation of compelling proposal and presentations that leverage the Wilson Center’s value and community reach for various programming.
Solicit sponsorships from corporate and foundation partners to sponsor and underwrite Wilson Center’s education, visual arts, and performance programming.
Direct and evaluate the effectiveness of existing foundation and corporate partnerships and identify new strategic opportunities to grow contributed revenue, sponsorships, and grants.
Special Event oversight:
Direct the planning, organization, and budgeting of the Wilson Center’s three special event fundraisers: The Big Event, Golf Classic, and Literary Luncheon.
Work collaboratively and serve as staff liaison with event committees and leadership, as well as Wilson Center Event Consultant.
Solicit and secure all sponsors, ticket purchases, and auction items for special event fundraisers.
Work with marketing team for creation and execution of marketing plan and timeline for events.
Oversee budgets for department and fundraising divisions including annual campaign, capital, endowment, and special events.
Solicit major gifts for all campaign divisions and special projects in partnership with the Executive Director.
Serve as the primary external representative of the department, meeting with current and prospective donors to share the Wilson Center’s mission, program, and financial needs.
Develop and oversee implementation of the Center’s stewardship program, to cultivate deeper donor relationships.
Train and supervise Development staff (Annual Fund, Grant, and Foundation Manager and Event Consultant)
Oversee and direct annual budgeting and planning process and administer and review all financial plans and budgets in consultation with the Executive Director.
Train senior staff in creating and managing department budgets, including monthly and quarterly projections.
Monitor staff department budgets including year-end projections and changes.
Reporting and management:
Organization cash flow and forecasting.
Present balance sheets, income statements, and other financial oversight reports to the Board for review.
Oversee and manage the annual audi
Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the Wilson Center’s Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and senior leadership.
Oversee and maintain appropriate policies and procedures for internal controls and address any audit issues.
Oversee and direct payroll process with accountant
Train and supervise Finance Department staff (accountant, accounting firm partner)
Serve on Senior Leadership Team to provide support and collaboration for Wilson Center programs.
Manage fundraising and financial management activities with various departments for successful implementation of programs.
Serve as staff liaison for Board Development and Finance Committees and additional subcommittees (such as special events subcommittees for Golf, Big Event, and Literary Luncheon).
Directs the day-to-day responsibilities of the development and finance team to ensure proper management of the organization’s financial management and fundraising development
Attends Wilson Center programs and events as needed.
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Tech saavy (Microsoft Office Suite, Quickbooks)
Knowledge of Tessitura (used for donor records)
Engaged in the arts community of greater Milwaukee
Supervise 1 full-time staff member, 1-2 part-time staff, and work with volunteers
Send a current resume and cover letter via email to Anna Thompson, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Vice President-Development & Finance. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls, please.
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, genetic information, military service, sexual orientation, marital status, arrest and conviction records, the use or nonuse of lawful products off the employers’ premises during non-work hours, declining to attend meetings or participate in communications about religious or political matters or any other characteristic protected by law.
About Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
It is the mission of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts to serve as the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the arts. The Wilson Center is a multidisciplinary nonprofit cultural arts facility with a 17-year history of excellence. The Center’s programming is designed to transform both individual lives and whole communities through the power of the art; situated in a 400-acre park in Brookfield, Wisconsin, the Wilson Center is recognized as a cultural anchor in the Greater Milwaukee community and focuses on three main disciplines: Performing Arts, Arts Education, and Visual Arts. Since opening in 2002, the Wilson Center has continued to celebrate its five core values of excellence, innovation, passion, stewardship, and collaboration through an outstanding and diverse array of world-class performances, educational programs, classes, festivals, and special events. Currently in its 2018/2019 season, the Wilson Center now annually welcomes more than 45,000 people, including more than 10,000 students every year—many of whom are being introduced to the arts for the first time—and the Center is poised for growth and future success.