State Policy Network

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty

Vice President or Director of Development

  • Type: Full-Time
  • Discipline: Development
  • Location: 1139 East Knapp Street Milwaukee, WI 53202
  • Application Deadline: October 31, 2018


The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, Inc. (“WILL”) is a public interest law and policy center based in Milwaukee. Its mission is to advance the rule of law, free markets, individual liberty, and a robust civic culture, i.e., one that supports robust and organic intermediary institutions and associations. WILL serves that mission through litigation, research, policy work, public education, and providing legal counsel to like-minded individuals and organizations.

Founded in 2011, WILL is now the largest State Policy Network think tank in the state of Wisconsin and the litigation side has grown into one of the largest state-based litigation centers in the country. WILL has grown rapidly, becoming one of the most influential advocates before the state Supreme Court in Wisconsin, arguing five times in the 2017-18 term alone. Its legal and policy work has increasingly drawn national attention.

WILL now seeks a Vice President or Director of Development (depending on experience). The organization is interested in finding the person who will help WILL grow into the next stage of development s one of the most preeminent state-based policy and litigation centers in the country.


  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan needed to grow the WILL budget through the solicitation of individual major gifts, planned giving, foundation support, corporate giving, high direct mail, annual events, and special projects
  • Crafting and executing a robust mail program that includes direct mail, prospecting, in- 
formational mailers, and regular email communications.
  • Advancing WILL’s major gift program, including the identification and cultivation of high dollar donors
  • Serving as a key leadership team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting WILL, including bringing new ideas to the team
  • Managing the day-to-day operations  of the fundraising department, including managing the fundraising budget, processes and goals


  • 5+ years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization with demonstrated success in a development function; we will also consider candidates coming from outside this arena who have the transferable skills and dedication to be successful.
  • Proven or potential fundraising or sales ability through personal solicitation, including ability to cultivate major gifts.
  • Management experience with a development team preferred.
  • Outstanding personal presence, affability, polish and ability to connect with people.
  • Ability to lead in a positive manner; providing both strategic and tactical insight to various fundraising initiatives.
  • Demonstrated philosophical alignment with WILL’s mission.
  • The ability and passion to understand that mission and to persuasively articulate its importance and the ways in which WILL advances it
  • Strong organizational and program management skills; you never miss a deadline or forget a friend’s birthday.
  • High level of discretion regarding internal management decisions and donor confidentiality.
  • Strong relationship building and networking skills; experience fundraising for conservative or libertarian public policy organizations or a robust conservative/libertarian network 
strongly preferred.
  • Strategic thinking skills and ability to effectively implement strategy.
  • Excellent speaking skills, including public speaking, and good writing skilld; copyediting preferred.
  • Travel obligations will vary based on candidate fit; while some national travel will be required, local travel will be required –  usually day trips by car, often accompanying the president or another colleague.
  • Strong sense of humor and fun


  • Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.
  • Benefits include Health, dental, life and disability insurance (with WILL paying 100% of the premiums); company contribution to HSA and 401(k) with company match

How to apply

To apply, qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter detailing: a) your sincere interest in this position and the mission of the organization, b) how your past experience would contribute to success in this position, and c) your salary requirements.

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Lauren Skiver, Talent Manager at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview.  No phone calls, please.

Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty
Milwaukee, WI