Wormfarm Institute

Wormfarm Institute seeks Development Director
Due Feb 17 2018


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

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 donna [​at​]