Development Associate

About the Position

The Development Associate will play a critical role in supporting WILL’s development efforts. This opportunity is ideal for someone interested in gaining development experience and growing their project-management skills in an entry-level role. The ideal candidate would have between six months to two years’ experience working in a database or in an administrative, support role. An outgoing personality, persuasive writing skills, and a willingness to network with others and attend events is crucial to this success of this role.

The Development Associate will report to the Development Director. This is an in-office role based in Milwaukee, WI.


  • Prospecting and Fundraising
    • Research and identify potential partners
    • Locate key contacts within our networks to facilitate connections and advance relationships
    • Help create mission-based, donor-centric appeals distributed through a variety of channels including direct mail, social media, and other correspondence
  • Grant Writing
    • Assist in the development of writing requests for funding proposals and letters of intent
  • Cultivating Donor Relationships
    • Support the Development Director’s efforts to manage and steward investors, including oversight of WILL’s Gratitude Campaign
    • Coordinate special mailings including holiday cards and invitations to donor events
  • Database Management
    • Maintain development records in DonorPerfect
    • Ensure overall data integrity.
    • Run reports as needed, synthesize information and share frequent updates about current and prospective investors.
  • Donor Acknowledgment
    • Send acknowledgment letters/emails and tax receipts, working diligently to ensure donors are acknowledged in a timely manner
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
    • Grow WILL’s online presence by creating thoughtful, engaging social media to share with our donors and prospects
  • Special Event Coordination
    • Work with the Development Director to coordinate the annual celebration dinner and other donor or prospect events
  • Attend Other Events
    • Willingness to attend other events within the freedom space as needed. These are often dinners held during work week evenings and are crucial for networking.
  • Website updates as needed
  • Other duties, as assigned


The Development Associate will be a highly-motivated, self-starter.. The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualities and attributes:

  • 1+ years experience in development, fundraising, project management, communications, or other relevant experience
  • Culture—and mission-driven—passionate about WILL and the work it does and excited to communicate that work to others
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a commitment to representing WILL with enthusiasm, warmth and professionalism
  • Excellent critical thinking, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • The ability to thrive in fast-paced environment and the capacity to multi-task and manage multiple assignments, sometimes with competing deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word andExcel.
    • Ability to merge letters and emails is a definite plus.
  • Ability to learn new software and database programs is a must
  • Polished, professional and poised, ready to meet and work with others in the freedom space
  • Ability to travel on occasion, around 5%
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Compensation and Benefits

WILL offers a salary and benefits package competitive with other organizations of our size, which includes health and dental insurance, a health savings account, a matching 401(k) plan, and paid vacation.

To Apply

Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials (in order) in one PDF document:

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position and WILLs mission, as well as your salary requirements
  • Resume
  • 2-3 page writing sample, preferably a persuasive piece

Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions can be directed to Bailey Drouant, Outreach Manager at Talent Market, who is managing the search: [email protected]

There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.

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. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.

About the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL)

WILL is a conservative legal center and policy think tank that defends the rights of individuals, families, small businesses and organizations in courts of law and public opinion. Through litigation, education, and participation in public discourse, WILL advances the public interest in the rule of law, individual liberty, constitutional government, and a robust civil society. We do so in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations who are committed to conservative principles and a government bound to serving people, as our nation’s founders intended. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public charity.


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