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20 Jun 2024

Full-Time Development (fundraising) Manager

WiMEF2024 – Posted by WiMEF2024 Anywhere

Job Description

Organizational Overview

Women in Manufacturing Education Foundation (WiMEF) is working to close the gender gap, increase the number of women in leadership roles, and inspire the next generation of women working in manufacturing. WiMEF offers a constellation of leadership development programs to support and advance women at all stages of their manufacturing careers.


A 501(c)(3) organization, WiMEF was established in 2016 as the partner organization to Women in Manufacturing (WiM), a global trade association dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring women working in manufacturing.


Development Manger

WiMEF is hiring a Development Manager to design, coordinate, and implement a successful and sustainable fundraising program. This position reports directly to the WiMEF Executive Director and works closely with WiM staff and the WiMEF board of directors.



The Development Manager is the key point of contact for WiMEF’s donors and sponsors, working to cultivate relationships, ensure donor satisfaction, and retain their support. Responsibilities include:

  • Stewardship of WiMEF’s existing donor relationships and strategies including individual giving and corporate contributions
  • Identify and secure sponsors for WiMEF programs including the virtual career fair and year-round educational programs
  • Ensure gifts are acknowledged in a timely manner
  • Conduct prospect research and cultivate new donor relationships
  • Development and maintenance of fundraising-related systems for donor management, research, gift processing, and gift acknowledgement
  • Represent WiMEF’s interests in selecting new database/CRM software (expected in 2025 in tandem with WiM)
  • Provide timely data and reports to the board of directors and engage board members in prospect development and fundraising



  • Proven success with at least 3 years’ experience raising funds from multiple donor channels including individual and corporate giving and sponsorships
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal contexts
  • Excellent presentation skills for both internal and external audiences with the ability to confidently represent WiMEF to prospective donors, sponsors, industry leaders, and the general public
  • A self-starter with strong attention to detail and the ability to deliver results while managing competing priorities
  • A skilled and resourceful problem solver, able to identify opportunities for growth and improvement
  • Comfortable collaborating with a team as well as working independently
  • Ability to occasionally travel to multi-day events in locations across the country, and to work evenings and weekends on occasion to meet the business needs of the organization
  • Experience with grants is a plus, but not required


This is a full-time, non-exempt, salaried position ($60,000/year) with a very generous benefits package, annual bonus, and substantial room for growth.


The WiMEF office is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Staff have the option to work remotely with the expectation of being in the office every other Wednesday for team meetings. Ideally, the candidate will live in proximity to Northeast Ohio as travel expenses to the office will not be paid for or reimbursed by WiMEF. Further flexibility on remote work options may be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Equal Opportunity

WiMEF acknowledges that not every candidate will comprehensively meet the full list of qualifications. We invite applications from anyone with an interest in this position and a heart for our mission. WiM/WiMEF is an equal opportunity employer and fosters a workplace without discrimination or harassment based on race, skin color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic.

WiMEF programs are designed for women, women-identifying individuals, and non-binary and gender-nonconforming people working in manufacturing.

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How to Apply

Resumes may be submitted to wimeducationfoundation@gmail.com addressed to: Hiring Manager.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: development, Fundraising, nonprofit, and women. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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