Executive Director - Wisconsin

Opening Date: July 10, 2013
City: Brookfield,
State Wisconsin
Association: American Lung Association in Wisconsin


Reports to: Chief Development Officer

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest (ALAUM) is a voluntary health organization serving a seven state area including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Our mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The American Lung Association has been fighting for the lung health of all Americans since 1904. Today, the Lung Association fights to reduce smoking, clean the air we breathe, and find cures for lung disease.

The Executive Director is a full-time exempt position responsible for carrying out the mission of the organization in Wisconsin, implementing programs approved by the ALAUM Board of Directors and serving as the lead development officer for the ALAUM in Wisconsin. The Executive Director serves as a member of the ALAUM Management Team. Responsibilities and goals are compatible with the performance targets outlined in the written performance based management system.


  • Develop and maintain an effective Local Leadership Board (LLB) and Event Leadership Teams (ELT) to assist in carrying out the mission of the association and its fund raising efforts.
  • Develop and implement the fundraising efforts pursuant to the development goals for the ALAUM in Wisconsin including but not limited to: signature special events, individual special gifts, corporate giving, and grants.
  • Supervise area office staff and nurture effective relationships among employees and foster a spirit of camaraderie and mission.
  • Serve as the lead advocate for the ALAUM vision throughout Wisconsin.
  • Implement a comprehensive communications plan that includes both public relations and marketing elements designed to enhance the Association’s ability to raise charitable gifts and to establish the Association as a vital charitable organization in the community.
  • Submit monthly progress reports including accomplishments, media coverage, fund raising progress, and specific needs to Chief Development Officer.
  • Implement portions of ALAUM performance based management system, strategic plan, legislative agenda and related documents which apply to area.
  • Identify and establish strategic and sustained relationships with key business leaders, donors, top government officials and community leaders.
  • Participate in training opportunities, including regional conferences, local continuing education courses, and other meetings, pending available funds.
  • Keep the Chief Development officer informed of problems, trends, implementation of the organization's mission.
  • Work closely with the Chief Development Officer to develop annual revenue budget. Monitor budget and exercise control over expenditure of funds.
  • Implement and oversee employee management through the ALA Performance Based Management System.


  • Maintain summaries of Local Leadership Board (LLB) meetings, documents, and files.
  • Assume responsibility for Wisconsin programs/projects as assigned by the President/CEO and/or Chief Development Officer.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the President/CEO.


  • Minimum of bachelor's degree from accredited four-year college or university or cogent equivalent. Master's degree preferred.
  • At least five years of successful fundraising experience and effective work with leadership volunteers.
  • At least three years strong supervisory and management experience, preferable in the non-profit sector.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent people and leadership skills, with an ability to coach, motivate and develop staff and volunteers.
  • Non-smoker, non-user of any tobacco products.

Application Procedure:

To apply send cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources
American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, IL 62711
217-241-3573 – fax