Workforce Development Institute

Michigan Workforce Development Institute

Fund Development Director

Based in Lansing, MI


The Fund Development Director reports to the Executive Director and serves as a senior management team member. The Fund Development Director provides leadership, strategic direction, oversight, coordination, and priority setting in resource development and communications.

The Fund Development Director will forge and maintain new relationships to build The Michigan AFL- CIO’s WDI Division’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. The Director will manage relationships with funders and diversify and expand The Michigan AFL-CIO’s WDI Division’s opportunities to support our various Workforce Development Initiatives and training programs. The Fund Development Director solicits significant gifts, government grants, and corporate and foundation support. The Fund Development Director supervises the Grants Manager and consultants as needed.

Fundraising and Development

  • Support and partner with the ED and Board Members on all major fundraising initiatives, managing the Resource Development Strategy Committee, its membership, and staff-to-board committee relations;
  • Actively work with the ED and senior management staff to implement and improve WDI’s strategy supporting our training programs which includes corporate, foundation, government grants, fundraising events, and annual appeals;
  • Support development and execution of proposals; write and archive all bids with a long-term relationship-management approach;
  • Oversee monitoring of all donor information and donor contact management;
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program, including monthly board reports;
  • Establish and oversee systems for monitoring all grants and facilitate all required reports to funders;
  • Ensure that Fund Development policies are updated and administered accordingly.

Grant Compliance
Maintain grant compliance and reporting, including outcome measurement and grant budgets—taking responsibility for meeting high standards of effectiveness, timeliness, and completeness, including:

  • Monitoring and maintaining funder and investor reporting schedules and requirements;
  • Tracking progress toward organizational and programmatic outcomes and goals;
  • Requesting reimbursements and drawdowns as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree.
  • 7-plus years of professional experience; demonstrated success in a development function in which the applicant was responsible for raising over $1.5 million per year.
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight and a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Michigan AFL-CIO and its federation divisions
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to take the initiative and to manage multiple tasks and projects at a time
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Innovative thinker with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict- resolution skills
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact strategic and tactical finance, fundraising, and administration initiatives
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement a strategic development plan through a fundraising lens
  • Experience in oversight of planning, writing, editing, and production of newsletters, press releases, annual reports, marketing literature, and other print publications and directories, both internally and externally.
  • Creative and thoughtful in utilizing new media technologies.

The position is Open until filled.

SALARY: $75,000.00 – $85,000.00

How to Apply:
Please submit a résumé and brief cover letter to: hr@miwdi.org.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - EEOC
Our organization is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to build diversity among our officers, staff, and members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Michigan AFL-CIO is a nonprofit federation of more than forty labor unions representing over 1 million working people across Michigan. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation. Employees of the Michigan AFL-CIO may work in collaboration with one, or all, of our affiliated nonprofit organizations in the Federation, including:

Michigan AFL-CIO Workforce Development Institute: is our affiliate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to combat economic and environmental injustice by connecting the unemployed or underemployed with the training and resources necessary to find gainful employment and transition Michigan to a cleaner, greener economy.

Michigan AFL-CIO Labor Foundation: is our affiliate 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization established to combat economic and social injustice by connecting the working people with resources within Michigan’s charitable, educational and legal systems.

Michigan AFL-CIO Advocates: is our affiliated 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, established to unite labor leaders, policymakers, and the general public to educate and advocate for policies, programs, and projects to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to communities across Michigan.

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