Explore a Career at the Winkler Group

Headquartered in Charleston, SC, the Winkler Group is a national fundraising firm that specializes in customized capital campaigns and strategic planning. Through our servant leadership model, Winkler Group clients achieve an average of 117% of capital campaign goals. In its 18th year, the firm is experiencing significant expansion and is today one of the most respected firms of its kind in the country.

With degrees from schools such as Duke, Dartmouth, Wheaton, and William & Mary, and experience as CEOs, vice presidents of advancement, chief development officers, directors of development, and major gifts officers, our consulting team represents the best and the brightest in the profession.

The Winkler Group serves leading academic institutions, civic and human service organizations, hospitals, and cultural institutions. Winkler Group consultants have served on capital campaign teams raising more than $1 billion.

Open Positions

Senior Managing Consultant

The Winkler Group is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to serve as a senior managing consultant. This professional will lead a growing team of consultants in a firm experiencing significant expansion. 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • An attitude and work ethos of servant leadership.
  • 15 years of professional fundraising experience, with demonstrated experience leading capital campaigns and strategic plans.
  • Experience managing and mentoring team members, ensuring their projects successfully progress to reach established milestones.
  • Ability and success in identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts.
  • Attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence to work effectively with board members, executive leadership, staff, volunteers, donors and prospects.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in managing volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team in dynamic, rapidly changing environment.
  • Self-starter, energetic, flexible, and adaptable personality. 
  • Exceptional quantitative, qualitative, and analytical skills.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, various donor database software, web applications, and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree and/or CFRE preferred.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The senior managing consultant must work collaboratively with clients to identify, design, implement, and manage customized plans and solutions for fundraising initiatives as well as oversee the progress and projects of the consultants they manage. The senior managing consultant will be expected to travel weekly to provide on-site leadership to clients. As needed, the senior managing consultant will also be expected to accompany the consultants he/she manages to provide on-site leadership and oversight to clients. A sampling of responsibilities may include:

Campaign Studies and Capital Campaigns

  • Serve as lead counsel on campaign studies and capital campaigns.
  • Develop customized campaign plans, solutions, and strategies.
  • Craft individual cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Create campaign documents, policies and procedures, and communication strategies.
  • Set campaign direction and manage day-to-day operations.
  • Direct identification, research, evaluation, cultivation, stewardship and tracking of prospects and donors.
  • Lead regular campaign meetings with executive leadership and staff.
  • Lead, manage, and motivate volunteer committees, activities, and training programs.
  • Provide regular and consistent campaign progress reports.

Strategic Planning and Development Assessments

  • Conduct personal interviews with key internal and external constituents.
  • Track quantitative and qualitative findings.
  • Analyze campaign study results, organizational structure, strategies, staffing, resources, budget, volunteer support, and donor databases.
  • Prepare customized written analysis and recommendations.
  • Deliver findings to executive leadership.

Managing Consultant

  • Maintain daily communication with managed consultants to provide guidance and ensure projects are on track.
  • Communicate directly with clients of managed consultants as needed to address concerns or correct problems.
  • Provide regular reports on team member performance to the executive leadership team.
  • Work with associate vice president, client services to assign projects and maintain the active project calendar.

COMPENSATION, BENEFITS & REQUIREMENTS

The Winkler Group offers a starting salary range of $100,000 with opportunities for bonuses and advancement. A generous benefits package includes medical insurance, 401(k), paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. The consultant should be based in the Eastern United States or be willing to relocate to the region.

To Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, recent salary history, and references to Human Resources at: khajjar@winklergroup.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Campaign Consultant

The Winkler Group is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to serve as campaign consultant. 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • An attitude and work ethos of servant leadership.
  • 5 years of professional fundraising experience.
  • An understanding of the process of identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts.
  • Attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and confidence to work effectively with board members, executive leadership, staff, volunteers, donors, and prospects.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with managing volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team in a dynamic, rapidly changing environment.
  • Self-starter, energetic, flexible, and adaptable personality.
  • Exceptional quantitative, qualitative, and analytical skills.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Word, Excel, various donor database software, web applications, and knowledgeable about the role of technology and electronic communication in fundraising. This includes the ability to do data analysis within Excel and mail merge within Word.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Desire to advance to a senior consultant level.
  • Flexibility to start immediately.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The campaign consultant will work on projects in tandem with the Winkler Group’s services team—fully learning the firm’s process of leading capital campaigns and strategic plans. The campaign consultant will support senior campaign consultants and senior managing consultants while taking on progressively higher levels of responsibility.  

The campaign consultant will work collaboratively with the services team and with clients to identify, design, implement, and manage customized plans and solutions for fundraising initiatives. The campaign consultant will be expected to travel each week to provide on-site leadership to clients. A sampling of responsibilities during a client’s engagement may include:

Capital Campaigns and Strategic Plans

  • Support senior campaign consultant or senior managing consultant with planning studies and capital campaigns.
  • Learn and develop customized campaign plans, solutions, and strategies.
  • Craft individual cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies.
  • Create campaign documents, policies and procedures, and communication strategies.
  • Work with the Winkler Group’s services team to set campaign direction and manage day-to-day operations.
  • Assist in the identification, research, evaluation, cultivation, stewardship, and tracking of prospects and donors.
  • Work with the Winkler Group’s services team to lead regular campaign meetings with executive leadership and staff.
  • Support volunteer committees, activities, and training programs.
  • Provide regular and consistent campaign progress reports.
  • Assist the Winkler Group’s services team to manage strategic planning projects and development assessments.
  • Conduct personal interviews with key internal and external constituents and donors.
  • Analyze campaign study results, organizational structure, strategies, staffing, resources, budget, volunteer support, and donor databases.
  • Prepare customized, comprehensive written analysis and recommendations reports.
  • Work with the Winkler Group’s services team to deliver findings to executive leadership.
  • Ability to facilitate small interactions group at various stages of the strategic planning process.
  • Ability to identify the root causes of an issue and work to solve the challenges unique to a client.
  • Personal ownership of a project or challenge until completion or resolution.

COMPENSATION, BENEFITS & REQUIREMENTS

The Winkler Group offers a starting salary range of $70,000-$85,000 with opportunities for bonuses and advancement. It is our intention that a campaign consultant will progress to the senior campaign consultant level within a reasonable length of time. A generous benefits package includes medical insurance, 401 K, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. It is preferred that the consultant be based in the Southeastern United States or be willing to relocate to the region.

To Apply

Please submit resume, cover letter, recent salary history, and references to Human Resources at: khajjar@winklergroup.com. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The generous will prosper: those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.
(Proverbs 11:25)

  • Over $1 Billion Raised
  • Our campaigns achieve 117% of their original goals
  • Our consultants have 200 years of fundraising experience