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Development Coordinator

Company: Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc
Date Posted: July 14, 2017

Development Coordinator
Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.
Madison, WI

Cultivating well-being holds enormous promise for humanity. There is growing evidence that well-being impacts our health, resilience, life success, and ability to contribute to society more than any other single quality, including IQ. It is now clear that well-being is the critical link to those areas that ultimately shape the human condition – our health, environment, and societies.

Founded and led by world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson, Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. (HMI) develops research-based tools to help people around the world build skills that improve well-being, and to engage a critical mass of people who embrace practices that cultivate well-being.

HMI is a non-profit organization formed to support the Center for Healthy Minds (CHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a global leader in conducting novel research to revolutionize our understanding of the mind, emotions, and well-being.

The collective mission of CHM and HMI is to cultivate well-being and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the mind. Our vision is a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world. To learn more, visit our website at

Position Description

HMI is seeking a Senior Development/Development Coordinator to work closely with the Chief Development Officer on a wide range of projects, including administrative and operational functions, assisting in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of principal gifts, and special project coordination. The Coordinator will gain substantial experience and training in many aspects of the development program of a startup nonprofit organization.  This position is a growth opportunity for someone interested in the Development profession. This is a full-time position that may include evenings and weekends. 

The Development Coordinator responsibilities will include:

  • Work closely with the Chief Development Officer by managing administrative needs, meetings and schedule. Assisting with travel logistics, expense reports, itineraries and other duties as assigned.
  • Coordinate internal and external meetings. Contacting participants and confirming details. Assisting with preparation of agendas, attending meetings, taking notes, and coordinating follow up items to ensure they are properly assigned and delivered.
  • Develop deep familiarity of CDO’s principal gifts portfolio, help plan high level donor meetings/visits/events, and assist with special projects in this area.
  • Compose, edit, and proofread talking points for donor meetings, briefings, proposals, stewardship reports ensuring that donor documents meet the highest standards of writing.
  • Work with development databases, requesting and conducting research and gift processing.
  • Assist with special projects as needed.

Necessary skills and qualifications:

  • Experience and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google apps including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs, and other cloud-based tools
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Desire to provide excellent customer service
  • Self-motivated individual with excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills
  • Skill in coordinating and completing special projects and routine tasks
  • Ability to work independently and with others
  • Dependability, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Displays good judgment and professionalism
  • Ability to work under pressure and with deadlines
  • A passion for helping people
  • Good sense of humor
  • Ideally has a mindfulness practice or is open to learning

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications.  HMI offers an extensive benefits package.

How to get started: 

If you’re excited by the idea of seeing yourself in this role at Healthy Minds Innovations, please apply with your CV and a cover letter that best expresses your interest and unique qualifications.  Please send to Chelsea Petersen at

The Center for Healthy Minds

The Center for Healthy Minds has an unusual and visionary mission, as previously stated. It envisions a kinder, wiser, more compassionate world as a result. CHM realizes this vision by conducting novel research on the neuroscience of well-being, disseminating research-based tools designed to build skills that cultivate well-being; communicating these findings to the world; engaging people in nurturing well-being for themselves and others; and inspiring/igniting more research and a shift in culture to support practices that cultivate well-being.

The Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was founded and is led by world-renowned neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. It is conducting novel research that has revolutionized how we understand the mind, our emotions, and how to nurture well-being for ourselves and others.

In 1992, the Dalai Lama personally challenged Dr. Davidson to investigate how well-being could be nurtured through these amazing insights from neuroscience. His Holiness believes that “All humans have an innate desire to overcome suffering and find happiness.” This launched a robust series of research studies and new discoveries have emerged about how the mind works and how well-being can be cultivated.

Since then Dr. Davidson and his team have made remarkable progress, publishing more than 300 scientific articles and leading the world in this field of research. No other organization has the visionary leadership, immense body of successful research to build upon, over $15 million of neuroimaging technology, and the tremendous infrastructure and reputation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the world’s top learning institutions.

CHM is the voice to tell the story around the world about what is likely the most hopeful, compelling, and promising message of our time: that you can learn well-being, be happier and suffer less.

The Ten-Year Vision

A turning point occurred in 2012 when a generous philanthropist made a significant investment in the Center to build infrastructure and enhance financial sustainability. A three-year strategic business plan was developed and executed. Over 60 new scientific discoveries emerged, financial stability improved dramatically, and millions of people were impacted by a substantial body of evidence supporting the novel idea that well-being can be learned.

This progress provided a springboard to reflect on the true potential that CHM could contribute to the larger movement toward a kinder, more compassionate world. This inspired deep dialogue among the leadership team, advice from generous and wise experts, and conversations with internal staff and external partners. The result of this discovery process was the creation of a Ten-Year Vision that is bold, audacious, and inspiring. Over the next ten years, CHM will pursue research questions that could revolutionize how we understand the mind and how well-being can be cultivated and scaled.

Following enthusiastic support and endorsement of the Ten-Year Vision by a wide range of stakeholders, a new Five-Year Strategic Business Plan was developed. It includes a robust research agenda, as well as the creation of a new nonprofit entity (Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.), to support the development and dissemination of tools derived from the research, and a global public awareness strategy aimed at promoting well-being in the world.

Three Pathways

The objective of the Five-Year Strategic Business Plan is to create a sustainable organization that will meet CHM’s mission.  There are three pathways that lead to accomplishing this objective:

Research Pathway: Research is at the core of what CHM contributes to the greater movement toward a kinder, more compassionate world. It is the findings from CHM’s rigorous research that result in discoveries about the mind and how to cultivate well-being. It is this scientific evidence that informs and generates a shift in knowledge that is necessary to apply the findings to major institutions in our society.

Innovation Pathway: This pathway provides the tools to learn how to cultivate well-being. The interventions developed and tested in the translational research projects – along with the insights gleaned from the basic research – result in a portfolio of products and services that can be disseminated. Revenues generated by these innovations are reinvested in the research.

Movement Pathway: This pathway focuses on promoting well-being through robust communication/marketing/public health strategies, building awareness, and public will. It focuses on shifting the belief that “exercise to nurture our minds” will be embraced in the same way that physical exercise is – and becomes a part of our daily routine.

A new organizational structure is being initiated to accelerate progress on each of these pathways:

  • The Research Pathway will continue to be supported at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is referred to as the Center for Healthy Minds-UW Madison (CHM UW).
  • The Innovation and Movement Pathways require a new organizational structure that is more agile, able to attract the critical expertise and garner the resources required for the dissemination of products and services to develop and promote well-being. A new nonprofit entity has been developed and is named Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. (HMI)

Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc.

Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. (HMI) is a nonprofit entity designed to provide support for the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. HMI is newly created out of CHM’s Five-Year Strategic Business Plan (FY2016-FY2020) for the purpose of funding the CHM mission, establishing an innovation enterprise, building the movement, engaging a network of partners and collaborators, and building capacity to house product development/innovation, communications/engagement, and development.

HMI will have responsibility for advancing the Innovation and Movement Pathways, as described above.