Director of Development

Location: Hillel at Stanford
City: Stanford
State/Territory: California
Job Type: Development Professional
Last updated: 2/6/19 10:23 AM


Role Overview
Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillel at Stanford as the Director of Development. You’ll power Hillel by connecting people to our community and raising vital funds.The Director of Development at Hillel at Stanford holds responsibility for a multi-tiered fundraising strategy and the execution of all development activities. Excellent donor cultivation/stewardship practices and the ability to manage multiple projects are critical to success in this role.  Knowledge of the Bay Area Jewish community and/or Stanford University alumni is preferred. This full-time director-level position reports directly to Hillel’s executive director. 

Located in the heart of the Stanford campus, Hillel at Stanford is the foundation for Jewish life at Stanford University, one of the most vibrant Jewish campus communities in North America. Its mission is to inspire every Jewish student to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life. Hillel at Stanford offers a wide array of opportunities for Stanford students of all backgrounds and interests to connect with Jewish life and their own Jewish story and journey, ranging from social events to social justice initiatives, culture to religious services, immersion experiences, and so much more. 

What You’ll Do

Strategic Campaign Planning:Identify and pursue opportunities for enhanced annual, legacy and endowment campaigns;

  • Create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy to achieve a $1.7M+ annual goal 

  • Provide strategic, long term vision in support of new and updated systems, expanding our network of support, and endowment development 

  • Develop and implement a plan to access under-developed national markets 


Fundraising Activities: Oversee all fundraising efforts; 

  • Develop and grow major giving program

  • Oversee direct response initiatives such as online solicitations, direct mail and phonathon

  • Coordinate national parlor meetings and/or events (3-4/year)

  • Oversee donor acknowledgement in partnership with Jitasa (new off-site data base management)

  • Develop donor communications calendar and strategy for reaching current and prospective donors via marketing and public relations tools


Cultivation and Stewardship:  Establish and steward relationships with key donors and prospects;

  • Implement a regular schedule for donor and prospect visits, locally and nationally;

  • Liaise with local and national corporate and foundation prospects/donors; includes prospect research, the oversight of grant writing efforts and relationship management

  • Develop donor recognition program

  • Establish individual and tiered (by giving level) stewardship calendars

  • Steward and deepen relationship with Stanford University


Board, Staff and Leadership Development:Provide leadership and guidance to professional and lay fundraising team;

  • Supervise Development Interns and interface with Jitasa on development related matters

  • Partner with Hillel’s board of trustees and development committee toward the achievement of all fundraising goals

    • Meet with board members to enable the development of the board’s network as prospects, friends and donors

    • Regularly update and engage the board / development committee in key fundraising initiatives

    • Assist in the cultivation of board leadership and provide resources and support toward fundraising success 

    • Coordinate campaign planning, communications and training with development chair


On a day to day basis you will

  •       Engage in outreach to parents and alumni, including meetings and support of the Hillel at Stanford Alumni and parent groups.
  •       Prepare grant proposals and reports for individual donors, philanthropic foundations, other funders and the board.
  •       Oversee all mail and internet ‐based solicitations, including the design and production of marketing materials.
  •       Build partnerships with campus administration and the campus development office, Hillel’s International Center, and foundations.


What You’ve Accomplished

  • 5 - 7 years nonprofit fundraising/management experience 
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Proven success in:
    • Executing annual fundraising campaigns, including cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation through in-person, print, and online channels
    • Building relationships with leaders within education or nonprofit space
    • Management of donor or customer relation databases
    • Strategic campaign planning


What You’ll Bring to the Job

  •       Strong entrepreneurial spirit - things may not go according to plan, but you’ll take risks and learn from wins as well as losses
  •       Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel
  •       Willingness to facilitate conversations about Judaism to inspire stakeholders to invest in our work
  •       Capacity to work independently and collaboratively, successfully managing multiple priorities
  •       Understanding of current trends, ability to recommend and implement plans to increase donors, contributions, and identify new opportunities
  •       Superior oral and written communication skills


What You’ll Receive

  •       Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. 
  •       A comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, and generous vacation/sick time.
  •       Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  •       Regional and national travel (approx. 10-15%)
  •       On-campus parking
  •        Plenty of Hillel swag



About Hillel at Stanford
Hillel at Stanford is the foundation for Jewish life at Stanford University.  Hillel’s physical plant, the Ziff Center for Campus Jewish Life, is comprised of two beautiful buildings in the heart of campus. Hillel at Stanford offers a wide array of opportunities for students of all backgrounds and interests to connect with Jewish life and their own Jewish story and journey. The 10 person professional staff works to support students in creating compelling Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers.  We also cultivate a community of alumni and supporters, and are increasingly looking for opportunities to have campus-wide impact.

This is a very exciting time to join the team at Hillel at Stanford.  We have a new and dynamic executive director, an engaged board, and are embarking on a strategic thinking process to chart our next chapter. We are also just initiating a big new programmatic effort to reach into the substantial untapped potential of Stanford’s graduate student populations.  We have a great story to tell and are looking for the right partner to help get the word out about the wonderful work we do.


About Hillel International
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission, and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.


Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.


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