Development Director

Location: Rutgers University Hillel Foundation
City: New Brunswick
State/Territory: New Jersey
Job Type: Development Professional
Last updated: 7/1/19 9:25 PM


Rutgers Hillel seeks a creative, dynamic, fundraising professional with strong organizational skills to lead the organization as Director of Development. Reporting to the Executive Director, they will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising strategy and campaigns.  This currently includes the completion of the capital campaign, annual giving, endowment, planned giving, alumni & donor events;  managing the development team, including a senior development officer and a variety of consultants; managing the fundraising efforts of the Executive Director; and working closely with the Board and stakeholders.

What You’re Great At:

  • Building relationships
  • Shaping the compelling stories about Rutgers Hillel’s mission and work
  • Keeping an eye on the big picture while being detail oriented
  • Grant writing
  • CRM Donor Database Management
  • Doing all of these things well to raise awareness and dollars for Rutgers Hillel

What You’ll Own:
Annual Campaign

  • Oversee the development and execution of robust fundraising strategies to achieve current annual goal of approximately $2M and increase revenues to $3M over the next three years.
  • Create a comprehensive annual campaign including cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation through in-person meetings, direct mail, e-communications and telemarketing.
  • Plan and organize development‐related special events throughout the year
  • Manage the implementation of Little Green Light development software and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Prepare grant proposals and reports for individual donors, philanthropic foundations, Jewish Federations, and other funders
  • Oversee all mail and internet‐based solicitations, including the preparation and production of materials
  • Work with Hillel program and development staff to develop sponsorship opportunities
  • Work with student leaders on various fundraising initiatives, including recruiting, training and mobilizing students to partner in Hillel’s development efforts
  • Support the work of the Rutgers Hillel Alumni Association

Capital and Endowment Campaign

  • Oversee the completion of the capital and endowment campaign, from its $17M to our goal of $20M, in partnership with the Executive Director, volunteer leadership, and capital campaign consultant.
  • Ensure all capital campaign donors are appropriately thanked, recognized in the new building, and that stewardship is effectively managed.
  • Event Management
  • Lead the development team to plan, execute, and ensure the success of the Annual Gala, Golf Outing, 5K Race, and other events.  

Endowment/Life and Legacy Campaign

  • Oversee ongoing Life & Legacy committee and successful completion of the campaign.
  • Develop plans for endowment and planned giving as part of the ongoing development strategy.
  • Board Relations
  • Work closely with board members to engage them in fundraising efforts, utilize relationships, and develop leadership gifts
  • Staff the Board’s Development Committee and sub‐committees
  • Community Relations
  • Serve as liaison between Hillel and select community stakeholders, including Jewish Federations, foundations, synagogues, and others.

General Responsibilities

  • Support the Executive Director in developing organizational vision, including budget, organizational structure, communications, marketing, policy and strategy.
  • Develop and promote a culture of philanthropy throughout Hillel, including creativity, teamwork, accountability and continuous improvement.
  • Forecast fundraising potential for annual budgeting and monitor development expenses.
  • Create meaningful and effective marketing material, both print and online, in collaboration with the Executive Director and communications consultant.
  • Support the work of the Rutgers Hillel Alumni Association
  • Develop effective parent and alumni groups to support Hillel's work.
  • Represent Hillel at community events when appropriate.

What You’ll Bring to the Job:

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five+ years of experience in professional fundraising.
  • Demonstrated success in designing and executing a strategic development plan to encompass annual, capital, major gift and endowment giving.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a CRM Donor Database
  • Demonstrated ability to run donor reports
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a senior professional.
  • Demonstrated ability to write grants for Federations, Foundations, and Governmental Agencies such as Homeland Security.
  • Creative ability in design and marketing of mail appeals and email appeals
  • Demonstrated ability in building, leading, empowering and mentoring other fundraisers.
  • Successful track record in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing major gifts (six & seven figures for our organization).
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, successfully managing multiple priorities.
  • Creative thinking.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish philanthropic community; experience in the New Jersey Jewish community preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to passionately represent Rutgers Hillel’s mission

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. 
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Travel regionally
  • Plenty of Hillel swag


Why Rutgers Hillel?

Rutgers Hillel is an exciting, high energy, ever-changing work environment. On the campus of over 6,000 Jewish undergraduates (largest in the country) and 1,000+ Jewish graduate students, Hillel strives to create a broadly defined Jewish campus culture which is intrinsically intertwined with the culture of the University. Our goal is to deepen the connection of each and every Jewish student to their Jewish identity and community. We seek to inspire our students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life.

Our home is the 40,000 SF Eva and Arie Halpern Hillel House on the Wilf Family Campus, the finest Jewish campus facility in the nation, located in the heart of Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.

  • Hillel provides over 6,000 free Shabbat dinners a year. But we’re not a caterer.
  • Hillel has taken over 1,000 students to Israel. But we’re not a travel agent.
  • Hillel educates students about Jewish texts, history and values. But we’re not a day school or yeshiva.
  • These are all important, but we aspire to goals that far outstrip the service we may provide our students at a given moment.


Hillel’s aspiration is to change the entire world for the better,

through the inspired actions of the Jewish People.


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.

Rutgers Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. 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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