Development Director

Location: Rutgers University Hillel Foundation
City: New Brunswick
State/Territory: New Jersey
Job Type: Development Professional
Last updated: 3/22/19 12:21 PM


Rutgers Hillel seeks a creative, dynamic, experienced professional with strong organizational and fundraising skills to serve as its Director of Development.

The Director of Development will lead all development operations, reporting directly to the Executive Director. H/she will be responsible for overseeing all fundraising strategy and campaigns including annual, capital, endowment, planned giving, events, direct mail, and more;  managing the development team, including a senior development officer, development administrator, development consultant, capital campaign consultant, and communications consultant; managing the fundraising efforts of the Executive Director; and working closely with the Board and other lay leadership.


 What you’re great at:

  • Raising money
  • Sharing 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
  • Raising money


 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 development team
  • 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 6 and 7 figure gifts.
  • 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
  • A love of fundraising and a desire to accomplish great things.


What you’ll own:

The Director of Development works independently and as part of a team to own the following responsibilities:

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 get out of it:

  • Incredible satisfaction working for one of the most mission-centric, forward thinking, growth oriented, and fun Jewish organizations in the country.
  • Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace
  • Occasional local and national travel as needed
  • A beautiful and convenient workplace, 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.


What we're about:

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.

Rutgers Hillel is a part of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, providing opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities worldwide to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity.


Why Hillel?

  • 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.



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