Director of Development

Location: American University Hillel
City: DC
State/Territory: Washington
Job Type: Development Professional
Last updated: 4/4/19 12:50 PM

Description

Role Overview

Make your mark on Jewish student life as American University Hillel’s first Director of Development.  You’ll power Hillel by connecting stakeholders with our community and raising vital funds.  AU Hillel has experienced a renaissance in recent years, more than tripling student involvement and doubling our annual campaign.  As Director of Development, you will work closely with our Executive Director and Board of Directors to sustain that rapid growth.

 

The ideal candidate will be a natural relationship-builder and effective communicator, highly organized, and capable of working both independently and as part of a team.  You will have demonstrated success in personally soliciting meaningful contributions and in supporting others to successfully fundraise.  The right person will be excited to interact regularly with students, parents, and alumni, as well as university and Jewish community colleagues.

 

What You’ll Do

  • Create and implement a robust development strategy and annual development plan
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of donors and prospects with an emphasis on building Hillel’s major gifts program
  • Manage ongoing donor cultivation and stewardship, creatively communicating with stakeholders in ways that build their enthusiasm for Hillel’s work
  • Plan and organize special events for current and prospective supporters
  • Engage with the Board of Directors and other volunteers to cultivate a culture of giving, develop a leadership pipeline, and strengthen their capacity to support the organization
  • Oversee fundraising operations including our donor database, gift processing, and gift acknowledgment

 

On a given day you might:

  • Personally reach out to parents and alumni, including current and prospective supporters
  • Help the Board Development Chair prepare for an upcoming meeting, brainstorm with a member of the Young Alumni Board about an upcoming event, or meet with student leaders about an online crowdfunding initiative
  • Meet with a senior member of the university development team to strategize together about a key prospect
  • Conduct prospect research and prepare background materials for direct solicitations
  • Draft a grant proposal or direct mail solicitation
  • Attend an exciting student event or get coffee with a student so that you’re prepared to convey Hillel’s compelling story to our stakeholders

 

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 5+ years of professional experience in nonprofit fundraising, preferably in the Jewish community or the higher education sector
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Proven success:
    • Executing multi-faceted annual fundraising campaigns
    • Identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors of $1,000+
    • Helping volunteers participate effectively in the fundraising process

 

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Passion for Hillel’s mission and pluralistic Jewish life
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Superb organizational skills and the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, strong work ethic, and desire to learn and be challenged every day
  • Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, donor management software, and prospect research tools

 

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace; salary range for this role is $80,000-$90,000
  • Comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), generous vacation/sick time and parental leave
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
  • Regional and national travel (approximately 10%-20%)
  • Flexible work environment

 

About American University Hillel

American University is home to an estimated 1,600 Jewish undergraduates, and AU Hillel seeks to engage every Jewish student – from those with strong Jewish backgrounds to those with none at all – helping each one to explore and express their Jewish identity in ways that are personally meaningful to them.  AU Hillel has experienced dramatic growth in recent years, involving an unprecedented number of students and launching a wide range of exciting new programs.

 

Located in Washington, DC, American University is a private institution with approximately 8,000 undergraduates.  AU students are driven and engaged with the world: the university is currently ranked as the most politically active in the country (Princeton Review), students intern at a higher rate than at any other university (U.S. News & World Report), and the vast majority of undergraduates study abroad.  AU is home to the largest international relations school in the country, nationally ranked programs in business and public affairs, and excellent facilities including a well-regarded art museum.  The campus has been listed among the most beautiful in the nation and is a designated arboretum.

 

About Hillel International

American University Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International.  Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that 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.

 

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 university across North American 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.





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