Development Director

Location: Arizona State University Hillel
City: Tempe
State/Territory: Arizona
Job Type: Development Professional
Last updated: 4/7/19 9:06 PM


Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Hillel at Arizona State University as the Development Director. We are looking for someone who loves systems as much as people and is eager to spend time with Hillel supporters as well as behind the scenes. As a member of our senior staff team, you will serve as a thought partner to our Executive Director. You will also collaborate with other staff as we advance ASU Hillel’s goals of providing meaningful and diverse opportunities for Jewish expression, identifying and cultivating student leaders, and consistently promoting a welcoming and lively pluralistic Jewish community.


Our Hillel is growing rapidly and you’ll be joining a team that loves working together to foster a culture of innovation and creativity. Speaking of innovation, you’ll be doing this work at the #1 university for innovation; our culture lends itself to experimenting with new strategies. You won’t find anyone here telling you “we already tried that.” As you oversee our development strategy and campaign, your work streamlining our systems and engaging new supporters will be integral to ASU Hillel’s goals to impact hundreds more students through added programs, staff and space. 


You will play a key role in annual, capital and endowment campaigns, bequests and gift planning, fundraising events, direct mail, and more. The Director of Development is responsible for achieving revenue goals jointly established by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.


What You’ll Do

  • Create and execute a robust development strategy for ASU Hillel, including new parent and alumni engagement campaigns
  • Support and further develop pre-existing capital and planned giving campaigns
  • Work with ASU Hillel staff and lay leaders to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and future major donors
  • Manage our annual cycle of fundraising events and campaigns including the direct mail, parents/alumni weekends and our annual gala.
  • Engage with lay leadership to cultivate a culture of giving, develop a leadership pipeline for development efforts, and strengthen their capacity to support our organization.
  • Staff the Board of Directors fundraising subcommittee, attend all Board of Directors meetings and relevant committee meetings
  • Flex your writing skills to prepare grants, write letters, and prepare our annual report


On a day to day basis you will

  • Share ASU Hillel’s story on the phone and in person with current and potential stakeholders; solicit gifts of varying sizes
  • Perform prospect research, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major gift donors on behalf of ASU Hillel. Work with the Executive Director and other lay leaders to prepare, research and execute their own portfolio of major gifts.
  • 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.
  • Develop and promote a culture of philanthropy throughout Hillel, including creativity, teamwork, accountability and continuous improvement.
  • Forecast fundraising potential for annual budgeting, monitor the development budget, prepare development reports for board meetings
  • Represent ASU Hillel at university and community events


What You’ve Accomplished

  • 3+ years in fundraising, development.
  • Experience in higher education, marketing, or event planning.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Proven success:
    • Identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts of varying sizes
    • Executing annual fundraising campaigns, including cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation through in-person, print, and online channels
    • Developing creative new fundraising strategies based on research and data analysis
    • Event planning
    • Writing for a variety of audiences


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
  • Self-motivation and deep willingness to take risks, get creative, be a forward thinker, and think outside the box for the sake of strengthening the organization in partnership with all stakeholders
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel
  • Willingness to facilitate conversations about Judaism and Israel 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. The salary range for this role is $55,000-$65,000
  • 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 to conferences and possibly to Israel as Birthright trip staff  
  • Plenty of Hillel swag


About Hillel at Arizona State University:

Hillel at Arizona State University serves approximately 3,500 students located at four ASU campuses in the greater Phoenix metro area. We are on an exciting growth trajectory and have found success by prioritizing holistic support for students’ interests and needs in college and beyond. Located in Tempe, AZ, we are in close proximity to Phoenix, AZ and Scottsdale, AZ and all three cities provide affordable housing opportunities among thriving young professional communities. The area offers the amenities of a metropolitan area alongside a beautiful desert environment, with an average of 299 sunny days/year.  Phoenix offers outstanding theater and concert venues, professional sports teams, great art, archaeology, hiking, and world class golf courses and resorts.  Phoenix has a well-established and vibrant Jewish community, with a Jewish population well over 100,000; you’ll find a wide variety of synagogues, Jewish preschools, day schools, community centers, kosher food and a strong network of Jewish educational, cultural and social services.


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.

ASU 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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