Director of Advancement

Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst Hillel
City: Amherst
State/Territory: Massachusetts
Job Type: Development Professional
Last updated: 6/7/19 10:56 AM


UMass Hillel seeks an experienced, ambitious and outgoing fundraising professional to join our staff as Director of Advancement.  Make your mark on student life at UMass Amherst as part of a dynamic and caring staff team doing meaningful work amidst a vibrant Jewish community.  As Director of Advancement, you will play a vital role in a mission driven organization as we launch and implement a five-year strategic plan and mark an exciting new phase in our organizational history.  You will work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to successfully meet budgetary goals and grow the organization in line with our strategic plan. The Director of Advancement will create and oversee an annual development plan that strategically addresses all key elements for achieving our annual fundraising goal including direct response, cultivation and stewardship, frontline fundraising, legacy and events.  You will supervise our excellent Development Associate, will be responsible for a portfolio of grant applications, and will develop and manage relationships with foundation and university partners.  As Director of Advancement, you will feel the direct impact of your work on a daily basis as you connect stakeholders to our mission, empower student leadership, and build vibrant Jewish community that has benefit to the campus and beyond.


What You’ll Do:

  • Plan, organize and manage the fundraising campaigns of UMass Hillel to meet the fundraising goal set in the annual budget, currently in the range of $375,000.
  • Create annual development plan to achieve fundraising goals to align with the strategic plan.
  • Identify, cultivate and steward relationships with new and established contributors.  
  • Solicit and close gifts from prospects and facilitate solicitations for the Executive Director, including regular travel locally and regionally.
  • Help create a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization by educating and engaging board members, staff and students.
  • Establish strong relationships with Board members, encouraging their participation in development activities and building a culture of active networking and ambassadorship for Hillel.
  • Recruit board members to serve on event committees and to participate in individual and small group solicitations.
  • Plan and oversee implementation of fundraising events in Boston, Amherst and/or New York, including solicitation of donors and sponsors.
  • Oversee direct mail campaigns including High Holiday, Hanukkah, Passover and end-of-year appeals.
  • Directly supervise Development Associate, including weekly supervision meetings, annual goal setting and semi-annual reviews.
  • Supervise creation of communications materials to steward and cultivate alumni, parents and supporters.
  • Oversee email and social media appeals and other online giving opportunities.
  • Develop marketing materials to effectively share Hillel’s impact.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with donors, organizations and foundations.
  • Research and write grants.
  • Oversee, improve and enhance donor and prospect data management in line with the strategic plan. 
  • Help coordinate quarterly board meetings; present development reports to the board.


What You’ve Accomplished:

  • Bachelor's degree required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of direct work experience in fundraising, preferably in a Jewish nonprofit organization.
  • Proven success in campaign management and donor stewardship.
  • Experience with in-person major gift solicitation and strategic fundraising planning is preferred.  
  • Successful planning and implementation of events
  • Supervision experience preferred.
  • Successful grant writing experience.
  • Experience with budget creation and management.
  • Management of donor or customer relation databases
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office, Excel, DonorPerfect and/or other CRM software.  
  • Facility with Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media platforms.
  • Experience with Mail Chimp or Constant Contact preferred.


What You’ll Bring to the Job:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to naturally form relationships with students, staff, board members, supporters and university contacts.
  • Willingness and ability to travel required.
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively, both independently and in a team.
  • Strong ability to prioritize tasks and to set and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate Hillel’s mission to supporters in a compelling way.
  • Occasional evening and weekend availability.


What You’ll Receive:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
  • 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.
  • Great professional development, mentoring and skill-building opportunities.
  • Flexible work hours 
  • Possibility for working remotely with regular travel to Amherst 
  • Opportunity to bring your skills and passion to an exciting, creative work environment.
  • Meaningful work as part of a mission driven organization seeking to have a positive impact on the world.


About UMass Hillel:

UMass Hillel is a vibrant and extremely active Hillel, located adjacent to the UMass Amherst campus.  Our mission is to empower students through the vitality of Jewish life to cultivate purposeful, healthy lives and relationships that better our community and world.  With over 2,000 Jewish students on campus, UMass Hillel is a home away from home for hundreds of students.  With ten Jewish student groups and a fun and dedicated staff team, we offer a diverse range of impactful programs and opportunities.  We are located in the beautiful college town of Amherst in the heart of the Pioneer Valley.  For more details please go to our website or find us on Facebook. 

UMass Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International seeks to enrich 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.


PLEASE NOTE:  Applicants should address their cover letter to Rabbi Aaron Fine, Executive Director, and include a copy of their cover letter and resume in one document when applying for this position.  Please upload this document as a Word or PDF file.  When you upload the document, the system will create an unformatted version of your resume as a snapshot in your application.  The formatted version of your resume will also be attached to your application and will be used during the hiring process.


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