Development Associate/ Executive Assistant

Location: Hillel at Virginia Tech
City: Blacksburg
State/Territory: Virginia
Job Type: Development Professional
Last updated: 5/22/19 9:23 AM


We are seeking an energetic, creative, and productive self-starter to serve as Hillel at Virginia Tech's Development Associate/Executive Assistant to help ensure that Hillel reaches its ambitious fundraising and programmatic goals.   This professional will be supported in their efforts by the Director of Development who will be based in DC and locally by the Executive Director. The Development Associate will receive strong guidance, mentorship and input from the Development team to learn and grow in their role.

Hillel at Virginia Tech is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International, the world’s largest Jewish campus organization, seeks to inspire every Jewish college student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.  

What you’ll bring to the job

  • A bachelor’s degree and fundraising experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • An entrepreneurial, hard-charging, can-do nature.
  • Creative strategies and flexibility to work as part of a remote team, working with campuses and professionals in different places.
  • Availability to travel periodically.
  • In-depth training on all fundraising systems and processes, as well as regular supervision and mentoring.
  • Serve as first point of contact for the organization (phone/email/in person)
  • Office support -- provide administrative assistance to the Executive Director; support daily office operations, ordering office supplies, distributing mail, and working with vendors;    
  • Prepare board materials for board meetings
  • Staff support -- assist programming staff with logistical needs for their programs, including online.
  • Human Resources -- assist with recruiting, onboarding new employees, benefits administration, and record keeping
  • Basic technology support -- maintain our basic office technology (computers, printers, network, phones) as needed
  • Assist with occasional events, as needed

A typical day as the Development Associate/Executive Assistant might include 

  • Working closely with Executive Director to build an annual fundraising plan.
  • Teaming up with a campus Hillel professionals to coordinate a solicitation meeting.
  • Engaging a campus Hillel board member to plan a parlor meeting at their home.
  • Planning for an upcoming fundraising event or following up with individuals who recently attended an event.
  • Partnering with Virginia Tech and/or Hillel International colleagues on donor strategies.
  • Work collaboratively with Executive Director to ensure the team is hitting measureable goals and metrics set out in the development plan; set accountability for lay leaders and staff.
  • Pull lists with metrics and numbers for colleagues. 

What you’ll get out of it

  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.
  • Independent and hands-on work in an exciting, fast-paced team environment.
  • Exposure to a variety of campus Hillel foundations and their fundraising challenges and opportunities.

Required education, experience, and skills

  • Experience as administrative, HR, or office assistant/manager, or bookkeeper with administrative skills
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, Gmail, LGL, and the capacity to quickly learn and master new software
  • Preferred but not required: Clean driving record and access to personal vehicle for work-related local travel
  • Bachelor's degree preferred

Required personal attributes

  • Superb organization skills; should enjoy developing systems, organizing documents, creating and following systematic workflows
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to document procedures and draft error-free emails
  • Capacity to follow complex instructions and quickly learn new procedures and systems
  • Capacity to juggle competing priorities and deadlines; can work and stay flexible within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment; efficient

Physical requirements

  • Ability to communicate via phone and email
  • Ability to work at a computer for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry 30 pounds

With 2,000 Jewish students on the Virginia Tech campus, Hillel at Virginia Tech boasts a growing program with the opportunity to impact thousands of students, alumni and friends. Blacksburg is a beautiful college town with opportunities for hiking and camping in the beautiful mountains of the blue ridge.  Biking and nature is invigorating on the multiple trails.

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.

Hillel at Virginia Tech 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.


To Apply
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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.


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