Assistant Director of Development

Location: Yale University Hillel
City: New Haven
State/Territory: Connecticut
Job Type: Development Professional
Last updated: 6/6/19 11:14 AM


Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale is seeking a creative, dynamic professional with strong organizational and fundraising skills to serve as its Assistant Director of Development. This professional will work closely with the Director of Development, Executive Director, board members, and other staff members to implement various aspects of our new comprehensive development strategy. Reporting to the Director of Development, this person will create and execute donor cultivation plans and activities both on and off campus for various constituent groups including alumni, current parents, and past parents, as well as manage direct mail and electronic communications, and endowment reporting. The Assistant Director of Development is a member of the Development Team and responsible for achieving revenue goals jointly established by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors.
What You’ll Do
  • Manage direct mail and online fundraising efforts which includes working with outside vendors 
  • Working closely with the Director of Development to manage an annual cycle of fundraising and development events, including First-Year Welcome Shabbat, Family Weekend, Yale/Harvard Weekend, Reunion Weekends, Commencement Weekend and cultivation events
  • Prepare endowment reports for over 40 restricted endowment funds, in addition to annual and capital campaign reports
  • Manage student, alumni, parent and community member data in Raiser’s Edge Database which includes, but not limited to: data entry, data clean-up, complex queries and reports, ongoing training, and more in close collaboration with the Development Assistant and other members of the department
  • Manage gift and acknowledgement reconciliation with finance department and Development Assistant
  • Assist with Capital Campaign duties, including but not limited to event planning, prospect research, proof reading
  • Assist with creating development materials which include Annual Report with donor listings
  • Participate in development meetings including staff, board of directors and volunteers
What You’ve Accomplished
  • Bachelor’s degree required plus three to five years of experience in fundraising. Experience with capital and/or endowment campaigns a plus.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish philanthropic community; experience in the New York metropolitan area preferred; knowledge of Yale a major plus.
  • CRM experience, particularly Raiser’s Edge NXT
  • Development experience with a desire to learn and grow. University and/or higher education fundraising experience a plus.
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
  • Ability to passionately represent Slifka Center’s mission, build strong relationships with donors, take initiative and think creatively.
  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel
  • Willingness to facilitate conversations about Judaism and Israel from different perspectives to inspire diverse 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
  • Ability to be on campus at important times outside of business hours
  • Ability to travel to visit donors when opportunities arise
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
What You’ll Receive
  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace – compensation commensurate with experience. The salary range for this role is $60,000 - $75,000
  • 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
  • Plenty of Hillel swag
About Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
Slifka Center is a separate non-profit and the hub of Jewish life at Yale, housed in a 19,000 square foot building that features a kosher dining hall and is located in the heart of campus. Slifka Center serves the ~1,400 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students on campus, as well as faculty and staff, and members of the New Haven Jewish community. The administration is committed to realizing Slifka’s enormous potential both as a center for Jewish students and as a significant thought leader in the Jewish community and the world beyond.
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.
Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale 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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