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Director of Development

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Cornell Hillel

New York City, NY

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Director of Development

Job Description:

Make your mark on Jewish student life by becoming Cornell Hillel’s next Director of Development. As Director of Development, you will lead all development operations, reporting directly to the Executive Director. You will oversee all fundraising strategy and campaigns, manage the fundraising efforts of the Executive Director, and work closely with the Board and other lay leadership. Join our team and you will power Cornell Hillel by connecting people to our community and raising vital funds.

What You’ll Do

Oversee the development and execution of robust fundraising strategies to achieve current annual goal of approximately $825,000 and increase revenues to $1.25 M over the next three years.

Create a comprehensive annual campaign including cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation through in-person meetings, direct mail, e-communications and telemarketing.

Plan, execute, and ensure the success of development events.

Oversee our endowment and planned giving campaigns through the management of our Life & Legacy committee and successful completion of the campaign.

On a day to day basis you will:

Develop and execute compelling personal parent and alumni outreach, including meetings and support of the Cornell Hillel Alumni and parent groups.

Oversight of all campaigns, including annual, endowment, planned giving, events, direct mail, and more.

Manage our development database (Little Green Light) through data entry and gift processing.

Prepare grant proposals and reports for individual donors, philanthropic foundations, and other funders.

Oversee all mail and internet‐based solicitations, including the preparation and production of marketing materials.

Mentor Hillel staff and student leaders on sponsorship opportunities and fundraising initiatives, including recruiting, training and mobilizing students to partner in Hillel’s development efforts.

Build partnerships with campus administration and development office, Hillel’s International Center, and foundations.

Staff the Cornell Hillel Board’s Development Committee and subcommittee.

Develop and promote a culture of philanthropy throughout Hillel, including creativity, teamwork, accountability and continuous improvement.

Support the Executive Director in developing organizational vision, including budget, organizational structure, communications, marketing, policy and strategy.

What You’ve Accomplished

7 years of experience in professional fundraising. Past roles working in a Jewish organization are a plus.

Bachelor’s degree required

You have proven success:

Generating funds with a track record of identifying, cultivating, soliciting and closing gifts including any or all of the following: annual, capital, major gift and endowment giving

Sharing compelling stories about an organization’s mission and impact. As a result you’ve increased investment, either volunteer, strategic, or financial.

Building, leading, empowering and coaching other fundraisers.

What You’ll Bring to the Job

Superior oral and written communication skills

An eye on the big picture while being detail oriented

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Strong interpersonal skills

Creative thinking

Knowledge of the Jewish and New York philanthropic communities

Analysis of current trends, recommend and implement action plans to grow the number of donors, increases contributions, and identify new opportunities.

Willingness to travel (

What You’ll Receive

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

A competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. This role will be based in either Ithaca or New York City and cost of living will be considered.

Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities

Flexible work hours

Plenty of university swag

About Cornell Hillel

Cornell Hillel

works with a strong body of student leadership, supporting more than 30 unique student programming teams planning over 1000 programs and initiatives a year for the 3,500 Jewish students on campus (22% of the student population). As a flagship Hillel, we enhance Jewish life on campus by training Jewish students who strategically build relationships with their uninvolved peers and connect them with Jewish resources and opportunities on campus. Cornell Hillel regularly sends one of the largest Taglit-Birthright Israel contingents to Israel, and has a strong student-led pro-Israel advocacy and education group. Shabbat and holidays are celebrated campus-wide in diverse environments. Cornell Hillel supervises religious observance for the High Holy Days, Passover and other occasions.

Cornell University is an Ivy-League university located in Ithaca, NY. Ithaca combines small town life with a world class academic/college town community. Kiplinger rated Ithaca #8 in '50 Smart Places to Live in America' and Ithaca was ranked #3 in 'Relocate-America's top 100 places to live.' Newsweek has named Cornell 'The Hottest Ivy.' It’s a dynamic town whose nickname “Ithaca is Gorges” epitomizes the campus and community.

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.

Cornell 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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Sat, 04/01/2017

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