Development & Communications Manager

Hillel International | Champaign, IL, United States

Posted Date 1/05/2022

Development & Communications Manager

UIUC Hillel

Role Overview

As a key member of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Illini Hillel’s professional team, you’ll manage our annual campaign, lead our Centennial Campaign kicking off in 2022, coordinate donor and alumni events, research and manage grant applications, communicate Hillel's vision and story to key constituencies, and help Illini Hillel sustain and grow the financial resources necessary to advance our work. You can work from JUF’s Chicago office (hybrid) or from the Illini Hillel office in Urbana-Champaign.

What You’ll Do:

  • Partner with the Executive Director, Assistant Director, and lay leadership to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of current and future donors. 
  • Build and nurture strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders including alumni, parents, community, and university partners.
  • Oversee donor stewardship, including prospect research and gift acknowledgements.
  • Manage Illini Hillel’s Centennial Campaign through committee work, donor prospecting and engagement, event planning, and marketing communications, in partnership with Executive Director
  • Assist in the design and implementation of the annual development plan.
  • Plan periodic fundraising and stewardship events, including centennial campaign events for high-level donors, parent parlor meetings, and alumni gatherings to share Hillel’s mission and impact with groups of stakeholders.
  • Plan and execute printed, email, and social media campaigns and appeals for Hillel’s annual and Centennial campaigns.
  • Design and implement major community programs, including holiday and Shabbat celebrations, interfacing with students, community partners, stakeholders.
  • Partner with Hillel’s Board of Directors and Development Committee toward the achievement of all fundraising goals.

On a day-to-day basis you will:

  • Administer the development database and ensure data entry and gift processing is precise and timely. Includes research, input, segmentation, reporting, and maintenance.
  • Manage the Centennial Campaign committees, communication, and stakeholders to keep campaign rollout, communications, and events on track.
  • Engage in outreach to Illini Hillel alumni and parents.           
  • Conduct prospect research and identify major gift donors.
  • Prepare grant proposals and reports for individual donors, philanthropic foundations, other funders, and the board.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with Hillel International and JUF staff to coordinate Illini Hillel’s needs.
  • Work with Hillel staff and student leaders on sponsorship opportunities and fundraising initiatives, including recruiting, training, and mobilizing students to partner in Hillel’s development efforts.
  • Write and produce donor materials and briefings, PowerPoint presentations, reports, and prepare donor correspondence.
  • Assist in planning and assembling materials for Board meetings.

What you will bring to the job:

  • 5-7 years of experience in development, fundraising, or related focus.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher; advanced degree is preferred.
  • Passion for Hillel’s mission, pluralistic Jewish life, and the college experience; an understanding of Hillel and Federation worlds.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, specifically directed at large groups of supporters.
  • Proven ability to create annual development plans and multi-channel communication plans.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and experience working in with databases (we use Little Green Light and Salesforce).
  • Event planning experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism, attention to detail, creative thinking, problem-solving, time management, multi-tasking, organizational skills, and ability to work independently and meet deadlines while completing projects with accuracy and efficiency.
  • Pride in the accuracy and presentation of your work.

What You’ll Receive:

Illini Hillel is part of the Hillels of Illinois, a department of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago (JUF). As an employee of JUF, your comprehensive benefits package includes up to 22 days paid time off, up to 10 sick days, 8 paid federal holidays and up to 13 paid Jewish holidays, 6 weeks paid parental leave, medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(k) and 403(b) plans, additional health and wellness benefits, financial benefits, and tuition reimbursement. It also includes great professional development, mentoring, skill building opportunities and continued learning opportunities as part of the global Hillel movement (plus an unlimited supply of Hillel swag).

About Illini Hillel:

Illini Hillel is the center for Jewish life at UIUC. Our mission is to inspire every Jewish student to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life. We offer a wide array of opportunities for Jewish students of all backgrounds and interests to connect with Jewish life and their own Jewish journey, ranging from social events to social justice initiatives, culture experiences to religious services, immersive experiences, and so much more. The professional staff supports students in creating meaningful Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers while they enrich the Jewish community at UIUC, the campus 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.

Illini Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. For over 95 years, Hillel International has enriched the lives of Jewish students, and today it is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. Hillel International enriches 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.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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