Senior Development and Philanthropic Engagement Officer, Florida

Shalom Hartman Institute of North America | Miami, FL, United States

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Posted Date 4/11/2024

Senior Development and Philanthropic Engagement Officer, Florida

Mission and Philosophy

The Shalom Hartman Institute is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity and pluralism and ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.


The ideal candidate is an experienced fundraising and campaign professional, comfortable in a dynamic and fast-paced setting, who is a confident relationship-builder and strategic gift solicitor, who will be passionate about securing philanthropic resources to advance the Institute’s mission.

This part-time position plays a key role as the face of the Shalom Hartman Institution building relationships with new individual donors and institutional funders across Florida toward achieving SHI NA’s strategic programmatic and philanthropic goals. This professional will cultivate a deep understanding of the interests of SHI NA’s target audiences as well as a thorough grasp of the programmatic resources and scholarship the Institute offers. This individual will build out an active network of new donors and prospects in key communities like Boca Raton, Miami, West Palm Beach, and beyond.

This creative self-starter will initiate new donor prospecting, plan ongoing donor/prospect events and meetings, manage strategic stakeholder engagement, and promote and recruit for the Hartman Giving Society across the region. The ideal candidate will bring at least 8+ years of direct fundraising and major donor programmatic engagement experience with demonstrated ability in relationship management, gift solicitation, project management, and special event planning and execution. This role requires someone who will bring a professional, resourceful, and entrepreneurial style, and who can leverage networks, partnerships and Institute resources to establish a successful fundraising profile for the Shalom Hartman Institute amongst key communities and networks across the target markets.

The ideal candidate is an entrepreneurial self-starter who can prioritize among many different responsibilities, is a highly effective verbal and written communicator and a strong capacity for time-management. The candidate will be confident in articulating support and energy for the work of the Hartman Institute, with an eagerness to learn.

Note: The position can be filled as either a staff member or a consultant model between 60% - 75% time to be based in the Miami/Boca/Palm Beach corridor.

Primary Fundraising Responsibilities 

  • Identify, engage, solicit, steward and cultivate a robust portfolio of new major individual, foundation, and institutional funders in the annual gift range of $10K-$1M to support the priority work of the Institute.

  • Curate and launch local engagement and fundraising events – serve as lead project manager for multiple events to engage donors and prospects including planning and execution of short-term seminars and VIP learning opportunities; develop guest lists, oversee recruitment, coordinate with hosts, facilitation and curation of the engagement experiences.

  • Deploy SHI executive leadership, program staff and faculty from North America and Israel through curated learning opportunities, private engagements, and speaking tours designed to engage new potential funders.

  • Support the various fundraising efforts of specialized campaigns including annual campaign, Board campaign, capital campaign, and planned giving.

  • Identify and recruit potential Board member candidates from Florida in line with leadership, service, and giving expectations of the Hartman Board of Directors.

  • Recruit new and steward existing participants toward premier Hartman engagement programs including annual Community Leadership Program (CLP) and Hartman Giving Society as well as local and lay leadership educational initiatives.

  • Liaise with local Rabbis, Synagogues, Federations, Foundations, leadership networks and program alumni, to elevate awareness and engagement of Florida leaders in Hartman activity.


  • 8+ years of experience and demonstrated success working with donors, lay  leaders, supervisees, and lay Board leaders to advance fundraising programming and events;

  • Superior relational skills with colleagues and lay leadership;

  • Highly professional, customer-service oriented demeanor;

  • Takes initiative and executes on new ideas;

  • Exceptionally organized and detail-oriented;?

  • Passion for SHI NA’s mission;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Able to manage multiple complex tasks;

  • Familiarity with Jewish philanthropic landscape in North America
    and the local Jewish fundraising markets in Florida;

  • Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic, high-energy environment;

  • Track record of demonstrating sound judgment by making appropriate decisions and knowing when to communicate and when to take initiative;

  • Capable of working independently as well as collaboratively;

  • Flexible work style with the ability to work under tight deadlines and with shifting priorities;

  • Ability to staff occasional evening and weekend programs;

  • Modest travel expected – domestic and occasional to Israel;

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications – proven ability using Excel and PowerPoint;

  • Hebrew language familiarity a plus;

  • Good sense of humor;

  • BA / BS degree or equivalent.


Salary range and benefits: $100,000 - $130,000, commensurate with experience, full-time equivalency, and status as employee vs contractor. Very competitive benefits package.

To apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter in one document below. The cover letter should include descriptions of positions with relevant experience, and demonstration of successful expertise in the core demands of the position. No phone calls please.

We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with The Shalom Hartman Institute. Due to anticipated high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates who will be interviewed can expect a response within 3-4 weeks.


Salary100,000.00 - 130,000.00 Annual
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Engagement | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Philanthropy
Organization Type
Education & Schools | Foundations | Fundraising
Job Location
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