Development Associate

Hillel International | Chicago, IL, United States

Posted Date 4/06/2022

Development Associate

Metro Chicago Hillel

Role Overview

Metro Chicago Hillel (MCH) seeks a dynamic and detail-oriented individual to serve as its next Development Associate. In this role, you will  impact every aspect of MCH’s work. You will be responsible for growing our financial resource development work to meet our organizational growth. From prospect research to donor meetings to tracking progress in our development plan, you will help ensure the long-term sustainability of MCH and Silverstein Base Chicago.

You will work with talented colleagues to further Hillel’s mission to inspire every student and young adult interested in Judaism to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. 


Development Strategy

  • Partner with the Executive Director, Assistant Director, and lay leadership to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and future individual and institutional donors.
  • Build and nurture strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders including alumni, parents, community and university partners.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with MCH campuses’ Offices of Alumni Relations and Advancement, Hillel International, and the Jewish United Fund (JUF).
  • Partner with Hillel’s Board of Directors and Development Committee toward the achievement of all fundraising goals.
  • Work closely with Base Chicago rabbis to set and implement development strategies.
  • Draft and monitor the annual development plan, including donor communications calendar.
  • Collaborate on maintaining website and social media pages for MCH and Base.
  • Identify new opportunities for small and medium donor engagement and partner with staff to create systems to support them.


  • Plan periodic events, including parent parlor meetings and alumni gatherings, to share Hillel’s mission and impact.
  • Conduct prospect research and identify major donors.
  • Engage in outreach to alumni, parents, and community leaders around Chicago.
  • Prepare donor correspondence.


  • Manage donor stewardship, including prospect research and gift acknowledgements.
  • Process data entry and gifts precisely and timely, and track donations, grants and program income in our database.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate prospect meetings, assist in planning materials for Board meetings, and prepare fundraising and donor reports for the Executive Director.
  • Coordinate writing and sending of thank you note/acknowledgement letters.


  • Write, produce, and prepare donor materials and briefings, PowerPoint presentations, reports, and grant proposals.
  • Support JUF Campaign and mandatory campaign-related activities on an ongoing basis. 
  • Attend donor meetings with the Executive Director.
  • Solicit donors for annual campaign and designated giving.

What You’ve Accomplished

  • 1 - 3 of years in [broad or specific fields, like fundraising, development, education, marketing, event planning, etc.]
  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Proven success:
  • Examples:
    • Planning and leading events
    • Applying written and oral communication skills; able to communicate appropriately through email, formal letters, reports, and social media
    • Using Salesforce, Little Green Light or other database applications with a close eye to detail


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 0-5 years development experience.
  • Knowledge of Jewish community, culture, heritage, traditions and Jewish Communal Services.
  • Superior written and verbal skills, effective at communicating with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Accomplished organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong data analysis and budgeting skills.
  • A serious work ethic, sense of humor, and willingness to take risks and learn from unexpected situations.
  • Eagerness to learn about non-profit fundraising.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite required.
  • Experience using Little Green Light or other CRM platforms preferred.

What You’ll Receive

Salary is $45-50,000.

Metro Chicago 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 20 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, continued learning opportunities, and flexible work hours.

About Metro Chicago Hillel

Metro Chicago Hillel serves almost 1,600 students at Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Oakton Community College, Roosevelt University, School of the Art Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as students at countless other schools in the Chicagoland area. We are an urban, multi-campus Hillel serving commuter students, creating Jewish community where students live and learn, helping them build an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

MCH includes Silverstein Base Chicago, an award-winning initiative designed to reach thousands of students and post-college young adults across Chicago. With locations in Lincoln Park and the West Loop, rabbis and their partners create meaningful experiences in their homes to model authentic Jewish living through hospitality, service and learning.

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.

Metro Chicago 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.

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

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