Development Manager at Northwestern Hillel

Hillel International | Evanston, IL, United States

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Posted Date 5/25/2023

Development Manager, Northwestern Hillel


Role Overview


Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Northwestern Hillel as the Development Manager. Part development guru, part relationship maven, part data miner, the Development Manager will power Hillel by supporting efforts to connect people, vital funds, and resources to our mission. 

 The Development Manager is responsible for contributing to the management, implementation, and achievement of Hillel’s fundraising initiatives toward a nearly $2 million annual goal. Ideal candidates are professionals with 3+ years development experience or those new to the field of development who possess a strong desire to explore fundraising. This position is highly focused on prospect research, direct solicitation, mail and e-solicitation, and phone and text-based fundraising, largely from audiences composed of parents, young alumni, and community members.


What you’ll do:

  • Partner with ED on annual campaign and ongoing comprehensive capital campaign 
  • Work with staff and the Board of Directors Development Committee to create a development plan to meet annual fundraising goals and track progress throughout the year
  • Identify, steward, and directly solicit a portfolio of donors and prospects who contribute between $18 - $5,000 annually
  • Support solicitation efforts for the Executive Director, Board members, and other key lay leaders
  • Coordinate donor meetings and events
  • Work with Finance and Operations Manager to assure timely gift acknowledgement, database management, and review of donor tracking system
  • Write grant applications and reports, and manage grant timelines
  • Supervise part-time Marketing and Communications Manager and oversee student interns in development and marketing


On a day-to-day basis you will:

  • Track and analyze fundraising data to build strategies that both increase donor numbers and revenue
  • Manage follow-up with donors and prospects as necessary
  • Monitor development expenses with Finance and Operations Manager
  • Maintain Little Green Light (LGL) donor database
  • Provide timely data to the Executive Director and Board leaders to ensure that development campaigns proceed efficiently. 
  • Communicate with parents of incoming students in advance of welcome events for recently-accepted students and their families 


What You’ve Accomplished:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years of proven success as a development professional
  • Ability to manage multiple complex projects
  • Proven success as a strong writer
  • Previous fundraising experience either professionally or as a volunteer
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Prior experience with Little Green Light is a plus


What You’ll Bring to the Job:

  • Ability to develop strong relationships with diverse constituencies and create positive community connections
  • Aptitude for independent and cooperative decision-making as well as proactive creative and strategic thinking and problem-solving
  • Goal-driven, results-oriented team member
  • Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines
  • Uncompromising commitment to Jewish pluralism
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to flourish with minimal guidance, be proactive, and handle uncertainty
  • 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 collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel
  • Willingness to facilitate conversations about Judaism and Israel to inspire stakeholders to invest in our work
  • Capability to build, lead, empower, and coach other fundraisers
  • 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


What You’ll Receive:

  • Salary range of $60,000-$80,000
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Great professional development, mentoring and skill-building opportunities


About Northwestern Hillel

Northwestern Hillel is the foundation for Jewish life at Northwestern University, one of the most vibrant Jewish campus communities in North America. Northwestern Hillel offers a wide array of opportunities for Jewish students of all backgrounds and interests to connect with Jewish life and their own Jewish story and journey. The professional staff works to support students in creating meaningful Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers in the Northwestern community and beyond. Northwestern Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. 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.


Northwestern Hillel is located in the heart of the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Illinois, situated along the shore of Lake Michigan just 20 minutes north of downtown Chicago.  Northwestern is a world-class university, currently ranked #12 by US News and World Report, and is renowned for its schools of journalism, theater, business, and law; its Big Ten athletics; and its bright, talented, and diverse student population. Northwestern is home to approximately 1400 Jewish undergraduates, plus over 1000 Jewish graduate students on its Evanston and downtown Chicago campuses.


Salary60,000.00 - 80,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Development Associate
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Medical Insurance | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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