Development Officer

Cornell Hillel | Ithaca, NY, United States

Posted Date 11/03/2021

Ideal Remote Locations include Ithaca, New York City area, Boston, Washington, D.C.

Role Overview
Cornell Hillel seeks an experienced Development professional to support their Executive Director and Director or Development in raising the organization’s > $1.4 million budget by overseeing the strategy and implementation of its Annual Campaign. The right candidate will be entrepreneurial, creative, and organized, as well as a strong team player who is excited about taking this growing annual giving program of over 1,000 donors to the next level.

What You’ll Do
As a member of the Cornell Hillel development team, you will set your sights on the future of Hillel’s financial strength and help develop a strategic roadmap to increase annual revenue and donor acquisition/retention by: overseeing and analyzing donor data, developing digital and printed annual campaign communication, and creating opportunities for connection.

Your work will be supported by the Executive Director, Director of Development, and Director of Operations who will provide you with the tools and upfront network to optimize your fundraising efforts and enhance your growth and success in this role. We will set and accomplish ambitious goals and you will be an integral part of Cornell Hillel’s success, ensuring that all of the amazing work we do with our student community inspires every fundraising initiative.

Development Strategy & Management:
- Work directly with the Director of Development and Executive Director to support all fundraising initiatives and development strategy.
- Develop organization’s annual campaign communications schedule
- Exercise daily oversight of progress towards annual and campaign specific fundraising goals
- Help develop moves management strategies for annual donors
- Identify data driven strategies to reach non, lapsed and decreased donors
- Assist in identifying prospective major donors and board members
- Conduct research on donor prospects

Mass Solicitation & Communication:
- Creatively deploy a mix of mass-solicitation tools like email, text messaging, social media, snail mail campaigns
- Prepare all direct mail (Fall campaign, High Holiday card, new parent letter etc.) and coordinate with mail house and graphic designer when applicable
- Manage annual cycle of e-fundraising campaigns including: High Holidays, Giving Tuesday, Hanukkah, Hillel Global Giving Week, End of Year
- Prepare and disseminate monthly parent and alumni e-newsletters
- Work with programming team to secure student testimonials and photos for stakeholder communications

Data Management:
- Lead the management of Little Green Light, our donor management system. Process donations/acknowledgments, create new accounts, input donor interactions, generate reports, and ensure the system is consistently accurate.
- Create and support data infostructure for annual student phone-a-thon

Event Management:
- Collaborate with Director of Development, Assistant Executive Director, and other members of the team to coordinate events for alumni and parents in Ithaca, New York City and elsewhere including, but not limited to: Family Weekend Bagel Brunch, local and virtual parlor meetings, Reunion Weekend Reception, and Cornell Hillel’s Annual Tanner Prize Event.

What We Are Looking For
Ideal candidates deeply connect to and embody the mission of Cornell Hillel to promote Jewish identity development. You are a natural motivator; your enthusiasm and storytelling ability have a way of capturing the imagination and support of your diverse audience. Colleagues and friends recognize you as a highly detailed and organized individual – you set plans, and project manage to achieve your desired result.

- 3+ years experience in fundraising and marketing
- Bachelor’s degree
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; able to communicate appropriately through email, formal letters, reports, and social media
- Proficient in Excel and Microsoft suite
- Experience with CRM and data management
- Event planning experience preferred
- Conversant in Jewish history, tradition and religious practice
- Ability to travel occasionally to Ithaca (if remote) and elsewhere for donor events
- A consummate professional who is accustomed to being discrete with highly confidential information, and is fully committed to ethical fundraising practices

What you'll receive:
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $60,000 - $65,000.
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities

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 who fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and trains them to become the next Jewish leaders.

About Cornell Hillel
Founded in 1929 and now serving the largest Jewish student population in the Ivy League, Cornell Hillel aims to inspire every Jewish student to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel. We seek to empower Jewish students to build vibrant and engaging communities that cultivate ownership of identity, a sense of the dynamic role of Judaism, and an appreciation of the rich diversity of the Jewish experience. We believe in a pluralism that begins with the diversity of our staff.

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

Full Time
Director of Development | Fundraising/Grants/Giving
Organization Type
401(k) or 403(b) plans | medical | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave
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