About the Organization:
UJA-Federation of New York is the largest local philanthropy in the world. For more than 100 years, we’ve brought New Yorkers together to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our community. Thanks to our network of hundreds of non-profits, we can leverage our expertise across any number of areas — including health and human services, arts and culture, and education — to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Our reach extends from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year.
The Development Associate is responsible for the engagement, cultivation, and solicitation of donors and prospects in the legal community through face-to-face solicitations, the organization of fundraising events, educational projects and hands-on activities, and providing support to lay leadership committees. Among other responsibilities, the Development Associate will oversee a $1 million portfolio that includes the Young Lawyers Division, White Collar and Securities Enforcement Group, and campaigns at several large New York law firms.
We are looking for a personable, organized, and thoughtful applicant. To be successful, you must be able to work and collaborate effectively with the Lawyers Division team and the broader UJA team, both volunteer and professional.
Legal experience not required. This is a position in the Fundraising Department.
• Educate donors and prospects about the mission of UJA-Federation of New York in ways that inspire them to give. Accomplish this through one-on-one meetings, fundraising events, educational programs, mitzvah projects, agency visits, and missions.
• Develop and implement appropriate fundraising strategies to increase the dollars raised for the Annual Campaign. This includes thinking strategically about the legal community and tailoring programs and initiatives to that community.
• Collaborate with staff in other divisions to develop initiatives across divisional lines.
• Provide professional support to the Young Lawyers Leadership Committee and the White Collar and Securities Enforcement Committee. This includes agenda setting, preparing reports and presentations, writing meeting notes, and providing follow up.
• Maintain records of donor engagement and evaluate progress regularly with supervisor.
• Manage and work with lay leaders to plan various events with a specific focus on Young Lawyers social events and the Young Lawyers’ Setting the Bar series, which consists of briefings throughout the year hosted by and featuring prominent leaders in the law and related fields.
• Manage and work with lay leaders to plan and fundraise for the White Collar & Securities Enforcement Annual Cocktail Reception.
• Develop and update research on individuals and companies in the Lawyers Division portfolio, as well as philanthropic trends in the legal community. Includes identification of viable prospects through outreach and relationship-building activities, and reading newspapers, trade publications, journals, and other related materials to remain generally informed.
Qualifications & Competencies:
• Bachelor’s degree required
• Two to three years or more of post-college work experience
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
• Knowledge of issues facing the Jewish community and passion for UJA-Federation’s mission
• Ability to initiate and follow-through on self-defined goals and objectives while remaining part of a collaborative team
• Strong critical thinking and analytic abilities
• Problem-solver with meticulous attention to detail
• Friendly and enthusiastic presence
• Comfort and confidence in prioritizing work in a fast-paced environment
• Flexibility to work at events and programs when required, which may be outside of normal business hours