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Part-Time Development and Communications Manager

Organization Overview
Hebrew Seminary is a unique, pluralistic, egalitarian rabbinical school for deaf and hearing people of all genders. Founded in 1992 to meet the needs of all Jewish communities, especially those traditionally underserved, such as people who are deaf and other Jewish minorities, its mission is to educate students as rabbis and Jewish educators to serve all Jewish communities, including the deaf community. Our program encourages the highest commitment to traditional scholarship, such as Talmud, Bible, and Hebrew, as well as the spiritual discipline of Kabbalah. This teaches our students to be scholars, educators, and leaders, as well as spiritual guides who can hear and share the voice of God with members of their communities.

Position Overview
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Part-Time Development and Communications Manager will be responsible for marketing, external programming, and driving the fundraising efforts for the Seminary. The Development and Communications Manager will focus on creating, developing and disseminating marketing communications, including print and social media, to support a recruitment strategy for the school. Fundraising focuses on implementation of the Annual Campaign strategy, including alumni development, in partnership with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and the Alumni Committee. A strong candidate will have a minimum of 7-10 years of fundraising and marketing/communications experience with a proven history of success in creating thoughtful campaign strategies, one on one gift solicitations, and donor cultivation and stewardship, as well as general marketing and communication messaging and materials.
This driven self-starter will be proactive, motivated, and detail-oriented. As part of this role, the Development and Communications Manager will work closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to identify potential philanthropic partners and prospects, as well as a communication strategy.

• Create all marketing and communications pieces for the Seminary, including print materials and social media.
• Develop and implement appropriate fundraising strategies to increase the campaign and overall fundraising with a variety of fundraising techniques that include face-to-face solicitations, events, and written communications.
• Communicate regularly with donors and help create materials and initiatives that reflect an energetic approach to cultivation and support.
• Manage a portfolio of donors and prospects.
• Support members of the Board of Directors and Seminary President in managing their portfolio of donors.
• Responsible for planning, execution, and follow-up for Seminary events, including webinars and programming, to reach the Seminary community and beyond.
• Manage Seminary website and maintain all online registration platforms.
• Maintain donor records and record all interactions with donors in the donor database/CRM (Customer Relationship Management System).
• Serve as a liaison to Seminary Alumni Committee and Development Committee.

• A minimum of 7-10 years of progressively responsible fundraising and communications experience with strong generalist knowledge as well as the ability to build excellent donor relationships and solicit gifts.
• The ability to create and implement a detailed fundraising plan that includes specific revenue goals and other key metrics.
• The ability to create and implement a communication strategy to drive student recruitment.
• Strategic thinker and visionary, creative, ability to problem solve.
• Experience and comfort working with high-level donors and philanthropists and a track record of successful face-to-face gift solicitations.
• Excellent written, verbal and listening skills; strong presentation and public speaking abilities.
• Ability to work independently or as part of a team of diverse people.
• Proficient technology skills, including Microsoft Office and CRM.
• Basic understanding of issues important to the Jewish Community; experience working in Jewish communal leadership, a plus.
• Passion for Hebrew Seminary’s mission and the ability to promote and communicate the mission and impact of the organization to external and internal stakeholders.
• Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree in Jewish Studies or Business/Nonprofit Management a plus.
• Knowledge of or willingness to learn sign language a plus.

Duration part-time
Benefits This part-time hourly position will pay $25-$30 per hour, for a guaranteed 15 hours per week, 50 weeks per year.
Ad Posted On 2021-01-15
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Ad is posted for 30 days
Categories Other, Marketing
Focus Outreach, Fundraising
Organization Name Hebrew Seminary: A Rabbinical School for Deaf & Hearing
Job Location 4435 Oakton Street
Skokie, Illinois
United States
Application Instructions
Please send resume and cover letter to our Executive Director, Rabbi Shari Chen
[email protected]

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