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Development Associate - Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University


Job posted by: Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Posted on: July 11, 2014

Job description

Northwestern University Hillel is looking for an engaging and well-organized professional who thrives on building relationships to be our next Development Associate, to begin in August 2014. The Development Associate will work within a talented seven-person team to further Hillel's mission to inspire every Jewish student at Northwestern to make a meaningful and enduring commitment to Jewish life.

What you're great at:

  • Sharing compelling stories about your work to diverse constituencies.
  • Connecting with a wide variety of people and motivating them to support causes you care about.
  • Getting inspired by others' passions and helping them use those passions to make a positive impact.
  • Communicating clearly and cogently through oral and written media.
  • Paying great attention to detail in all aspects of your work.

What you'll bring to the job:

  • A Bachelor's degree and at least 2-3 years of relevant professional work experience. Experience as a volunteer or professional in a Jewish organization is a plus, as is customer service, marketing, sales, or other direct customer-relations work.
  • Experience in, and a passion for, fundraising.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and organizational skills.
  • Creativity, drive, and a dedication to excellence.
  • A passion for Jewish living, a commitment to the Jewish growth of college-aged students, and a desire to grow as a professional.
  • Comfort with a technology-rich environment, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, donor database management system, and online communication and social media tools.
  • Ability to work flexible hours needed to complete job requirements, including occasional nights, weekends and holidays.
  • A team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, a friendly attitude, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to multitask.

What you'll own and how you'll grow:

The Development Associate will assist the Executive Director in planning and implementing NU Hillel's development and fundraising activities, including, but not limited to:

Annual 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.
  • Manage all aspects of the annual campaign, including direct mail appeals, online solicitations, and local and national fundraising events.
  • Oversee and facilitate student phone-a-thons.
  • Prepare and coordinate solicitation efforts of Executive Director, Board members and other volunteers.
  • Work with Operations Associate to assure timely gift acknowledgement, database management, and review of donor tracking system.
  • Conduct grant research, write grant applications and reports, and manage grant timelines.
  • Monitor development goals, communicate with staff and lay leaders, and adjust strategy as needed.
  • Forecast fundraising potential with Executive Director for annual budgeting process and monitor development expenses with Director of Programming and Operations.

Donor Cultivation

  • Work with Executive Director to identify, research, prospect, and create strategies to cultivate and steward individual major donors.
  • Coordinate donor meetings and events.
  • Develop strategies to reach and solicit parents and alumni, including parlor meetings and other initiatives.
  • Cultivate and research foundations and corporations for potential grants and sponsorship opportunities.


  • Communicate Hillel's vision and NU Hillel's story to key constituencies through various media, including video, print and electronic communications.
  • Produce development materials, including newsletters, e-newsletters, annual report, giving opportunities, case statements, etc.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Advise the Student Development Committee and facilitate student engagement with Board members and other donors.
  • Staff the Board of Directors Development Committee and work with Executive Director to create board development strategy and long-term fundraising strategy.
  • Build and steward partnerships with Northwestern University, the Jewish United Fund (JUF), Hillel International, local Jewish institutions, and local and national foundations.
  • Communicate regularly with members of the Board of Directors
  • Assist in staffing key Hillel programs, including High Holiday services and Passover seders and meals.

Supervision and Professional Growth

  • Participate in weekly professional supervision with Executive Director, as well as weekly staff meetings.
  • Participate in ongoing Jewish learning and growth with other staff members.

What you'll get out of it:

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities
  • Occasional travel as needed
  • Flexible work hours

What we're about:

  • NU Hillel is the foundation for Jewish life at Northwestern University, one of the most vibrant Jewish campus communities in North America. 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. Our professional staff works to support students in creating meaningful Jewish experiences for themselves and their peers in the Northwestern community and beyond.
  • NU Hillel is an agency of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and is affiliated with Hillel International.
  • NU 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 near the Foster stop on the Purple Line, minutes from downtown Evanston. 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 1500 Jewish undergraduates on its Evanston campus and more than 1000 graduate students on its Evanston and downtown Chicago campuses.

The information contained in this job description is intended to convey information about the essential functions and requirements of the position. It is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities, or working conditions associated with the opportunity.

How to apply

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Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern University, 629 Foster Street, Evanston, IL, 60201, US


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