Development Officer-Princeton Hillel, Center for Jewish Life

Job Type

Part Time




New Jersey
United States


The Development Officer plays an integral role in the Center for Jewish Life (CJL)'s fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Director for Institutional Advancement, the Development Officer will identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward major gifts prospects, primarily focused on securing annual gifts of $5,000+ to the CJL. The Development Officer will manage all aspects of the donor qualification process by managing a group of assigned prospects, along with maintaining a portfolio of existing donors. The Development Officer will marshal the varied resources and diverse talents of the CJL staff, lay leaders, campus partners – particularly within the Princeton University Development Office – and other stakeholders to achieve the organization's fundraising goals.

The Development Officer will be accountable for generating new and increased annual gifts that support the CJL by matching the philanthropic interests and passions of identified donors and prospects with the mission and strategic objectives of the organization.

Core Expectations

  • Identify and qualify a portfolio of prospective donors through investigative research using donor screening software, online search applications, and communication with University Development
  • Manage a portfolio of existing major donors
  • Create and execute individual plans for prospects and existing donors, including the strategies for each prospect based on the organization's knowledge of that prospect's potential and other giving history
  • Participation in all aspects of the donor cycle
  • Initiate contacts with potential and existing major gifts donors and secure meetings (phone or in-person)
  • Develop cultivation strategies for each prospect or donor, including engagement of other partners to assist with process
  • Move prospects and donors in an appropriate and timely fashion towards solicitation and gift closure
  • Make solicitations when appropriate
  • Maintain stewardship contacts with donors
  • Establish metrics to be used to evaluate progress towards achieving goals that includes benchmarks for individual engagement as well as overall portfolio management
  • Collaborate with staff and other partners on the implementation of the donor cycle
  • Produce materials to be used for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gift prospects and existing donors and coordinate all aspects of annual major donors reception

What you're great at

  • Establishing and nurturing relationships leading to secured gifts for the organization
  • Thoughtfully listening and helping people connect with their passions through charitable giving
  • Thinking and acting strategically and creatively to achieve goals
  • Developing and implementing meaningful and compelling fundraising materials
  • Managing multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining a high level of quality
  • Optimizing individual team members' skills and assets and fostering collaboration

What you'll bring to the job

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5+ years of successful fundraising experience with a demonstrated track record of success for securing major gifts and qualifying and cultivating new major gift prospects
  • Familiarity with donor database software and report generation.
  • A self-starter who iscreative, highly motivated, driven to succeed, reflective and open
  • A team-oriented approach to work, flexibility, a strong work ethic, a sense of humor, an ability to take risks and learn from experience
  • A dynamic personality and outstanding communication skills
  • A willingness to work some evenings and weekends. This is not your typical 9 to 5.

What you'll get out of the job

  • Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (403B), Life Insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Health and Transportation Flexible Spending Plans, generous vacation and sick leave, and family leave
  • Competitive Salary
  • Resources for professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities
  • The ability to take risks, have fun, and shape the Jewish community for the better
  • An employer that values the whole person
  • Terrific colleagues and an enthusiastic supervisor who all want you to succeed

About the Center for Jewish Life (CJL)/Princeton Hillel
Jewish Life at Princeton formally began in 1915 and has evolved into a vibrant part of the student experience over the past 100+ years. Princeton Hillel was officially established in 1947, and the opening of the CJL in 1993 – the campus home for Hillel located in the heart of campus – launched a new era of unprecedented University support for Jewish life at the university.

The CJL embraces all Jewish students, amplifying connections to Jewish meaning, experience, and community. We aspire to provide insights and pathways to help Princeton Jewish students live their lives as a sacred gift. Our mission is to cultivate friendship and Jewish community, inspire and nurture personal paths to Jewish identity, empower and mentor Jewish students, explore Life's Big Questions, and promote well-being and happiness. Our values are to be welcoming and inclusive, nurturing and inspiring, vibrant and celebratory, innovative and student driven.

Our size and resources allow us to build a close-knit, diverse, and inclusive community that offers significant opportunities for leadership and fosters meaningful Jewish connections and experiences.

Over the course of their time at Princeton, we hope to help every student find their own voice within the larger narrative of the Jewish people — on their own terms — but in ways that are deeply connected to the wisdom of our ancient tradition and linked to the opportunities and challenges of today's complex world.

With the launch of our new Strategic Plan, we are working towards a vision where every Jewish student at Princeton takes advantage of Jewish opportunities that are personally and intellectually engaging in the spirit of the overall Princeton experience. Increasing our financial resources is essential to achieving this vision.

Princeton Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so 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.

About Princeton University
Princeton simultaneously strives to be one of the leading research universities and the most outstanding undergraduate colleges in the world. As a research university, it seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding, and in the education of graduate students. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The University provides its students with academic, extracurricular and other resources-in a residential community committed to – diversity in its student body, faculty and staff – that help them achieve at the highest scholarly levels and prepare them for positions of leadership and lives of service in many fields of human endeavor.

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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Apply at and include your resume and cover letter.