Regional Gifts Officer/Associate Director - Bay Area & Northern California

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $90,000
Maximum: $100,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



San Francisco
United States


Background/Position Summary:

The American Technion Society supports visionary education and world-changing impact through the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Based in New York City, we represent thousands of US donors, alumni and stakeholders who invest in the Technion’s growth and innovation to advance critical research and technologies that serve the State of Israel and the global good. Over more than 75 years, our nationwide supporter network has funded new Technion scholarships, research, labs and facilities that have helped deliver world-changing contributions and extend Technion education to campuses on three continents.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Western Hub and Director of Development in the Bay Area, the Associate Director/Regional Gift Officer will help develop specific priority markets for the American Technion Society in this important community and function as an integral member of the ATS Western Hub, which also includes a staff presence in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle.

The Regional Gift Officer (RGO) will lead programmatic, fundraising and pipeline-building efforts to develop and grow the ATS presence in the Bay Area, focusing on Technion graduates, high tech professionals in Silicon Valley and other defined market segments. Given the interaction with alumni and other Israelis, Hebrew fluency is a requisite.

Central to the RGO role will be responsibility for soliciting annual gifts from assigned and in many cases newly qualified donors, providing meaningful touchpoints for philanthropic and leadership engagement with the American Technion Society, and developing creative and effective programmatic activities together with fellow gift officers and ATS colleagues.


Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

·      Develop and grow the American Technion Society’s current donor base in the Bay Area via pipeline activities - specifically focusing on identifying individuals who could make a meaningful annual gift and could develop into supporters able to give of $100,000 or more.

·      Develop and manage a portfolio of prospects to grow to about 100 individuals.

·      Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle.

o  Initiate contacts to qualify new, potential leadership and major gift donors.

o  Develop appropriate cultivation strategies for new and existing donors.

o  Solicit annual gifts and above in support of ATS/Technion priorities, particularly the Technion Fund

o  Develop and maintain effective stewardship, especially of newer donors

o   Adhere to the highest ethical standards of conduct; demonstrate a spirit of perseverance, optimism and a positive attitude.

·      Regularly qualify new prospects to determine their affinity for the Technion's mission and propensity to contribute to ATS at the major gift level.

·      Successfully complete 8-12 in-person meetings with ATS donors/prospects each month.

·      Partner with staff and volunteer leadership to identify new donors, implement fundraising strategies, implement constituency-building programs and coordinate Technion/ATS VIP visits in the Bay Area area.

·      Attend events related to technology, Israel and other relevant subject matters to network with potential donors and partner organizations, and to represent the ATS presence in the Bay Area.

·      Utilize the ATS database to maintain accurate records of all donor interactions, individuals’ programmatic interests, trends in giving, and type of support to solicit.

·      Travel twice yearly to the East Coast for ATS professional staff institutes; and participate on a new staff orientation visit to the Technion campus in Haifa, Israel.

·      Potentially support Technion alumni and key market outreach in other communities in the Western Hub 3-4 times a year; some other local travel may also be required.



·      BA/BS required.

·      Hebrew speaking proficiency; Hebrew writing working knowledge is a plus.

·      At least three (3) years of fundraising experience in a higher education, research or advocacy organization, or in a setting that advances science and technology.

·      Team player spirit is a must.

·      Knowledge of the Bay Area tech community, Israeli/Technion alumni presence in Silicon Valley and demonstrated success building relationships with these markets.

·      Ability to understand and effectively communicate the Technion’s unique role in Israel and within the Israeli technology industry with clarity and a demonstrated passion for the organization’s mission.

·      Excellent decision-making skills and demonstrated ability to independently implement fundraising strategies.

·      Entrepreneurial, self-motivated, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

·      Very strong and written communication skills.



ATS offers a generous benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Hebrew speaking proficiency; Hebrew writing working knowledge is a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree