Director of Development-Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh

Job Type

Part Time




United States


This position will power all aspects of the Hillel Jewish University Center (JUC) with fundraising activities. Working together with the Executive Director, and as an integral part of the senior leadership team, the Director of Development will oversee all fundraising activities. The Director of Development will supervise the Development Associate and related tasks.

The Director for Development will work in close coordination with the Vice Chair of the Development Committee, as well as the Board of Governors. In addition, the Director of Development will ensure that the Hillel JUC maintains and deepens meaningful relationships with the relevant Offices of Institutional Advancement at our partner universities, The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.


Cultivate and Soliciting Donors:

  • Work with Hillel JUC staff, lay leaders and partners to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and future donors.
  • Innovate, prioritize, and implement new or expanded fundraising strategies.
  • Establish stewardship plan to maintain and expand donor relations.
  • Meet face-to-face with prospective donors, including parents and alumni, in Pittsburgh and nationwide.
  • Orchestrate donor meetings/events with and for Executive Director.
  • Engage the Board of Governors in a meaningful and productive networking and solicitation process.
  • Manage donor prospect research process.
  • Monitor results, communicate with staff and lay leaders, adjust strategy as needed.

Work with Partner Universities:

  • Develop relationships and secure gifts with CMU gift officers in line with recently concluded partnership agreement.
  • Assist the Executive Director in securing a development partnership agreement with the University of Pittsburgh.


  • Research grants available from local and national Jewish and secular foundations.
  • Meet regularly with Hillel JUC staff in transforming program ideas into potential grant proposals.
  • Cultivate ongoing relations with the Foundation community.
  • Create an annual strategic approach to grants for Hillel JUC striving for new aspirational goals.

Supervise Development Associate:

  • Assist in setting goals to leverage alumni talent for mentorship and programmatic resources for students.
  • Ensure that all tasks are goal oriented and mission-centric.
  • Provide clear, consistent, and effective supervision that includes weekly management meetings, professional and personal development, and semi-annual and annual evaluations.
  • Ensure gift processing and donor acknowledgement is timely.

Manage and Execute Annual Fundraiser:

  • Set strategy and direction for financial goals for annual event and lead major donor solicitation efforts.
  • Engage the community to attract new volunteers who can work on implementing the event.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Manage development expenses to ensure fiscal responsibility and transparency as well as accuracy.
  • Utilize data and metrics to inform and direct all decision-making processes.
  • Support Director of Operations with financial reporting, annual internal audit and budgeting.
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Vice Chair of Development, create a time-lined and measurable development year plan.
  • Support in the planning and coordination of Hillel JUC Board of Governors meetings.
  • Assist the Executive Director in the Board Governance Committee including the Board Nominations Process and Strategic Planning.
  • Oversee data hygiene processes.
  • Provide as needed support to the general programming and operation of the Hillel JUC.

What You've Accomplished:

  • 5+ years proven track record of successful development activities or similar related expertise.
  • Bachelor's degree required (master's degree a plus).
  • Experience within higher education or nonprofits and event planning.
  • Passion and commitment for Jewish student life and continuity.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of the organized Jewish community.
  • Knowledge and proficiency of DonorPerfect or similar donor database required.
  • Understanding of endowments and planned giving a plus.
  • Must be willing to travel and have a valid driver's license.
  • For position finalists, employment will require successful completion of a background check.

What You'll Bring to the Job:

  • Ability to collaborate across teams both inside and outside of Hillel.
  • Willingness to facilitate conversations about Judaism and Israel to inspire stakeholders to invest in our work.
  • Determination and can-do attitude that inspires others.
  • Capability to build, lead, empower and coach other fundraisers.
  • Capacity to work independently and collaboratively, successfully managing multiple priorities.
  • Understanding of current trends, ability to recommend and implement plans to increase donors, contributions, and identify new opportunities.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.

What You'll Receive:

  • Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace based on qualifications.
  • 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.

About Hillel Jewish University Center:
The award-winning Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center of Pittsburgh serves as the central hub for Jewish life on campus in Pittsburgh. Located in the Mildred and Joseph Stern building, the Hillel JUC serves over 2,000 undergraduate students on campus at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University. Hillel JUC provides an ambitious, dynamic, fun and highly interactive work environment. Our goal is to engage every Jewish student on campus through a wide range of meaningful Jewish experiences and communities. Hillel JUC enriches the lives of Jewish students so that 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 Hillel International:
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

Hillel JUC 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.

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

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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.