Director of Institutional Advancement

The School
Kohelet Yeshiva is a warm, vibrant, and growing Modern Orthodox K-12 yeshiva day school in suburban Philadelphia committed to cultivating Bnei and Bnot Torah who think critically and creatively while exuding confidence and compassion.

The Elementary and Middle School Divisions, known as Kohelet Yeshiva Lab School and Kohelet Yeshiva Middle School, are committed to utilizing replicable, empirically supported, student-centered methods of pedagogy in order to maximize learning for all students in both Judaic and General Studies and advance the field of Jewish Education.

The High School division, known as Kohelet Yeshiva High School, builds on these foundations by nurturing the talents and potential of every student while equipping them with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed and to lead in the best yeshivot and seminaries, the finest colleges and universities, and well beyond.

The Position
Reporting to the Head of School, the Director of Institutional Advancement is a senior member of the school’s leadership team, responsible for overseeing and implementing the school’s admissions, development, communications, marketing, and alumni initiatives, K through 12. He or she will lead the school’s Advancement team while assuming primary and direct responsibility for the school’s fundraising campaigns and events. The Director of IA will work closely with the Board of Directors, the heads of Finance and Operations, and the K-12 Educational Administration to ensure that the school’s mission is positively and professionally reflected in all of the school’s outward facing endeavors. As the most senior non-academic face of the school, his or her primary objective will be deepening the relationship between the school and its constituent communities while expanding and strengthening its donor base.

His or her responsibilities will include:

Serve as an outward facing liaison with the school community while embodying the school’s mission and values.
Work with the Head of School and Board of Directors to implement and revise, as necessary, its ten year strategic financial plan.
Work closely with the Board’s Development Committee to plan meetings, set agendas, divvy out tasks, and follow up where necessary.
Work with school staff and volunteers to run an annual campaign and Gala.
Oversee all communal, friendraising, and fundraising school events.
Oversee and grow participation in Pennsylvania’s state educational tax credit program (EITC)
Plan for and implement a systematic major gift program, including school needs assessment, prospect identification, solicitation, cultivation, stewardship, and recognition.
Facilitate relationship development between the Head of School and major donors.
Oversee and expand the school’s grant writing program.
Mentor the Director of Admissions, assist in “hard cases”, and ensure continued excellence in the recruitment, application, and matriculation processes.

Create and guide both alumni and parent associations.
Provide regular reports to the Head of School and to the Board of Directors on the progress of admissions and development initiatives.
Oversee the school’s communication program, including all internal and external, online, social media, and print communications.
Oversee branding, media relations, public relations, marketing, and crisis communications.

Manage the school’s development, admissions, communications, and marketing budgets.
Supervise Advancement Office personnel activities, including the hiring, definition of job responsibilities, and performance review process for each staff member.
Oversee Advancement Office operations, including donor files and database, gift accounting and acknowledgment, pledge collection, creation of financial records, media archives, alumni databases, and other records.
Desired skills and experience include:
Vision, creativity, flexibility, and the capacity to execute the school’s strategic plan.
Personable, positive, helpful personality; customer service mindset.
Sensitivity, discretion, professionalism, and a sense of humor.
A desire to learn and to grow.
Experience with annual giving, capital campaigns, principal and major gift solicitation, planned giving, and special events.
Understanding of Modern Orthodox Yeshiva communities and culture, preferably in an out-of-town environment.

Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and as a team leader.
Ability to manage competing demands, and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes.
Effective administrative experience and the proven ability to motivate others.
Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
Experience with mentoring of less seasoned staff.
Experience in producing online and printed publications.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Health, retirement, and tuition benefits.

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To apply send a cover letter and CV to Rabbi Dr. Gil Per************************

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, leave early for Shabbat, kosher food option available, Life Insurance
  • Preferred Experience: Unspecified
  • Preferred Degree: Master of Science
  • Job Posted: 2020-02-12
  • Times this job has been viewed: 168 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Fundraising/Grants/Giving, Director of Development, Director of Community Engagement
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools
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Job Location
Kohelet Yeshiva
223 N Highland Avenue
Merion Station , Pennsylvania 19066


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