Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is seeking a Director of Institutional Advancement to support further growth of our mission. This position will plan, manage, and implement activities related to development and fundraising, marketing and communications, and community partnerships. This position reports to the Principal and will work closely with administrative support teams, as well as volunteer and outsourced professionals. The Director of Institutional Advancement sits on the school’s leadership team and works closely with the school’s committees for development and marketing to create and implement a vision for the school’s continued success. The ideal candidate will be flexible, adaptable and able to strategically advance relationships with the school administration, faculty, staff, board members, parents, and community volunteers.
This is a full-time position, based at the school in Chicago. Due to the pandemic, there is an option to work remotely until the end of the calendar year at least.
About Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School
Our mission at Akiba-Schechter Jewish Day School is to provide an excellent secular and Judaic education in Hyde Park to a diverse community of Jewish children from all over Chicagoland. Boys and girls study all aspects of our curriculum together in multi-aged classes. By focusing on the individual gifts and needs of each student, our teachers create a caring family of learners who are committed to responsible citizenship, the performance of Mitzvot and support for the State of Israel and its people. We teach children, not subjects.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and implementation of Akiba-Schechter external relationship activities. Responsibilities will include:
In collaboration with respective committees, create and implement an effective, mission and values centered strategic plan to include each functional area of institutional advancement: development and fundraising, marketing and communications, and community partnerships.
Regularly evaluate and report on planned activities and results to various constituency groups as needed.
Create an annual budget to support these efforts in collaboration with the business manager and/or Treasurer.
Participate in weekly leadership team meetings, monthly committee meetings, and bimonthly board meetings.
Participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with the Principal.
Create and oversee implementation of all institutional advancement policies and protocols, with an emphasis on donor relationships and value-based fundraising.
Development and Fundraising
Plan and implement activities related to the Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Special Initiatives, Grants, and Donor Relations/Recognition.
Oversee and participate in the day to day implementation of this plan to meet a Year One fundraising goal of $200K and secure appropriate incremental increases each year thereafter.
Oversee school’s participation in programs such as Empower Illinois and others as appropriate.
Oversee and maximize the work of the development committee, including the current database creation project.
Provide the board and staff with fundraising training and leadership development opportunities.
Regularly analyze activities and provide reports to the Principal, leadership team, development committee, and Board of Directors.
Plan and manage an annual calendar of stewardship and fundraising events, emphasizing flexibility in a virtual environment. Events may include: Grandparents Day, Annual Fundraiser, Donor Recognition Events, etc.
Oversee the support of parents and volunteers to implement each event.
Maintain accurate data so as to regularly communicate with stakeholders, including Alumni.
Create and implement opportunities for Alumni to interact with and give back to the Akiba community.
Marketing and Communications
Oversee all external communication activities, ensuring effective brand management and mission centered messaging.
Evaluate and elevate current communication platforms: website, social media, etc.
Collaborate with and manage administrative support and other professionals to complete these tasks and projects.
Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated continued education
5-7 years of experience, with demonstrated success building and implementing the aforementioned programming
Familiarity with donor databases
Passion and commitment to Jewish diversity and education
Self-starter with the ability to work productively, meet benchmarks, and report on activities without daily supervision
Superior verbal and written communication skills
Innovative and entrepreneurial
High energy with a can-do attitude
Excellent judgment and decision making skills
Ability to work irregular hours as needed
Flexible and adaptable