Director of Outreach and Major Gifts, Eastern US @ New Israel Fund

Director of Outreach and Major Gifts, Eastern US

The New Israel Fund is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. We are a partnership of Israelis and supporters of Israel worldwide, dedicated to a vision of Israel as both the Jewish homeland and a shared society at peace with itself and its neighbors. NIF strengthens organizations and leaders that work to achieve equality for all citizens of the state; realize the civil and human rights of all, including Arab citizens of Israel; recognize and reinforce the essential pluralism of Israeli society; and empower groups on the economic margins of Israeli society.

NIF seeks a talented, entrepreneurial, and creative fundraising professional to lead the effort to grow and reinforce NIF’s presence in select areas of the Eastern United States, particularly Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, and Michigan. The Director of Outreach & Major Gifts is responsible for working with NIF’s existing donors in the region, reaching out to potential new sources of funding, and positioning the organization as the home for those seeking to advance democracy and equality in Israel.

Qualified candidates will have extensive experience in fundraising, including individual and major gift experience, and will have outstanding skills in communication and developing relationships relevant to the responsibilities of the position.

The Director of Outreach & Major Gifts will craft and drive forward a strategy for growing the overall campaign and strengthening NIF’s presence in communities throughout the Eastern U.S. Stewarding the existing donor file and identifying and cultivating new major donor prospects is a primary focus. They will manage and develop local volunteers and will personally represent NIF in public settings, raising the organization’s profile and serving as a compelling point of personal contact for supporters, prospects, and organizational partners. The Director of Outreach & Major Gifts is also responsible for spearheading efforts in the region to advance the Legacy Campaign, which encourages donors to include NIF in their estate plans.

• Develop a comprehensive cultivation and fundraising plan for the non-staffed Eastern U.S. region, with measurable goals for total revenue and number of donors
• Devise and carry out individualized engagement and fundraising plan for each donor giving $1,000 or more
• Meet benchmarks for number of meetings (phone calls/zoom)
• Identify, cultivate and solicit new major donor prospects of $25,000+
• Develop NIF’s presence and handle organizational relationships in key communities
• Execute an NIF event strategy in collaboration with NIF’s Public Engagement team and local volunteers
• Represent NIF in public for events when appropriate
• Manage and strengthen volunteer regional councils in Philadelphia and Atlanta
• Prepare written materials, reports, and proposals for funding consideration
• Identify, cultivate, and help solicit prospects for endowment and legacy giving
• Handle donor servicing requests for information, background, and connecting to Israel’s social change community
• Contribute to development team efforts to build knowledge, strategize collectively, and seek and provide support and advice

The position requires a person with an outstanding understanding of contemporary Israel; a strategic thinker who sees the potential for NIF’s continued growth, who has an ability to communicate NIF’s mission in public fora, and who has experience working with and mobilizing volunteer leadership. The ideal candidate will be highly self-motivated, have strong written communication skills, have knowledge of and experience with progressive Jewish communities in the Eastern U.S., and will have a minimum of 5 years relevant experience.

The position can be performed at our New York or Washington DC offices. Applicants from other cities in the Eastern U.S. will also be considered. This position requires regular travel to cities around the Eastern U.S. when circumstances allow.

This position reports to the VP of National Development, and works closely with NIF’s Public Engagement, Communications, and Fundraising staff, and the NIF Executive Team.

The Director of Outreach & Major Gifts will supervise a Development Associate.

Email cover letter and resume as PDFs to jobs[at] In the subject line, include the position title and your name. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and job will remain posted until filled. No phone calls, please. Qualified candidates will be contacted via email.

The New Israel Fund encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. The New Israel Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, retirement plans, Life Insurance
  • Other Benefits: short-term and long-term disability, dependent coverage, flex spending, and paid holidays (Jewish and secular)
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2020-11-09
  • Times this job has been viewed: 325 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Fundraising/Grants/Giving
  • Organization Type: Fundraising
Job Location
New Israel Fund
Midtown Manhattan
New York , New York 10016


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