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Our client enhances the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel.  Among Jewish advocacy organizations, they are the leader in the global arena.

The Director, Leadership & Engagement (“DLE”) will be responsible for growing the organizations Chicago base of annual donors and activists. The DLE will oversee all development efforts connected to the annual campaign including major gifts and individual giving, planned giving, lay leader development, working with family foundations, and developing relationships with major area synagogues. The DLE will continue the organizations steep growth trajectory by continuing and building on existing best practices and developing and executing new ones.

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • Envision and implement a comprehensive plan for managing and growing an approximately $2M annual campaign (separate from honoree-based fundraising dinners of $1M) with goals of increasing the campaign at least 10% each year
  • Coordinate efforts with the Regional Director and National Development office, as part of the National Development Team, to increase focus on $25k+ annual major gifts and donor engagement.
  • Develop and support a lay leader Committee to assist with development and increase lay leader engagement;
  • Coordinate efforts with Director of Special Events to ensure maximum cooperation and synergy with honoree dinners and Campaign Cabinet;
  • Utilize all tools for an effective major gifts process including Donor Recognition societies, targeted parlor meetings, solicitation strategies, and moves management;
  • Manage a growing portfolio of donors and solicit new and increased gifts from those donors including connecting donors with the right local and national opportunities, events, missions,  and assisting in creating organizational leadership pipeline;
  • Advise and support solicitation efforts of the Chicago Regional Director;
  • Manage, advise and support staff members focusing on aspects of the annual campaign, including Donor Recognition programs and Young Leadership division;
  • Oversee planned giving and foundation initiatives including coordinating follow up with national planned giving office, and identifying and enrolling planned giving and foundation prospects.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5-7 years of fundraising experience that includes major donor management and direct solicitations
  • Goal-oriented campaign strategist who can create and execute a multi-faceted vision and plan for increased financial resource development results
  • Self-starter who can work independently and collaborate with professional colleagues and volunteer leadership;
  • Flexible and creative and strategic thinker able to develop new ways to engage potential and existing donors, create new giving opportunities and programs;
  • Pride and professionalism in work accomplishments
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to creatively and practically solve problems, to multi-task and work on many projects simultaneously
  • Excellent project management skills, ability to manage data and develop, implement and oversee budget
  • Availability occasionally outside of business hours for events, programs and meetings
  • Proficiency  in Raiser’s Edge and Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
Willie Hochman
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