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Our client is the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, America’s largest Jewish charity dedicated to serving the needy.

The Director of Development is responsible for the growth of a diversified development program, including the cultivation of major donors, and raising awareness of Met Council with the general public, corporations and foundations.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Plan, develop and implement an aggressive, creative fundraising program to solicit and acquire funds for the agency including annual, planned, and major gift programs and specialized promotional or capital campaigns.
  • Identify, cultivate, build and solidify relationships with new and established contributors.
  • Analyze historic patterns of giving and develop strategies to encourage new gifts and identify new sources of revenue, as well as increase current contributions.
  • Directly solicit and close gifts from major prospects.
  • Oversee direct mail campaigns.
  • Solicit grants as appropriate.
  • Facilitate efforts to increase funding and all other forms of institutional support from corporations, public and private foundations.
  • Collect and report outcome metrics for the Chief Executive Officer and prepare reports for the board of directors.
  • Create development and marketing policies to follow industry best practices.
  • Implement a marketing and communications strategy to increase the level of awareness in the community about the work of Met Council.


  • An excellent communicator who speaks and writes with clarity and purpose to internal and external constituencies
  • An independent, strategic thinker with good judgment, sensitivity and common sense
  • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to project professional competence
  • A strong commitment to integrity
  • Proven ability to fund-raise significant gifts
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community in New York


  • Bachelors Degree(required), Masters Degree (preferred)
  • 5 years of increasing responsibility in the areas of fundraising
  • Proven track record in the execution of fundraising strategic plans, setting and meeting goals and management of comprehensive fundraising programs
  • Experience working with Jewish communal leadership, a plus
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, a plus
Willie Hochman
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