Hillel at Kent State University seeks a dynamic, outgoing, creative and engaging team player to enhance the Hillel staff and Jewish life on campus. The Development Associate will be a critical member of an energetic team focusing on successful implementation of the Development Plan including soliciting their own portfolio of donors to ensure all development goals are met.
Hillel is the foundation for Jewish life at Kent State University serving 1200 Jewish students at Kent State and 300 at University of Akron. Its vision is to inspire Jewish students to make enduring commitments to Jewish life. Its professional staff has over 30 years experience building Jewish life on campuses across the country and work together as a strong team.
In 2009 Hillel opened its state-of-the-art facility, the Cohn Jewish Student Center, in the heart of campus and became the first Hillel do so at a state school on state land and the first Hillel to have received state funds to do so.
Hillel at Kent State is located 25 minutes from Akron, Ohio and 40 minutes from Cleveland’s east side. Both communities offer thriving Jewish communities and an array of cultural opportunities.
What you're great at:
- Soliciting philanthropic gifts
- Inviting donors to invest in philanthropic initiatives
- Identifying prospects who might become new donors
- Social media
- Having fun while working hard
- Data analysis
- Telling a compelling story
- Keeping committee members accountable
- Event planning
As Development Associate, a typical day might include:
- Donor solicitation meetings
- Working with the Development Committee on their list of solicitations
- Creating reports for board meetings
- Planning fundraising our special event
- Writing or editing a grant proposal
- Supervising student development intern
- Writing the newsletter or working with the designer or printer to get it produced
What you'll own and how you'll grow:
The Development Associate at Kent State is an integral member of Hillel’s staff team. Charged with ensuring Hillel meets its development goals, the Development Associate is essential to Hillel achieving its mission. The Development Associate is responsible for working with the Executive Director to manage the annual campaign, help steward major gift prospects, market to current and potential stakeholders, and support board development.
- Meet solicitation goals to the annual campaign, including new gifts, increases and renewing lapsed gifts.
- Work with senior management and Board of Trustees development committee to create each year’s development plan to meet annual development goals.
- Coordinate flow of annual campaign, including direct mail and e-campaigns, managing all aspects including concept, design, and production.
- Manage administration of office staff in order to coordinate direct mail appeals, assure database management and gift processing, and implement telemarketing.
- Organize student phone-a-thon.
- Monitor results, communicate with staff and lay leaders, and adjust strategy as needed.
- Forecast fundraising potential for annual budgeting process and monitor development expenses.
- Maintain multi-faceted donor tracking system, including assessments of potential system upgrades.
- Work with Executive Director to coordinate stewardship of major donors, including donor research and moving forward solicitation efforts.
- Orchestrate donor meetings and events with the Executive Director. May involve occasional travel.
- Develop strategies to reach parents and alumni including parlor meetings and other events.
- Cultivate and research prospective donors (individuals, foundations, and corporations).
- With other staff, realize a cohesive marketing and publicity plan.
- Produce development materials including newsletters, e-newsletters, annual report, giving opportunities, etc.
- Communicate Hillel’s vision to key constituencies.
- Provide leadership in marketing, public relations, and promotional activities.
- Build partnerships with campus administration, particularly development office, Hillel’s Schusterman International Center, local Jewish institutions, and foundations.
- Staff Board of Trustees development committee and work with the Executive Director to create board development strategy.
- Take on occasional program responsibilities as part of the Hillel staff.
Supervision and Professional Development:
- Participate in professional supervision with the Executive Director
- Supervise Hillel-e-thon volunteers
- Attend staff meetings
- Required attendance New Professionals Institute: Summer 2014, possibly attend Hillel Institute December, 2014.
- Participate in the preparation of budgets and development reports
- Monitor budgets related to fundraising and the general adherence to agency fiscal policies
- Prepare grant proposals for support.
- Other responsibilities as directed by the Executive Director.
- Must possess excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
- Must have the ability to multi-task and be self-motivated in a fast-paced environment.
- Must be highly detail oriented, capable of working independently and as part of a team, and have the ability to prioritize multiple assignments.
- Must have proven ability as quick learner, particularly with technology.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
Full Time including some evening and weekends. Some travel may be required.
What you'll get out of it:
- Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities.
What we're about:
Hillel at Kent State is the foundation for Jewish life at Kent State University and University of Akron for 1200 Jewish students at KSU and 300 at UA. We seek to inspire Jewish undergraduate and graduate students to make enduring commitments to Jewish life in ways that are meaningfully relevant to their lives. Our home, The Cohn Jewish Student Center, opened in 2009 as an 11,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility which sits in the heart of Kent’s campus. It is the first Hillel building on campus at a state school. In 2013 Hillel at Kent State won the Indispensible Partner Award from Hillel International for the deep and unprecedented relationships we have with our host campuses. This year, Kent State will recognize us for being an “Outstanding Campus Partner.”
There is a “buzz” in the community and on campus about our organization due in large part to the great success of our strong professional staff team which has more than 30 years experience building Jewish life and on campuses across the country.
Hillel at Kent State is located 25 minutes from Akron, Ohio and 40 minutes from Cleveland’s east side, home to a thriving Jewish community of 80,000+.
Hillel at Kent State is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
About Kent State University and the University of Akron:
Kent State University and University of Akron are two premier public universities in Northeast Ohio. Both attract students from around the globe; however a great majority of the student body for each institution comes from within a 100 mile radius. KSU has a made a recent strategic effort to recruit from along the east coast (and has invited Hillel to assist with those efforts). Kent State is known for its schools of fashion, communications, education and business. University of Akron has a world renowned polymer sciences school. Kent State has been a leader in service learning sending students to the gulf coast for many years and focusing on local immersive service learning projects as well. Kent State is a strong partner in our work and we enjoy being an indispensible partner to the university. Kent State and University of Akron enjoy a healthy and fun athletics rivalry.
About Northeast Ohio:
Our staff is evenly divided between living in Akron and Cleveland, but all would agree that Northeast Ohio is a hidden jewel. The area boasts one of the best Metropark systems, a world renowned arts and culture center in Cleveland, a vibrant music scene that brings local and nationally known artists, some of the best public and private schools in the country. Its affordability (and lack of traffic!) is incomparable to most regions that have such amenities. Hearty Northeast Ohioans enjoy all four seasons!
The Jewish communities in Akron and Cleveland are large enough to have your choice from a variety synagogues and Jewish organizations and cultural opportunities- but small enough that you’ll soon know people at the kosher butcher. They offer big city opportunities with mid-west appeal.
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