Assistant Director, Advancement & Engagement
Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Policy and Diplomatic Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the U.S. and around the globe and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide.
AJC's Chicago Office seeks an Assistant Director, Advancement and Engagement who is passionate about AJC's mission, and is committed to building AJC's presence in Chicago.
The successful candidate will join an AJC office that is on a growth trajectory and features a highly engaged and entrepreneurial leadership team committed to advancing AJC's global Jewish advocacy mission. AJC Chicago conducts advocacy with high-profile diplomats and public officials and builds bridges of understanding between the Jewish community and many different religions, cultures and nationalities.
The ideal candidate will be a smart, high-energy self-starter who combines organizational acumen and professionalism with knowledge of the Chicago Jewish community as well as the larger philanthropic and corporate sectors. The candidate must be a consummate team player who works effectively with various constituencies.
The Assistant Director of Advancement and Engagement will be responsible for maintaining and growing AJC Chicago’s annual campaign with particular emphasis on leadership-level gifts, community and special events (including honoree dinners), donor cultivation and engagement, new leadership development, and planned giving.
The Assistant Director of Advancement and Engagement does all this while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.
- Working closely with the Director of Advancement and Engagement to organize and manage AJC Chicago’s annual campaign;
- Assist with planning and execution of development events, including but not limited to honoree events, donor cultivation and recognition events, and other special events and private briefings;
- Duties would include both the planning logistics as well as working with the lay chairs and speakers, both before, during, and after the event;
- Engaging and soliciting an ongoing portfolio of annual donors and prospects;
- Developing strategies to encourage new gifts and upgrades and contribute toward building the prospect pipeline of leadership-level donors;
- Expanding donor identification, tracking, cultivating, solicitation and stewardship of donors;
- Connecting local lay leaders with both local and national AJC opportunities, such as donor recognition societies, global travel opportunities, the United Nations Diplomatic Marathon in NY and Regional Diplomatic Marathon, Project Interchange, AJC's annual Global Forum in Washington, D.C., and more;
- Assist in development operations including gift processing, data management, campaign reporting, prospect management, and donor research;
- Coordinating with local program staff to ensure donors are engaged and aware of AJC's impact;
- Contribute toward recruitment efforts for signature events and programs such as the AJC Global Forum, Advocacy Anywhere programs, Board/Executive Committee retreats, synagogue events, and more;
- Supporting development communication efforts for the Chicago Region which includes but is not limited to grant proposals and reporting updates, Board communications, and general audience communication (for example, Chicago’s Impact Newsletter);
- Performing other tasks needed to support overall office effectiveness.
The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of, and a strong commitment to AJC's mission and priority areas. The best candidate will be an experienced development professional with a proven track record of fundraising success with significant experience in development events, donor cultivation, major gift solicitation, and stewardship.
Specifically, the finalist will meet the following criteria:
- Passion for AJC's mission
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent years of work experience required, Master’s degree highly preferred
- 5-8 years of prior development experience with a proven track record of successful fundraising solicitations
- Goal-oriented campaign strategist who can create and execute a multi-faceted vision
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Self-starter who can work independently as well as collaborate with professional colleagues and volunteer leadership
- Experienced in developing board members and increasing their level of participation in the fundraising process
- Creative and strategic thinker able to develop new ways to engage potential and existing donors, create new giving opportunities and programs
- Flexibility with schedule (occasional morning, evening and weekends)
- Must be proficient in Raiser's Edge and Microsoft Office (or is a proven quick learner)
- Familiarity with the Chicago Jewish philanthropic community is a plus
AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please submit your application to: https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/r1ehjxdr1u5e43n/