Assistant Director of Advancement and 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.
As the world’s premiere global Jewish advocacy organization, AJC is dedicated to securing the safety of Jews and other vulnerable peoples in the United States, Israel and around the world. To advance this purpose, AJC’s New York Regional Office (NYRO) promotes a dynamic program focused on diplomatic outreach, coalition building, and strategic communications.
AJC NY provides a fast-paced, sophisticated work environment that demands creativity, commitment, and the ability to build bridges of understanding between the Jewish community and many different religions, cultures, and nationalities.
The Assistant Director of Advancement and Engagement will play a key part in advancing AJC’s mission and will need to work with leaders, donors, and interlocutors at the highest levels and from diverse backgrounds.
The ideal candidate will be a smart, high-energy self-starter who combines organizational acumen and professionalism with a love of Jewish heritage, familiarity with Israel and Jewish culture, knowledge of the New York Jewish community, and experience in and dedication to promoting pluralistic values. The candidate must also be a consummate team player who works effectively across departments.
The Assistant Director of Advancement and Engagement will be responsible for stewarding a comprehensive annual campaign, with particular emphasis on direct solicitations and event management. Board relations will also play an important role, including the staffing of the NYRO Institutional Advancement Committee.
While reporting to the Regional Director, she/he will also liaise with the AJC National Development Department, and enjoy the substantial support of a major global fundraising organization.
As a member of the AJC staff, the Assistant Director of Advancement and Engagement is expected to adhere to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.
- Working closely with the Regional Director, Associate Director, AJC professionals and board/volunteer leadership to provide support and organization in all development activities;
- Help develop and implement outreach strategies to encourage new gifts, as well as increasing current donor contributions;
- Steward gifts through donor contact;
- Cultivate and strengthen relationships with donors, increasing their engagement and investment in AJC;
- Identify, qualify and engage prospective donors in order to expand the number of Marshall Society and National Leadership Council members;
- Partner with staff and lay leadership, including the Institutional Advancement Committee, to provide organization, support, and guidance for development strategies that will deepen investment and enlarge AJC’s annual campaign;
- Coordinate cultivation events, donor stewardship programs, regional outreach and written appeals;
- Ensure the proper maintenance of prospect and donor records;
- Collaborate with program staff to engage existing and new donors;
- Collaborate with national development colleagues on programming and donor strategies, and to implement national development initiatives on a regional basis.
- Enhance AJC NY communication efforts to yield greater engagement and financial support;
- Contribute to the design of AJC NY programming to enhance the development aspects of such programming.
- Perform other tasks needed to support overall office effectiveness.
- Passion for AJC's mission;
- Some prior knowledge of, and/or experience with, issues of concern to AJC
- Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred;
- 5 or more years of relevant experience;
- Proficient in managing and interpreting development data;
- Proficient in MS Office, (especially Word and Excel);
- Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred;
- Self-starter who is able to work independently as well as collaborate with professional and volunteer leadership;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Stellar inter-personal skills;
- Strong organizational and time management skills;
- Ability to work under pressure while keeping a sense of humor;
- Goal-oriented, flexible, creative, and strategic thinker capable of developing new ways to engage potential/existing donors, as well as create new giving opportunities and programs;
- Familiarity with and passion for Jewish communal life in the local region; and
- Flexible schedule (occasional early morning, evening and weekend work required).
AJC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please submit your application to: https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/rdlnd0f00d6w17/