AJC (American Jewish Committee) seeks a passionate and personable senior level professional to serve as its next Director, Advancement & Engagement in Chicago, its largest market. One of 22 regional offices, AJC Chicago receives support and leadership from its national office headquartered in New York. Acting as both the face of and primary driver for philanthropic activities, the new Director will provide vision to the comprehensive philanthropic efforts of the organization’s top-performing office.
The successful candidate will be an energetic, amicable team player with a passion for increasing conversations about international advocacy and fighting antisemitism globally. The new leader will manage key relationships and a donor portfolio of 100 with gift making capacity of more than $25,000 while providing leadership to the development functions of the office, including supervising a highly functioning team of development staff of three with a warm, collaborative approach. It is imperative that the person who assumes this important role embrace and embody AJC’s mission and values and assimilate to the ethos of the local team.
Specific Requirements Include:
Proven fundraising success, particularly by securing major gifts, successfully managing campaigns, and engaging a community of motivated supporters.
Ability to build strong external relationships with a variety of volunteers, public leaders, partner organizations, and other stakeholders.
Knowledge of Chicago Jewish philanthropic community and networks.
Track record in financial management, stewardship, and developing strategies to successfully increase revenue.
Proven success in building strong and productive work teams with a focus on mentoring and nurturing staff development.
Experience with common fundraising CRMs; working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.
A minimum of eight years of fundraising experience in roles demonstrating increasing levels of responsibility, with at least three years managing a multi-functional team.
To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.
This position offers a competitive salary with generous benefit plans for insurance, paid time off and holidays. Support for professional development and a transit plan is available. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.
It is the policy of AJC to ensure equal employment opportunity in recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, age, disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, veteran status, marital or civil partnership/union status, creed, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health decisions or any other characteristic protected by law. Appropriate disciplinary action may be taken against any employee willfully violating this policy.
This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President and CEO, and Megan DeVoe, Project Manager of KEES, a retained executive search and consulting firm that builds transformative teams and leaders. Founded in 2013 as an expansion of Alford Executive Search, KEES partners specifically with nonprofit organizations to provide an array of search, leadership, interim staffing and human resources support. For more information, please visit www.kees2success.com. Questions may be addressed to email@example.com.
The mission of AJC is 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. The Evelyn R. Greene AJC Chicago Regional Office connects the local Chicago community with AJC’s global advocacy work. With access to diplomats, elected officials, and interfaith leaders at the local level, AJC Chicago advances the broader priorities so vital to AJC’s global work: combating antisemitism, promoting Israel’s place in the world, and countering the spread of radicalism and extremism. For more information, visit https://www.ajc.org/chicago.
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KEES is a retained executive search and consulting firm that builds transformative teams and leaders. Founded in 2013 as an expansion of Alford Executive Search, KEES partners specifically with nonprofit organizations to provide an array of search, leadership, interim staffing and human resources support. For more information, please visit www.kees2success.com.