Director of Development, New York

The American Technion Society is currently seeking a Director of Development to join our growing organization. The position is temporarily remote but based out of the New York City office. This person will be responsible for attending bi-monthly meetings in the office, as well as traveling to frequent meetings throughout the Tri-State Region.

The American Technion Society

The American Technion Society (ATS) supports visionary education and world-changing impact through the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel. Based in New York City, it represents thousands of U.S. donors, alumni and stakeholders who invest in the Technion’s growth and innovation to advance critical research and technologies that serve the State of Israel and the global good. The Technion is regarded as Israel’s leading technology institute and is the center of its entrepreneurial success. Over more than 80 years, ATS has raised nearly $2.6 billion for the Technion, more than any other U.S.-based fundraising organization for higher education in Israel.

Your Role

For individuals who are passionate about Israel, the Director of Development position is an incredible opportunity to blend one’s fundraising expertise with a personal desire to play a role in the continued economic success and support of Israel. Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, s/he will have a chance to incorporate their diverse fundraising skills, conduct direct solicitations, build a deeper pipeline of prospects, manage events and be the face of the organization for many of the stakeholders in the NY Metropolitan area. As the Technion approaches its 100th anniversary, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the planning of exciting events, throughout the U.S. and in Israel.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Partner with the Senior Director of Development to manage the American Technion’s Society’s presence in the NY Metro Region
  • Develop and grow American Technion Society’s donor base of individuals and foundations capable of giving $50,000+
  • Develop and manage a portfolio of 100 prospects, including selected alumni, of which 40 will be high priority potential donors
  • Involve and partner with lay leadership in activities and strategies to build and leverage their volunteer leadership throughout the territory/portfolio
  • Engage in direct and systematic prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-net-worth individuals
  • Advance the presence of the American Technion Society through impactful activities that further the interaction with prospects and be a key figure representing the Technion in these circles
  • Deploy resources to maximize the philanthropic potential of assigned territory and/or portfolio. Work with ATS colleagues in the development of strategic annual and long-term fundraising plans and evaluate progress to goals
  • Foster relationships with key ATS and Technion stakeholders in areas of prospect development, proposal development, stewardship, etc.
  • Utilize the ATS database to maintain accurate records of all donor interactions, individuals’ programmatic interests, trends in giving and type of support to solicit
  • Travel throughout the New York Metro Region, as well as periodic trips for professional meetings in the U.S. and to the Technion campus in Haifa

Your Expertise

  • A strategic thinking and a self-starter who understands a vision of success and can translate it into a tactile plan
  • At least 7 years of quantifiable fundraising success with major gifts in higher education, science, technology, research, or advocacy organizations
  • Public speaking, networking, and negotiating skills; ability to connect with many different audiences
  • Passion for Israel, and a strong connection to ATS’s mission
  • Prior non-profit experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
  • Knowledge of Hebrew a plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite along with fundraising and database software.

*Successful candidates are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19, absent medical or religious accommodations

Have we described a role that you have been seeking, along with a set of skills you possess? If so, we’d like to hear from you immediately. Please submit your resume and cover letter below.


Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship

The American Technion Society is currently seeking a Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship to join our growing organization. This person will be responsible for leading ATS’ Donor Relations and Stewardship team, while providing strategic and creative direction of individual and group projects designed to enhance the donor experience.

The American Technion Society

The American Technion Society (ATS) supports visionary education and world-changing impact through the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel. Based in New York City, it represents thousands of U.S. donors, alumni and stakeholders who invest in the Technion’s growth and innovation to advance critical research and technologies that serve the State of Israel and the global good. The Technion is regarded as Israel’s leading technology institute and is the center of its entrepreneurial success. Over more than 80 years, ATS has raised nearly $2.6 billion for the Technion, more than any other U.S.-based fundraising organization for higher education in Israel.

Your Role

The Director of Donor Relations & Stewardship will be responsible for managing project-based stewardship initiatives with a focus on acknowledgements to increase retention rates among donors. Reporting to the Executive Director of Campaign Operations & Donor Relations, s/he will play a key role in supporting ATS’ fundraising goals by assisting with the preparation of compelling and meaningful content for donors on the impact of their gifts at all giving levels. The successful candidate will also work alongside fundraisers and Technion staff to collaboratively impact the success of ATS’ fundraising for Technion by strengthening relationships between all stakeholders by assisting with proposal and report development, donor communications, stewardship meetings, and events throughout the U.S. and Israel.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage the Donor Relations and Stewardship department staff members, ensuring reporting, acknowledgement, and recognition of donors is delivered in a timely and appropriate way
  • Lead, manage and execute impact communications targeted for individual high-level donors
  • Assist with new and enhanced stewardship elements for members of the Technion Guardian program ($1M+ donors)
  • Develop giving society program for donors between $100K-$999,999; increase retention and gift upgrades of these donors
  • Design and implement donor surveys for the purpose of refining and improving reports and other donor communications; utilize results to help design and execute programmatic changes as needed
  • Report and track departmental metrics on donor retention, timeliness of acknowledgments, report and proposal delivery, Guardian activity, recognition, Technion visits, and other outreach efforts
  • Act as the liaison with Finance and Marketing Depts to contribute to regular brainstorming on innovative, unique, and personalized stewardship communications and experiences
  • Lead annual endowment reports project, providing content development, research, review and editing support as needed
  • Works closely with Advancement Services to manage donor data and information to ensure accurate reporting and communications
  • Develop ATS’ annual stewardship communications plan and coordinate general stewardship communications, including personalized communications and letters
  • Research and communicate emerging trends and best practices in all areas of donor relations
  • Provide ongoing education for internal partners on “best practices” in donor relations and engagement
  • Help identify programmatic and operational improvements in order to ensure the department’s continued growth and enhancement

Your Expertise

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, writing, journalism, or related field
  • One to three years’ experience in Higher Education with at least one years’ experience working in the field of donor relations, as well as 2-3 years of previous supervisory experience leading and developing staff
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving skills with attention to detail, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience leading teams, working independently as well as collaboratively to achieve goals, with a commitment to delivering exceptional customer service
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, effective presentation skills and creativity
  • The ability to work strategically, develop and implement communication plans and processes in collaboration with internal partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to act with diplomacy on behalf of the organization, maintaining positive working relationships with satellite offices and the university abroad
  • Understanding the sense of urgency around specific tasks or projects and the ability to prioritize and re-prioritize, as needed
  • Ability to manage projects with an eye toward improvement
  • Commitment to implementing departmental strategies in support of fundraising efforts
  • Commitment to a positive team atmosphere and a culture of innovation
  • Willingness to travel throughout the U.S. to ATS’ satellite offices, as well as periodic trips for professional meetings in the U.S. and to the Technion campus in Haifa, Israel

*Successful candidates are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19, absent medical or religious accommodations

Have we described a role that you have been seeking, along with a set of skills you possess? If so, we’d like to hear from you immediately. Please submit your resume and cover letter below.


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