AJWS’s Chicago office is responsible for overseeing and implementing the vision of AJWS in Chicago and the Midwest. The scope of responsibilities includes raising funds in this region, maintaining relationships with key donors and stakeholders, building AJWS’s community in Chicago and the Midwest, envisioning and executing special events and targeted communications for AJWS supporters, and effectively articulating AJWS’s global purpose and impact.
AJWS seeks a strategic and professional Director for Chicago and the Midwest who will expand and grow our presence by enlisting the support of both Jews and others who are committed to AJWS’s mission to promote human rights in the developing world. The Director will design and implement strategies to broaden the cultivation of current and prospective major donors in Chicago and the Midwest, with particular emphasis on generating larger gifts, expanding the capacity of existing donors, and building a pipeline of new donors.
The Director will:
- Partner with the Vice President for Development and other members of the Development leadership team to lead AJWS’s work in Chicago and the Midwest
- Strengthen existing donor relationships and steward and solicit a portfolio of major donors, including individuals, family foundations, professional foundations, and corporations
- Develop and manage a pipeline of prospects, successfully converting them into long-term AJWS donors
- Plan, execute and staff fundraising events for AJWS President and CEO, senior staff, and board members
- Conduct research on prospective donors and work with the Development team on information management
- Partner with the Vice President for Communications and members of the national Communications team to develop and implement a strategic communications and marketing plan for the region
- Establish trust, maintain strong relationships and develop partnerships with board members and donors
- Speak and write articulately about AJWS, its mission, policies, culture, values, history, key stakeholders, programs, and finances
- Stay abreast of philanthropic, economic, social, and community trends related to American Jewish World Service
- Build relationships with key institutions in Chicago and the Midwest, including those within the Jewish community and those concerned with human rights and economic development
- Supervise at least one staff person