Senior Development Executive

Location: Chicago, IL

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced


Position Overview – Senior Development Executive

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Midwest Region, the Senior Development Executive will be a highly accomplished major gift fundraiser who is committed to the mission and future of AFHU. This position will require a wide range of fundraising skills including: major gift cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of major gifts donors ($25,000+), foundation relations, fundraising event management, and planned giving.

Responsibilities of the Senior Development Executive:

 The Senior Development Executive will effectively identify and manage a major gift portfolio and establish a prospect solicitation pipeline across the region.
In addition to establishing and maintaining a personal portfolio of current and prospective donors, this position will also be charged with developing an alumni plan, and growing the organization’s planned giving donor base for the Midwest regional office.
In concert with the Executive Director, the Senior Development Executive will also be responsible for identifying and cultivating lay leaders for leadership roles, both regionally and nationally.
As a key member of the Midwest development operation, the Senior Development Executive will also conceptualize new and exciting programs for outreach to expand the donor base.

Traits and Characteristics:

 The Senior Development Executive will be an ambitious and motivated development professional who values a results-driven and highly collaborative work environment.
She/he will be able to establish strong, interpersonal relationships with academic leaders at Hebrew University, donors, and AFHU staff, both regionally and nationally.
The successful candidate will be innovative, tenacious, and motivated to take on new challenges.
Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively represent the organization’s development interests to both internal and external constituencies, are required.
Additionally, excellent written and oral communication skills are a necessity. The Senior Development Executive should have the ability to present a compelling and inspiring story that generates enthusiasm and support.
Working in concert with the development team to achieve philanthropic goals and build a case for support in the Midwest, the Senior Development Executive must have a genuine interest in the mission of AFHU and Hebrew University and be able to communication passionately about the University and the need for support.
The ability to balance a personal portfolio while also managing other projects is essential.
A high level of integrity and initiative is required.

Career Path:

 The Senior Development Executive will have at least seven years of successful fundraising experience within a Jewish communal, higher education, or other results-oriented setting.
Demonstrated success in identifying, qualifying, and soliciting major gifts from individuals and foundations is required.
In addition to having significant experience with fundraising event management, experience with planned giving and foundation relations is preferred.


A Bachelor’s Degree is required; an advanced degree would be a plus.


 The position offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU)

 AFHU is a United States based nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization. Through volunteer and professional leadership, AFHU provides financial resources from the United States in support of the academic, research, and service programs of Hebrew University.


AFHU has an independent National Board of Directors of committed volunteers from across the United States. The national office of AFHU is located in New York. In addition to the Midwest regional office, other regional offices are: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Western, and Pacific Northwest. Each region has its own board dedicated to working to promote the activities of AFHU and Hebrew University in their respective communities.

 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The University that built the nation of Israel was founded on Mount Scopus in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Chaim Weizmann, and Martin Buber. Opened in 1925, Hebrew University is Israel’s premier university, as well as its leading research institution.

 Ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among Israeli universities, the University encourages multi-disciplinary activities in Israel and overseas and serves as a bridge between academic research and its social and industrial applications.

 Hebrew University has set as its goals the training of public, scientific, educational, and professional leadership; the preservation of and research into Jewish, cultural, spiritual, and intellectual traditions; and the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of all humanity.

 Open to all persons without distinction of race, sex, religion, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, the student body, totaling approximately 23,000 from Israel and 70 additional countries, reflects a broad cross-section of Israel’s populations — both native Israelis and young Jewish immigrants from all over the world.

 The University’s seven academic faculties are in the Humanities, Science, Law, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Dental Medicine, and Medicine. Working at the highest level of scholarship and in a spirit of true collaboration, more than 150 University researchers have received the coveted Israel Prize for their outstanding contributions in a wide range of academic fields.

 No single institution has achieved a greater influence on the leadership of Israel, both within and outside its borders. Since the inception of the Jewish state, Hebrew University has educated four prime ministers and three presidents. Counted among University alumni are eight Nobel Laureates in science and economics, leading scholars and humanists, and many of the nation’s foremost professionals.


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Wendy Lazar, Search Director at


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