Working at Akiba
Akiba-Schechter has the following positions available. Please click on each title to scroll down and learn more.
Director of Development
The Director of Development is an enthusiastic and flexible professional who oversees donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities for the school’s annual and endowment campaigns. The ideal candidate will have experience within the Jewish community and an understanding of the Jewish day school world, as well as fundraising, event management and donor relations experience. The director of development will have the ability to oversee the fundraising strategy for the school and execute on day-to-day tasks. The director reports directly to the head of school and supervises the development/executive assistant.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the management and implementation of Akiba-Schechter fundraising activities. Responsibilities will include:
- Working with head of school to implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy.
- Creating and implementing cultivation, stewardship and recognition plans for key donors and prospects.
- Spearheading targeted campaigns, including building relationships with alumni, parents and grandparents.
- Overseeing the major gifts program and soliciting a portfolio of donors.
- Managing and coordinating campaign cultivation and recognition events (e.g., grandparents day, donor recognition event, annual fundraiser).
- Developing direct mail appeals and donor communications, in coordination with marketing staff.
- Overseeing the work of the development committee, with a focus on solicitation.
- Providing the board and staff with fundraising training and leadership development opportunities.
- Working strategically with school administration, faculty, staff, board members, parents and community volunteers.
- Providing oversight of the donor tracking and acknowledgement protocol including notes, letters and phone calls.
- Bachelor’s degree is required; graduate degree is preferred.
- 5-7 years of fundraising experience, preferably at a Jewish institution.
- Experience in the areas of event management and donor relations.
- Familiarity with donor databases (e.g., Little Green Light).
- Passion and commitment to Jewish education, diversity and culture.
- Ability to establish goals, prioritize requests and demonstrate results.
- Superb verbal and written communication skills.
- High energy with a can-do attitude.
- Excellent judgment and decision making skills.
- Proficiency in fundraising software and Microsoft applications.
- Ability to work evenings, weekends or irregular hours as needed.
We are always looking for substitute teachers qualified to work with Grades 1-8. This person should have a background in teaching, ideally with experience in Judaic Studies and Hebrew, though we are also interested in teachers of General Studies. To learn more, please email Elisa Aranoff, Administrative Assistant and After-School Program Director.