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Associate Director of Development

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Feb 4, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research, Other Fundraising, Special Events
Advocacy, Other Fields, Philanthropic Advisors
Employment Type
Full Time
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POSITION TITLE: Associate Director of Development

REPORTS TO: Director of Development

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: May participate in supervising staff such as Development/Administrative Assistant.


Grade/Class: Grade F, Exempt, PSA-Eligible



The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today, ADL continues to fight antisemitism and all forms of hate using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no individual or community suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.   

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt—an accomplished leader and entrepreneur in the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors—was recruited to the organization in July 2015. He has injected new energy and brought a bold vision to the agency. Under Jonathan’s leadership, ADL is transforming itself, upgrading its capabilities and pioneering new horizons.   



The Associate Director of Development for the ADL New England Region focuses on building and cultivating relationships with new and existing foundation donors and stewarding all donors with care and attention. Of equal importance is the Associate Director’s commitment to smooth and innovative communication with our donors and lay-leadership as part of a team working toward our organization’s ambitious annual fundraising goals. In addition to above, the Associate DoD manages an individual donor portfolio and is charged with implementing targeted solicitation strategies to close gifts. This role works closely with the Region’s Director of Development and Regional and Divisional colleagues to drive engagement efforts and fundraising in support of ADL’s mission and initiatives. An ideal candidate will have flexibility as the right balance of responsibilities is established, with a likely ideal balance of 25% corporate/foundation relations (proposal and report writing), 25% stewardship of foundations and individuals, 25% individual donor portfolio work, 25% direct mail strategy coordination with national colleagues. 



  • Serve as strategic partner to Director of Development and assist in setting fundraising priorities and creating working plans to build to established financial goals. 
  • Working closely with divisional colleagues, cultivate, solicit, and steward new and established institutional (corporations and foundations) donors. 
  • Directly solicit and close gifts from individual donors and prospects and build and maintain relationships. 
  • Lead development-related functions such as marketing, design/preparation of print materials, and other large-scale outreach to donors and prospects. 
  • Collaborate with Divisional Communications colleagues to initiate regional direct mail and email campaigns and coordinate with national colleagues to align communications and recipient strategy. 
  • Work closely with Regional Board and committee lay-leadership. Attend Board and committee meetings and events. In some cases, oversee specific Board initiatives and projects. 
  • Participate in programmatic events to define and enhance fundraising potential. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to ADL’s Culture of Philanthropy initiative; for example, viewing development as relationship-based and long-term vs. transactional. 
  • Strong connection to ADL’s mission and social justice. 


  • Ideal candidate has proven experience writing and submitting successful grant proposals and reports, as well as closing foundation and/or corporate gifts. 
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills required. 
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and multi-task to complete projects on deadline in a fast-paced environment required. 
  • Strong commitment to partnership with lay-leadership. 
  • Meticulous attention to detail required. 
  • Proven ability to maintain relationships, solicit, and close gifts. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written presentation skills needed. 
  • Technical competence required, including competence in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. Working familiarity and comfort with CRM database systems (Salesforce), virtual collaboration tech (Zoom, Slack, Box), reporting/analytics functions essential. We work in an Office 365 environment and collaborate heavily in the virtual space. 
  • Comfort in working with colleagues remotely across the country essential.      

Work Experience:    

  • Five to seven years of fundraising experience required, with focus on institutional/foundation donors. 
  • Experience in soliciting and closing individual gifts required. 
  • Experience with donor relations and stewardship a plus. 


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required. 
  • Additional related courses or professional training welcomed


Work Environment: 

ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically): ADL is adhering to CDC, State, local, and Federal orders regarding COVID-19. ADL requires that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL may require proof of vaccination. This role will start as a remote position but may transition to a hybrid environment when offices reopen.  


This position is a Grade  F2, which has a salary midrange of $68,700 - $86,100. This salary range is reflective of a position based in Boston, Massachusetts. Please note that salaries are commensurate with experience, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations.  


ADL values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. ADL is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or military status, or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.  


ADL will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation to support the interview process, please contact Talent & Knowledge at 


ADL will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and all other applicable State, Local, and Federal laws. 

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