Philanthropic Engagement Officer

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
New York, United States
$50,000.00 - $80,000.00
Closing date
Sep 3, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Grant Seeking, Prospect Research
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Employment Type
Full Time
Overview POSITION TITLE: Philanthropic Engagement Officer
REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer
LOCATION: CSC, New York, NY area
GRADE: Grade F, Exempt, PSA Eligible




ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all.




The Philanthropic Engagement Officer oversees major gifts and pipeline cultivation and stewardship strategies for the portfolio of ADL’s Senior Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. The SVP/CGO is a prolific fundraiser who has inspired unprecedented giving from both long-standing supporters and new donors to ADL. The role will serve as a strategic thought partner to the SVP/CGO, developing and executing donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for a dynamic portfolio of ADL’s highest-level current and prospective donors. The Philanthropic Engagement Officer will work with Regional, Divisional and National colleagues to cultivate and secure principal and major gifts. Must have a passion for ADL’s mission. 



  • Develop and implement strategies to drive leadership fundraising efforts of the SVP/CGO.
  • Provide support for the SVP/CGO and select trustees with the highest capacity major gift prospects.
  • Interact extensively with donors, board members, senior staff, and Regional, Divisional, and National development staff.
  • Develop and implement personalized cultivation and solicitation strategies for the SVP/CGO’s fundraising portfolio of 50-75 donors and prospects. Set and achieve annual fundraising goals for the portfolio.
  • Support SVP/CGO in maintaining the momentum of ADL’s capitalization campaign, including campaign solicitations and stewardship.
  • Staff solicitor for gifts of five, six, and seven figures from current and prospective donors, leveraging staff and volunteer leadership as appropriate.
  • Support SVP/CGO in managing key relationships with principal gifts donors and prospective donors.
  • Drive SVP/CGO and personal moves management activity, including supporting solicitation activity, developing proposals, and managing stewardship efforts.  
  • Use Salesforce to maintain accurate records of all donor interactions, individuals’ programmatic interests, and strategies for donor engagement and solicitation. 
  • Collaborate and partner across the organization in the pursuit of fundraising excellence and to achieve ADL’s overall fundraising goals. 
  • Other tasks and duties reasonably related to job responsibilities. 




  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively present information to donors, board members, and staff.
  • Highly organized with the ability to succeed in a complex, fast-moving environment; a driving force who manages toward clarity and solutions.
  • A self-motivated team player with an energetic, flexible, and creative approach.
  • Sound judgment and sensitivity to highly confidential information. 
  • Work collaboratively with an ability to balance, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders 
  • Working familiarity and comfort in database systems, reporting, and analysis and experience using Microsoft Office software, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Comfort learning new technology. 
  • Willing to travel as needed for donor meetings and events.

Work Experience 

  • The ideal candidate has a minimum 3 years of senior development experience in a sophisticated fundraising organization with significant experience cultivating and soliciting major gifts. 
  • Demonstrable experience working closely with senior leadership to advance fundraising priorities and donor relationships and donor relationships across the organization.
  • A high level of knowledge and understanding of fundraising best practices and the philanthropic landscape. 
  • Experience soliciting planned and blended gifts.
  • Previous work in a national organization with multiple satellite offices a plus. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Advanced degree preferred. 


Work Environment: 

  • ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically)ADL is adhering to CDC, State, local, and Federal orders regarding COVID-19. ADL will require 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 has a salary range of $50,000 to $80,000. Please note that actual salaries are commensurate with experience and reflect the budget for a given position, and since ADL has a location-based compensation structure, there may be a different range for candidates in other locations. For an overview of our total rewards package, please visit


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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