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Institutional Giving Officer

Center for Jewish History
New York, United States
$75,000.00 - $100,000.00
Closing date
Apr 20, 2023

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Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Institutional Giving Officer will join a team of five advancement professionals who are part of the intentional and important effort to invigorate and elevate philanthropy for the Center for Jewish History.

The Institutional Giving Officer will play a key role in expanding the Center’s overall fundraising program by taking the lead on expanding corporate sponsorship at the Center and managing a distinct portfolio of private foundations. Equal parts research, coordination, and strategy, this role is ideal for an innovator seeking a place to grow and build their own profile as an outstanding fundraiser in the nonprofit arena while making a tremendous impact for an organization with a high-stakes mission and ambitious plans for the future.

In its 23-year history, the Center for Jewish History has raised $250M and is debt free and mortgage free. The Center has a $13M endowment. Last year, development raised approximately $5M. The overall philanthropic goal for 2023 is to raise $8.3M, with a $2M goal for institutional giving.

This position is based at the Center for Jewish History on 16th Street in New York City. The work can be partially hybrid, but regular onsite time is required.

The salary range for this position is $75,000 - $100,000.


  • Expand the Center’s institutional giving program; grow and manage the Center’s corporate sponsorship program.
  • Proactively identify, research, and evaluate foundation and corporate institutional giving opportunities. Prioritize institutional giving opportunities for Center leadership based on advancement’s strategic plans.
  • Manage a distinct portfolio of private foundations that give between $5,000 and $25,000 annually, including establishing and maintaining strong relationships with foundation contacts; ensuring that the Center maintains good contact and rapport; inviting relevant institutional representatives to special events; supporting the Center’s leadership team with all meetings, pitches, and solicitations; scheduling and preparing meetings as needed for Center leadership; writing letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports in coordination with other Center staff; tracking all submissions and awards; and ensuring appropriate and timely stewardship.
  • Coordinate corporate sponsorships and this portfolio of foundations with all other fundraising activities, especially special events.
  • Maintain relevant donor data in donor management database Raiser’s Edge.
  • Work collaboratively with the Chief Advancement Officer and leadership team on high-level institutional gifts (over $25,000).
  • Contribute to the development team’s overall strategy for fundraising.
  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Advisor for Grants and Strategy on complex proposals and reports as necessary; coordinate on matching opportunities for major grants.
  • Support the Chief Advancement Officer and Center’s leadership team (Chief Executive Officer, President, and Vice President) with other special fundraising projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • The ideal Institutional Giving Officer candidate will be an excellent communicator and people person with a passion for connecting donors with meaningful causes.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree welcome.                               
  • Proven experience in securing philanthropic gifts in the non-profit, higher education, cultural heritage, or related sectors. Experience in a library, archive, museum, or similar research institute a plus.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to connect easily and professionally with other people and remember details.
  • Strong collaboration skills.
  • Close attention to detail.
  • Ability to collect and analyze information about a donor, foundation, or corporation and match donor interests to fundraising opportunities at the Center.
  • Ability to write clearly and persuasively: effective oral and written communication with all stakeholders including donors, administrators, and staff.
  • Ability to collect, synthesize, and analyze data about the Center as an institution and effectively articulate both its mission and its impact.
  • Ability to understand, create, and update budgets for proposals and reports.
  • Ability to multi-task and be the project manager on several institutional giving proposals and reports simultaneously.
  • Must be able to manage and deliver multiple (and often concurrent) internal and external deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and web search tools.
  • Ability to search and update data in a donor management database (Raiser’s Edge).
  • Comfort with electronic systems, portals, and databases.
  • Comfort with in-person and virtual meetings.
  • Interest in Jewish history, archives, libraries, and/or the humanities. 


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