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
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 -
- 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
- Coordinate corporate sponsorships and this portfolio of
foundations with all other fundraising activities, especially
- Maintain relevant donor data in donor management database
- Work collaboratively with the Chief Advancement Officer and
leadership team on high-level institutional gifts (over
- Contribute to the development team’s overall strategy for
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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