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Senior Director, National Philanthropy Centers and Programs

Anti-Defamation League
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 28, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Other Fundraising
Other Fields
Employment Type
Full Time

POSITION TITLE: Senior Director, National Philanthropy, Centers and Programs

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Philanthropic Partnerships

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Possibly in the future

LOCATION: Anywhere ADL has an office

Grade/Class: Grade J, 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.




A crucial member of the ADL CSC fundraising team, the Senior Director, National Philanthropy, Centers and Programs will provide strategic direction and oversight to fundraising from individuals for ADL centers and programs targeting six-figure and seven-figure donors and prospects. Working within the highly collaborative environment of the CSC development team, the Senior Director will partner with leadership to carry-out the discipline of frontline fundraising and effectively execute the donor engagement process. The senior director will lead efforts to support frontline fundraisers in regions and divisions to secure unrestricted and restricted support from individuals for ADL centers and programs.



  • Meet agreed-upon fundraising goals and metrics by serving as trusted philanthropic advisor to a portfolio of 50-75 individual prospects/donors as they move through all phases of the donor engagement process.
  • Collaborate with research and prospect management team and frontline fundraisers to identify six-figure and seven-figure individual donors and prospects for center/program support.
  • Lead effort to develop and maintain collateral materials for individual donors and prospects to advance and support center/program focused fundraising activity in ADL regions, divisions and at CSC.
  • Develop content expertise in the centers’/programs’ work and conduct independent donor meetings as well as staff center/program leaders on donor meetings and at conferences such as JFN, Aspen Ideas Festival or select regional meetings.
  • Provide expert guidance to center/program leaders in the engagement and solicitation of individual donors including developing meeting strategies and key goals for travel to achieve increased exposure and funding support within the philanthropic community.
  • Evaluate various gift opportunities and giving vehicles; recommend the most suitable for specific donors and design proposal strategies.
  • Serve as trusted philanthropic advisor to qualified prospects and donors and prepare reliable and donor-centric communications.
  • Serve as an effective and enthusiastic ADL spokesperson and representative. Maintain an active, current body of knowledge of ADL and its mission, programs, activities, institutional needs, and fundraising priorities.


  • Pace setter in developing sophisticated donor strategies.
  • Creative, enterprising, persuasive, and tactful.
  • Outstanding strategic thinking and analytical skills, interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and experience handling highly confidential information.
  • Empathic listener able to engage prospects/donors to help them express themselves philanthropically through ADL.
  • Ability to effectively qualify/disqualify prospects/donors to ensure their interests and ADL’s needs are aligned.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate concepts simply, clearly, and effectively, both in writing and conversation, superior attention to detail and exceptional storytelling skills.
  • Display a positive attitude and show good judgment, common sense, and excellent listening skills; committed to transparency, accountability, and direct communication.
  • Ability to anticipate and be responsive to multiple stakeholders' needs simultaneously, internally, and externally, including individual donors and prospects.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to see projects through to completion while meeting tight deadlines.
  • Must be self-motivated, have initiative and work independently, and be part of a team while demonstrating an extraordinary drive to meet and exceed goals.
  • Ability to successfully navigate and thrive in a complex organization. Experience in a national organization with an affiliate or chapter structure a plus.
  • Committed to advancing the mission and goals of the ADL.


 Work Experience:  


  • Significant fundraising experience including a substantial track record of soliciting and closing six-figure and seven-figure gifts from individual donors, including multi-year commitments.
  • Experience working with senior leaders, high net worth individuals and a range of philanthropy professionals.
  • Prior experience working with fundraising databases (Salesforce), MS Office applications and online collaboration tools.



  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent professional experience.


Work Environment:

  • Remote work environment
  • Flexibility to work evening and weekends frequently.
  • Ability and willingness to travel nationally twenty percent of the time.


ADL COVID-19 Protocol (updated periodically):

  • ADL is adhering to public health guidance regarding COVID-19. ADL will require that all employees are vaccinated with exceptions for medical and religious accommodations. ADL is requiring proof of vaccination. ADL is a hybrid environment; this role may require 3 days in the office. 


  • This position has a salary range of $101,000 to $195,000. This salary range is reflective of a position based in New York, New York. 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 underrepresented ethnic groups, 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. 


The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment.


Please submit your application by June 8, 2023.

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