Position Description

Development Associate
Location Columbia/Barnard Hillel
City New York
State/Territory New York
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Development Associate

Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Role Overview

Columbia/Barnard Hillel is seeking an organized, creative, team-oriented professional with strong communications skills to serve as Development Associate. The Development Associate will report to the Director of Development and work with the Executive Director and volunteer leadership to implement Columbia/Barnard Hillel’s development and communications plan, including meeting an annual fundraising goal of $1.8 million.

The Development Associate will support the Columbia/Barnard Hillel Development Department with critical administrative tasks. As a core member of the Development team, the Development Associate will be included in strategic planning conversations and meetings, giving them the opportunity to engage with all facets of the fundraising and nonprofit space. We strongly encourage professional growth, and will add portfolio responsibilities based on the Development Associate’s interest areas. Ideal start date is July 1 but can be flexible for the right applicant.

This application will close on March 15, and applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

What You’ll Do


  • Manage and maintain accuracy of donor database (Little Green Light), identifying, troubleshooting, and ensuring accurate and up-to-date donor information
  • Process donations and acknowledgements
  • Draft, produce, and coordinate Direct Mail/Email solicitations
  • Conduct ongoing prospect research and identify major gift donors
  • Write grant reports and renewals
  • In close coordination with the Board of Directors, assist in planning and collating materials for board committee meetings
  • Support department events, including but not limited to Welcome Events, Family Weekends, the Annual Dinner, and Reunion Weekend.

Communications and Marketing

  • Maintain communications calendars
  • Create social media content and marketing materials for Columbia/Barnard Hillel Development events and programs
  • Prepare stakeholder communications, including monthly constituent update emails
  • Brainstorm ideas to expand our outreach

What You’ve Accomplished

  • Bachelor’s degree required and 1-3 years work experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with donor database systems (Little Green Light, Raiser's Edge, DonorPerfect, etc), communications and mass email platforms, and online giving technologies

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Close attention to detail
  • Successful management of time, and keeping to deadlines
  • Ability to organize and complete projects accurately and efficiently
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to work with different types of individuals
  • Passion for taking on challenging projects, and ability to manage a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Strong eagerness to learn more about all aspects of non-profit fundraising
  • Desire to strategize on ways to engage with our alumni, parents, and broader community
  • Pride in the accuracy and presentation of your work
  • Exemplary time management skills, including the capacity to juggle competing priorities and deadlines, and to remain flexible within a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work both on a team and independently

What You’ll Receive

  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $45,000-$53,000, commensurate with experience.
  • An opportunity to learn about and engage with all aspects of the fundraising and nonprofit space.
  • Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity, pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability, Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities

About Columbia/Barnard Hillel

Columbia/Barnard Hillel is an exciting, fast-paced, intellectually rigorous work environment. We are a high energy, dedicated team of professionals committed to enriching the Jewish experience of our students. Columbia/Barnard Hillel serves the undergraduate and graduate Jewish communities of Columbia University, Barnard College, and The Jewish Theological Seminary. There is a large and very active Jewish community based in the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life and around campus.

About Hillel International

In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.

Columbia/Barnard Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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