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The Tikvah Fund is a leading Jewish think tank and educational institution committed to supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Tikvah runs and invests in a wide range of initiatives in Israel, the United States, and around the world, including educational programs, publications, and fellowships.

Chief Development Officer

The Tikvah Fund is seeking an experienced Chief Development Officer to help expand and deepen our donor base as our activities in America and Israel continue to grow.

Over the past 15 years, the Tikvah Fund has launched and operated a wide range of educational programs, seminars, fellowships, publications, and international conferences dedicated to advancing Jewish civilization and preparing Jewish leaders for the great challenges now facing the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Every year, we work with thousands of exceptional students and young professionals through our summer programs, online seminars, and year-long fellowships. Our open university courses—with some of the best Jewish, Zionist, and American thinkers in the world—aim to educate and engage Jews (and non-Jews) of all ages. And our websites and ideas projects—including Mosaic Magazine, the Jewish Review of Books, the Tikvah Podcast, Hashiloach, Tzarich Iyun, Shibbolet Press, and Bible 365—reach hundreds of thousands of people around the world. We have offices in New York, Jerusalem, and Washington, DC.

In recent years, Tikvah’s activities have grown considerably, and we are now seeking to expand our reach and resources in the decade ahead. Our current annual operating budget is roughly $18MM, which is supported by endowment funds and by the fundraising activities of our existing development team. While our annual fundraising and earned income are currently generating significant revenue, our mission is to expand our donor base considerably in order to support our ongoing and dramatic programmatic growth.

The Chief Development Officer will lead Tikvah’s development and donor-related efforts, including the direct solicitation of current and potential partners and managing the development department’s overall strategy and operations. Core responsibilities include:

  • Identifying and building relationships with strategic donors and philanthropic foundations interested in supporting Tikvah’s programmatic initiatives and/or providing general operating support.
  • Leading and expanding our team of development professionals and working closely with our marketing team on outreach and communications.
  • Serving as a senior member of the Tikvah management team.
  • Interacting with our American and Israeli program teams to identify fundraising opportunities within their program areas.

The right candidate will have substantial experience in fundraising or business development, whether in the non-profit, education, or for-profit sectors. Candidates from any geographical location are encouraged to apply, but the ability to travel regularly to our New York City offices is required.

If you would like to be confidentially considered for this position, please send a résumé and cover letter to Linda Nagelberg at lnagelberg@tikvahfund.org. Please put “Chief Development Officer” in the subject line and submit your materials by Friday, October 1.

Program Associate – University Students Division

The Tikvah Fund has a full-time job opening for an organized, detail-oriented, and people-oriented Program Associate to support the work of Tikvah’s educational programs for college students. You will support Tikvah’s broad range of programs for students who want to study the great ideas that have animated the Jewish tradition and inspired its best leaders.
As Program Associate for the University Students Division, the following key duties will be part of your portfolio of responsibility:

  • Communications with students in various contexts and through various media, including:
    – Recruiting prospective applicants for our Collegiate Forum and College Summer Fellowship.
    – Working with current students to make their program experiences a success.
    – Discussing ambitions and ideas with program alumni to discover opportunities for Tikvah investment in talented individuals.
  • Help to plan events for college students including our summer-long fellowship and various other learning programs over the year.
  • Design and draft language for the website, e-mail blasts, flyers, and other marketing tools.
  • Manage the college portion of the Tikvah website as well as the application systems for college programs.
  • Effective use of Salesforce database to support recruitment and alumni communications – oversee data quality, produce strategic reports, help improve design.
  • Carefully help manage financial aspects of the college divisions work – making a budget, paying vendors, etc…

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree
Strong communication skills – willingness to make cold-calls, speak to many different types of people, including people of various ages and from various Jewish backgrounds
Excellent organizational skills and extremely detail-oriented
High technological competency
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
A high degree of integrity and professionalism; dealing with sensitive information with discretion

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Salesforce Lightning
Project management experience
Experience in email marketing

This is a full-time position, ideally based in Manhattan. We will consider non-NYC-based applicants, but priority will be given to those residing locally. Compensation is competitive, commensurate with experience and skill. Excellent benefits package including health insurance, 401K plan, paid vacation, paid time off for Jewish and national holidays, and short Fridays.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Alan Rubenstein, Director of University Programs, at hr@tikvahfund.org. We will consider each response carefully, but will contact only those individual candidates in whom we are interested.

The Tikvah Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to an inclusive work environment, and we welcome a diverse pool of candidates for all searches.