Chief Development Officer

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Posted: 7/9/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Fundraising/Development

Primary domain: Education

City: New York

Postal code: 10016

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

Yeshiva University is the world’s premier Jewish institution for higher education. Rooted in Jewish thought and tradition, it sits at the educational, spiritual and intellectual epicenter of a robust global movement that is dedicated to advancing the moral and material betterment of the Jewish community and broader society, in the service of God.

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Job Description:



Ranked among the top 100 Universities in the nation, Yeshiva University (YU) is a leading global educational institution with a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education, psychology, social work, and more.


At the heart of the institution lies the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). Founded over a century ago, RIETS is the Western Hemisphere's leading center for Torah learning and training for the rabbinate. Grounded in academic rigor and steeped in the full spectrum of Jewish tradition, RIETS has trained over 3,200 of the world's most distinguished Orthodox rabbis, scholars and teachers. RIETS instills in its students the intrinsic value of studying Torah and inspires them to delve into contemporary issues such as business ethics, bioethics and technology, all in the atmosphere of intellectual and spiritual exploration that characterized the great Jewish academies of the past.


RIETS graduates assume a broad range of leadership roles touching  nearly  every  Orthodox Jewish and many non-Orthodox communities, schools and nonprofit institutions. Many RIETS graduates go on to distinguished careers outside of the rabbinate as well, bringing Jewish values and ethics to their work. RIETS provides its students with cutting-edge training and personal development programs to ensure their success in the field of their choice.


RIETS has long been a vital link in the chain that has transmitted tradition from one generation of Jewish leaders to the next. More information about RIETS can be found on the web at:




RIETS seeks a strategic, dynamic and engaging front-line fundraiser with demonstrated success in building capacity to become its Chief Development Officer (CDO). Working with the seminary's Dean, and in close partnership with the university's Vice President of Institutional Advancement, the CDO will lead all fundraising initiatives for RIETS and shape the future of the institution through the development of a comprehensive strategic fundraising plan. The CDO will bring best practices to the role, conceptualizing and initiating partnerships, initiatives and strategies to both tap into new segments of the donor marketplace and grow existing relationships.


RIETS's new CDO will engage supporters and highlight the seminary's role as a  vital,  vibrant engine of Jewish scholarship and continuity. The successful candidate will have significant fundraising experience with demonstrated success in increasing revenue and experience in developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, partners and colleagues. Additionally, the CDO should possess excellent verbal  and  written  communication skills and the fluency to convey the core values and purpose of RIETS clearly  and  persuasively. The CDO must demonstrate a genuine passion for and ability to speak about RIETS's mission to provide rabbinic leadership for the next generation and beyond.


•     Familiarity with and fluency in the Rabbinic/Modern Orthodox  Community.
•     A successful track record with personal solicitation in the 6-figure range and up.
•     Highly motivated and self-directed; a strong work ethic and ability to maintain and model
high personal, ethical and professional  standards.
•     Demonstrated  success  developing  and  implementing  strategic  activities  and  tasks  with
clear  goals,  objectives  and  measurement  tools.  Familiarity  with  fundraising  CRMs  and
•     Excellent  interpersonal  skills.  Ability  to  interact  and  engage  comfortably  with  a 
wide variety of key constituents  across the  community.
•     Excellent  communication  skills;  effective  at  engaging  audiences  both  on  paper  and 
in person.
•     Awareness and understanding of the role of social media in fundraising.
•     Outstanding ability to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations.
•     Self-starter  with  the  ability  to  work  independently,  as  well  as  collaboratively  as
 an effective member of  the  IA department, in a goal-oriented  team environment.
•     Minimum  of  seven  years  of  experience  in  front-line  fundraising  for  institution  of 
higher education or other non-profit.
•     A Bachelor's Degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.


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