Development Manager

New Haven, Connecticut
Oct 11, 2016
Dec 10, 2016
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time


Development Manager Job Description

October 2016


The Development Manager will execute the successful development and implementation of Slifka Center’s Alumni Relations and development plan.  They will develop and implement strategic plans to increase the percentage of donors to the Annual Fund.  The Development Manager will strategize and effectively manage outreach for events and fundraising appeals. They will direct and manage solicitations for Slifka Center’s Annual Fund and manage annual giving, as well as, various events and programs throughout the year.

Essential Skills include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters’ degree preferred
  • Minimum of 2-4 years of direct work experience, preferably in Jewish or nonprofit work
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in coordinating, community/public relations, fundraising.   Experience in educational settings.
  • Experience in educational settings. Passionate about education and youth.
  • Proficient in Raiser’s Edge, Blackbaud, and MS Office Suite. Basic web mastery.
  • Working knowledge of DARCY (Yale’s alumni and donor database)
  • Ability to work both as a team and independently
  • Supervise and nurture junior professionals to help them do their best work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to all segments of the community.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Directs and manages solicitations for Slifka Center’s Annual Fund campaign to include affinity focused direct mailings, Reunion giving, and personal solicitations.
  • Manages Slifka Center’s annual giving including all marketing efforts, tracking acquisition and renewals.
  • Conducts benchmarking and analyzes past Slifka Center giving trends and plan for future segmentation accordingly.
  • Develops and implements strategic plans to increase the percentage of donors to the Annual Fund.
  • Manages events and programs including high holy days, networking, reunions, alumni and parent events, and other special events.
  • Strategize and effectively manage outreach for events, and fundraising appeals.
  • Prepares, edits and disseminates regular correspondence to alumni and parents.
  • Ability to work in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with user communities of diverse backgrounds and skill levels including alumni, students, parents, and staff, as well as others within the college community.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from top management, board of directors, faculty, donors, and community members.
  • Oversee donation entries and gift acknowledgement.
  • Create annual newsletter(s) as part of Annual Appeal.
  • Prepare development reports as needed for the Executive Director and Board.
  • Prepare annual stewardship reports.
  • Provide supervision, and employee review of Development Associate (50%).
  • Prepare and reconcile donor and endowment gifts with Finance and Bookkeeping.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Executive Director & Senior Jewish Chaplain.
  • Research corporations, major donors, foundations and other prospects for cultivation and stewardship. Analyze data and help Slifka Center develop strategies and individualized cultivation plan to increase fundraising, including scheduling one-on-one appointments for Slifka Center.

What you will receive:

  • Slifka offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave
  • Competitive salary in the non-profit marketplace. The range for this position is competitive, depending on experience
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.

More about the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale:

Located across from the Silliman College and sitting adjacent to the home of the University Chaplain and the backyard of the Judaic Studies Program, Joseph Slifka Center is a nexus for Jewish Life on the Yale Campus.

Along with an unparalleled academic experience, the Yale education enables students’ great expansion of personal identity through social, intellectual, spiritual, communal and emotional journeys.  During this four-year threshold between childhood and adult life, they can, and do, ponder the great questions:  Who am I? Why am I here? What makes a life worth living?


Slifka Center sees an opportunity to offer complementary programs that can engage, educate, provoke and inspire students through a Jewish lens, so that they also ponder:  What does it mean to be Jewish? Why are there Jews in the world?  What makes a Jewish life worth living?

Our Approach

We know that successfully engaging students to ponder the great questions requires many points of entry, many avenues for life and growth.  And that we must exist not just within the building but around campus and throughout the world.  Therefore, Slifka Center is conceived as a laboratory of Jewish exploration at, and of, Yale.  We offer experiences for students to see, taste, touch, and probe old and new modes of Jewish involvement, and take up their own modes, as they begin to imagine the Jewish future they will one day help shape and lead.

The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale is affiliated with Hillel International.  Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so that 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.