Director of Resource Development
aChord: Social Psychology for Social Change is seeking a Director of Resource Development (100% position) to lead aChord Resource Development efforts in Israel and overseas. aChord is a mid-sized social-academic organization that is part of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. aChord’s staff is 45 people and the annual budget is over $4 million dollars. aChord raises funds from foundations, private individuals, and government sources within Israel and abroad, including but not limited to the UK, Europe, and the United States. aChord making a concerted effort to expand its fundraising efforts in Israel.
Our vision is to promote equal, tolerant, and respectful intergroup relations in Israeli society and between Israel and its neighbors by using cutting-edge knowledge and theories from social psychology. Through research, training, consultation, and the development of practical tools and strategies, we partner with the most influential actors working for social change to embed these insights into their daily programs. Our goal is to improve how they address the challenges of changing perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors and contend with racism, discrimination and negative emotions. Together, our aim is to bring about a shift of consciousness and behavior in the context of intergroup relations inside Israel and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.
The Director of Resource Development works closely with the staff, executive team, and the CEO in all fundraising endeavors. The position is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the fundraising & resource development process, including:
Grant and report writing:
· Write effective and engaging letters of inquiry, grant proposals, reports and other documentation according to donor requirements and deadlines;
· Incorporate meaningful data regarding measurement & evaluation of program effectiveness in communications with donors;
· Work with program staff to ensure compliance with grant commitments and maintain a reporting and renewal calendar in an organized and efficient manner.
· Maintain relationships with existing donors (both foundations and private individuals, in Israel and worldwide);
· Respond to donor requests and inquiries in a timely and professional manner and ensure follow-up;
· Identify and develop relationships with new donors and other philanthropic opportunities and actively pursue leads;
· Set up meetings with and manage donor visits, including preparation in advance of meetings, and represent the organization in meetings with donors and donor representatives.
· Assist with preparing newsletters, communications, and other content writing, including the website and social media.
• Commitment to aChord’s vision and mission both inside Israel and in the Israeli-Palestinian peace field.
• Ability to understand and communicate in both Hebrew and English.
• Ability to communicate effectively and professionally – including excellent, high-level writing skills – in English or Hebrew
• At least three years of experience in resource development and writing requests for competitive grants (examples will be reviewed as part of the application process), either in Israel or overseas
• Bachelor’s degree
• Computer skills – Word, Excel, and corresponding Google applications
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and comfort in working with both Israeli and international audiences
• Willingness to ‘pitch in’ and assist with tasks outside the role when needed – to be a team player
• Strong organizational and time management skills and capacity to manage multiple competing deadlines and priorities in a fast-paced and dynamic atmosphere
• Motivation to pay attention to detail and practice accountability for tasks and goals
• Excellent, high-level writing skills in both English and Hebrew
• Knowledge of Jewish philanthropy in the USA.
• Knowledge and experience in fund raising in Israel.
• Knowledge of CRM systems