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American Friends of Hebrew University
East Hampton, New York, United States
8 days ago


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, widely known as “the university that built the nation of Israel,” was founded on Mount Scopus in 1918 (30 years before the founding of the State of Israel) by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Chaim Weizmann, and Martin Buber. Opened in 1925, The Hebrew University is now Israel’s premier academic institution and the country’s research powerhouse. 

The Hebrew University enrolls 23,500 students from Israel and 70 other countries in its seven academic Faculties in the Humanities, Science, Law, Social Sciences, Agriculture, Dental Medicine, and Medicine, and 14 schools. Its students, faculty, and alumni have won eight Nobel Prizes. For more information, visit


AFHU is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in New York City. AFHU was founded in 1925 to raise awareness of and support for The Hebrew University.  Through the philanthropic leadership of American Friends across the U.S., AFHU helps the University to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, build teaching and research facilities, provide scholarships and fellowships, and advance basic and applied research in a myriad of vital fields.

AFHU’s national and regional programs, events, and missions to Israel promote a greater appreciation of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s breadth and scope of achievements, and the university’s pivotal role in educating leaders for the State of Israel. By nurturing Israel’s greatest natural resource—the intellectual strength of the nation’s people—AFHU helps The Hebrew University improve human health, lead the way with agricultural innovation, spearhead the latest breakthroughs in brain sciences, and illuminate the world through the humanities.

AFHU has a staff of 45 professionals with regional offices in New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and a satellite office in Philadelphia. With an endowment of over $700 million, AFHU raises approximately $60 million each year.  AFHU’s contribution is over half of the University’s overall fundraising goal.  For further information on AFHU, visit


The Northeast Region is located at the National Headquarters on Water Street in Manhattan’s Financial District and has a total staff of seven. The region spans Philadelphia to Boston and raises approximately $11 million annuallyThis position will concentrate on prospects and donors in the New York metropolitan area.


The Northeast Region seeks an exceptional front-line fundraising executive who wants to join a dynamic team of professionals to work on a major-gifts-driven campaign. S/he will have a unique opportunity to incorporate their diverse fundraising skills from direct solicitations, major event management, educational programming, and planned giving.

In particular, AFHU expects this position to develop prospects in law, finance, and real estate for which the organization provides many opportunities to cultivate these individuals.  The region hosts parlor meetings with visiting faculty members, alumni gatherings, luncheons, leadership forums, and award dinners.  This past year, of course, programs had been held virtually. The hallmark event of the Northeast Region which takes place each spring is NEXUS: ISRAEL, an interactive one-day conference with 300 leading business professionals and innovators. This past year the conference was virtual and attracted 5000 donors and prospects.

The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of soliciting major gifts, event-management experience, excellent communication skills with prospects and donors, and a strong familiarity with the Jewish philanthropic community. S/he will also possess a deep commitment to the mission and future of AFHU and be energized by its vital contribution to The Hebrew University.

AFHU is currently working remotely, but it is anticipated that a part-time return to their offices will occur after the new year.


This position is an opportunity to align yourself with one of the world’s top universities.  The University has received international attention for advances in medicine, the invention of new drug platforms, major archaeological discoveries, and international partnerships reflective of the University’s global stature.  From bioengineering to brain research, and from law to human rights, The Hebrew University offers donors and prospects a wealth of investments to interest their philanthropic giving.  Donors can leverage their gifts knowing that research and discoveries made at The Hebrew University, not only help Israel but their gifts that go further in Israel than in the U.S.

The staff at AFHU is highly-regarded in the Jewish philanthropic community, and the Executive Director of the Northeast Region is seeking candidates who are creative and have intellectual curiosity; AFHU is large enough so that there are opportunities for growth. The Senior Philanthropy Executive will not be a cog in a wheel, but a vital and appreciated member of a team.  S/he will have the opportunity to grow the awareness of the work of The Hebrew University in the Northeast Region, try new ideas, involve new and younger donors, and raise more funds to enable the University to turn dreams into realities. Towards that end, this position will need to expand the pipeline of prospects.


Develop and manage your portfolio of major ($25,000+) and principal ($1 million+) gift prospects, and design and implement strategies for their cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship;

Plan, execute and manage appropriate fundraising events and generate new and exciting programs for outreach to expand the donor base, including the next generation of donors with major gift potential and a relatively untapped alumni base;

Collaborate effectively with the Northeast Regional team and the National staff to ensure maximum fundraising effectiveness to meet Regional and National goals;

Identify and cultivate lay leaders for future leadership roles for the Region, the National organization, and the University; work strategically with lay leaders to encourage them to build bridges and utilize their networks to help develop stronger relationships with other lay leaders, prospects, and donors;

Serve as an enthusiastic and well-informed spokesperson for AFHU and The Hebrew University. Continuously learn about University programs, research, and developments, and share them with selected donors and prospects; 

Staff fundraising visits by University faculty and leaders in the New York metropolitan area and help develop a variety of educational forums, visits, written communications, and one-on-one meetings to make the University relevant to donors and prospects; and

Travel to Israel, when deemed appropriate by AFHU.


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree is a plus; 
  • At least seven years of successful fundraising experience within a Jewish communal, higher education, or nonprofit setting;
  • Significant experience identifying, cultivating, and soliciting five, six, and seven-figure gifts from individual and family foundations;
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and the ability to present The Hebrew University story convincingly and professionally that engages, inspires, and generates enthusiasm among prospects;
  • Ability to work in a highly collegial manner within a complex national and international organizational culture;
  • Higher education and alumni relations experience is a plus;
  • Determined and decisive, exhibiting sound judgment and grace under pressure;
  • Ability to travel within the New York metropolitan area;
  • Innovative and creative with a fresh perspective, as well as the ability to champion new ideas thoughtfully and thoroughly;
  • Familiarity with the Jewish philanthropic communities throughout the Northeast Region and well acquainted with issues about Israel;
  • A deep personal resonance with the mission of AFHU and an unwavering commitment to AFHU’s goals and values; and
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and proficient in Microsoft Office.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59857560
  • Location:
    East Hampton, New York, United States
    New York, New York, United States
  • Position Title: Senior Philanthropy Executive
  • Company Name: American Friends of Hebrew University
  • Industry: Academia
  • Job Function: Major Gifts
  • Job Type: Full-Time Hire
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: None
  • Salary: $0.00 - $0.00 (Yearly Salary)
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