Development & Operations Associate

University of Chicago Hillel


Chicago, IL


UChicago Hillel provides the opportunity for participation in a diverse and pluralistic Jewish community through programming and opportunities to inspire students on UChicago's campus to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life and learning. UChicago Hillel is a campus hub for student leadership development and spiritual, educational, cultural, and social connectivity. Both inside the Hillel building and on the broader campus, Hillel is committed to ensuring a warm, welcoming and caring community for every student in their Jewish home away from home.

UChicago Hillel seeks a task-oriented and motivated Development & Operations Associate to play a key role in the day-to-day functions of fundraising, communications, and operations at Hillel. This position reports to and works closely alongside the Executive Director, anticipating and responding to a variety of needs and creatively implementing systems and strategies to maximize the full Hillel team’s efficiency and impact.

The ideal candidate brings a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and/or operations, has an independent and enthusiastic work style, and is comfortable wearing multiple hats within a collaborative and energetic team.

For more information please visit: The University of Chicago Johanna and Herman H. Newberger Hillel Center

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To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Jamie Perry, Evolve Giving

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Key Responsibilities

  • Support the Executive Director in all fundraising and operational functions within the organization
  • Work closely with a small and close-knit group of colleagues to promote a seamless, supportive, and productive workflow
  • Oversee logistics of all Hillel planned events, including Shabbat, holidays, and a few larger events; create and distribute logistical information to all parties
  • Manage direct mail appeals and online solicitations; draft communications pieces for review by the Executive Director
  • Work with the Executive Director to identify, research, and create strategies to cultivate and steward individual major donors
  • Formulate and implement action plans for the Executive Director following donor-facing engagements
  • Cultivate and research foundations and corporations for potential grants and sponsorship opportunities
  • Maintain knowledge of and rapport with Hillel stakeholders, including students, major donors, and Advisory Board

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3-5 years of work experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Project management expertise with ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Proactive and self-driven work style
  • High level of comfort with fundraising and operational functions and systems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite and nonprofit CRMs (familiarity with Little Green Light a plus)
  • Knowledge of Jewish community, culture, heritage, and traditions preferred
  • Passion for Jewish life and commitment to the Jewish growth of college-aged students
  • Ability to be adaptable and responsive in a fast-paced and fluid office
  • Willingness to work flexible hours needed to complete job requirements, including occasional nights, weekends, and holidays

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