Director of Development

Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor


Ann Arbor, MI


In 1974, a small group of dedicated Jewish community members with an ambitious vision gathered to discuss the possible establishment of a Jewish day school in Ann Arbor. The group’s dream became reality when the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor opened in the fall of 1975 with a class of 12 “gansters” (kindergartners). In 1995, HDS began a Hebrew immersion program, which has become a model for day schools nationwide.

Today, the mission of the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor is to nurture the development of knowledgeable, caring and committed Jewish children in a dynamic learning environment. Through exceptional general and Judaic studies and Hebrew language immersion, students will create a meaningful and joyous connection to their heritage and build a strong foundation for lifelong learning and involvement in the wider community.

HDSAA is seeking a Director of Development to oversee all aspects of the school’s fundraising operations and contribute to the growth of its annual campaign. A successful candidate will effectively analyze data to build operations infrastructure for HDSAA’s fundraising efforts and help inform decision-making alongside the school’s development staff and lay-leader solicitors. Reporting to the Head of School, this individual will serve as a Steward of HDSAA’s mission, directing the annual campaign and helping the school create and grow its endowment.

Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal-opportunity employer.

Compensation Range

$90K – $100K

To apply

Please submit a resume & cover letter to Becca Ehrlich, Evolve Giving Group:

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Key Responsibilities

  • Create, execute, and steward all fundraising activities, including annual giving, endowment, capital campaigns, and special projects
  • Identify and develop strategies for solicitation and donor engagement through data analysis and effective operations planning
  • Provide fundraising guidance and support to the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and Development Committee to meet fundraising goals and objectives
  • Develop fundraising training for trustees and other advancement volunteers to achieve development objectives
  • Prepare reports, materials and presentations for stakeholders as needed
  • Establish and implement long and short-range organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures
  • Oversee the management of the donor database and all records, files, and gift processing
  • Externally represent Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor to current and prospective support constituencies
  • Plan and oversee the full fundraising calendar around HDSAA activities, to include annual campaign, planned giving, endowment and capital projects; oversee all solicitation and recognition

Qualifications & Skills

  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, Jewish communal experience preferred 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Education, Public Policy, or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated project management and problem-solving skills, with the ability to prioritize multiple active deadlines
  • Strong analytical and database skills, ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • High-level strategic thinking and planning; ability to meet goals and objectives in a timely manner
  • Organized, ability to work independently, and confidentially
  • Strong presence with the ability to inspire, influence, and build credibility with donors, leadership, and staff 
  • Outstanding communication skills: ability to make compelling presentations and prepare well-written materials
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and CRM/Database; experience with Little Green Light preferred
  • Passion for education, and connecting donors to education-related causes

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