Vice President of Development, American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU)

Who We Are:

We at American Friends believe that international alliances are vital to the future of Tel Aviv University. Since TAU opened its doors in 1956, American Friends have enthusiastically and industriously pursued the advancement of TAU in the world; raising money, awareness and influence. We share a lively intellectual curiosity, and work to extend the boundaries of knowledge to enrich the future of the planet. We’re also proud to serve as a dynamic bridge between American and Israeli leaders dedicated to excellence in scholarship and to strengthening the State of Israel. Together, we’re committed to changing lives that change the world.

Position Location:

New York City, NY

Position Overview:

In partnership with the AFTAU President & CEO, the Vice President of Development will lead fundraising efforts in the New York region and grow a $20 million+ regional major gifts program as part of a $40 million national fundraising goal.


  • Design and implement a comprehensive development plan that systematically and effectively strengthens the organization’s overall fundraising capacity.
    • Assume responsibility for all Northeast development activities, with direct charge of $15 million in annual funding.
    • Assume responsibility for developing, implementing and managing the infrastructure necessary to reach an annual $40 million national fundraising goal through the solicitation of major gifts, special events, corporate and foundation support.
  • Forge new relationships and access current relationships to increase financial support and build AFTAU’s visibility in the Northeast region.
  • Expand and diversify the AFTAU donor pipeline and work closely with colleagues and leadership to secure funding for new initiatives.
  • Partner with board members to support individual fundraising efforts.
  • Research potential funding sources and giving trends in order to position AFTAU as an innovative, exciting investment option with new donors, family foundations and corporate supporters.
  • Track progress and monitor results; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leadership as requested.
  • Develop and implement a strategic moves management program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with new prospects and strengthening relationships with current donors.
  • Supervise team of 2 – 3 staff members and ensure team members have the tools and resources to meet fundraising goals.
  • Develop annual fundraising plan; creating milestones and benchmarks for personal and team goals.

Required Qualifications, Characteristics and Skill Sets:

  • 10-plus years of professional fundraising experience in a nonprofit setting.
  • Ability to develop and implement an annual strategic fundraising plan focused on major giving.
  • Tangible experience and demonstrated success in expanding and cultivating donor relationships over time.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; flexible and adaptable style.
  • Experience managing both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a national team; experience managing a fundraising team and working with high level lay leadership.
  • Energetic, passionate about Israel and education.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to