Chicago Director, Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF)

Who We Are:

Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) is a nationwide charitable organization with the mission to support cancer research programs in Israel, for the benefit of Israel and all mankind.

ICRF was founded in 1975 by a group of American and Canadian researchers, oncologists, and lay people determined to harness Israel’s educational and scientific resources in the fight against cancer. ICRF is the only US-based charity solely devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel. There are 8 regional chapters (5 in US, 2 in Canada, 1 in Israel) and this position will head up the Chicago chapter.

Since its inception, ICRF has provided more than $64 million in grants to support innovative studies by Israeli scientists. We support individuals at all of the major research institutions in Israel. ICRF-funded researchers have been making significant progress and have been able to develop improved chemotherapies, advanced techniques in bone marrow transplantation, and an enhanced understanding of tumor suppressor genes.

Position Overview:

Under the leadership of a seasoned, dedicated and talented board of directors and the National Executive Director, the ICRF Chicago Director articulates the mission and vision of the Israel Cancer Research Fund in order to raise its profile and financial support across Chicagoland area and the Midwest in order to continue its growth. This new regional leader will ensure smooth operations in all areas of fundraising, board and leadership development, staff management and marketing and public relations.

 As an entrepreneurial and strategic thinker, the Chicago Director will work with the board of directors and staff to enhance the current major gifts and events programs, ensuring the success of the well-known ICRF Tower of Hope Gala, the recently established Revolving Tables and potentially establishing new events in order to grow the brand across the Midwest. This person will also further relationships with existing donors and develop relationships with new institutional and individual funders. They will support the board chair and committees and collaborate with the other regional chapters.

This unique career-building opportunity to develop the profile of an inspiring organization, grow a fundraising and events program and partner with a motivated and committed board of directors is designed for a professional who works independently and can function collaboratively. It requires someone strategic, autonomous and creative.

This position offers a rewarding opportunity to work as part of a team whose commitment and contributions move the world closer to a cure for cancer.


  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for all aspects of a comprehensive development function including events, individual giving, corporate and foundations relations.
  • Manage all staff and board fundraising efforts toward a $1.8 million chapter fundraising goal, including personally cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a robust portfolio of donors and prospects.
  • Ensure dynamic leadership of ICRF Chicago’s flagship fundraising event, the ICRF Tower of Hope Gala, the recently established Revolving Tables and a commitment to developing a comprehensive events program, including parlor meetings, to both fundraise and grow the brand in the city of Chicago, and beyond.
  • Continue to steward and recruit new members to the board of directors. Support and direct the work of the committees of the board. Encourage and partner with the chair of the board providing creative, new ideas for fundraising and marketing.
  • Develop a strategy to engage audiences through direct communications, public relations, social media, advertising and events.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of 8+ years development experience, with proven success in raising funds from the Jewish community.
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in social sciences, nonprofit management or related field.
  • Event management experience, and proven success in raising funds from events. Experience ideally in producing galas or corporate events.
  • Proven track record of managing an annual campaign (including direct mail) and a major giving portfolio; significantly growing organizational revenue and securing five, six and seven figure gifts from high net worth donors and prospects.
  • Accomplished relationship builder with the ability to motivate board members and volunteers to prospect, cultivate, steward and solicit within their networks.
  • Experience in growing a brand through marketing strategies including events, social media and more traditional outreach including direct mail and PR.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Chicago donor community; experience in the medical/ healthcare sector a plus.
  • Self-starter with experience managing multiple projects concurrently; comfortable working autonomously.
  • Highly motivated, goal oriented, organized, detailed, collaborative, creative and persistent.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite and fundraising software.
  • Superior written and verbal communications skills.
  • A passion for Israel and combatting cancer.

 Some national and international (Israel) travel will be expected.

Competitive salary and benefits package available.

Please send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to