Jewish Agency for Israel ,
Senior Vice President, Israel and Global Philanthropy

San Francisco, CA


Opportunity for Impact

For over 85 years, the Jewish Agency for Israel has served as the link between the Jewish people and Israel, working to ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center.

Today, The Jewish Agency for Israel continues their work to secure the Jewish future by strengthening the Jewish identity of young Jews in both the Diaspora and Israel.

The leadership of the Jewish Agency views the appointment of its next SVP for Israel and Global Philanthropy, located in, and focusing on, the Bay Area and Northern California, as a compelling opportunity for an entrepreneurial and energetic development professional to advance this geographic area.
This is a tremendous opportunity for a talented fundraiser to seize near-term opportunities for revenue, engagement, and awareness, while also building capacity and reputational capital for long-term sustainability.

Background and Mission

Since its founding in 1929, the Jewish Agency for Israel has always been driven by a singular vision which endures and remains relevant as it looks to tomorrow: To ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center. It is a vision embodied in an 85-year history in which the Jewish Agency has played a number of different roles, as it adapted to the specific challenges and needs of the Jewish People and Israel.

With its central role of facilitating Aliyah, the Jewish Agency continues to serve as the Jewish peoples emergency first responder, retaining its preparedness for rescue and being ready to assist in crises in Israel and throughout the Jewish world.

In the second decade of the 21st century, the Jewish Agencys role has expanded to reflect todays challenges and opportunities: Inspire Jews throughout the world to Connect with their people, heritage and land, and Empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.

The Jewish Agency has strengthened Jewish education and Jewish identity, globally, through an emphasis on the centrality of Israel, by connecting an entire young generation of world Jewry to Israel through a continuum of transformative short and long-term Israel

Experience Programs, particularly Birthright Israel and MASA. Enthusiastic, young Israelis, who travel to Diaspora communities world-wide as Jewish Agency Shlichim (emissaries), strengthen Jewish identity, bring Israel to local communities, promote Israel Experiences, and facilitate Jewish social activism. For more information about the Jewish Agencys history and programs visit:

Jewish Agency for Israel  North American Council (JAFINA), a 501(c)(3), develops relationships with individual donors and foundations that provide financial support for the Jewish Agency and/or specific Jewish Agency programs. Based in Manhattan, it additionally stewards relationships with Federations across North America, who in turn provide the significant portion of the Jewish Agencys operating budget. JAFINA is actively assisted by Jewish Agency International Development (JAID), a U.S. entity that was created in 2010 to promote fundraising and marketing efforts on behalf of the Jewish Agency.

The organization has 14 development officer positions with major gift, and some with Federation relationship, responsibilities in the United States. They are supported by a robust team in New York and Jerusalem including grant writers, FRD program specialists, marketing, donor services, missions, and administrative staff. North American fundraising from individuals and foundations for The Jewish Agency approximates $30 million. Revenues from the North American Jewish federation system are approximately $110 million annually.

Building upon seven years of active donor cultivation, JAFINA will continue to focus its human and financial resources on engaging individual donors and foundations and on stewarding relationships with Federations across North America.


JAFINA seeks a highly-experienced senior major gifts officer with a strong track record in cultivating and securing major gifts ($25k+), to focus on the Bay Area and Northern California. The SVP will work in an innovative, collaborative environment with other top level professionals. S/he will have primary responsibility for identifying prospects for major gifts and developing them into major donors.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated success as an engaging fundraiser and be a highly articulate communicator skilled at making a compelling case for agency support. S/he must be a focused, driven, strategic professional, possessing exceptional relationship and stewardship skills. Candidates must be able to demonstrate integrity, diplomacy and sound judgment. S/he will develop a strong prospecting pipeline by identifying, cultivating, and securing major gifts from individuals and foundations. The position will involve significant local travel as well as to missions and conferences.

Reporting to the West/Mid-West Regional Director, the SVP for Israel and Global Philanthropy will be an integral part of a national team focusing on generating revenues on behalf of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and will be an effective fundraising partner for the CEO, Chief Development Officer and the entire development team (which is divided into three regions).

It is expected that within two to three years the SVP for Israel and Global Philanthropy will enhance the image of the agency, broaden the base of high net worth donors, and secure several six-figure gifts.



The successful candidate will cultivate and secure major gifts in support of the Jewish Agency by:

- Developing strong working relationships with FRD, community Foundations, and other key professionals in designated communities, through which to identify prospects that have the capacity and potential inclination to support the Jewish Agency.

- Conducting independent researchwith the support of Jewish Agency International Development research staff or consultantsto qualify additional major gifts prospects in designated communities.

- Meeting and forming relationships with prospects, inspiring them with the message and vision of the Jewish Agency, and exploring with them appropriate avenues of philanthropic support, ultimately moving them through the pipeline.

- Serving as an enthusiastic and well-informed spokesperson for the Jewish Agency to ensure effective overall positioning of The Agency within the community and within the field.

- Designing experiences for prospects (missions, meetings with Jewish Agency leaders or clients, exposure to speakers, engaging them as leaders, etc.) that will strengthen their interest in the Jewish Agency.

- Securing commitments of support from prospects either through direct solicitation or by facilitating solicitations by senior professional or lay leadership of The Jewish Agency.

- Ensuring proper recognition and stewardship through ongoing relationships with donors, including reporting on their grants, thank you letters, etc.

- Cultivating existing donors and leaders by maintaining regular contact, engaging in dialogue about the agency, creating engaging portfolios and coordinating their solicitations.

- Identifying, engaging and nurturing a local group of donors who support The Jewish Agency by: making gifts of substance; providing access to prospects; serving as spokespersons; and participating in regional, national and international activities.


- A minimum of ten years of experience in financial resource development, including proven success in cultivating and securing major gifts ($25k+), and in building and maintaining long-term relationships with major individual donors, foundations, and corporations.

- Entrepreneurial self-starter with a high energy level, accustomed to and comfortable within a lean work environment

- Skills and discipline to use donor and contact management systems and other technologies necessary in an international fundraising structure.

- Strong presentation skills, with the ability to share a passion for the mission and to inspire individuals and audiences; capable of clearly articulating a case for giving.

- Strong interpersonal skills, written and oral communication, and flexibility to work in an ever-changing complex work environment.

- Outstanding stewardship and relationship management skills.

- A strong work ethic, ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical and professional standards, as well as an outgoing and positive personality. A sense of humor and perspective are considered assets.

- Familiarity with Jewish community structures and institutions, and knowledge of Israel.

- An authentic commitment to the mission and goals of the agency.

- High standard for quality and productivity, focusing on results.

- Ability and inclination to work as part of a team.

- Experience with a national fundraising program would be beneficial.

- A Bachelors degree is required; Masters degree preferred.

- Hebrew language ability a plus.


Dara Klarfeld, Managing Director
Steve J. Goldberg, Consultant
Jill Sarah Moscowitz, Associate

Please submit a resume and cover letter
Fax: 212-983-1687

This search began in October 2017 and is currently active. This position description is based upon material provided by Jewish Agency for Israel, an equal opportunity employer.