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American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (Director of Development, Bay Area Region)

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- A passion for the mission of ACWIS, a sharp mind, immense curiosity and the ability to translate complex scientific research into terms that the layman will grasp.

- At least 10 years of professional experience with a minimum of 3-5 years experience working with major gift donors preferred.

- Experience and comfort engaging with high-net-worth prospects and donors who are sophisticated, intellectually curious, and typically have a keen interest in science.

- Intelligence, commitment, and temperament necessary to build and maintain long-term relationship with lay leaders and donors.

- Excellent analytical and creative skills in developing cultivation strategies.

- Self-starter with the confidence and maturity to work well in a team-driven environment.

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

- Decisive and resourceful with the ability to anticipate and act on events that may create opportunities for the Weizmann Institute.

- A proven track record of success in the cultivation, stewardship, and closing of gifts from individual major donors and foundations at and above the five-figure level, or demonstrated transferable skills to be successful in closing major gifts.

- Working knowledge of Moves Management as a fundraising strategy; proficiency in Microsoft Word and Raisers Edge preferred, or demonstrated capacity to learn new data management systems.

- Knowledge of the regions Jewish and non-Jewish philanthropic community, and conversant on issues relevant to the organizations scientific impact. Ability to engage various groups within the regions Jewish community  geographically, generationally and denominationally.

- Ability to work in a highly collegial manner within a complex, national and international organizational culture. Experience working with organizations in Israel preferred.

- Effective communicator with demonstrated excellence in writing and verbal communication.

- Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university.


- Outstanding interpersonal skills; a good listener and proactive communicator with high integrity, good judgment, sensitivity and common sense.

- Strong skills in organization, planning, and setting priorities.

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

- Excellent time management skills, with the ability to adjust and be flexible to meet changing work needs and demands.

- Deadline and detail-oriented.

- Interest and ability to advance professionally within a thriving organization

- Flexibility and willingness to travel as needed.