Jobs at NIF

Development and Program Officer – NYC

3 January 2022

POSITION TITLE: Development and Program Officer, New York/Tri-State Region


The New Israel Fund works to strengthen democracy and promote social justice in Israel. NIF supports non-profit organizations that defend civil and human rights, promote Jewish–Arab equality and shared society, advance the status of women, foster tolerance and pluralism, and bridge social and economic gaps in Israel. Read more about NIF

NIF seeks an engaging, passionate, and focused individual to join the New York team as Development and Program Officer. The Development and Program Officer will steward a robust file of donors, including major donors, oversees regional in-person and zoom events, and work closely with colleagues to grow the NIF base of support in the Tri-State region. This position reports to the Senior Director of NIF in the region, helps supervise the NY/Tri-State Development Associate, and works closely with NIF staff across the country.


Work closely as a part of the NY/Tri-State team to help to grow NIF’s annual campaign by stewarding, cultivating, and soliciting a robust file of supporters.

  • Cultivate, solicit, thank, and steward a file of donors and prospects, focusing on new donors, returned lapsed donors, and other donors who give or can give between $2,500-$15,000 or above. Work includes donor meetings and calls, editing written materials, sending personalized invitations to events, and cultivating major donor prospects.
  • Serve as a lead fundraiser for geographic catchment areas and other affinity groups within the region, including Westchester County, Brooklyn, and Connecticut.
  • Maintain accurate records and files of work performed and donor communications.
  • Review and finalize proposals and reports for donors, foundations, and prospects in collaboration with the Senior Director and the Grants Editor & Coordinator.
  • Manage and implement strategy for unstewarded donors $1000-$2500, including communication and events, in close collaboration with Senior Director
  • Help oversee NY Development Associate in supporting this work.

Programming & Public Presence:
Serve as lead staff in planning and execution of local in person and zoom programs.

  • Initiate, plan, and manage public events, parlor meetings, and zoom and hybrid programs serving in the Tri-State area (as many as 30 per year), including communications, preparations and follow-up with constituents and supporters
  • Develop the calendar and framing for programs in the NY/Tri-State region in close partnership with the regional team, NIF’s Public Engagement department, and ad hoc program teams
  • Communicate with grantees, Israeli staff and other potential speakers and visitors in collaboration with Public Engagement department
  • Perform goal-setting and evaluation of programs vis-à-vis regional and national development and public engagement strategies
  • Oversee program-related communications (including email blasts, social media marketing, on-site materials and follow-up)
  • Oversee wealth screening of event registrants and participants.
  • Work with program partners on collaborative programs, such as Other Israel Film Festival
  • Steward donor relationships and cultivation as related to programming
    • Work with NY team to develop strategy for targeted programming based on geographic catchment areas
    • Help oversee program intern(s) as needed
  • Serve as lead staff for public programs and parlor meetings in identified geographic catchment areas.
  • Cultivate relationships and partnerships with rabbis, synagogues and relevant Jewish organizations in designated geographic regions
  • Represent NIF in the community and respond to community requests locally with Israel and Jewish community groups and/or events where donors and potential donors are present. This includes speaking publicly on behalf of NIF.
  • Communicate persuasively about the New Israel Fund, its policies, values, history, key stakeholders, programs, and finances in the context of parlor meetings and general donor servicing.

Leadership Development:
Participate in strategy and meetings of NY/Tri-State Regional Council, a non-governance regional leadership group, in collaboration with Senior Regional Director and NY/Tri-State team, under leadership of Associate Director

  • Cultivate donors who are a part of the Regional Council and consider donors to invite into this group
  • Maintaining active engagement with this group.


  • Compelling interpersonal and group facilitation skills as well as ability to connect easily and sincerely with others
  • Minimum 3 years relevant fundraising experience
  • Comfort speaking publicly to small and mid-sized groups
  • Ability to work quickly and skillfully, prioritizing effectively between urgent and important tasks
  • Familiarity with socio-economic and political realities at play in Israel and the Occupied Territories
  • Ability to serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for NIF
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, Every Action or other CRM system, and iWave or other prospect research system a plus
  • Medium to large scale program or event planning experience
  • Past experience working or volunteering in Israel
  • Masters Degree preferred
  • Position requires some management of others; previous experience a plus

The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $80,000 annually based on skills and experience. NIF offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance; short-term and long-term disability; dependent coverage; flex spending; retirement match; vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays (Jewish and secular).

Please submit a CV and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “[Your Name]: Development and Program Officer, NY/Tri-State Region.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The New Israel Fund encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. The New Israel Fund is an equal opportunity employer.