We’re Hiring! AWB Seeks Director of Development

A Wider Bridge is seeking a passionate, organized, and motivated leader and change maker to serve as our new Director of Development.  The ideal candidate is committed to A Wider Bridge’s mission of building LGBTQ and allied support for Israel and LGBTQ Israelis, with experience in the LGBTQ, Jewish, and pro-Israel fields. We are seeking candidates for this position who have a minimum of five years of development experience and an accomplished track record in non-profit fundraising strategies. Prior management experience encouraged. Candidates must be willing to travel across North America and to Israel for this position.


  1. Fundraising Campaign
    • Develop and implement the organization’s multi-tiered annual fundraising campaign, growing our list of supporters (foundations, major annual gifts, smaller gifts, and corporate and in-kind sponsorships)
    • Coordinate and provide guidance for the AWB Team’s fundraising efforts.
    • Partner with the Executive Director, Board Members, Metro Council Members, and lay leaders to cultivate organizational leadership.
  2. Foundations
    • In partnership with the Executive Director, prospect and develop relationships with new and existing Jewish, LGBTQ, and pro-Israel foundations and institutional funders to expand our foundation support.
    • Prepare and submit grant applications, reports, and letters of inquiry, and maintain the organization’s grant deadline calendar
  1. Major Gifts
    • Prospect, Steward and solicit major individual gifts in the Gesher Society (AWB club membership levels), with a direct focus on the Eastern States.
    • Partner with the Western and Midwest States Director on the prospecting, stewarding, and solicitations of major gifts in the Western and Midwest states
    • Recruit and steward Gesher Society prospects and members for A Wider Bridge Israel Missions
    • Develop long-term growth plans for high-level supporters, including multi-year gifts and planned giving
  2. Fundraising Events
    • Curate fundraising events and implement related fundraising strategies across North America, including:
      • A Wider Benefit San Francisco, A Wider Benefit New York (annual galas)
      • Parlor meetings and house parties across the U.S. to raise funds and introduce A Wider Bridge to new potential supporters
  1. Small Donor Campaigns
    • Partner with the Communications Director to implement successful online fundraising campaigns on social media and mass email system (MailChimp)
    • Partner with the Communications Director to create and distribute seasonal mass mailer campaigns
  2. Development Operations
    • CRM Software
      • Develop strong tracking and prospecting mechanisms in A Wider Bridge’s CRM software, and ensure CRM systems are properly utilized by AWB team members
      • Develop strong data collection systems to grow our database
    • Oversee the Operations Manager’s day-to-day fundraising operations responsibilities:
      • CRM data management — Tracking and processing pledges and gifts, sending acknowledgment emails and pledge invoices, Uploading mass contact lists and running reports as needed
      • Conduct prospecting research on potential supporters and funders
  1. Community Relations
    • In partnership with programs and development staff, develop and cultivate new and existing partnerships in the LGBTQ, pro-Israel, and Jewish communities
    • Represent AWB in the community through speaking engagements, trainings, and panel discussions
    • Represent AWB at partners’ community events

Skill Requirements

A Successful Candidate will:

  • Approach work in a self-motivated way without need for close supervision, and with effective time management.
  • Be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and keep them moving forward in a timely manner.
  • Be well organized, with strong attention to detail, record-keeping, administrative tasks and follow-up on all aspects of a project.
  • Be comfortable working in a small organization, be a good “team player” and demonstrate a willingness to “do whatever it takes to get the job done”.
  • Have experience working with the communities and issues that are core to the work of A Wider Bridge: Jewish, LGBTQ and Israeli. Knowledge of Israel a plus.
  • Be an effective networker and relationship builder, and demonstrate an ability to maintain organizational message, communicate with diplomacy and nuance and work successfully with people and organizations of varying viewpoints.
  • Strong communication and storytelling skills, both oral and written, one on one and in public settings.
  • Have the ability to develop and monitor a program budget.
  • Available to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrate strong technical and computer skills, including Word, Excel, Mailchimp, Dropbox, and CRM systems, with ability to learn new programs.
  • Have at least a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited four-year college program.

About A Wider Bridge

A Wider Bridge is the North American organization working through education, advocacy, relationship-building and grant-making to create equality in Israel by expanding LGBTQ inclusion in Israel, and equality for Israel by cultivating constructive engagement with Israel.

Ready to apply?
Please submit your Resume or CV and a cover letter to Sheridan@awiderbridge.org