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Director of Development and Communications

Director of Alumnae Affairs and Career Services


Director of Development and Communications


Yeshivat Maharat is seeking a Director of Development and Communications to oversee and implement our development and communications strategies in consultation with our Executive Vice President and President. The right candidate will be a dedicated self-starter with experience overseeing a range of successful fundraising and communication methods. The Director will build on and maintain Maharat’s thirteen years of institutional development growth as we look to grow our revenue from $2.7M to $4M over the next three years. The Director will also build new major donor relationships and cultivate connections with new foundations and work with community members, board members, alumnae, and others interested in the success of Maharat to help them grow their fundraising skills and better reach their personal networks.  Additionally, the Director will be responsible for developing and implementing Maharat’s communications plan and will guide the strategy for all communications, website, public relations messages and collateral materials to consistently and effectively represent Maharat and articulate Maharat’s mission and impact across all platforms and for all constituencies. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Director of Development  and Communications will work in collaboration with the President and Development Committee, Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations and other members of the staff, and will receive support from the Operations and Development Assistant and others.  





  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan with a focus on creating a high-touch, high-level donor program to strengthen the pipeline, increase success of our annual campaigns, and increase donors’ affinity with Maharat’s mission

  • Manage and create clear, executive financial goals for each of two major annual fundraising campaigns 

  • Utilizing data to track trends and identify opportunities for campaign growth

  • Implement systems and practices that identify new communities, foundations and contacts to build a broader, more geographically diverse base of support

  • Integrate fundraising best practices across all levels of individual and foundation giving

  • Maintain a portfolio of donor relationships and cultivate, solicit, and upgrade donors generally giving under $5,000 annually

  • Manage grant schedules; steward foundation relationships and write grant applications and reports (in collaboration with other staff as needed)

  • Coordinate alumnae fundraising efforts and create a sense of community and support among our alumnae base

  • Supervise staff who work on development initiatives, and collaborate with other staff to advance fundraising objectives, including all fundraising communications

  • Support the President and lay Development Committee with meeting planning and materials, and prepare and present reports tracking donation data.

  • Supervise the database entry of donations and draft acknowledgement letters.



  • Manage overall messaging, strategic communications and marketing for the organization with metrics for success

  • Develop and execute compelling communications (digital communication, including but not limited to social media, direct email marketing messages, website and other public-facing content) to engage existing and new audiences and lead to measurable action in the form of new donors, applicants and community programming participants.

  • Supervise communications strategy and manager of social media platforms; identify and articulate benchmarks for success and comparison against other organizations

  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including campaign materials and pieces published by faculty or program participants, podcasts, videos

  • Supervise graphic designers and other vendors to ensure all collateral materials are aligned with brand

  • Serve as address and clearinghouse for all media, PR and other requests for information, including for scholars in residence as it relates to strengthening new development leads

  • Supervise regular updates to the website including digital library management

Qualifications and Skills of Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in the development field

  • A keen understanding of the Modern Orthodox community

  • Proven track record of success in developing and implementing scalable fundraising plans, identifying and cultivating donors, and soliciting individual mid-level and major gifts

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with philanthropists

  • Strong writing and supervisory skills

  • Demonstrated ability to create strategy around delivery of messaging within a digital market

  • Experience writing and editing grant applications and marketing materials

  • Ability to lead or supervise digital communication strategy

  • Expansive, global network of contacts 

  • Systems-oriented leader with well-honed fundraising operations and management skills

  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver who excels in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment

  • Analytical, organized, proactive, detail-oriented with strong ability to prioritize

  • Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience with any donor database or CRM

  • Commitment to the mission, philosophy and values of Maharat and the ability to articulate the organization’s needs, opportunities and aspirations with clarity and enthusiasm


Salary range of $120,000, or commensurate with experience. 

Start date as soon as possible.


Application Process:

Please send an email with the subject “Director of Development and Communications” including resume and cover letter to Jobs@yeshivatmaharat.org by October 20, 2021. 

Director of Alumnae Affairs and Career Services

Maharat is seeking a Director of Alumnae Affairs and Career Services to provide educational programming and career and project support to our 49 graduates and to manage and oversee the placement of graduates in post-graduation rabbinic jobs, as well as supporting alumnae in their professional capacities after graduation. This position requires knowledge of the Modern Orthodox community as well as strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence as the Director will be guiding student/graduate job applicants, as well as interfacing with employers.


The Director will report to the Executive Vice President.  This position can be remote, though occasional travel to New York will be required for staff or board meetings, alumnae gatherings or community events.  This is a part-time position, approximately 20 hours per week. Salary range of $30,000-$45,000 dependent upon hours and experience.




Alumnae Affairs 

The Director will organize educational programming for alumnae, monthly cohort gatherings online and in person retreats, and professional development opportunities for graduates.  He/she will maintain connection with each alumna with one-on-one check-ins and mentor graduates with respect to career guidance and professional growth


The Director will partner with the Director of Halakha in Action, a two-year alumna fellowship in advanced Halakhic study.  She/he will run the alumnae portal, provide resume support for alumnae and students, and manage alumnae microgrants for innovative projects and the “alumna to student” mentorship program.  The Director will also supervise the International Beit Midrash coordinator.


Career Services

The Director will cultivate relationships with potential and existing Maharat graduate employers (synagogues, schools, Hillels, community organizations) and strategize best ways to open doors to hiring Maharat graduates in Orthodox institutions.  The Director will meet with students in their third year 

to discuss potential opportunities upon graduation and prepare students and graduates in job searches, including resume and cover letter writing and interview preparation, and contract negotiations.


Qualifications and Skills of Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience

  • A keen understanding of the Modern Orthodox community

  • Human resources and/or job placement experience preferred but not required

  • A professional, flexible, entrepreneurial and resourceful attitude

  • An engaging mentor with strong personal communication skills

  • Analytical, organized, proactive, detail-oriented with strong ability to prioritize and work independently and as part of a team

  • Commitment to the mission, philosophy and values of Maharat


Application Process:

Please send an email with the subject “Director of Alumnae Affairs and Career Services” including resume and cover letter to Jobs@yeshivatmaharat.org by November 1, 2021. 


About Maharat

Founded in 2009, Yeshivat Maharat is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as members of the clergy. Maharat’s vision is a world in which Jewish communities are educated, dynamic and relevant, where diverse and impactful leaders inspire Jews to live spiritually engaged lives. Our mission is to educate, ordain and invest in trailblazing Orthodox women who model a dynamic and meaningful Judaism to inspire individuals and transform communities.  


For more information about Maharat, please visit our website at www.yeshivatmaharat.org


Yeshivat Maharat is an Equal Opportunity Employer.