Director of Development


Overview and History: 

In 1974, a small group of dedicated Jewish community members with an ambitious vision gathered to discuss the possible establishment of a Jewish day school in Ann Arbor. The group’s dream became reality when the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor opened in the fall of 1975 with a class of 12 “gansters” (kindergartners). In 1995, HDS began a Hebrew immersion program, which has become a model for day schools nationwide.

Today, the mission of the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor is to nurture the development of knowledgeable, caring and committed Jewish children in a dynamic learning environment. Through exceptional general and Judaic studies and Hebrew language immersion, students will create a meaningful and joyous connection to their heritage and build a strong foundation for lifelong learning and involvement in the wider community.

HDSAA is seeking a Director of Development to oversee all aspects of the school’s fundraising operations and contribute to the growth of its annual campaign. A successful candidate will effectively analyze data to build operations infrastructure for HDSAA’s fundraising efforts and help inform decision-making alongside the school’s development staff and lay-leader solicitors. Reporting to the Head of School, this individual will serve as a Steward of HDSAA’s mission, directing the annual campaign and helping the school create and grow its endowment.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Create, execute, and steward all fundraising activities, including annual giving, endowment, capital campaigns, and special projects
  • Identify and develop strategies for solicitation and donor engagement through data analysis and effective operations planning
  • Provide fundraising guidance and support to the Head of School, Board of  Trustees, and Development Committee to meet fundraising goals and  objectives 
  • Develop fundraising training for trustees and other advancement volunteers to  achieve development objectives 
  • Prepare reports, materials and presentations for stakeholders as needed 
  • Establish and implement long and short-range organizational goals, objectives,  policies, and operating procedures 
  • Oversee the management of the donor database and all records, files, and gift  processing
  • Externally represent Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor to current and  prospective support constituencies
  • Plan and oversee the full fundraising calendar around HDSAA activities, to include annual campaign, planned giving, endowment and capital projects;  oversee all solicitation and recognition  

Qualifications & Skills:

  • 5+ years of experience in nonprofit  fundraising, Jewish communal experience preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications,  Education, Public Policy, or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated project management  and problem-solving skills, with the ability to prioritize multiple active deadlines 
  • Strong analytical and database skills,  ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • High-level strategic thinking and  planning; ability to meet goals and objectives in a timely manner
  • Organized, ability to work  independently, and confidentially
  • Strong presence with the ability to  inspire, influence, and build credibility with donors, leadership, and staff
  • Outstanding communication skills: ability to make compelling presentations and prepare well-written  materials
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and  CRM/Database; experience with Little Green Light preferred
  • Passion for education, and connecting  donors to education-related causes

Position Summary: 

  • Posted: December 2023 
  • Salary: $90K – $100K 
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI

To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Becca Ehrlich, Evolve Giving Group: 

Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor is committed to diversity in the workplace and  is an equal-opportunity employer