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NEXTGen Detroit Senior Associate

Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

About NEXTGen Detroit:
NEXTGen Detroit engages young Jewish adults through bold leadership, inspired giving and diverse experiences to build and sustain a vibrant Jewish community in Detroit and around the world.

With the goal of engaging and retaining the next generation of Jewish Detroiters, Federation developed NEXTGen Detroit, an innovative platform for transforming the community into a vibrant home for young Jews of every background and affiliation.

Since its launch in 2012, NEXTGen Detroit has emerged as a national leader of young adult engagement and is now a model for Federations across North America.

About the Jewish Federation of Detroit:
As the primary instrument of Jewish philanthropy and engagement in the Detroit area, we are a community-driven organization committed to taking care of the needs of the Jewish people and building a vibrant Jewish future, in metropolitan Detroit, in Israel and around the world.

The NEXTGen Detroit Senior Associate
This position is responsible for event planning, fundraising, donor relations, and community engagement along with their team.

This position offers the right person a unique opportunity to make a meaningful difference in our community, as well as to explore, learn and grow as a professional.

Who are we looking for?
• A highly creative, entrepreneurial individual who is driven to succeed
• A team-player who can work well with a passionate group of professionals and lay leaders
• A self-starter who can manage a variety of tasks and details while serving a big-picture goal
• An experienced professional who has event planning experience
• A dynamic and innovative programmer who can plan and oversee a slate of events and programs to reach and engage young adults throughout the community
• A dedicated individual that either has previous fundraising and donor relations experience or has an interest to learn and grow in this area
• A community-minded individual who is committed to building a better Jewish future for young adults in Detroit

Primary responsibilities:
• Work with NEXTGen Detroit staff and leadership to strategize, develop and implement innovative, exceptional programs and events
• Host individual meetings with young adults looking to get involved with NEXTGen Detroit
• Build strong and positive relationships within the NEXTGen Detroit community
• Develop and maintain programs and events with NEXTGen Detroit’s partners
• Cultivate effective relationships with board members, volunteers, donors and colleagues
• Build relationships with donors and solicit gifts at telethons and/or face-to-face meetings
• Assist in all programs and identify new individuals for outreach
• Work closely with NEXTGen Detroit volunteer and professional teams to engage the community in the NEXTGen Detroit annual campaign plan
• As a NEXTGen team member, work closely with the team to develop and plan fundraising events and programs on a variety of scales from intimate to enormous
• Assignments may include support to or collaboration with other departments as needed
• Work with Philanthropic Advancement team to identify, cultivate and secure sponsorships as needed

Required Skills and Abilities:
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Strong team player – we are all about collaboration
• Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
• Experience and interest in creative use of social media tools
• Passionate about supporting and building a NEXTGen Detroit community, while strengthening Jewish identity and connection to Detroit Jewish life and Federation
• Strong cultivation/engagement skills and relationship building skills with the NEXTGen Detroit
community, including those who are unaffiliated and disengaged
• Programming experience
• Familiarity with Jewish culture and the Jewish community
• An ability to handle multiple projects efficiently and effectively
• Must be able to work some evenings and some weekends (flex time offered)
• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and social media tools
• Comfort and skill in direct fundraising is a plus, including experience with the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of campaign donors and event sponsors. We are willing to teach the right person who has an interest in fundraising.
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