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Vice President, New York/Tri-State Region

New Israel Fund

New Israel Fund

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2022


LOCATION: Hybrid, with office in New York, NY

START DATE: Summer 2023

STATUS: Full-time, exempt


The New Israel Fund (NIF) is the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. We are a partnership of Israelis and supporters of Israel worldwide, dedicated to a vision of Israel as both the Jewish homeland and a shared society at peace with itself and its neighbors. NIF strengthens organizations and leaders that work to achieve equality for all citizens of the state; realize the civil and human rights of all, including Arab citizens of Israel; recognize and reinforce the essential pluralism of Israeli society; and empower groups on the economic margins of Israeli society.


NIF seeks an entrepreneurial, experienced, and creative fundraising professional with major gift experience and acumen to lead the effort to grow NIF in the region and ensure a prominent presence for NIF throughout the New York/Tri-State Region, including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The Vice President (VP) will work with NIF’s existing donors in the region, will cultivate potential new supporters – both individuals and foundations – and will represent the organization in the greater New York community as the leading organization for those seeking to advance democracy and equality in Israel. The VP will also serve on NIF’s Executive Team, comprised of the CEO, Vice Presidents, and Executive Director and Senior Staff of the Israel office.


The VP will craft and implement a strategy for growing NIF’s annual campaign and deepening NIF’s presence in the New York/Tri-State Area. They will serve as a compelling point of personal contact for NIF supporters, prospects, organizational partners, and the broader Jewish community. Stewarding existing donors and cultivating new major donor and legacy prospects are leading priorities. They will lead the regional staff team and the New York office located in mid-town Manhattan; manage and develop volunteers; represent NIF in public settings, serving as the leadership face of NIF with other national and international organizations and public officials located in New York metropolitan area; work with foundation and other community partners, and help deepen collaborative work with other departments in the US and Israel.


  • Oversee and implement a comprehensive cultivation and fundraising plan for the region, with measurable goals for total revenue and number of donors
  • Set strategic direction for NIF fundraising and leadership in the New York region
  • Play a leadership role and help achieve key organizational objectives
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit new major donor prospects of $25,000+, while stewarding current major donors
  • Identify, cultivate, and help solicit prospects for endowment and legacy giving in collaboration with NIF’s planned giving director, and Donor Advised Fund (DAF) gifts in collaboration with the VP of Finance & Operations
  • Manage the New York regional team of 3-4 staff, including overseeing regional fundraising, managing the New York office space, and interfacing with other departments
  • Manage and strengthen the New York Regional Council of volunteer leaders
  • Represent NIF in New York Community forums, coalitions, and leadership bodies, as appropriate
  • Deepen NIF’s presence in the community and help cultivate organizational relationships in coordination with the Public Engagement department
  • Design a regional event strategy and supervise its execution in collaboration with NIF’s Public Engagement team and local volunteers
  • Strategize and oversee regional New Generations efforts, working with the national New Generations program staff
  • Edit and finalize written materials, reports, and proposals for funding consideration, working with the grant writing team
  • Contribute to the national development team’s efforts to collectively build knowledge, strategize, and seek and provide support and advice to colleagues and more junior fundraisers


The position requires a person both with an outstanding understanding of contemporary Israel and a proven track-record as a major gift fundraiser; a strategic thinker who sees the potential for NIF’s continued growth, who has an ability to communicate NIF’s mission in public forums, and who has experience working with and mobilizing volunteer leadership. The ideal candidate will be highly self-motivated, have strong organizational and management skills, possess solid written communication skills, and have knowledge of and experience with progressive Jewish communities in the New York/Tri-State area.

The position is based in New York, NY and is a hybrid role which includes in-office days in Midtown Manhattan as well as work-from-home days each week. The position will require occasional travel to Israel as well as the need to attend events and meetings around the New York/Tri-State region.


This position reports to the VP of National Development, and works closely with NIF’s CEO, the Executive Team, Public Engagement, Communications, and Fundraising staff.

The VP will supervise the New York regional team.


The salary for this position ranges from $180,000 to $200,000 annually. NIF offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life insurance; short-term and long-term disability; dependent coverage; flex spending; employer retirement contribution; 403(b) plan; vacation, sick leave, paid parental and sabbatical leave, and paid holidays (Jewish and secular).


New Israel Fund has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search. Please submit your resume and expression of interest to: Kay Linder at klinder@thinkingahead.com, and Dan Kuhar at dkuhar@thinkingahead.com.

The New Israel Fund promotes diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace and believes it is important for our continuing success. We strongly encourage applications from all individuals, in particular women, non-binary people, and people of color, as well as applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. The New Israel Fund is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, 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.