Executive Director

Skokie, IL
Kehillah Jewish Education Fund


The mission of the Kehillah Jewish Education Fund (KJEF) is to unite Chicago’s Jewish community in funding local ATT Jewish day schools, thereby guaranteeing Jewish continuity.

We believe that a rich Torah and secular educational background prepares our children to contribute to the community and successfully interface with the larger society. Our schools are critical to generating vibrancy in communal Jewish life and to ensure that our Jewish community continues to thrive.

KJEF supports ten private Jewish day school programs in the Chicagoland area, serving a community of over 3,000 children.

Job Summary

KJEF is seeking a dynamic Executive Director who will assume primary responsibility for the organization’s $1.8 million annual campaign, operations and communications. The Executive Director will be responsible for the organization’s fundraising activities, engaging with the Board of Directors and maintaining relationships with recipient schools.

This position serves under the guidance of the organization’s Board of Directors and supervises two communications/administrative staff members.

This is a full-time position, based in Skokie, IL.

Reports To

Board of Directors


RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to:

  1. Annual Campaign/Major Gift Development
    1. Develop a comprehensive annual campaign plan to grow contributed revenue
    2. Expand the breadth and depth of major donor support
    3. Grow monthly giving program
  2. Donor Cultivation and Stewardship
    1. Develop plan to recognize and upgrade monthly givers
    2. Identify and cultivate new donor relationships
    3. Establish a cultivation and stewardship calendar of communications, activities and events
    4. Track cultivation moves and acknowledge gifts appropriately within the donor database
  3. Leadership Development
    1. Engage the Board of Directors in supporting and championing KJEF’s annual campaign efforts
    2. Recruit and develop new Board and campaign leadership
  4. Foundation Relations
    1. Identify, solicit and steward private, family and corporate foundation funders
  5. Marketing/Communications
    1. Develop and implement an annual communications plan to include print and electronic newsletters, social media, public relations and donor communications
  6. Operations
    1. Manage KJEF operations, including staff supervision, school allocations, budget management and relationships with school leadership


The ideal candidate will be a motivated, creative, self-starter with the ability to work independently. In addition, they should possess:

  • A minimum of 5 years professional fundraising experience
  • A deep connection to the Chicago Orthodox Jewish community and passion for developing and supporting Jewish day schools
  • A proven track record of successful annual campaign development, including major gift cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Knowledge and experience with identifying and cultivating new donors and upgrading current donors
  • Prior board and leadership development experience
  • The ability to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner
  • Previous marketing, communications and project management experience
  • Strong operations background
  • Knowledge of fundraising software/databases, social media platforms and online marketing services such as Constant Contact
  • Strategic decision making skills
  • Supervision experience
  • An ability to establish goals, prioritize multiple requests and demonstrate results


100,000 - 125,000

Apply Now: 

Please email a resume and cover letter to Laura Ford, Giving Tree Associates: laura@givingtreeassociates.com

Kehillah Jewish Education Fund