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Jewish Agency for Israel (Senior Vice President, Israel and Global Philanthropy)

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Opportunity for Impact

For over 85 years, the Jewish Agency for Israel has served as the link between the Jewish people and Israel, working to ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center.

Today, The Jewish Agency for Israel continues their work to secure the Jewish future by strengthening the Jewish identity of young Jews in both the Diaspora and Israel.

The leadership of the Jewish Agency views the appointment of its next SVP for Israel and Global Philanthropy, located in, and focusing on, the Bay Area and Northern California, as a compelling opportunity for an entrepreneurial and energetic development professional to advance this geographic area.
This is a tremendous opportunity for a talented fundraiser to seize near-term opportunities for revenue, engagement, and awareness, while also building capacity and reputational capital for long-term sustainability.

Background and Mission

Since its founding in 1929, the Jewish Agency for Israel has always been driven by a singular vision which endures and remains relevant as it looks to tomorrow: To ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center. It is a vision embodied in an 85-year history in which the Jewish Agency has played a number of different roles, as it adapted to the specific challenges and needs of the Jewish People and Israel.

With its central role of facilitating Aliyah, the Jewish Agency continues to serve as the Jewish peoples emergency first responder, retaining its preparedness for rescue and being ready to assist in crises in Israel and throughout the Jewish world.

In the second decade of the 21st century, the Jewish Agencys role has expanded to reflect todays challenges and opportunities: Inspire Jews throughout the world to Connect with their people, heritage and land, and Empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel.

The Jewish Agency has strengthened Jewish education and Jewish identity, globally, through an emphasis on the centrality of Israel, by connecting an entire young generation of world Jewry to Israel through a continuum of transformative short and long-term Israel

Experience Programs, particularly Birthright Israel and MASA. Enthusiastic, young Israelis, who travel to Diaspora communities world-wide as Jewish Agency Shlichim (emissaries), strengthen Jewish identity, bring Israel to local communities, promote Israel Experiences, and facilitate Jewish social activism. For more information about the Jewish Agencys history and programs visit: http://www.jewishagency.org.

Jewish Agency for Israel  North American Council (JAFINA), a 501(c)(3), develops relationships with individual donors and foundations that provide financial support for the Jewish Agency and/or specific Jewish Agency programs. Based in Manhattan, it additionally stewards relationships with Federations across North America, who in turn provide the significant portion of the Jewish Agencys operating budget. JAFINA is actively assisted by Jewish Agency International Development (JAID), a U.S. entity that was created in 2010 to promote fundraising and marketing efforts on behalf of the Jewish Agency.

The organization has 14 development officer positions with major gift, and some with Federation relationship, responsibilities in the United States. They are supported by a robust team in New York and Jerusalem including grant writers, FRD program specialists, marketing, donor services, missions, and administrative staff. North American fundraising from individuals and foundations for The Jewish Agency approximates $30 million. Revenues from the North American Jewish federation system are approximately $110 million annually.

Building upon seven years of active donor cultivation, JAFINA will continue to focus its human and financial resources on engaging individual donors and foundations and on stewarding relationships with Federations across North America.