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Hiring group:  
American Society of the University of HAIFA (ASUH)
Title:  
National Executive Director
Job category:  
Date posted:  
04/28/2015
Location:  
New York
,
NY

LOCATION
New York City preferred, Boston or Los Angeles for consideration

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP
The National Executive Director will report to ASUH’s Board Chair Warren Gleicher, Partner, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, and work closely with the Board of Directors. He/she will manage a total staff of approximately 10.

The American Society of the University of Haifa’s (ASUH) mission is to increase visibility and financial support for the University of Haifa to ensure its continued excellence in academic research, education, and communal activities. ASUH cultivates relationships and serves as a vital connection between the University and its friends, alumni, and partner institutions in the United States. More specifically, ASUH promotes shared American-Israeli interests and values by serving as the bridge between the University of Haifa and Americans throughout the U.S. ASUH inspires this growing and vibrant community through a variety of mechanisms, including: resource development for the University, enhancing visibility for visiting University faculty in the U.S., and activities with alumni and prospective students that encourage the University’ growth and impact. Through its work, ASUH helps fortify the bonds and commonalities shared by Americans and Israelis.

ASUH is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in New York City, with regional offices in Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, with a staff of approximately 10 professionals. It currently raises approximately $11 million annually and plans to substantially increase its fundraising efforts with the expectation of doubling donations within 3-4 years.

About The University of Haifa The University of Haifa is a thriving and growing academic center and research institution marked by internationally recognized faculty and by a deep commitment to multiculturalism and liberal, inclusive campus life. Originally established under the joint auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Haifa Municipality, the University of Haifa gained accreditation as a separate institution in 1972. The University considers the link between academic excellence and social responsibility as its flagship mission, and service to the community as one of its most important goals. With more than 20,000 students in undergraduate, graduate degree, and non-degree programs, the University of Haifa is the most pluralistic institution of higher education in Israel. Providing equal educational opportunities to all sectors of Israeli society and reflecting the diverse ethnic cultures of Israel, the University is a pioneer and leader in promoting peaceful coexistence, particularly between Jewish and Arab populations, both on and off campus. The University is divided into seven Faculties – Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Law, Education, Social Welfare and Health Studies – as well as the Faculty (Graduate School) of Management. Academic research is concentrated in key centers of excellence on a wide variety of subjects and fields including foci of excellence in education, psychology, marine studies, evolution biology, and neurosciences. Of particular note are the diverse array of academic centers that include The Jewish-Arab Center, Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism and Israel, Study of Crime, Law and Society, Study of Pilgrimage, Tourism and Recreation, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Emotions, International Brain and Behavior Research Center, Center for Democratic Studies, Center for Law and Technology, Center for Research of Education for Peace, and the Center for National Security Studies and Geostrategy. The Campus of the University of Haifa is located on the southeastern edge of the city along the Carmel Mountain ridge and is surrounded by the Carmel National Park. A secondary Campus – the Port Campus - is located in downtown Haifa.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY:
The National Executive Director serves as the chief fundraising and administrative officer of ASUH at an exciting moment in the organization’s history and plans for growth. Working closely with the ASUH Board, he/she will assess the current organization in order to reinvigorate and
American Society of the University of Haifa (ASUH) National Executive Director strategically guide the future of ASUH to a place of increased funds, awareness and impact. He/she will also be closely involved in relationships with the administration and faculty of the University.
Key Responsibilities include:
*Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan in line with the organization’s goals and the priorities of the University.
*Provide day-to-day leadership and management of the organization including administrative operations, budgets, fundraising and communications.
*Personally identify, cultivate, and solicit major individual and institutional gifts.
*Provide leadership, organization and support to the ASUH Board; work with volunteer leadership to increase board involvement in development activities.
*Identify, recruit and train new Board members and volunteers to assist in fundraising and promoting the University.
*Increase the profile of the organization through the development and implementation of effective public and media relation strategies that support the ongoing work of the University.
*Establish effective programs and fundraising campaigns to promote community interest, involvement and connectedness to the University.
*Systematically develop and increase fundraising including major gift donors and the overall donor base in North America.
*Develop and manage a system to monitor donor contact, research and new donor prospecting, acknowledging and tracking gifts, and prepare grant proposals and grant reporting.
*Strategically grow organizational infrastructure as needed; build, recruit and motivate a strong team nationally and support the regional office structure.
*Serve as the organization’s chief representative, spokesperson and ambassador in representing the University.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
The successful candidate will be a dynamic, inspiring, and highly-accomplished leader and fundraiser committed to the mission and future of ASUH, as well as energized by ASUH’s vital contribution to the University. He/she will be an entrepreneurial and forward-thinking development professional who is tenacious and driven by the opportunity to reimagine, architect and build to achieve ambitious goals.
American Society of the University of Haifa (ASUH)
National Executive Director

Key Professional Experiences and Personal Attributes include:
*A proven track record of and enthusiasm for fundraising and external relations, including demonstrated ability to personally identify, cultivate and solicit major individual and institutional donors;
*Demonstrated leadership and management with skilled board relations, engagement and governance capabilities;
*Proven ability to manage, motivate, and connect a wide variety of stakeholders, both internally and externally;
*Excellent oral and written communication skills; articulate and persuasive with the ability to serve as a credible and compelling spokesperson;
*Strong business acumen with experience overseeing financial management, including budget development and accountability measures;
*Marketing and public relations savvy, including social media know-how;
*Knowledge of the Jewish philanthropic community; and
*A passion for and familiarity with Israel and a connection to promoting the mission of the University.

EDUCATION AND LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree is a plus, as are Hebrew language skills.

TRAVEL:
Extensive travel is expected, both within the U.S. and to Israel.

COMPENSATION:
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous benefits are also included.
The American Society of the University of Haifa is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Please email cover letter and resume in confidence to:
ASUH@sandlersearch.org
Sandler Search
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