Friends of the IDF: Greater Washington DC Executive Director


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Executive Director
Eastern Region – Greater Washington DC Chapter

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust
survivors to provide for the wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense
Forces. The organization is committed to providing the men and women who serve in the Israel
Defense Forces as well as the families of fallen soldiers with love, support and care through
educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs and facilities in an effort to ease the
burden they carry on behalf of the Israeli and the Jewish communities worldwide. FIDF is a
501c3 not-for-profit corporation headquartered in New York City with regional offices around
the country.

POSITION SUMMARY:
Reporting to the Vice President for the Eastern Region, the Greater Washington DC Chapter
Executive Director is responsible for managing a significant portfolio of donors, which includes
individual, corporate, and foundation prospects. He/she will identify, research, and form a
strategic solicitation plan and will maintain a personal relationship with donors to maximize
their charitable and volunteer involvement. In addition, the Chapter Executive Director will
provide leadership in regional staff collaboration as well as strategic planning. The Chapter
Executive Director oversees the Washington DC office and the three members of the
development staff associated with the chapter.

It is important for the Executive Director to understand and have a sincere and genuine interest
in the importance of FIDF’s mission of supporting current members and veterans of the Israel
Defense Forces. A sophisticated and diplomatic personality who can work comfortably with
people of influence and affluence is desirable. Ideally, the Executive Director should have
contacts and relationships in the Greater Washington DC area, including Northern Virginia as
well as Montgomery Country, Maryland.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s degree required
• Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated success in philanthropic fundraising with a wide
variety of donors.
• Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the Greater Washington DC and Northern Virginia
communities, Jewish community, culture, traditions, Jewish Communal Services, Israel
and current events. This includes Montgomery County, Maryland, North Carolina and
West Virginia.
• Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing a fundraising plan. Ability to
articulate organizational goals related to building an effective philanthropy strategy.
• Demonstrated experience and strong relationships with foundations and high-net worth
donors.
• Possess a decisive and inclusive decision style with the ability to manage small details
while focusing on the big picture. An organized manager, comfortable recommending
strategic direction and implementing that direction on his/her own.
• A sincere and genuine interest in the mission of FIDF.
• Strong communication skills both verbal and written; skill in presenting oneself and
communicating in a manner that is clear, effective and inspiring.
• Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, along with the ability to lead with integrity
and inspiration; must be flexible and open to working with volunteer lay leaders.
• Computer literacy experience using Raiser’s Edge to maximize fundraising results.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office; comfortable with and open to new technology.
• Possess a high level of enthusiasm and energy; be self-motivated and able to work well
under pressure and handle several projects at one time.
• Be available for evening and weekend events.

ESSENTIONAL JOB DUTIES:
• Implement the regional strategic plan and monitor the progress of operations against
plan targets to achieve FIDF goals and objectives.
• Lead, develop, implement, and manage short and long-term giving goals and strategies
to support FIDF’s mission and fundraising goals.
• Oversee the Washington DC office and the support staff associated with the chapter.
• Act as the primary relationship manager with an assigned portfolio of donors and
prospects; identifying, researching, cultivating, and personally soliciting donors in
Greater Washington DC area, including Northern Virginia as well as Montgomery
Country, Maryland. Additional donor responsibilities to include Virginia, West Virginia
and North Carolina with the assistance of the chapter’s Development Staff as well as
Vice President for the Eastern Region.
• Cultivate, steward and build trusted relationships with a portfolio of major donors and
prospective major donors to generate new and increased giving.
• Collaborate with the National, Regional and Chapter staff on campaign-related materials
and events to ensure accuracy and consistency of messaging.
• Manage the planning and implementation of special events for donor recognition and
fundraising such as soldier visits, parlor meetings, speaking engagements, etc.
• Pre-solicit sponsors for annual gala dinner and a

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