Director of Development

Established in 2011, Israel Story is now the world’s largest, and most listened-to Jewish podcast, as well as a growing media organization with dreams of expansion in various different realms of activity.

We are seeking an experienced Director of Development to join our tight-knit team; someone who believes in our mission, is aligned with our core values, and will demonstrate exceptional drive to further our existing fundraising efforts, as well as help strategize and deliver critical new ones.

At Israel Story, we pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence, flexibility, curiosity, and humility.


An ideal candidate will be:

  • A self-starter and independent worker with a passion for fundraising
  • Confident and curious
  • Highly-motivated and hard-working
  • Professional and organized
  • Have a knack for research and leaving no stone unturned
  • Able to think creatively and expansively about “outside the box”fundraising/revenue generating campaigns
  • Have extensive relationships with potential donors and foundations, and bewilling to use them, both within and outside of the world of Jewish philanthropy, as well as both locally and abroad

Areas of Responsibility:

  • Steward and maintain existing donor relations with both individuals and foundations
  • Cultivate a network of dedicated donors and ensure major donors are satisfied and kept in the loop
  • Research and find new individuals and foundations that may be interested in Israel Story, both abroad and, especially, locally
  • Effectively convey the organization’s mission, vision, and programs to potential donors
  • Craft grant applications, funding proposals and reports for all grants
  • Keep a careful calendar of submission deadlines, reporting deadlines, etc.
  • Strategize and successfully execute fundraising campaigns to help theorganization meet financial goals
  • Identify and pursue other (non-philanthropic) revenue-generating opportunities such as corporate sponsorships, brand partnerships, paid consulting and others

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Mother-tongue proficiency (or close to it) in both Hebrew and English (especially in writing)
  • Three to five years of fundraising experience, including extensive experience writing proposals, LOIs, etc.
  • Extensive knowledge and existing relationships with American Jewish foundations, public funding opportunities in Israel (Mif’al HaPais, municipalities, Ministry of Culture, etc.), and European funders (advantage)
  • A proven track record of having applied for, and received, multiple grants of over $75,000
  • Exceptional communication and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues, manage tasks and balance priorities
  • Creativity in terms of planning events, initiating funding campaigns, andimagining non-philanthropic revenue streams
  • Competence in Excel and donor management systems

The position is full-time, and the salary is 12,000 NIS/month.

Our offices are in Jerusalem, but we are accepting applications from candidates who will work both in-person and remotely. The Director of Development will report to, and work closely with, the CFO and CEO. They will have weekly meetings in which the Director of Development will be expected to show visible and demonstrable progress.

Start Date: August 1, 2023

Please submit a full CV and a cover letter to by June 30, 2023.