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Senior Fundraising Manager, Donor Engagement and Retention
International Fellowship of Christians and Jews in Chicago, Illinois
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Date Posted 05/26/2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Senior Fundraising Manager, Donor Engagement and Retention

(Direct Response Fundraising)

  • Are you a fundraiser with lots of direct mail experience?

  • Have you also worked with other direct response fundraising channels?

  • Have you focused on donor retention and engagement?

  • Do you want to make a difference and a living?

Take a look at The Fellowship Team!

We help over a million Jews in need each year and could not do so but for the amazing individuals that support The Fellowship. With this in mind, we must ensure an effective communication strategy with our donors, one that will steward them through a personalized and fulfilling experience.  As the Donor Retention Fundraising Manager, you will develop these strategies in collaboration with the director and ensure ongoing methods of evaluating the donor journeys across channels.

Some key areas of focus for this role include:

  • Own the entire donor journey across all channels, develop personalized content strategy to ensure optimal donor engagement from initial contact throughout, in collaboration with the Director and Vice President.

  • Gain understanding of drivers to donor engagement. Conduct research through donor surveys, focus groups, and internal resources (e.g. donor support team) to obtain feedback on the donor’s experience.

  • Develop processes for ongoing monitoring and measurement of content effectiveness across our fundraising channels. Ensure processes that impact the donor experience have been established and are functioning with seamless efficacy.

  • Identify areas that require improved service/engagement levels to improve satisfaction rates.

  • Analyze trends such as retention, attrition, cancelation, annual giving, and other key performance indicators that will retain donor and increase their lifetime value through average gift and annual giving amounts.


As the ideal candidate, you’ll possess these qualities and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in direct response fundraising with a focus on donor retention and donor (or customer) relationship management in the non-profit environment. Experience must include a primary focus on direct mail marketing with significant exposure to multi-channel direct marketing as a preference.

  • Ability to build consensus among teams and vendor partners to move programs forward. Ability to implement stated strategies effectively

  • Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple competing priorities and fast-changing environment. Excellent follow-up skills.

  • Sound judgement, analytical, and problem solving skills with the ability to devise strategies and recommendations from appropriate data

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong presentation skills

  • Very detail-oriented and strong time management skills

  • Intermediate level proficiency in Donor Database Software and Microsoft Office recent applications 

We offer a friendly, rewarding place to work, great benefits, and an office located in downtown Chicago near public transportation. If your interest has been piqued and your heart touched please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements so that your journey in helping others through The Fellowship’s mission can begin. 

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. We are an equal opportunity employer.

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