Shalom Hartman Institute

Associate Director/Manager of Foundation Relations

Shalom Hartman Institute - New York, NY

Associate Director/Manager of Foundation Relations

The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America


Mission and Philosophy

The Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) is a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Our mission is to strengthen Jewish peoplehood, identity, and pluralism and ensure that Judaism is a compelling force for good in the 21st century.



SHI NA has an exciting opportunity to play a key role in our global foundation relations team. This position primarily requires someone with serious grant writing experience and project management skills. The ideal candidate is also a strategic thinker and resourceful information gatherer, strong communicator, team player, and creative problem solver who is committed to advancing the Institute’s mission by building relationships and securing philanthropic resources.

This professional will report to the Director of Foundation Relations and will join a Development team that includes personnel across North America and Israel. Depending on level of experience, this could be either a Manager or Associate Director role. Metro-NY area candidates are preferred (hybrid schedule with 3 days per week in our Manhattan office). Open to candidates who live outside of  New York to work remotely.



  • Write grant reports and proposals, concept papers, letters, and other donor-facing materials for a range of audiences – primarily foundations and Jewish Federations, but occasionally individuals and board members
  • Oversee a portfolio of institutional funders and interface with funder representatives, trustees, and leadership through in person and virtual meetings and written communications
  • Brainstorm and problem solve about reporting to donors in new ways, work processes, team development, and managing information
  • Manage grant-related projects of varying scope including bringing together relevant colleagues from program and finance teams; staying on track with internal and external deadlines; collecting, organizing, and synthesizing “packages” of materials; ensuring compliance with funder specifications for submissions; and updating files and data management systems
  • Collaborate with program, finance, and evaluation teams to develop clear and compelling materials that are customized for each funder
  • Liaise with finance team on budget needs for proposals and reports including: consolidating budget needs for grants, communicating needs and deadlines to finance team on a regular basis, helping ensure that budget and narrative “stories” align, and formatting and proofreading budgets
  • Identify, research, and cultivate new prospective major funders
  • Plan and support programs for philanthropic professionals (both virtual and in person)
  • Other writing and special projects as needed



  • Superior writing and editing skills with 4+ years of experience in grant writing
  • Able to effectively balance efficiency with outstanding attention to detail in both writing and processes
  • Exceptionally organized and adept at time management with the ability to manage several deadline-based projects simultaneously while remaining flexible to shifting priorities
  • Proactive and resourceful self-starter, thorough information-gatherer, and narrative storyteller
  • Collaborative, team-focused approach and ability to communicate effectively with colleagues
  • Comfortable navigating budget documents as part of grant deliverable packages
  • Willingness to learn and integrate feedback; adaptable to the needs and preferred writing style of the organization
  • Expert user of Microsoft Word and comfortable working in Excel; familiarity with SharePoint and Salesforce or similar database management experience a plus
  • High comfort level working both in-person and virtually with colleagues
  • Knowledge of the American Jewish philanthropic environment and similar organizations strongly preferred
  • Ability to travel domestically a few times a year as needed to participate in staff retreats or observe programs; potential occasional travel to Israel


Salary range and benefits: $80,000 - $100,000, commensurate with experience. Very competitive benefits package. 


To apply:

 Please send a resume and cover letter below. The cover letter should include descriptions of positions with relevant experience, and demonstration of successful expertise in the core demands of the position. No phone calls please.

 We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

 We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with The Shalom Hartman Institute. Due to anticipated high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Candidates who will be interviewed can expect a response within 3-4 weeks.


Posted On: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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