Development Associate

American Society for Yad Vashem | Los Angeles, California


The American Society for Yad Vashem (ASYV) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, spearheaded by Eli Zborowski z”l, to support the crucial efforts of Yad Vashem. ASYV advances the mission of Holocaust education and remembrance by hosting social, educational and fundraising events in the United States. With the support of our donors, next generation and third generation families, ASYV is able to strengthen the efforts of Yad Vashem as together we remember the past and shape the future.

Job Summary

The American Society for Yad Vashem is looking for an experienced development self-starter who can combine skillful leadership and development/major gift experience to expand the presence of ASYV on the West Coast. This person will be responsible for raising funds by utilizing a variety of strategies including face-to-face solicitations, parlor meetings and major events in their designated area and in the region as a whole that will encompass donor cultivation and solicitation and fulfillment events and raise awareness of Yad Vashem in Israel and the American Society for Yad Vashem. 

Reports To

Director of Institutional Advancement


  • Identify, cultivate, successfully solicit and steward major gift prospects to foster four and five-figure gifts;
  • Create and lead a series of cultivation events and activities to engage and broaden the prospect pool at the leadership and major giving levels;
  • Organize small events/parlor meetings and arrange one-on-one meetings to promote and successfully engage current donors;
  • Directly solicit and close gifts from major prospects and maintain relationships through mail, phone, or in-person contacts; coordinate local mail campaigns; and ensure that required donor records are maintained;
  • Serve as a primary contact with area donors, community leaders, and other regional staff requesting information and use best judgment and discretion to resolve any donor issues and requests quickly;
  • Cultivate and maintain community relationships and community outreach; identify potential speakers for activities and/or events;
  • Manage constituent information in donor database to ensure that information is accurate and up-to-date;
  • Conduct donor research to identify prospects and support cultivation efforts;
  • Provide administrative support for fundraising and donor development activities, which includes writing correspondence, grant proposals, etc.;
  • Ensure confidentiality, security and accuracy of all information;
  • Participate in special assignments or projects as assigned; and
  • Frequent local and regional travel.


  • Bachelor’s degree required,
  • At least 5-7 years management experience in a non-profit;
  • Proven track record of creating and executing effective fundraising strategies for diverse revenue streams, with success in soliciting and closing several major gifts annually from individuals, foundations and corporations;
  • Track record of building long-term, productive relationships with donors and philanthropic institutions;
  • Demonstrated ability for handling multiple, complex fundraising initiatives simultaneously in a fast-paced environment;
  • Superb relationship management, interpersonal, and communication (written and oral) skills, including the ability to inspire and hold accountable diverse internal and external stakeholders (including funders, peers, Yad Vashem team, board members and supporters);
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills;
  • Commitment to quality work, relentless and keen attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills; the ability to meet daily deadlines and balance competing priorities in a complex environment requiring significant collaboration;
  • Ability to deal with confidential information discreetly, ethically and prudently;
  • A strong and demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service and quality improvement is essential; and
  • Knowledge and interest in preserving Holocaust history.

How to Apply

Candidates should email a cover letter and resume to with Development Associate, West in the subject header.

Note: Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates, but if you are invited for an interview, you will be contacted directly.

American Society for Yad Vashem provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, ASYV complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has offices. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

American Society for Yad Vashem


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations