About American Friends of Kidum (AFK)

AFK is a five-year old 501(c)(3) non-profit headquartered in New York and operating nationally. AFK is dedicated to increasing awareness and financial support for the educational initiatives of the Society for Advancement of Education, Jerusalem (SAE). AFK is led by a Board of Directors comprised of volunteers and is managed by a professional team.

SAE is an Israeli non-profit organization established in 1962. SAE’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty by equipping youth from Israel’s geographic and socio-economic peripheral regions with a quality secondary-school education so that they can earn an Israeli matriculation certificate (Bagrut) and achieve full participation in Israeli society.

The organization owns and operates, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, ten secondary schools and eight boarding schools in Jerusalem, Kfar Saba, Givat Haviva, Ein Gedi and Netanya. Under an agreement with Israel’s Ministry of Education, SAE also operates several national educational programs, serving thousands of junior and high school students in hundreds of schools across the country.  (For further information:

Director Job Description

Overview:  The Director is AFK’s professional leader, overseeing the overall operation and progress of the organization.  In service of the primary goal of increasing funds raised for the SAE, he/she works closely with the Board of Directors and professional staff in the U.S. and Israel to establish and then achieve specific financial goals and objectives.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the chief spokesperson and representative for AFK and SAE in the United States.
  • Build the capacity of the AFK Board to contribute to and assist in fund-raising efforts.
  • Conduct face-to-face meetings with donors and prospects to develop relationships leading to solicitation and closing of gifts at the general campaign and major gifts levels.
  • Research and pursues grants from foundations and other organizations.
  • Broaden AFK’s donor base, via outreach communications, meetings and events.
  • Oversee operations including electronic and print communications, database management and donor acknowledgements, prepare and monitor budgets, and issue periodic progress reports to the Board.

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Have a minimum of three-to-five years of fund-raising experience and success in Jewish philanthropy.
  • Be a self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit (a must) with the ability to work independently.
  • Possess exceptional written and verbal communication skills and ability to quickly connect with donors.
  • Be a strong presenter with excellent public speaking skills.
  • Be a team player — collaborative, results oriented, and have a clear passion for the SAE mission and Israel.
  • Be available for domestic travel, occasional night and weekend work and travel to Israel when needed.
  • Have strong computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite and, preferably, Salesforce).

AFK will offer the qualified candidate a half-time position with compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Starting date: December 2022/January 2023..

To apply, please send your resume with cover letter to