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Avivah Furman



Creative and disciplined communications professional with experience and training in writing, relationship building, print and video production, fundraising and project planning. Highly competent in brand positioning and developing content geared towards specific audiences. Experienced in research and analysis, working under deadlines and within budgets, as well as motivating people. Self-reliant, with excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Work History

Work History

Assistant Director for External Relations, Jewish Life at Duke

Jan 2015 - Present
Duke University

Coordinated and implemented a comprehensive external relations plan to develop marketing,  outreach, and communication efforts, including rebranding of the department, producing video, creating new print materials, and refining monthly newsletters. Involved in direct fundraising efforts including donor identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship to raise funds.

Communications & Events Manager

Nov 2013 - Jan 2015
Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill

Promoted from Development & Communications Associate

Management of all external communication and marketing activities among numerous departments within the organization, including website maintenance and social networking strategy and implementation. Responsible for creating  marketing materials as well as development and execution of several various Federation and fundraising events. Manages all aspects of the Annual Campaign and year-round fundraising efforts. Leads in donor and grant research, database management and collaboration with lay leadership around fundraising efforts and community building.


Aug 2010 - Nov 2013
Weymouth Educational Telecommunications Corporation

Responsible for all aspects of video production from conceptualization to distribution as well as redeveloping station’s mission and content. Produced television programming focused on public issues. Formed and managed relationships with local individuals, businesses, and government



Bachelor of Arts

Muhlenberg College

Double majored in Media & Communications and Film Studies. Graduated cum laude and as a Communications Honors Scholar. Awarded both the Muhlenberg Talent Scholarship and Research Grant. 

Technical Skills

Adobe Aftereffects, Adobe Photoshop, eTapestry, Final Cut Pro, Mailchimp, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft & PC Operating systems, Social Media, Wordpress.