The Jewish Educational Loan Fund has named Josh Schaier its director of development, a position in which he joins JELF CEO Jenna Shulman in being responsible for closing major gifts, cultivating donors and spearheading JELF events across its five-state region.

JELF grants interest-free loans to Jewish students from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia for post-secondary study at accredited institutions.

“JELF is excited to welcome Josh to our team. In the few short weeks since he has begun his work, we have already seen an incredible enthusiasm and drive in him that we believe is exactly what JELF is looking for as we continue our organization’s growth,” Shulman said.

Schaier previously worked in university development and alumni relations at New York University and at the 92nd Street Y in New York. His involvement in the Jewish community stretches back his childhood at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Eisner and Crane Lake camps in the Berkshires.

Before moving into fundraising, Schaier was a legal assistant for New York law firms, including Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. He received his master of public administration degree in nonprofit management from NYU this year. He earned a bachelor’s in history from Binghamton University in 2006.