The Chief Development Officer is a strategic leader who will actively pursue and direct the development of a comprehensive and integrated approach to all Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia fundraising activities, with the goal of securing the long-term sustainability of our community. Working with various professionals and members of the community, this position endeavors to strengthen Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s role in stewarding all forms of giving, including annual, supplemental, project-based and planned or legacy giving.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Oversee all aspects of Financial Resource Development (FRD) for Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia including: annual campaign, supplemental giving, endowed and planned giving, as well as corporate sponsorship, and explore, identify and implement innovative and collaborative fundraising efforts
  • In collaboration with the FRD lay Chair and development committee, ensure the implementation and execution of a Financial Resource Development Strategy as approved by the Board of Directors of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
  • Supervise the Campaign team and ensure the strength of the annual campaign.
  • Be viewed as a role model, leader and mentor for the organization and for the community.
  • Provide ongoing guidance and support towards the professional development of the FRD team
  • Implement a strong supplemental giving strategy to support communal needs.
  • Develop a broader, more sophisticated financial resource development strategy that both increases our resources and engages, in a meaningful way, with our donors who seek to optimize their philanthropic impact in the Jewish community and around the world.
  • Personally solicit donors and cultivate long-term relationships for annual, endowment and supplemental gifts.
  • Work collaboratively with our Strategic Planning and Impact Department to identify and solicit the financial resources to meet community objectives that lie beyond the reach of our annual campaign.
  • Grow the Jewish Community Foundation with donors to secure endowed funds, over and above our annual campaign.
  • Cultivate donor groups that will invest in partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in addressing communal needs.
  • Act as a leader in identifying, developing, building, maintaining, and reinforcing relationships with both current and new potential donors.
  • Review and evaluate the success and effectiveness of all aspects of Financial Resource Development, including operations, strategies, and activities through the implementation of a performance metrics system, and by initiating and enhancing strategies to broaden business development.
  • Be an advocate for change when necessary and appropriate and be prepared to shift direction should the need arise in order to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Identify creative and non-mainstream ways to build relationships and seek out untraditional means to fundraising. Be a risk-taker and a visionary for new and improved ways to source gifts.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with synagogues, agencies and community leaders; including the identification and implementation of innovative, collaborative fundraising efforts serving Federation and its funding relationships.

QUALIFICATIONS and Success Factors

  • Proven ability in increasing financial resources and creating new partnerships
  • Strong strategic management skills with the ability to articulate clear and understandable goals that align with the overall vision.
  • Exceptional social and networking skills with a proven track record of fostering and maintaining strategic business relationships
  • Experienced in developing, implementing and assessing short and long-term activities
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others to work towards and achieve objectives
  • Strong understanding of financial resource development needs and well-informed on current trends in the non-profit sector
  • Understanding of financial planning tools to further philanthropy
  • A successful track record with personal solicitation in the $25k to $1 million range
  • Inspirational communicator, both written and verbal
  • Demonstrated success developing high performing teams and implementing strategic activities and tasks with clear goals, objectives and measurement tools
  • Ability to lead strategically by positioning self as team leader (for both professionals and volunteers), anticipating the needs of others, facilitating buy-in and moving teams through creative thinking processes to achieve high-quality results
  • Understanding of the complexity of the volunteer/professional relationship and success managing those relationships in an effective and professional manner
  • Knowledge of utilizing database systems and trends in utilizing technology in prospect identification and research
  • Experience developing and managing budgets required
  • The successful candidate will possess a personal commitment to Jewish values and knowledge of Jewish traditions, history and issues
  • While knowledge about the Jewish Federation is desirable, it is not a prerequisite for this position. Successful candidates may have significant development experience within a university setting, a non-profit health and welfare system, the Jewish communal field, politics or other organizations requiring sophisticated development efforts.

education & training requirements

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a major resource development role, with at least five to seven years of successful experience in a senior management position.
  • Bachelor’s degree required and an advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience representing an organization externally and promoting programs to private and public funding sources.

work conditions & environment

Nature of work requires an ability to operate standard business office equipment. Also requires ability to communicate and exchange information, collect, compile, and prepare work documents, set-up and maintain work files, as well as sitting at a computer desk. Travel by automobile will be required regularly. Work usually performed in a general office environment, but currently employees are working in part remotely. The position requires the availability to work evenings and weekends at various community and organization-sponsored events. This position does not require heavy lifting.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

Submit resume and a letter detailing your qualifications, in confidence, to jobs@jewishphilly.org

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, vision, Rx, dental, disability and life insurance, generous vacation time and a 403b retirement savings program. 

OUR MISSION

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia mobilizes financial and volunteer resources to address the communities’ most critical priorities locally, in Israel and around the world.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. This includes Black, Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.