Chief Development Officer


About the Chief Development Officer position:

JFC seeks an engaging, dynamic, and experienced senior team leader with a healthy competitive and entrepreneurial spirit to lead our financial resource development group. Reporting directly to the President, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will bring new approaches and innovative strategies that complement our strong philanthropic foundation. The CDO will help JFC raise its overall competitive position with existing donors; design and drive growth initiatives that enable JFC to tap into new segments of the donor marketplace effectively and efficiently; and will optimize our campaign efforts year-round – including, but not limited to, a thoughtful donor appreciation/‘thank you’ strategy – in order to maximize our success during the solicitation time period. The CDO will work in partnership with the President and Board of Trustees on all fundraising efforts and will be an integral member of the organization’s senior executive leadership team.

Essential Functions:

  1. Create and implement a strategic and operating plan for integrated resource development, including planned giving, annual campaign, supplemental giving, corporate giving and foundation support. Work with volunteers and staff to support the plan and ensure its success.
  2. Actively participate in leadership gift solicitations. Cultivate, steward, and build strong relationships with a portfolio of select major donors.
  3. Develop and implement strategies to attract new major donors.
  4. Review and evaluate the current development operations and, if necessary, restructure them to better meet the Federation’s mission and organizational objectives.
  5. Recruit, train, develop, and inspire staff, creating a dynamic, effective, and integrated development team.
  6. Institute a system of accountability and a constructive means of critical evaluation of the effectiveness and success of Federation’s development activities and programs.
  7. Develop fundraising goals and objectives with measurable outcomes in support of the Federation’s mission and community agenda.
  8. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with synagogues, agencies and community leaders.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:
  1. A seasoned leader with a track record of developing collaborative teams of both professionals and volunteers; ability to anticipate the needs of others, facilitate buy-in, and move teams through a creative thinking process to achieve high-quality results.
  2. A successful track record with personal solicitation in the $25k to $1 million range.
  3. A passionate and optimistic individual who inspires team members to find opportunities to make improvements and strive for excellence in execution of their plans.
  4. A motivational communicator, both written and verbal, who is effective in 1-on-1 and group settings, as well as equally engaging with internal and external audiences.
  5. Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic activities and tasks with clear goals, objectives and measurement tools.
  6. Understanding of the complexity of the volunteer/professional relationship and success managing those relationships in an effective and professional manner.
  7. Knowledge of database systems and trends in utilizing technology in prospect identification and research.
  8. Experience developing and managing budgets required.
  9. The successful candidate will possess a personal commitment to Jewish values and knowledge of Jewish traditions, history and issues.
  10. While knowledge about the Jewish Federation is desirable, it is not a pre-requisite 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 and/or Experience:
  1. 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.
  2. Bachelor's degree required and an advanced degree preferred.
  3. Experience representing an organization externally and promoting its programs to private and public funding sources.
  4. Hands-on experience with one or more donor database/software.
  5. Experience working with boards.

If you are qualified and interested in this exceptional opportunity, please send your resume and cover letter, in a pdf format, to .

Our Benefits

  • Affordable medical and dental insurance
  • Paid vacation, holiday, and sick days
  • 403(b) plan
  • Life insurance
  • Long term disability
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)