Development Assistant

Temple Rodef Shalom | Falls Church, VA, United States

Posted Date 10/23/2021

Overview: Temple Rodef Shalom is a Reform Jewish congregation located in the Northern Virginia suburbs just outside Washington, DC. Since our founding in 1962, we have grown into the largest Jewish congregation in Virginia, serving over 1,700 households. In non-COVID times, we are bustling with activity: we serve over 200 families in our Early Childhood Center, nearly 900 students in our Religious School program, and hundreds of people each week who walk through our doors to pray, sing, learn, connect and mark life cycle moments.

Position Summary: This position supports the overall operations of our Development Department, reporting to the Director of Philanthropy. The Development Assistant should be a self-starter who is able to work independently and ask smart questions, excited to work on all levels of fundraising, be able to collaborate with staff and lay leaders and be knowledgeable in the use of databases. This is a part-time role: 15-20 hours/week; days and hours are flexible, salary commensurate with experience.

Essential Responsibilities
Annual Fundraising Goals
• Create and maintain monthly progress reports on annual fundraising goals
Donor stewardship
• Manage campaign follow up including producing acknowledgment letters, tracking open pledges, and providing quarterly reports to the Director
• Design and implement up to two-member recognition events each year
• Run and analyze reports on member giving and congregational trends
• Oversee gift acknowledgment process in partnership with the Operations Coordinator
• Track gifts to our endowment and payments from the endowment
• Craft a personalized report to each $100K+ endowment donor, illustrating the impact of their gift
Planned Giving (Morashah Society) support
• Maintain a list of members within the Temple database and with hard copy materials
• Produce marketing materials including the brochure, Connection newsletter ads, and website content
• Design and implement two events per year
Office management
• Support Director of Philanthropy in engaging members
• Maintain and organize files
• Database oversight including limited prospect research
• Respond to inquiries from members
Other duties as assigned

Core Competencies and Required Skills and Abilities
The following qualities are essential for success:
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to connect with diverse personalities
• Professional yet warm, friendly, and enthusiastic attitude for positive interaction with members.
• Strong organizational skills
• Able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
• Self-motivated, proactive, comfortable working independently and taking initiative
• Sensitivity to confidential information and the appropriate maturity to exercise discretion
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Sharepoint), and comfortable using a range of technology (Zoom, databases like MM2000 and Filemaker, social media)
• An understanding of synagogue life, Jewish holidays, and customs is a plus

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required
• Demonstrated experience in fundraising and/or congregational development is a plus, as is prior nonprofit work.

Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Administrative Support | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Philanthropy
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