Director of Development

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires | Pittsfield, MA, United States

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Posted Date 3/08/2024

The Director of Development works in partnership with the Executive Director and lay leadership, to plan and implement the annual campaign and major gifts fundraising effort of our small by mighty Federation. Reporting to the Executive Director, responsibilities include research, cultivation, engagement, solicitation of funds, implementation of cultivation and fundraising events, committee meetings, and other projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a strategy for implementing the annual campaign, major gift solicitations, and special campaigns in partnership with the Executive Director and Development Committee.
  • Develop and employ various fundraising techniques, including face-to-face and phone solicitations, social media, events, and written communications in accomplishing fundraising goals.
  • Educate donors and prospects about the mission of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires through one-on-one and group cultivation activities.
  • Conduct prospect research on individual donors to grow the organization’s individual donor communities 
  • Engage lay leadership to identify, cultivate, and establish new donor relationships.
  • Build and steward trusted relationships with lay leaders and donors and develop moves management strategies to increase their financial commitment.
  • Provide professional support to the development committee, including agenda setting, preparing reports and presentations, writing meeting notes, and providing necessary follow-up.
  • Identify, train, and support board and volunteer solicitors through assigned donor portfolio cultivation and stewardship.
  • Plan and implement key fundraising events with the support of Federation staff.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Three plus years minimum fundraising experience including one-on-one and phone solicitation.
  • Comfortable with high-net-worth donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, relationship-building skills, and customer service orientation.
  • Communication skills, written and verbal, are extremely important, especially the art of listening.
  • Knowledge of and passion for the Federation’s mission.
  • Team player with the ability to multitask.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Canva, and familiarity with fundraising databases.
  • Working knowledge of zoom technology and scheduling and facilitating virtual meetings and events.

This is a 28 hour a-week position located in the Berkshires of Western, MA. Benefits include an attractive time off package, a 403b retirement plan, health stipend, flexible spending account, and opportunities for travel and professional development.

ABOUT US: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires works to support a welcoming, connected, and vibrant community that cares for those in need, fosters Jewish journeys, embraces Jewish peoplehood, and acts as a force for good in the world. Visit to learn more.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

APPLY: Send a resume and a cover letter to [email protected]

Salary37.00 - 40.00 Hour
Part Time, Contract, & Seasonal
Annual Campaign | Chief Development Officer (CDO) | Development Associate | Director | Director of Development | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Major Gifts Officer | Marketing/Communications | Philanthropy
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days
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