Director of Development

Gates of Prayer | Metairie, LA, United States

Posted Date 10/25/2022

Director of Development — Congregation Gates of Prayer


Congregation Gates of Prayer is a nearly 175-year-old robust, vibrant, and welcoming Reform Jewish synagogue and preschool located in Metairie, LA. We are seeking an organized, passionate, and highly motivated individual with a superb set of event planning, programming, communication, and administrative skills to join our professional staff as our Director of Development.


Who We Are

Congregation Gates of Prayer, the oldest ongoing congregation in the Greater New Orleans area, has been on the cutting edge of Reform Jewish life and programming and has emphasized inspirational and creative worship services over the past three decades. Our mission is to help members of all ages find Kedusha, or holiness, within their lives through worship, lifecycle events, educational and social programs, and social action. 


Position Description

The Director of Development is a full-time senior staff position responsible for coordinating and facilitating all fundraising efforts for the synagogue, cemeteries, and preschool, including annual giving, large and small donations, grantsmanship, and other financial opportunities. The Director of Development will report to the Executive Director and work in close collaboration with the Senior Rabbi, the President of the Board of Trustees, and the Board of Trustees to set and achieve fundraising goals. The Development Director will be responsible for raising a minimum of $250,000.00 in donations annually, and will play a significant role in envisioning, shaping, and executing a major capital campaign that will define the future of Congregation Gates of Prayer for decades to come.


Work Schedule

This is a full-time position that typically operates Monday through Friday. However, some evening and weekend days and evenings may be required, for which flex hours/days are provided. Our team works primarily in the office. All staff members must be flexible and willing to adapt to short- and long-term shifts in their job responsibilities. 


Essential Job Functions

  • Work with Executive Director, Senior Rabbi, and President of the Board to determine mission, purpose, and priorities of fundraising; set monetary goals and budgets according to short- and long-term goals; and establish objectives and timelines for fundraising activities
  • Develop, execute, and meet the agreed-upon goal of a minimum of $250,000.00 in annual donations (not associated with yearly fairshare giving, existing funds, and current grants)
  • Serve as campaign manager for Capital Campaign throughout campaign 
  • Formalize an approach to ongoing and sustained major gifts program
  • Maintains database of potential financial donors including corporations, foundations, and individuals 
  • Undertake prospect research, create background materials, prepare solicitors for asks
  • Solicit gifts and participate in solicitations with clergy and lay leaders
  • Steward relationships with major donors, individually and through cultivation events
  • Manage, execute, and oversee the production of fundraising and special events, and fundraising plans that may be specific to committees or special projects, including GatesFest 
  • Craft and produce fundraising materials, communications, acknowledgements, and recognition 
  • Develop proposals for restricted gifts and grants from individuals, foundations, and government 
  • In partnership with Executive Director and Preschool Director, researches potential sources of grants, apply for and help manage grants and other sources of funding 
  • Connect with local, state, national and international entities to identity and build relationships with new donors 
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, Senior Rabbi, and Board of Trustees, develop and maintain relationships with existing and new sponsors and other strategic partnerships
  • In collaboration with Executive Director and Board of Trustees, develop short- and long-term strategies for fairshare 
  • Train and guide lay leaders in stewardship and fundraising best practices 
  • Oversees the fundraising process and maintain records of receipts and disbursements of funds
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Membership and Program Coordinator to develop social media and digital fundraising strategies to increase visibility
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Membership and Program Coordinator to create annual marketing plan  


Position Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising strategies and principles 
  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills 
  • Proven ability to strategize, set, and meet objectives and goals
  • Marketing and communications experience 
  • Knowledge of tax planning principles and techniques that favor charitable giving 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Five years of experience in fundraising for a non-profit organization preferred 
  • Ability to research and problem solve 
  • Proven track record of success with board engagement, cultivation, and development 
  • Team player and ability to go with the flow is imperative 


Compensation and Benefits 

  • $75,000-$90,000/year, based on experience and responsibilities
  • Health insurance, vacation, holiday and sick time, professional development opportunities, preschool, and religious school discounts


To Apply

Please send a cover letter stating why you’re the best candidate for this position and your resume to Executive Director at [email protected]

Salary75000.00 - 90000.00 Annual
Full Time
Director of Development | Major Gifts Officer
Organization Type
Education & Schools | Synagogue
Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days
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