Development Director

URJ | New York, NY, United States

Posted Date 12/01/2021


The Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) 6 Points Specialty Camps seek a dynamic and passionate Development Director to help create a vibrant summer camp and year-round youth and family engagement experience. The Development Director creates and implements the fundraising and development strategy to support the URJ and 6 Point Specialty Camps in creating communities of belonging that build confidence and character of young people, so they are inspired as leaders to make the world a better place and pursue lifelong engagement in Jewish life. Working in partnership with the 6 Point Specialty Executive Director, 6 Point Specialty camp directors, full-time camp teams, and lay leaders, the Development Director holds a leadership role that serves as the key fundraiser to help sustain and grow the camps. With guidance from the URJ Development team and camp leadership, the Development Director stewards the brand of the URJ and the 6 Point Specialty camps to cultivate wider, deeper, and more diverse engagement; develop and implement a strategy that is data-driven, market-based, and customer-responsive; increase philanthropic support and program participation, and deliver service excellence in support of organizational priorities. 


The Development Director reports to the Executive Director of the 6 Points Specialty Camps and is responsible for the following: 


  • Maintain a complete and consistent presence as a leader within the camp community with respect to role modeling of institutional, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) principles and Jewish values, supervision, and accountability for all rules and procedures, and dedication in all respects to the camp’s mission and vision. 
  • Serve as a member of and participate in a cohort of the URJ camping system’s development team. Support and assist national efforts and initiatives playing an active, visible role regionally and nationally. 
  • Serve as a member of the 6 Points Camps’ professional team and partner with colleagues on projects.  
  • Lead team of camp development and administrative staff, interns, and/or volunteers.
  • Partner with Directors and Board Chairs to plan and support relevant lay committee meetings as needed (i.e., Development Committee) and provide direct assistance to appropriate committees such as development, marketing, special events, and alumni engagement.


  • Create and implement fundraising and development strategies to support the growth of the 6 Points Camps and programming.  
  • Develop strategies to expand, develop and cultivate the current donor base.
  • Lead the planning, organization, and implementation of fundraising activities and special events – including camp celebrations, board meetings, stakeholder events, direct mail, cultivation visits, solicitation visits, etc. 
  • Incorporate grant opportunities into fundraising and development strategy.  


  • Identify current and potential donors, and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for donors in collaboration with key professional and lay leaders. 
  • Maintain and build existing foundation and community partner relationships and identify new opportunities for partnership and/or support.
  • Assist with the recruitment, training, and coordination of volunteers focused on development activities. 
  • Oversee alumni activities in partnership with lay leaders to plan events and engage alumni throughout the year. 


  • Manage timeline and resources needed for development activities (including annual giving, capital campaigns, etc.) 
  • Ensure the maintenance of donor database and accurate donor records, donor communication, and other related areas, delegating administrative tasks as needed to the development staff team. 
  • Generate or supervise staff generating pledge reminders and all needed reports for donors, committees, foundations, etc. and provide regular reports on fundraising activities, in coordination with Director.
  • Write, edit and/or submit grant proposals and reports, as needed.
  • Prepare fundraising reports for lay leadership and meetings. 
  • Write and prepare materials needed for development-related communications, including newsletters, e-mail, appeals, campaign materials, website, and work with Director and/or vendors for design, printing, and mailing.


To be successful in this job, you excel in the following areas: 

  • REDI Experience (Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion). Demonstrated experience prioritizing and executing on Racial Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (i.e., ableism, LGBTQ+ Inclusion, antiracism, etc.) priorities. 

  • Relationship Management. Demonstrated skills in leveraging effective working relationships and influencing key stakeholders in support of business goals. Able to inspire others through relationships, storytelling, community, and connections. Proven customer service skills that complement an honest and ethical approach to fundraising and development work.  

  • Commitment to the Cause. Truly passionate about the URJ and camp. Passion shines through in work, inspiring donors and colleagues. Ability to identify obstacles and ask for help when needed. Think creatively, persevere, and be resilient.  

  • Communication. Effective oral and written communication skills and ability to utilize and different forms of relevant media. 

  • Data Management. Approaching donors with effective messaging is a key part of successful fundraising and being able to perform in-depth research to understand the supporter base is key. 

  • Organization, Planning, and Multitasking. Demonstrated organizational and planning skills. Proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and multitask with minimal supervision. Proven ability to coordinate activities.  

  • Self-Management and Teamwork.  Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, ability to be detail-oriented and consistently accurate, ability to identify organizational stress points, ask for help, and succeed in a fast-paced environment. With training, be able to learn new processes and procedures in a timely manner. 


  • occasional in-person meetings, as needed 
  • living in residence at camp during camp season 


Every team member at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) plays an essential role in our mission to create a whole, just, and compassionate world. Our team is creative, thoughtful, and innovative. Each member of the team is empowered to make meaningful contributions to achieving our shared goals. Our diverse team is made up of individuals with different skills and backgrounds and every team member is willing to take risks as well as take action to develop and create big ideas for the future of the Reform Movement. While this position focuses on a particular area of work, every team member is a vital part of our overall success.   

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides a vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. We acknowledge that due to racism, ableism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression, that our communities are not whole until everyone experiences a sense of belonging within the Jewish community. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, we stand for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of our communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, our over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for our communities to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership. Together, our employees and stakeholders, are creating the Reform Judaism of today. 


Please include a one-page cover letter along with your resume, outlining your skills and experience and how you meet the essential functions and qualifications of the position. We look forward to hearing from you. Apply Online. Alternatively, please mail your resume and cover letter to: Union for Reform Judaism, Attn: Talent Management, 633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017.  

The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment. We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. The URJ encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with, and individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.

Full Time
Community Outreach | Director | Director of Development | Engagement | Fundraising/Grants/Giving
Organization Type
Camps & Camping | Other | Outreach | Youth
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave | vision
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