Writer, Capital Gifts & Special Initiatives

UJA Federation of New York | New York, NY, United States

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Posted Date 6/17/2024

About the Organization:

UJA-Federation of New York is the largest local philanthropy in the world. For more than 100 years, we’ve brought New Yorkers together to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our community. Thanks to our network of hundreds of non-profits, we can leverage our expertise across any number of areas — including health and human services, arts and culture, and education — to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Our reach extends from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year.


Position Summary:

Capital Gifts & Special Initiatives (CGSI) is a fundraising department in UJA that provides individually tailored giving opportunities through which major donors can: dedicate state-of-the-art facilities through bricks-and-mortar capital gifts; provide multi-year support for innovation; and support programs through our network agencies that lift people up and help them overcome crises.
The writer will be responsible for drafting communications related to all aspects of capital and special initiative fundraising. This includes both external material for donors and foundations (inclusive of proposals and reporting) as well as material to be used internally to share CGSI’s priorities with colleagues. Specifically, the writer will:

  • Develop acknowledgement letters, proposals, and other written communications to facilitate all phases of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-capacity donors and foundations.
  • Prepare remarks, talking points, and speeches for meetings and dedication events; communications to committee members, agency staff, and senior staff; and other such communications.
  • Prepare reports for donors as part of gift stewardship
  • Consult with fundraisers on the appropriate selection of giving opportunities for prospective donors
  • Prepare customized proposals tailored to donors’ interests and capacity
  • Prepare general project descriptions and project “sampler menus”
  • Draft cover letters that introduce capital projects and special initiatives and request meetings
  • Design material so that it is visually compelling
  • Write highly detailed proposals, as needed, which require both analysis of sophisticated and often complex written materials from various domestic and overseas agencies, and detailed questioning of those agencies to ensure that the information we provide donors is reliable and sufficient for their decision-making process
  • Collaborate with UJA-Federation planning professionals and network agency staff to gather information about capital projects and special initiatives

Competencies & Education/Experience:

  • Strong writing skills
  • 3-5 years of fundraising-related writing experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work seamlessly with others in a team environment
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to see the full picture and determine what processes need to be put in place to achieve the desired outcome
  • Familiarity with Jewish non-profit sphere a plus
  • Ability to organize and write both formal proposals and informal communications
  • Ability to review and analyze a program budget
  • Ability to work well under pressure, and flexibility to shift gears and juggle assignments
  • Familiarity with the nonprofit field and organizational life
  • Familiarity with Jewish life and Israel (a strong Jewish background is a plus)
  • Commitment to the mission of UJA-Federation, and strong desire to use talents and skills to advance that mission
  • Ability to communicate tactfully and clearly
  • A good graphic sensibility and the ability to use Microsoft Office products to enhance the appearance of proposals and other documents
  • A Bachelor of Arts is a must; more education and life experience is a plus

Salary Information:

The salary range for this role is $70,000.


Great Perks. Because We Appreciate Great Employees.


We offer a generous number of vacation days and have the Jewish holidays off as well. Fridays our offices close early (October to March at 3:00 pm and April to September at 4:00 pm). All so you can relax and recharge.



We’re operating on a hybrid work model: three set days in the office and two days remote. So enjoy the best of both worlds — the comforts of home and the energy of the office.



UJA provides a top-tier medical and dental plan, along with a flexible spending account. We also offer life insurance. And for a small cost you can take part in on-site yoga and exercise classes at our Manhattan office. Wellness matters to us.



UJA employees can enroll in a pension plan and tax deferred annuity.



Classes, workshops, and compelling speakers will keep you at the top of your game.



We come together as a staff to commemorate holidays (from Rosh Hashanah to MLK Day), volunteer at nonprofits, and celebrate our accomplishments together. (Our chocolate chip cookies are legendary!)



We also offer a backup childcare program. And a commuter benefit plan. So, you can get to work and feel good about it.

Salary70,000.00 - 70,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Development Associate | Other
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Parental Leave | Relocation Available | Sick Days | Mass Transit
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