Development Associate

Institute for Jewish Spirituality | NY, NY, United States

Posted Date 1/03/2022

Position Announcement

Development Associate, Annual Campaign Start Date: February 1, 2022


The Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) envisions a world in which spiritual practice is a vital part of Jewish life, leading to compassion, justice, and peace. IJS’s mission is to develop and teach Jewish spiritual practices so that individuals and communities may experience greater awareness, purpose, and interconnection.


IJS has just completed a strategic planning process and is about to launch a 4-year campaign to raise a total of $13 million, including $6.8 million in foundation grants. This position offers the opportunity to play an essential role in an organization that is about to transform Jewish life.


IJS teaches the core practices of mindfulness meditation, Torah study, prayer, tikkun middot (the development of ethical character traits), chant and yoga as embodied practices. These practices provide participants with valuable skills for effective leadership while creating opportunities for them to deepen their inner lives and connect meaningfully with the Divine.


IJS utilizes traditional and contemporary forms of authentic Jewish practice to enrich everyday life with Jewish wisdom, link the search for inner wholeness with tikkun olam (repair of the world), and create a vibrant, enduring Judaism now and for generations to come.


IJS offers a wide range of programs for learners of all backgrounds, both online and in-person. The flagship Clergy Leadership Program has helped over 500 rabbis and cantors develop a spiritual practice, deepen their leadership, and begin to transform their communities. Programs for educators, social justice leaders, and Jewish professionals have reached hundreds in recent years.


Propelled by dynamic leadership and an entrepreneurial and caring staff, the pandemic catalyzed rapid growth at IJS as it offered free online meditation sits, yoga classes, and contemplative Torah study. Since March 2020, the Institute’s email list has grown nearly threefold, to over 20,000. Its free resources have been accessed over 150,000 times. In its most recent fiscal year, IJS grew individual gifts by 126 percent.


About the Role

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Associate, Annual Campaign will be a critical member of a team that includes the Director, the Manager of Foundation Relations and Special Projects, and a second Development Associate. This team is responsible for raising funds from individuals and foundation funders, representing the bulk of IJS’s operating income.


IJS’s development budget has expanded dramatically, from $1.5 million last year to $3 million for the current fiscal year, with additional gradual increases projected over the coming four years. The number of gifts received has increased from 788 three years ago to 2,497 last year.


The Development Associate will work with the Director to build on this success and plan the annual campaign. This professional will be responsible for planning IJS’s Public Development Events and our June Fundraiser, serve as the account executive for our mid level donors, and manage other fundraising projects.


The ideal candidate should be able to work well as part of a team and work collaboratively on projects, while also able to work independently on projects with energy, passion, and an entrepreneurial spirit. They should have an understanding of and dedication to IJS’s mission and be open to deepening their own spiritual practice.

Primary Functions:


  • Develop, plan and manage online and in-person fundraising events. This includes working with the Executive Director and Director of Development to create the concept for the events, working with our Marketing and Communications Department to create promotional materials, and managing all of the logistics. Currently we are running 4 online Public Events each year and 1 online fundraiser.
  • Serve as account executive for donors between $1,000 and $9,999. This includes getting to know the donors in this category, developing strategies for engaging this group in our work and increasing their giving, as well as seeking ways to bring lower level donors into this category.
  • Manage Daily Sit Sponsors. Work with donors to match sponsors to sits and develop strategies for increasing the number of sponsors.


    • Attend weekly staff meetings in order to contribute ideas and participate in the planning of team-wide projects and overall development operations.
    • Attend quarterly in person staff meetings for an opportunity to work more closely with coworkers, increase knowledge of IJS, our practices, goals, programs, etc. (COVID permitting)
    • Attend Development Committee meetings.
    • Assist with writing for public relations materials, including annual reports, newsletters, press releases, and other publications.
    • Contribute positively to organizational culture and reflect the Institute’s values.
    • Attend and serve as staff support for all fundraising events, as needed.
    • Actively engage with IJS staff and program participants to truly understand IJS’s mission and vision and to gather stories from program participants for use in development communications.
    • Manage other projects as needed.


About You

To be maximally successful in this role, you need to be:

  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to juggle multiple projects at the same time.
  • A people person who is comfortable working with all kinds of people and is good at developing relationships.
  • A creative thinker who can identify ways to motivate others.
  • A strong writer.
  • An experienced project manager.
  • A team player who is comfortable doing your own work and also enjoys collaborating with others.
  • Someone with a “can-do” attitude and ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment that is simultaneously rooted in contemplative practice.
  • Dedicated to data and ready to utilize and strengthen the Institute’s systems.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least 3-5 years of demonstrated success as a fundraiser.
  • Experience working remotely and independently.
  • A passion for doing transformative work with exceptional people while not taking yourself too seriously.
  • A meditation or mindfulness practice is preferred.

This position is geo-flexible with a preference for professionals based in the New York area.


Compensation and Benefits

Salary range: $60,000-$70,000 based on experience. IJS offers a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick and personal days, sick leave, medical insurance with an employer contribution, life insurance, FSA and Dependant Care Allowance accounts and 401(k) match.


How to Apply

Candidates should send the following (with “Development Associate” as the subject) to [email protected]  

  • Cover letter
  • Current resume
Salary60000.00 - 70000.00 Annual
Full Time
Development Associate
401(k) or 403(b) plans | FSA | leave early for Shabbat | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | sick leave
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