Associate Director – Development and Community Engagement, Camp Seneca Lake Hybrid

JCC of Greater Rochester | Rochester, NY, United States

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Posted Date 3/29/2024

Associate Director – Development and Community Engagement - Camp Seneca Lake (CSL) Hybrid

As a member of the management team, the Associate Director reports directly to the Director, and is responsible for developing and executing our development strategy to build a culture of philanthropy, develop relationships with key stakeholders, and build a robust alumni engagement program to raise funds for Camp Seneca Lake’s capital, program, and scholarship needs.

 This is a full-time, year-round position. Our team includes a mix of staff based in Rochester and those who work remotely, and we are open to candidates who want to live in Rochester or be based elsewhere in driving distance of Rochester during the year. From June-August, the Associate Director of Development should expect to spend some time at camp in Penn Yan, NY, but will not be required to live at camp full-time.

Camp Seneca Lake (CSL) is a premier Jewish overnight summer camp set on 200+ acres on Seneca Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Western New York. For over 90 summers CSL has given campers in grades 3-12 a special place to recharge, unplug, and connect to nature and friends. CSL welcomes all campers into a safe compassionate community where each child is encouraged to become their best self. Children from all backgrounds come together to learn important life skills that will stay with them through adulthood. Campers develop independence, form lifelong friendships, and a deep connection to a tight knit community that is strong at its core.

CSL is owned and operated by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester. We are an inclusive community center and camp that welcomes campers and staff of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Fundraising :

  • Partner with the Director and Advisory Board Development Committee to develop a cohesive development strategy including donor cultivation, direct solicitation, campaign goals, and ongoing stewardship
  • Own the production of fundraising marketing materials including monthly newsletter, info sheets, and digital media
  • Participate in regular strategy sessions with camp management team to identify and address ongoing areas of focus
  • Support the Director in preparing for Advisory Board meetings and partnering with Advisory Board Development Committee chairs to execute fundraising campaigns.
  • Own the preparation of grant proposals and necessary reporting for confirmed grants
  • Solicit gifts from prospective foundations, corporations, and individual donors to meet campaign goals.
  • Maintain CRM system for donors
  • Serve as a liaison to the JCC Finance team

Alumni and community engagement:

  • Plan and organize alumni engagement events serving as main point of contact for attendees and supporting program planning and execution
  • Serve as the liaison for the Alumni Committee, collaborating with the group to plan alumni gatherings in various cities
  • Ensure alumni database in Camp Minder is comprehensive and accurate
  • Work with the summer Office Manager and serve as indirect supervisor for summer Media Team, ensuring that media produced at camp can be leveraged for communications


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5-8 years experience, including at least 2 years in a development or sales-oriented role.
  • Experience with Jewish nonprofit camping preferred but not required.
  • Solicitation or sales experience that resulted in attaining or exceeding identified goals.

Key Competencies for Success:

  • Proven administrative skills with the ability to efficiently and accurately handle a variety of responsibilities and a large volume of work, including experience managing a CRM system or donor database.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills - conveying warmth, enthusiasm, and an ability to build trust
  • Ability to cultivate and steward positive relationships with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
  • Extremely well organized and able to prioritize work, problem solve and meet scheduled deadlines under pressure
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule with ability to travel to camp periodically during the summer and work evenings and weekends as needed for events
  • Interest in and/or a commitment to learning Jewish history, culture, and traditions in the context of the JCC and tikkun olam (repairing the world)


  • First Aid, CPR & Mandated Reporting (Child Abuse)

Computer Skills:

  • Strong computer skills
    • Competency in MS Office suite
    • Proficiency with donor software
    • Ability to learn and utilize new software programs.
    • Experience with Camp Minder is helpful but not required

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform within the described work disabilities to perform within the described work environment.

  • Normal office environment for 8-9 months of the year
  • Working and living from a summer camp for 3-4 months of the year
  • Exposure to weather including hot and cold temperatures and rain
  • Majority of time spent out-of-doors
  • Exposure to water (swimming pool and lake)
  • Walking on grass, trails, dirt roads


  • A free JCC membership to our Fitness and Aquatics Center
  • Employee benefits for full time positions include medical, dental and vision
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Plan, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance


The Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer!

Salary90,000.00 - 100,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Accounting & Finance | Advocacy | Annual Campaign | Camp Director | Chief Development Officer (CDO) | Development Associate | Director of Community Engagement | Director of Development | Engagement | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Israel Programs/Missions | Philanthropy | Public Speaking
Organization Type
Camps & Camping | Community Centers | Fundraising
Retirement Plans | Dental | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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