Foundation Director & Philanthropic Advisor

Shalom Austin | Austin, TX, United States

Posted Date 11/14/2022

Foundation Director & Philanthropic Advisor


Shalom Austin is the hub of Jewish life in Central Texas. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization comprised of the Jewish Community Center (JCC), Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Service (JFS), and the Jewish Foundation. The majority of our programming operates on 40 beautiful acres on the Dell Jewish Community Campus in the live music capital of the world – “weird” Austin, Texas.


Our great benefits:

  • We’ll pay you an annual salary of $110,000 - $120,000.
  • We offer outstanding medical insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield, and we’ll pay 80% of the premium cost on your behalf.
  • We provide life and long-term disability insurance, and we pay 100% of the cost for you.
  • We will give you lots of paid time off. First-year employees receive: 18 days of paid time off, and more than 15 Jewish and Federal holidays.
  • We’ll offer you up to a 50% discount for your kiddos in our amazing early childhood program, as enrollment allows.
  • We understand that you need work/life balance and that you have commitments outside of the workplace, so we’ll do our very best to offer you some flexibility in your work schedule.
  • We’ll provide you with the opportunity to make a difference in the Central Texas Jewish community every day.
  • Professional development opportunities

As a Foundation Director & Philanthropic Advisor on the development team, you will be responsible for growing the Shalom Austin Jewish Foundation and strengthening the organization’s role as a trusted leader for the Greater Austin Jewish community in donor-advised funds, planned giving solutions, and charitable assets. This position will consult with planned giving and major gift donors to help them imagine, design, and create a better world through use of their philanthropic resources. This is accomplished by integrating Shalom Austin’s convening functions, grantmaking, philanthropic and planning giving efforts into a holistic, donor-centric approach toward individual, organizational, and community-wide long-term impact. This position collaborates with staff, lay leaders, fund holders, and partner agencies to integrate planned giving into all development activities, with a focus on prospective legacy gifts and stewardship of committed planned giving donors. This position will maintain and enhance relationships and interact with members of the planned giving and grantmaking communities locally and nationally.


This is a full-time, salaried position.


What you will be doing:

  • Direct planning and execution of SAJF planned giving priorities, strategies, recognition, operations, and marketing, in collaboration with Senior Development Director.
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward planned gifts, Donor Advised Funds, and Agency, Restricted, and Unrestricted Endowments.
  • Steward Jewish agencies whose endowments are under the care of SAJF.
  • Create and execute donor strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward annual and planned gifts.
  • Work collaboratively with professional and volunteer philanthropic leadership and senior leadership
  • Oversee the Jewish Foundation Committee and collaborates with Shalom Austin Philanthropy Leadership
  • Maintain and enhance relations with professional wealth management and estate planning community and cultivate these sources for business referrals.
  • Serve as staff lead for fundholder educational and appreciation events.
  • Maintain donor records in database and ensure accurate and timely gift processing.
  • Ensure appropriate recognition for donors through collaboration with Development team.
  • Advise Fundholders about community needs and opportunities; help them establish philanthropic goals, priorities, and metrics.
  • Maintain records and policies and ensure compliance of planned gifts, bequests and fund agreements in accordance with Austin Community Foundation policies.
  • Collaborate with Accounting department to ensure planned gifts are appropriately reviewed and processed, including annual distributions of Restricted Endowments.
  • Oversee marketing and communications plan for SAJF
  • Stay up to date on planned giving vehicles and trends; provide training and solicitation material
  • Enhance communication, offer educational opportunities, and maintain positive relationships with current Shalom Austin donors and prospective fundholders so they continue to be a key source of additional endowments.
  • Supervise a part time administrative position

What you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree or Advanced Certification in Nonprofit Management, Business, Finance, or other-related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated success of securing six- and seven-figure and/or planned gifts.
  • Demonstrated success of planned giving, forecasting, and budgeting.
  • Advanced technical knowledge and experience in the field of major gift fundraising, grantmaking, planned giving and financial and tax planning.
  • Thorough knowledge of Jewish culture and the organized Jewish community are required, along with the ability to present a strong and recognizable commitment to the enrichment of a sustained Jewish community.
  • Experience in a multi-faceted fundraising environment desired (annual, legacy and community foundation services).
  • Exceptional donor-relations skills: proven ability in creating strategies to cultivate prospects and channel donor engagement.
  • Experience with research, donor outreach and events management.
  • Demonstrated ability to accept and apply feedback, follow leadership and align with organizational decisions.
  • Self-motivated; able to multi-task with excellent attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Positive attitude and self-motivated.  
  • Works well collaboratively in a team environment.  
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (which may, depending on the position you are hired for, include an FBI fingerprint check).  
  • Adhere to our Mission, Core Values, and all HR policies and procedures. 
  • Must be able to meet routine office physical demands including climbing stairs, carrying up to 20-pound objects and possessing the dexterity and vision to operate office computers and equipment. 


What we care about:

Shalom Austin is a community-minded, inclusive organization. We are committed to creating and supporting a safe, welcoming and diverse workplace for all people regardless of race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.


Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is a condition of employment at Shalom Austin and required for all employees and independent contractors.

Shalom Austin Core Values:

  • UNITY. You recognize the importance of one team that leverages resources, talents and expertise to achieve a common purpose. 
  • EXCELLENCE. You are committed to continual improvement, and you consistently set new standards for success. 
  • RESPECT. You nurture your workplace through honesty, sincerity, and responsibility. 
  • CREATIVITY. You approach both opportunities and obstacles with a spirit of flexibility, thinking critically to achieve innovative solutions. 
  • INITIATIVE. You are a self-starter, driven to exceed expectations and claim a sense of ownership as you pursue your goals. 
  • KNOWLEDGE. You engage in continuous learning and actively seek opportunities that provide professional enrichment and personal fulfillment.  

How to Apply

  • You don’t need to call us, just follow the link to apply. 
  • We promise we’ll get in touch with you by phone or email.




Salary110000.00 - 120000.00 Annual
Full Time
Director | Major Gifts Officer | Philanthropy | Planned Giving
Organization Type
Federation | Foundations | Fundraising
Dental | FSA | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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