Senior Development Officer

JDC- American Jewish Joint Distribution Commitee | Remote, United States

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Posted Date 4/04/2023

JDC's Global Resource Development (RD) department is motivated by JDC's historic mission, as we cultivate and grow relationships with philanthropists worldwide to secure resources for the leading global Jewish humanitarian organization. Our department comprises a highly motivated, dynamic, and fast-paced team that is committed to excellence in all we do. Our team encourages creative thinking, leadership, and the exploration of new, effective, and collaborative ways for achieving top fundraising results. We invest in our team by equipping them with tools and coaching for success, and we thrive on learning and growing together.


We are now hiring for a Senior Development Officer (SDO) to serve as a front line fundraiser on behalf of JDC. The SDO is expected to actively engage in stewarding current JDC individual and foundation donors while also identifying, engaging and qualifying prospects with the goal of supporting JDC's fundraising strategy and long-term growth priorities. The SDO is responsible for soliciting these current donors and prospects at the $10,000 level and above.


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What will you do as a Senior Development Officer?

  • Identify, research, cultivate, steward, and solicit individual, foundation, and corporate donors for new, renewed or increased five figure ($10k - $1M) priority and budget approved gifts, and other related projects
  • Strengthen strategic funding relationships with key JDC stakeholders and major philanthropic partners, including select Jewish Federations. Cultivate relationships with lay leadership, Board members and trustees of Federations and other significant Jewish organizations
  • Plan strategic donor engagement activities, including: events travel to the field, and speaker tours
  • Present on JDC’s behalf to funders/prospects and other groups and partners in person and via other technologies
  • Track and monitor all major contacts/activities with donors and prospects according to JDC procedures
  • Work closely with units across RD and the organization to ensure alignment at all levels, including identification of donors, outreach and solicitation, identifying funding needs, communication and messaging
  • Work to meet activity and fundraising metrics/goals, to be developed with supervisor
  • Such other duties as may be assigned from time to time


What qualifications are required to be our Senior Development Officer?

  • Proven track record (minimum 5-10 years) as an innovative and accomplished fundraiser
  • Proven success in soliciting and closing major gifts, and in building and maintaining relationships with major individual donors, especially in the Jewish community
  • Experience navigating long-standing or complex fundraising partnerships
  • Skills and discipline to use donor management systems and other technologies necessary in an international fundraising structure
  • Excellent knowledge of the Washington DC, Philadelphia, and broader East Coast philanthropic landscape and funding community
  • Strong presentation skills, with the ability to inspire individuals and audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills
  • Adaptability and flexibility, and humbleness to learn new processes and thrive in an ever-changing work environment
  • A proactive self-starter with excellent networking capabilities who is able to work on one’s own and efficiently
  • Ability to travel domestically 4-5 times and overseas 1-2 times annually
  • At least a Bachelor's degree required
  • Has a commitment and passion for the work of the JDC and global Jewish issues and the ability to effectively translate that to prospects and donors.
  • Ability to read words and numbers, operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment, and communicate in person or over the telephone


Additional Preferred Skills and Competencies:

  • Experience working with Jewish federations strongly preferred; experience raising funds for Jewish non-profits a plus
  • Familiarity with Israel and the overseas Jewish world is a plus
  • Experience working in a global organization or navigating different cultures a plus
  • An established network of contacts and relationships in the region is a plus
  • Graduate degree and CFRE designation are a plus


Additional Details

  • Employment Type: Full-Time
  • Hours: 35 hours/week, 8:45 AM – 4:45PM with a 1-hour lunch break; some flexibility in mornings, evenings, and weekends required for time differences and events
  • Location: Remote from Philadelphia/Washington DC region or upstate NY
  • Reports to: Senior Director, Resource Development
  • Job Function/Department: Resource Development
  • Other: Domestic travel 4-5 times/year and overseas travel 1-2 times/year


What are the compensation and benefits for a Senior Development Officer?

This is a full-time position paid semi-monthly at a salary of $165,000-$180,000 per year; in determining where a candidate falls in that range JDC considers several factors, including skills and experience, internal equity, and cost of living in location of work. This role is exempt per the FLSA.

We offer an excellent benefits package, including but not limited to:

  • 100% paid medical and dental insurance for employee coverage
  • Paid time off, including 20 vacation days, 20 sick days, 3 personal days, 10 national holidays, and up to 14 Jewish holidays depending on the Jewish calendar for any given year
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave for full-time staff who have worked with JDC for at least 1 year
  • 403(b) with JDC contributions of 6.5% of salary
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), commuter benefits, and life insurance
  • Learning & Development: Ongoing opportunities for professional development through workshops and trainings with our internal L&D program
  • Food Perks: Bagel Thursdays and beverages/snacks in the office for on-site and hybrid employees


Why work at JDC?

  • The People – What we hear most from our team members is that they enjoy working with others who share their passion for doing good; Our staff aim to use their skills to make a positive difference in the lives of others
  • A Global Environment – you will have the opportunity to develop a global perspective, working with staff from the U.S., Israel, the Former Soviet Union, and all over the world
  • Tikkun Olam – This Jewish value of “repairing the world” is deeply important to us. Collectively we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others


Vaccination Requirement

We require that individuals who travel internationally on JDC’s behalf be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the CDC definition. This position requires international travel and we require the individual in this role to be fully vaccinated by their first day of work and to maintain that status.


Equal Employment Opportunity

JDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As the world’s leading global Jewish humanitarian organization, we are committed to treating people with compassion and respect. All qualified applications will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, mental disorder, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


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Application Deadline: April 21, 2023

Expected Start Date: June 2023


About JDC

JDC -- the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee or "The Joint" -- is the leading Jewish humanitarian organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities. We rescue Jews in danger, provide aid to vulnerable Jews, develop innovative solutions to Israel’s most complex social challenges, cultivate a Jewish future, and lead the Jewish community’s response to crises. For over 100 years, our work has put the timeless Jewish value of mutual responsibility into action, making JDC essential to the survival of millions of people and the advancement of Jewish life across the globe.


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