Tamarack Camps - Chief Advancement Officer

Tamarack Camps - Fresh Air Society | Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States

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Posted Date 12/14/2022

General Summary

The Fresh Air Society, d/b/a Tamarack Camps, was founded in 1902 – initially organized as a camp for immigrant mothers and children (located on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan). From its humble beginnings over a century ago which started with 2 women providing a handful of children an opportunity to experience the “fresh air,” today, Tamarack Camps has grown to serve over 13,000 individuals, annually.

Our main campus in Ortonville, Michigan (Oakland County) is a 1200-acre reserve nestled a short distance from the urban bustle of Metropolitan Detroit — yet feels like a different world. This landscape provides a foundation, the canvas upon which Tamarack Camps has the potential to build, engage, connect, and educate countless individuals.


Annually, through its residential camping program at Camp Maas, Agree Outpost Camp (Ontario, Canada), Camp Kennedy (Munising, Michigan), three (and sometimes four) Western Trips, two Alaska experiences, and an excursion to Israel, Tamarack Camps is home to approximately 1,250 Detroit-area Jewish children and teens, as well as 90 Israeli campers. In addition to its camper population, Tamarack Camps summer programming engages and trains a staff of 400 (approximately) college-age young adults from the Metro Detroit area and from around the world. Further, throughout the year, Tamarack Camps also provides extensive family camp opportunities for 1,300 (approximately) additional participants (children and parents and/or grandparents).


Beyond the resident summer camp, teen and family camp programs, Tamarack Camps, through the Tamarack Adventure and Retreat Center (“TARC”), provides year-round activities for the general community, and, annually, serves more than 10,000 participants e.g. fifth grade camp, band camps, and other secular and non-secular groups. TARC staff are experts in expanding participants comfort zones and strengthening individual and group dynamics.

Authority and Accountability

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) oversees, provides leadership for, and responsibility for achieving success in fundraising, marketing, and communication initiatives and activities for the organization.  Expands Tamarack Camps’ fundraising capabilities and elevates Tamarack Camps’ fundraising goals.  The CAO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and works closely with the Chief Financial Officer.


Essential Job Functions

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Establish fundraising goals:  Establish and successfully meet fundraising goals and objectives in each of the above-identified areas, track results, and report findings to a variety of stakeholders.  
  • Establish department initiatives:  Responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing plans for the agency’s advancement department, which includes annual giving, major gifts, endowment, capital gifts, planned giving, grant writing, marketing/communications, and alumni engagement.
  • Collaboration:  Work directly with the CEO, CFO, internal staff, board members, the Advancement Committee (and subcommittees) to carry out fundraising goals and publicly launch a comprehensive campaign (infrastructure for the campaign has been developed and has board support).
  • Supervision of a collaborative, supportive, and highly functional team: Provide leadership and direction to the development, marketing/communications, and alumni departments. This includes direct supervision and strategic coaching of the agency’s internal staff who serve as: Director of Annual Giving, Advancement Operations Manager, Marketing/Communications Coordinator, and ancillary grant writers (including contractor).
  • Strategic Thought Partner:  Skilled collaborator that offers valuable insight and input on broad strategic issues and builds bridges with other departments, partners, and stakeholders, including the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
  • Steward Major Donors:  Identify, directly solicit, and steward major donors and prospects to meet the agency’s ongoing needs.
  • Marketing:  Charged with creating on-brand communications, marketing efforts, and support materials, providing support on a full range of internal and external stakeholder communications.
  • Alumni:  Lead the continued transformation of the Alumni Committee from primarily a program-based group to one that functions as an engagement and philanthropic group. Work closely with the Alumni Committee liaison to build up the current CRM to encompass alumni located in metropolitan Detroit, regionally, nationally, and worldwide.


Required Knowledge, Abilities, and Attributes


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Five or more years of successful non-profit fundraising experience, including 3+ years of supervisory experience. 
  • Experience in managing multiple priorities and tasks simultaneously, utilizing staff and volunteer resources to achieve maximum results. 
  • Senior level major gift experience with a solid track-record of success in endowment, planned giving, and capital gifts.
  • Strong skills and experience in grant writing/management, including working directly with grant funders.
  • Proven experience in strategically planning and executing large-scale annual fundraising event.
  • Sound financial acumen, including budget development/management and financial reporting.
  • Extensive marketing background with the skills needed to leverage social media and digital communications, as well as more traditional forms of communications and public relations.
  • Excellent writing skills with high attention to detail.
  • Experience and familiarity with database management to track prospects, gifts, and alumni activities.
  • Strong technical abilities (proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and CRM systems) and familiar with Creative Suite or other design software, media design and placement, as well as WordPress or other website content management software.
  • Successful track record of managing a team of staff and providing leadership throughout the agency, including board members and other volunteers, in a style that is open, supportive, collaborative, and respectful.
  • Exceptional relationship-building and development skills.
  • Ability to ask for help when needed and communicate professionally and effectively when challenging situations arise.   
  • Knowledge of the non-profit sector, and an awareness of the context in which Tamarack Camps operates in the Jewish and general communities.
  • Ability to develop a passion for the mission of Tamarack Camps.


Employment Details

Full-time status to begin January 2023


To Apply

Send cover letter and resume to Andy Belsky, CFO, [email protected].

Full Time
Community Organizing | Community Outreach | Community Planning | Director of Community Engagement | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Marketing/Communications | Philanthropy | Planned Giving
Organization Type
Camps & Camping | Fundraising
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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