Chief Development Officer

Confidential Employer | Cincinnati, OH, United States

Posted Date 10/20/2022
The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati (“JFC”), the backbone Jewish organization, is seeking a Chief Development Officer (CDO).   The JFC connects our community, solves big problems, and stewards community resources. We welcome all cultural backgrounds and faiths including those of every socioeconomic status, race, gender, national background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical, mental, and developmental ability. Grounded in Jewish values, together with you, our volunteers, and partner organizations, we support the vulnerable, nurture connections with Israel and Jewish communities globally, and protect and energize Jewish life. We feed the hungry, comfort the sick, care for elderly, and educate our youth. We are your community’s organization problem-solvers and opportunity-makers, committed to ensuring the strength and quality of Jewish life for our children and our children’s children.
The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is a national model for the development of financial resources through its annual campaign, planned giving and endowments, and a shared fundraising model in which the Federation provides outsourced fundraising for core partnership agencies. The CDO must be a dynamic, creative and experienced professional to provide strategic vision and senior management leadership with the coordinated philanthropic efforts of the Cincinnati community. The  CDO is responsible for working with professionals and volunteers to steward the Federation Endowment whose assets are over $125 Million and raise $8-$10 Million annually with which to provide this ongoing support to our local, national and global Jewish community.The successful CDO candidate will implement a clear and passionate vision to achieve dynamic growth in all areas of the JFC’s fundraising efforts, and has day-to-day management and supervision of a team of 15 professionals plus nearly 100 volunteers/lay leaders, all of whom support the community’s agencies and partners.  The CDO’s scope of fundraising responsibilities is comprised of:
  • Annual Campaign
    • Women’s Philanthropy
    • Young Adult Division and engagement
    • Data systems
    • Fundraising Operations
  • Planned Giving and Endowment
    • Create Your Jewish Legacy
    • Donor Advised Funds
  • Agency Fundraising and Supplemental Fundraising
    • Donor Relations Management
The CDO may also manage capital campaigns for specified significant projects in the Cincinnati community from time to time.
The CDO reports directly to the CEO and is a member of the senior management team and Strategy Team.    In addition, the CDO will attend the following meetings: JFC’s Board and the Executive, Major Gifts and Development Committees. 
The successful candidate will be:
  • a strong, experienced, professional leader responsible for the management and supervision of departmental staff
  • experienced in fund raising activities with a proven track record in major gift solicitation
  • an experienced relationship manager with multiple constituencies, high level volunteers and philanthropists
  • a successful and knowledgeable development professional who has demonstrably increased financial resources and created new partnerships while doing so
  • actively engaged in staying abreast of emerging trends in philanthropy and charitable gift planning.
  • a self-starter, leader and strong manager who actively listens and is able to build a motivated team of volunteers and professionals
  • a hands-on director with superior verbal and written communication skills
  • a creative, energetic, intellectually curious and capable individual committed to capitalizing upon ongoing relationships and philanthropy efforts as well as realizing the potential of the bold, innovative and dynamic vision of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
Strategy & Leadership
  • Serve as an expert and industry leader for fundraising development in the Jewish Community.
  • Implement the strategic plan for an integrated FRD model that grows all income streams to support the overall mission of the Federation. Involve colleagues and lay leaders in the strategic development process to utilize their expertise and connections, and cultivate their support.
  • Stay current on emerging trends in philanthropic development and fundraising and incorporate these into strategies and decision-making.


  • Supervise and manage the FRD department staff.
  • Create and implement a results-oriented culture through collaboration and support within the entire department and throughout the Federation as a whole.
  • Create and oversee a professional development plan for all philanthropic staff, with emphasis on ongoing training and staff development.
  • In partnership with the financial professionals and the Campaign Director, oversee back office operations to ensure comprehensive donor relations management and excellent customer service.
  • Participate as a member of the senior management team and provide advice and consultation to President,  Federation Board and Executive Committee on all issues related to philanthropy.
  • Management of Planned Giving and Endowment Department and the Create Your Jewish Legacy program.
Community Building
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with our community synagogues, agencies and organizations as well as general community leaders throughout Cincinnati.
  • Identify and implement innovative, collaborative fundraising and community advancement efforts serving the Federation and its agency beneficiaries.
  • Fully utilize and expand JFC’s donor database and campaign opportunities, and provide more robust reporting of results.
  • Ensure that donor information is effectively and efficiently maintained and prospect cultivation activity is appropriately tracked, including monitoring systems, to ensure exceptional customer service.
  • Establish close working ties with The Jewish Foundation in Cincinnati to (TJF) coordinate donor cultivation for both annual giving and endowments, and the oversight of management, execution and metrics of the TJF-supported grant, Strengthening Individual Giving.   This includes reporting semi-annual results and responsibility for grant renewal in 2023.
  • Establish positive, strong and inspiring relationships with current and prospective major donors, and manage, solicit and steward the portfolio of these donors and potential endowment gifts.
  • Participate in the cultivation and solicitation of selected major contributors and campaign leadership.
Other Responsibilities:
  • Reporting Oversight
  • Donor information, prospecting, stewardship and donor cultivation
  • Complete and accurate reporting systems, monitored for quality control.
  • Support acquisition, implementation and training for all software, as appropriate.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • minimum of eight years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience as well as a proven track record in major gift solicitations
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills, meticulous attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to motivate and lead.
  • Ability to think strategically and guide others in a strategic planning process.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and maintain confidential information.
  • Must be organized, detailed and have ability to multi-task.
  • Entrepreneurial, can-do attitude.
  • Some early morning, evening and weekend meetings and events are required.
  • Ability to work in and build strong collaborative teams, both internally and externally.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and knowledge of both Jewish customs and practices as well as the Cincinnati Jewish community.
  • PC literacy with strong competency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Knowledge of social networking and e-communication technology and methodology.
"The successful candidate must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 (either complete single dose or complete two step dose) by date of hire. Proof of vaccination may be required upon hire”
This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.

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