Temple Israel of Westport (TI) is the largest Reform congregation in Connecticut. We are a healthy, growing congregation poised to define the shape of Jewish life in the 21st century. We are a vibrant and compelling institution with a young and passionate clergy team, a thriving Early Childhood Center, a leading Hebrew School (Kesher), significant social justice commitments and much more.
TI relies mostly on membership income and tuition from its 700 member households. Five years ago we launched our Annual Fund, which has netted roughly $250,000-$300,000 in yearly proceeds.
Over the last several years we have established a strong foundation of leadership and financial stability. During the pandemic we not only survived, we thrived -- with especially high levels of participation, and new clergy and professional staff helping us embark on an exciting new chapter for our synagogue. . Now, with a congregation eager to re-engage and a significant influx of young Jewish families into our area, we aim to take advantage of the opportunities before us to ensure TI’s strength for generations to come.
Our goals are twofold:
- Significantly increase our Annual Fund to $500,000-$600,000 in order to fully engage our members, including the many new families who have joined our congregation.
- Launch a major campaign in 2023 to honor Temple Israel’s 75th anniversary. The campaign will address both capital needs and endowment.
The Development Director is a part-time position responsible for coordinating and facilitating fundraising efforts. The Development Director will report to the Senior Rabbi and will work in collaboration with the Board and the Executive Director to set fundraising goals. The Development Director will engage select board members, other lay leaders and the clergy in pursuing and achieving fundraising goals. This position will have a flexible schedule and the ability to work remotely, in part. This position will require working some evenings and events. Note that there is an opportunity for this role to evolve into a full-time position.
- Develop and execute and meet agreed-upon goals for TI’s Annual Fund.
- Launch TI’s 75th anniversary capital and endowment campaign.
- Formalize an approach to an ongoing and sustained major gifts program.
- Steward relationships with major donors, individually and through cultivation events.
- Solicit gifts and participate in solicitations with clergy and lay leaders.
- Train and guide lay leaders and clergy in stewardship and fundraising best practices.
- Undertake prospect research, create background materials, prepare solicitors for asks.
- Oversee the production of fundraising events including committee work.
- Craft and produce fundraising materials, communications, acknowledgements and recognition.
- Develop proposals for restricted gifts and grants (individuals, foundations)
- Prepare for and report regularly to the Board on fundraising activities.
- Maintain and update the development page on TI’s website.
- Oversee selection of new fundraising software and put it to use (including data entry).
- Work with TI staff to facilitate gift processing.
Qualifications and Experience
- 5+ years of substantive experience leading or managing successful fundraising efforts, including donor relations and solicitation
- Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
- Familiarity with common fundraising software
- Proven ability to strategize, set and meet goals
- Adept at crafting and articulating persuasive cases for support
- Marketing/external communications experience
- Board engagement, cultivation, and development experience
- Bachelor’s degree required
Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000 depending on experience (½ time position)
Note that there is an opportunity for this role to evolve into a full-time position.