Director of Development

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education | Newton, MA, United States

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Posted Date 1/12/2023

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Director of Development will oversee development and communications efforts as Gateways continues to sustain and expand its philanthropic base.  The Director of Development is a key member of the senior staff team at Gateways, partnering with staff and lay leadership to ensure that Gateways has the funding resources and marketing reach to achieve our strategic goals.      
Core Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the CEO and the Vice President of Development (a Gateways Board member), create and implement short and long term development plans that strategically integrate fundraising and communications to advance Gateways’ mission and vision.
  • Manage the organization’s full donor and prospect lists; organize cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans for CEO and key lay leader solicitors; and personally solicit annual and multi-year gifts of $500-$10,000+.
  • Develop and manage fundraising campaigns throughout the year; oversee strategy and implementation of all fundraising events ranging from parlor meetings to Sweet Sounds (Gateways’ annual fundraising event).
  • Manage contracted grant writer in efforts to identify, research, and pursue grant opportunities with foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Oversee the tracking, compliance, and completion of grant deadlines and requirements.
  • Oversee all stewardship and cultivation operational activities, including gift acknowledgements and invoices for pledge payments.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the VP of Development and engage an active Development committee in cultivation and stewardship of donors throughout the year.
  • Staff the Parenting with Purpose committee and oversee the speaker series as part of community engagement efforts to the broader Jewish community.
  • Work with the Chief Strategy and Operating Officer to develop and map out Gateways’ fiscal projections over multiple years and ensure alignment between development strategy and overall organizational goals, and between revenue and expense budgets.
  • Supervise a staff team that has responsibilities including development operational and administrative support and donor marketing and communications; supervision includes goal setting and performance management sessions with each supervisee and helping to foster their continued growth and development.  
  • Contribute meaningfully to Gateways’ strategy as a member of Gateways’ six-person senior staff team, and report to the Gateways Board of Trustees as needed throughout the year.
  • Provide input to the Nominating committee regarding potential board members.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 5-7 years of development experience in a nonprofit organization, including managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources.
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time.
  • Should be a strategic thinker and planner, with experience in direct fundraising, events, communications planning, and project management. Experience with grant proposal submissions preferred.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader and team player who can positively impact both strategic and tactical institutional advancement initiatives; management and supervision experience to grow a team of professionals.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituencies. Familiarity with social media platforms a plus.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience with Virtuous or similar type of donor database preferred.
  • Understanding of the local Jewish community, including the network of day schools and synagogues, preferred.
  • Some nights and Sundays are required.
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's preferred.

About Gateways:

Gateways’ mission is to enable students with disabilities and diverse learning needs to succeed in Jewish educational settings and participate meaningfully in Jewish life. Over the last 17 years, Gateways has partnered with day schools, congregational and community schools and early childhood programs in the Boston region and beyond to provide special education services, expertise, and support. Learn more about us here.

Compensation and Additional Information

Salary $85,000-95,000.  Full-time benefits include generous paid time off, health, dental, and vision plan options, flexible spending account, SIMPLE IRA retirement plan with 3% employer match, and employer-paid long-term disability and life insurance.

Hybrid – work from home (in Greater Boston area) and at Gateways offices at 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA


How to Apply

Cover letters and resumes will be accepted only through our online system at Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until position is filled. Gateways believes in the essentiality of a diverse workforce – read more here and we look forward to your application!

Salary85000.00 - 95000.00 Annual
Full Time
Annual Campaign | Director of Development | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Major Gifts Officer | Philanthropy | Planned Giving
Organization Type
Education & Schools
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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