Chief Development Officer

Jewish Vocational Services, Cook Silverman Search | San Francisco, CA, United States

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Posted Date 1/11/2023


Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) seeks a bold, experienced Chief Development Officer who will oversee all aspects of fund development and marketing and communications. The CDO is a growth minded, strategic leader with a track record of expanding multiple funding streams simultaneously and ushering organizations to achieve exponential growth. This position is remote until further notice with the expectation of returning to work in the San Francisco Office. JVS does not provide relocation packages. JVS is launching their new strategic plan publicly this spring. This will be an exciting moment to join JVS as they are deepening their focus to include not only career training but also systems change work centered on fostering economic mobility and racial equity.

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“Our placed clients are increasing their earnings on average by 126% (four years post program over prior earnings), a truly transformative impact.”

– Lisa Countryman-Quiroz, CEO


This position reports directly to the CEO and manages a team of eleven (three direct reports).


  • The salary range for this position is $195,000-$210,000

  • Robust benefits

  • Opportunity to partner with job seekers to help them achieve transformative impact


  • An experienced and confident fundraising leader

  • A creative and natural storyteller and public speaker who delights in building meaningful relationships

  • Solutions-seeking in your approach to challenges

  • A thoughtful manager and leader who intentionally develops and supports the growth of their team

  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice, and understanding of key systemic issues


  • Oversee, assess and provide strategic direction to JVS fund development, marketing and communications departments.

  • Create and implement new and innovative strategies for revenue generation in all areas of fundraising.

  • Develop a compelling strategy for and execution of major gift ($5,000+) and annual fund programs.

  • Enhance current grants program, inclusive of corporate, philanthropic and public grants and contracts.

  • Optimize development operations for assertive funding growth.

  • Proactively engage donors through effective and authentic stewardship and donor services.

  • Oversee JVS events including Strictly Business, the annual fundraising gala, in partnership with development team.

  • Expand a culture of philanthropy with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Oversee Marketing and Communications output and deliverables.

  • Help grow JVS’s brand and reputation by collaborating on storytelling and external reporting.

  • Support and guide JVS ability to outreach to a diverse client population.

  • Demonstrate persuasive communication skills with key stakeholders.

  • Elevate JVS as a thought leader through timely and provocative JVS communications.

  • Foster a department culture of collaboration, inclusivity, problem solving, high performance, learning, and innovation.

  • Lived experience or expertise on issues of racial and economic equity and the intersection of social justice wealth-building.

  • Serve as one of the inspiring faces of JVS in partnership with CEO and other members of the leadership team.


  • Eight or more years of progressively challenging experience in all areas of fundraising and marketing

  • Three to five years of supervisory experience

  • Skilled in asset-based framing and comfortable communicating with funders and other external partners

  • Strong, steady and unflappable

  • Understanding of market positioning and attuned to strengthening JVS’s position by elevating existing strengths

  • Appreciation for the power of community-centered storytelling and its role in narrative change, persuasion and fundraising

  • Skilled in both critical and strategic thinking – capacity to develop long-term plans, consider trade-offs and propose effective strategies

  • Optimistic people-person with strong team building capacity and team development skill

  • Systems thinker who can quickly understand how different parts of an organization intersect, support and inform each other

  • Action-oriented, solutions-focused approach to solving problems of all sizes

  • Passion for the mission and vision of JVS


JVS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or application for employment because of race, color, ethnic background, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disabilities. We welcome diverse applicants. Please let us know if you need accommodations or auxiliary aids for the interview process.

JVS values intersectional racial equity and strives to center people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We strongly encourage application from people with these identities or who are members of other communities that experience marginalization.


  • The salary range for this position is $195,000-$210,000

  • Equitable pay

  • 100% covered medical and dental plans for the employee

  • Twenty (20) days of PTO + twelve (12) days of Paid Sick Leave

  • Paid federal and Jewish holidays

  • 3% 403(b) retirement contribution match and 3% non-elective contribution

  • Healthcare and Dependent Care FSA

  • Pet Insurance Discounts

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Professional development opportunities and $500 Work-From-Home stipend

  • This position is remote until further notice with the expectation of returning to work in our San Francisco office; JVS does not provide relocation packages

Salary195000.00 - 210000.00 Annual
Full Time
Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Retirement Plans | Dental | Medical Insurance | Paid Vacation
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