Director, Donor Engagement

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater/Simon Family | Virginia Beach, VA, United States

Posted Date 11/08/2021

Position Title:                Director, Donor Engagement

                                    United Jewish Federation of Tidewater/Simon Family JCC

Reports To:                   Chief Development Officer

Classification:                Full-Time, Exempt



The Director of Donor Engagement is responsible for developing an overall strategy of donor engagement and non-traditional resources development, including (but not limited to): affinity groups, giving circles, outreach events, grants, individual and corporate sponsorships, planned giving initiatives, and other related engagement and fundraising opportunities.  The goal of the position is to maximize financial resources while broadening the donor base.  The Director will work closely with other development department members to strategize how to connect donors with their philanthropic interests and the organization's priorities.  The Director will also solicit, cultivate and steward a portfolio of mid-level donors and prospects.


  • Cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of mid-level donors ($1k-9,999K)
  • Create and implement the strategy for individual and corporate sponsors, giving circle(s), campaign affinity groups, grantors, and legacy donors, to deepen existing or create new donor connections to Federation and JCC
  • Work closely with annual campaign colleagues to identify prospects and opportunities for increased donor engagement
  • Coordinate events calendar with other colleagues, to ensure a balanced and workable calendar of donor engagement opportunities
  • Evaluate ways for engagement groups to partner and /or coordinate with one another around speakers, programs, or activities
  • Utilize Federations' database CRM to consistently manage, track, and report on all aspects of donor relationships and engagement activities
  • Work closely with all professionals and lay leaders involved in engagement events, outreach efforts, grant research and writing, Life & Legacy, and individual and corporate sponsorships
  • Develop, oversee, and track relevant budgets
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 3-5 years of experience in donor engagement and solicitation
  • Proven success in developing/implementing strategies to guide annual donor engagement efforts
  • Grant research and writing experience
  • Proficiency with fundraising database and CRM
  • Innovative problem-solver
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to support donor stewardship strategies, grant writing, and organization-wide marketing efforts
  • Strong organizational skills including the ability to set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with multiple "customers" including department heads, volunteer leaders, donors, colleagues, and others
  • Ability to perform detailed work with a high degree of accuracy
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications- Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerBI
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community, customs, and traditions
  • Office environment: ability to occasionally lift up to 25lbs


Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

The duties outlined in this job description are to be representative, but not all-inclusive, assigned to this job.  These duties may be amended at the discretion of the Chief Development Office or EVP/CEO.



Full Time
Annual Campaign | Director | Engagement | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Philanthropy
Organization Type
Federation | Fundraising
dental | kosher food option available | leave early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | sick leave | vision
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