Chief Advancement Officer

JVS Boston | Boston, MA, United States

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Posted Date 6/25/2024

JVS Boston (JVS) is seeking a mission-driven, experienced, and strategic Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) who will be responsible for all internal and external activities related to philanthropic support as well as marketing and communications. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the CAO is a member of the JVS Executive team and Leadership team and will oversee a total team of 7 employees. The incumbent will have a passion for the mission of JVS and will be an outcomes-driven leader with a proven track record of frontline fundraising, staff management, strategy, accountability and outcomes in advancing a “best in class” advancement program. The CAO will create a culture where effective teamwork, collaboration, and innovation are expected, recognized and rewarded; and lead by example with regard to appropriate risk-taking, cross organizational cooperation, and clear standards of conduct.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

  • The CAO is a sitting member of the Executive Team, including the CEO, CAO, CIO, CFO, CPO (Chief of Programs), and CPO (Chief of People) and the Leadership Team, including VPs, SVPs, and Chiefs.
  • The CAO is responsible for all philanthropic activity, development functions, and government relations/grants management.
  • Oversees and sets the direction and strategy of fund development for the organization, including annual and special project campaigns, major gift programs, fundraising events, third-party fundraising activities, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, and funding from public sources.
  • Creates the strategy and execution for donor engagement. This includes identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewarding major individual, foundation, corporate, and public funders on an ongoing basis.
  • Elevates JVS's strong philanthropic relationships in the Jewish community and with other donors and partners. While securing funding from the Jewish community is a primary focus, the CAO is responsible for securing financial support from a variety of philanthropic donors and sources.
  • Partners with President & CEO, Leadership Team, and Board to deepen existing funder relationships and identify and cultivate new supporters.
  • Collaborates with JVS's major funding agency partners - including CJP, United Way, and The Boston Foundation, including coordinating efforts with their gift officers, programming staff and administrators as needed.
  • Builds, manages, and personally solicits a portfolio of major and principal gift donors and prospects. Coordinates the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for all members of the Development team and others assisting in these efforts. Coordinates and attends other donor meetings, as needed.
  • Establishes performance measures, monitors results, and evaluates the effectiveness of the Development team and strategy, including individual and overall performance relating to fundraising.
  • Advises and consults with the President & CEO and Board of Directors on matters related to fundraising and philanthropy; maintains effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff members, volunteers, individual donors, foundations, corporations and program partners.
  • Oversees the hiring, evaluating, and mentoring of Development & Marketing and Communication staff members (to be further determined) to build an effective and stable team who achieve significant and individually quantifiable goals. 
  • Manages marketing & communication staff responsible for external marketing & communication and Board-related marketing & communication. There will be an upcoming evaluation to determine if internal communications will reside in Advancement. Currently, marketing & communication employees reside across JVS, but all may eventually reside in advancement.
  • Administers the preparation and management of the annual department budget. Works internally with colleagues to create opportunities for program partnerships with fundraising goals and messaging. 
  • Partners with the finance and accounting staff to sustain efficient, effective and transparent financial tracking and reporting processes that support JVS’s development efforts.
  • CAO will lead advancement event strategy, while event execution and logistical details will be handled by the major gift officer or a similar role.
  • In collaboration with the President & CEO, attends external events and serves as an ambassador for the organization as needed, and articulates the JVS mission to external constituents, partner organizations, and potential funders.
  • Promotes a Development culture throughout the organization, identifying opportunities to both raise funds directly as well as imbue every aspect of JVS with a philanthropic culture mindset.

JVS Boston has partnered with Boyden Executive Search. For more information about this opportunity or to submit a cover letter and resume, please email:

Lindsey Gale
Executive Search Consultant, Boston
[email protected]


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