The Development Director provides leadership and management over the JCC’s fundraising, stewardship and engagement efforts. Supervised by the Executive Director, the Development Director works with executive staff, program staff and board members to create strategies to attract new donors, engage existing ones, provide stewardship for gifts of all sizes, and advance the organization’s financial goals.
The Development Director will also lead the effort to measure the impact of the agency and its programs. This includes developing data collection systems, training staff on best practices, analyzing and reporting on data, and translating results into marketing materials to further development efforts. This is an excellent opportunity for a mid-level professional seeking to grow their career and utilize a broad range skills, or take the initiative to learn them on-the-job.
We know that not everyone will tick off all the boxes below. If you are a go-getter, you want to work in a fast-paced environment where you will be able to learn and grow, and elements of this job interest you, we encourage you to apply. If you’re willing to put in the work, we are too!
This position requires in-person work on a daily basis. Our full-time employees receive 100% free child care through our top-notch programs (early childhood, after-school, school vacation days and summer camp), as well as generous PTO and paid holidays. Relocation assistance is available.
About the JCC
The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of the Lehigh Valley is a non-profit community center, whose mission is to build community through educational and recreational programs inspired by Jewish values. We offer a wide array of programs for children and adults of all ages, and we are open to all members of our local community regardless of background. Our goal is to create vibrancy, richness and meaning in the lives of our members and the greater Lehigh Valley community.
The JCC is a growing agency with strong roots in a town that is thriving with Jewish life, which includes eight synagogues, an extensive eruv, a mikvah, a kosher food truck, an overnight camp, and strong Federation, Jewish Day School and Jewish Family Services agencies. Cultural amenities include minor league baseball and hockey, a symphony and art museum, a zoo, multiple ski resorts, amusement parks, MusikFest (the country’s largest free music festival), historical sites, and easy access to Philadelphia (1 hour) and New York City (less than 2 hours). Within 30 minutes, biking, hiking, skiing, and water sports abound. With a low cost of living and beautiful natural surroundings, the Lehigh Valley provides a high quality of life for individuals and families of all backgrounds and interests.
Development & Fundraising
- Design and execute plans to conduct outreach and communication with JCC donors and potential donors.
- Create, implement and coordinate direct mail, social media and e-philanthropy campaigns in coordination with the marketing department.
- Manage and maintain donor database.
- Analyze data trends to identify strategies for donor engagement and inform communication efforts.
- Lead fundraising campaigns and special events, including:
- Participating in the design process for marketing materials.
- Managing the solicitation process.
- Maintaining personal contact on a regular basis with a portfolio of donors.
- Entering donations into the fundraising database, and generating donation acknowledgments.
- Tracking gifts and campaign progress.
- Work with program and administrative staff to ensure data is being accurately collected for use in grant reports, impact statements, and internal planning.
- Work with program staff to create and monitor data collection processes.
- Parse, process and evaluate data from a variety of sources to create metrics for success.
- Report on key agency indicators, and leverage data to drive decision making.
Financial & IT
- Log all pledges and donations in the JCC’s fundraising software.
- Maintain donor note files and stewardship calendar.
- Other duties/projects as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum of two (2) years of experience as a full-time professional in a not-for-profit agency in a development, fundraising, marketing or similar role.
- Experience with financial management (including coursework or just general interest in the field) is a plus.
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with a focus on customer service.
- Creative and analytical thinking, with the ability to independently identify problems and develop solutions.
- Ability to work effectively with volunteers and lay leaders.
- Ability to maintain highest level of confidentiality of donors and internal work processes.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Ability to learn new computer systems quickly. Experience with MailChimp and CRM systems a plus.
- Strong interest in personal and career development and continued learning.
- Knowledge of the JCC field and Jewish culture, traditions and celebrations.