Assistant Director of Development

Stephen Wise Temple | Los Angeles, CA, United States

Posted Date 11/30/2021

About Us

Founded in 1964, Stephen Wise is a large Reform Jewish Temple. In addition to the congregation and temple, Stephen Wise has three schools: Wise School, a Kindergarten through 6th grade elementary school; Aaron Milken Center, an early childhood (including parenting center); and our Center for Youth Engagement, a supplementary Kindergarten through 12th grade school which provides religious education, Hebrew language instruction, and opportunities for informal youth programming. In addition, we offer a lifelong learning program which includes opportunities for adults of all ages to continue their Jewish education. Our campus is located on the Mulholland Corridor of the Santa Monica Mountains and encompasses 19 acres.

About The Position

The Assistant Director of Development encourages philanthropic support within the Wise Community and specifically oversees the Wise School and Aaron Milken Center (preschool) annual giving campaign, the annual Wise gala, and the temple annual campaign.  Pursuing these financial goals will involve researching and soliciting new donors, working with volunteer committees to move donors to increased giving levels, creating alumni and grandparent giving categories, and working to increase participation in all campaigns.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Director of Development to strategically plan and implement each annual campaign, ensuring all fundraising goals for the institution are met;
  • Manage and support the annual giving, annual campaign, and gala committees, including sending committee members regular updates and organizing and facilitating committee meetings;
  • Help strategically plan and ensure the success of all fundraising events, especially the annual gala;
  • Support the Wise Development department as needed with additional campaigns (capital, legacy, and endowment);
  • Cultivate and steward donors and lay leaders;
  • Identify potential donors and participants in fundraising committees;
  • Work with the school team to ensure alumni goals are met;
  • Produce in-depth donor reports for all campaigns and track donor movement across multiple years;
  • Perform in-depth donor and community data analysis;
  • Draft solicitation, thank you, and yahrzeit letters;
  • Track donor information through Customer Relationship Management system;
  • Proof Development communications and weekly emails, including honor rolls;
  • As a key staff member in our religious educational institution, role-model the tenets of our faith on a daily basis to our members and the broader Temple community; participate in transmitting the expectations and values of our faith, playing a critical and essential role in the Temple’s ability to minister to the daily needs of our students and members; and,
  • Support the Wise Development department and the greater institution as needed.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Two years of experience in fundraising, sales, or a related field;
  • Proven experience in customer service;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Problem solving abilities, trouble-shooting skills, and the ability to adapt to a variety of personalities;
  • Ability to quickly learn and gain proficiency in Customer Relationship Management systems;
  • Strong background in Excel;
  • Strong proofreading skills;
  • Acute attention to detail and very organized;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of Stephen Wise Temple and Wise Schools;
  • Assiduous in the practice of confidentiality, tact, and discretion;
  • Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with congregants, staff, and lay leaders;
  • Ability to multitask and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment; and,
  • Passion for the work of synagogues/religious institutions, schools, or nonprofits.


Salary of $70,000 per year in a hybrid work setting with a generous employee benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 403(b), complimentary Temple membership, and discounted tuition for Temple schools and camps.

To Apply

Submit your resume to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Stephen Wise Temple is an Equal Opportunity Employer.







Full Time
Director | Fundraising/Grants/Giving
Organization Type
Education & Schools | Synagogue
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave | vision
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