Donor Relations Officer

Combined Jewish Philanthropies | Boston, MA, United States

Posted Date 11/24/2021

Passion. Purpose. Impact.  CJP is at the heart of Greater Boston's Jewish community, but our reach is felt around the world. We bring together the resources, volunteers, leadership, and expertise to care for people in need, advocate for Israel, and ensure a vibrant Jewish future. Together, we're helping struggling families find financial stability, making Jewish learning relevant and inclusive, connecting the next generation to Jewish life, and so much more.  Our greatest resource is our people—the staff, volunteers, partners and leaders who help make Greater Boston’s Jewish community a welcoming home. It’s this energy and commitment that drive CJP’s mission. We are one of Boston's oldest and most respected philanthropic organizations and we are currently seeking a Donor Relations Officer.


CJP’s Development department consists of a vibrant and innovative team of committed professionals. The Donor Relations Officer will execute an effective and meaningful development strategy for CJP’s unassigned, new donor, and loyal donor cohorts, as well as serving as a key partner to Marketing on the community participation campaign.




  • Guide strategy, manage projects, and develop communication plans to increase donor retention rates among key constituent groups: unassigned donors, new donors, loyal/consecutive donors, and more broadly--donors under $1,000.
  • Proactively document existing, and identify new, opportunities for effective stewardship and donor relations touch points.
  • Support donor communication and engagement activity via recognition societies.
  • Develop and maintain a workstream to ensure prospects are moved along the donor continuum from new and unassigned donors to loyal donors, and into our recognition societies.
  • Support conversations with key volunteer leaders in support of retention and philanthropic growth goals.
  • In addition, work cross-collaboratively with key partners to flag those donors who have capacity for increased giving and require individual follow-up.
  • Support the overall goals of the Donor Relations & Philanthropic Impact team by becoming the team’s go to expert on reports and exports from the Development database, by manipulating lists and data pulled via the database, and reviewing processes or additional efficiencies.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Marketing automation team to ensure pull-through stewardship language is included in future automated messaging to PARCAM donors and others.
  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.




  • BA/BS degree or equivalent knowledge or experience.


  • 1-3 years of experience in development or related field, with an emphasis on donor relations and stewardship, retention-based strategies and recognition societies or similar skills.


  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills; self-motivation, ability to work effectively as part of a team; sense of humor.
  • A deep interest in learning development and donor relations best practices and applying those learnings to the work
  • Ability to understand individual work in the context of the bigger picture.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to apply knowledge to strategy making.
  • Ability to work proactively, independently, creatively, and flexibly in a dynamic environment.
  • Proficient in Windows environment, including MS Word, Excel, Database Management (we use a Blackbaud Product).
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Resiliency and a desire to continue learning and improving.
  • Ability to manage multiple points of view and opinions in service of the best result
  • Capacity to manage and organize confidential information.
  • Experience with comprehensive philanthropy and managing diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changes and shifting priorities.
  • A comfort with ambiguity.


  • Strong personal commitment to the CJP mission.
  • Knowledge of Jewish community preferred.
  • Flexibility to work evenings.



  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods, much of which will be working at a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds.


CJP offers that rare opportunity to tap your skills, talents, and experience to benefit a greater good while you grow professionally. You will work in a dynamic environment, with a diverse group of individuals who share your commitment and enthusiasm. Together, you will make a difference for Jews and non-Jews in Greater Boston and worldwide. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and a collegial, family-friendly work and team environment. 


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CJP conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.


CJP is an equal opportunity employer.  People with disabilities, women, veterans, black, indigenous and people of color, and LGBTQ people are encouraged to apply.  Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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