Director, Development and Donor Engagement

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty | New York, NY, United States

Posted Date 1/11/2022

FLSA: Exempt/Overtime Ineligible 

Benefits: Eligible

Hours Per Week: 40/Full-time

Position Summary:

Met Council is America’s largest Jewish charity dedicated to serving the needy. Met Council’s ten different departments are staffed by experts who helped over 305,000 clients in 2020 and continuously advocate on behalf of all needy New Yorkers. Our holistic programs range from 100% affordable housing at 20 locations to our award-winning family violence program to comprehensive Holocaust survivor assistance to senior programming to crisis intervention to the largest free kosher food distribution program in the world. Our network of 101 food pantries, 20 affordable housing sites, and 15 JCCs provide services directly in neighborhoods across New York.

The Director, Development and Donor Engagement is responsible for the growth of a diversified development program, including the cultivation of major individual donors, new prospects, institutional givers, and raising awareness of Met Council with the general public.  As Met Council’s role has expanded in serving our clients throughout the pandemic, the Development department has had to grow to meet the organizations ever increasing needs for funding. While the Director, Development and Donor Engagement will raise money from all available sources, the role will be critical in analyzing how we expand our donor base in the greater New York region, including Westchester, Nassau, Bergen and Essex Counties.

Please note: This is currently a hybrid position.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Directly solicit and close gifts from $10,000+ donors
  • Plan, develop and implement an aggressive, creative fundraising program to solicit and acquire funds for the agency including annual, planned, and major gift programs and specialized promotional or capital campaigns.
  • Implement a strategy for fundraising beyond the New York City donor base including but not limited to in Westchester, Nassau, Bergen and Essex Counties
  • Identify, cultivate, build and solidify relationships with new and established contributors.
  • Analyze historic patterns of giving and develop strategies to encourage new gifts and identify new sources of revenue, as well as increase current contributions.
  • Facilitate efforts to increase funding and all other forms of institutional support from corporations, public and private foundations.
  • Collect and report outcome metrics for the Managing Director, Development and prepare reports for the board of directors.
  • Create development and marketing policies to follow industry best practices.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.


  • An excellent communicator who speaks and writes with clarity and purpose to internal and external constituencies
  • An independent, strategic thinker with good judgment, sensitivity and common sense
  • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to project professional competence
  • A strong commitment to integrity
  • Proven ability to fundraise significant gifts
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community in New York

Skill and Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Required)
  • 5 years of increasing responsibility in the areas of fundraising
  • Proven track record in the execution of fundraising strategic plans, setting and meeting goals and management of comprehensive fundraising programs
  • Experience working with Jewish communal leadership and an understanding of the regional differences in various donor communities
  • Experience with Salesforce and Microsoft Office Suite

Compensation: Commensurate with skills, experience and education 

Benefits: Major medical, dental, vision and life insurance. Pre-tax commuter benefits, FSA, 403(b) with employer match, plus generous vacation, sick leave and holidays

Full Time
Director of Development | Fundraising/Grants/Giving
Organization Type
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | leave early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | sick leave | vision
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