Executive Director, Mountain States and Pacific Northwest

Jewish National Fund | Denver, CO, United States

Posted Date 7/26/2022

About Jewish National Fund-USA

Unparalleled in the Jewish philanthropic worldJewish National Fund-USA's strategic vision has been and always will be, to ensure a strong, secure, and prosperous future for the land and people of Israel. Everything we do -- every project, initiative, and campaign we take on – is integral to our vision of building and connecting to our land. We plant trees, build houses and parks, source water solutions, buy fire trucks, and improve the lives of people with special needs. We boost tourism, support Aliyah, promote Zionist education and engagement, build medical centers and trauma centers, fund agricultural and culinary research, and run an American semester abroad high school in Israel. We do all these things because each project, each program, each partnership, is consistent with our strategic vision – population growth in the north and south, connecting the next generation to Israel, infrastructure development, ecology, forestation, heritage preservation, and more -- all for the land and people of Israel.



Jewish National Fund-USA seeks to recruit an Executive Director to be responsible for developing and implementing short and long-term philanthropic and leadership development strategies with a significant focus on major gift fundraising and leadership development within the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest region.


You will take a leadership role in board and volunteer development throughout your portfolio and will work with the National Campaign Director to develop and implement fundraising strategies in alignment with the National Campaign Plan.


Your energetic leadership will foster a culture of enthusiasm, partnership, teamwork, and excitement to reach individual and community goals. Your team of professional fundraisers and lay leaders will understand how their work locally contributes to Jewish National Fund USA'S $1 Billion ten-year goal, and that together, we are building the land of Israel for today and the future of the Jewish people.


The Executive Director's main priorities will include expanding Jewish National Fund USA's annual giving through major gifts, manage day to day operations, and oversee all aspects of the annual campaign which will include optimum cultivation of existing donors, as well as strategically expanding the fundraising portfolio to support Jewish National Fund USA's growth in the region.


The successful candidate must be an experienced professional who is a "go-getter" and must combine sophisticated leadership with an entrepreneurial spirit. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, results-oriented, and have a clear passion for the Jewish National Fund USA's mission and Israel. Candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds such as having held a leadership role in the corporate sector, Senior Development Officer or equivalent in a major nonprofit organization, hospital, museum, historical society, major library, or in the academic arena such as a president and/or dean of a college or university. Experience working with or serving on a Board of Directors is essential.


The Executive Director will first and foremost focus on the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-net worth individuals. The candidate will also supervise the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest fundraising professionals and with this team help enhance Jewish National Fund USA's profile and ensure that the organization is well positioned in a rapidly evolving and competitive environment.



  • Engage in direct and systematic cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of high-net-worth individuals. Direct responsibility for maintaining and building relationships with a portfolio of major gift prospects. Develop strategic annual and long-term fundraising plans and evaluate progress to goals
  • The stewardship of existing major gift donor relationships; identify and cultivate new major gift donors; renew financial commitments of existing major gift donors
  • Promote major donor-centric approaches, well-timed solicitation schedules and data-driven program strategy and analysis to increase revenue generation
  • Foster relationships with financial advisors, attorneys, donors, and other partners who can facilitate in the promotion and acquisition of major and planned gifts, bequests, and annuities
  • Develop the appropriate level of internal communication, reporting and tracking of results
  • Lead the activities that will directly result in prospect identification, engagement, and successful solicitations, including the National Board of Directors/Trustees and key supporters
  • Supervise, train, and develop fundraising staff in the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest region. Foster a culture of enthusiasm, teamwork, and collaboration among the fundraising team as well as our passionate and committed lay leaders.
  • Build and facilitate philanthropic capacity by maintaining collaborative relations with other organizations throughout the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest region whilst showcasing Jewish National Fund USA's at its best
  • Work with the Mountain States and Pacific Northwest leadership to develop Jewish National Fund USA's strategic vision, goal, and strategies and engage a Major Gifts committee to assist in the identification, solicitation, and stewardship of high-net-worth individuals
  • Research funding sources and trends, with foresight, to help position Jewish National Fund USA's ahead of major funding changes or trends; utilize best practices and innovative fundraising approaches
  • Utilize the Jewish National Fund USA's Salesforce database to manage donor and prospect relationships
  • Travel to your areas of supervision will be required, along with travel to Israel



  • At least 10 years of progressive responsibility and experience in fundraising, or proven sales experience in a client driven business
  • Extensive experience working with senior-level executives
  • Strong supervision skills
  • Significant experience leading and growing successful fundraising/sales functions including building strategies to strengthen and increase funding from a diverse range of sources including individual donors, private corporations, and philanthropic foundations
  • Excellent decision-making skills and the ability to balance multiple data points, stakeholders, and overall funding landscape in designing and implementing fundraising strategies 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative environment, as well as an interest in advancing the organizations fundraising function to be even more strategic, innovative, and results-oriented
  • Strong communication skills including experience in presenting and public speaking
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred or similar data management systems
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required



  • Days off for all work-prohibitive Jewish holidays, in addition to the secular US holidays
  • 3pm close-of-business on Fridays
  • Flexible expense account for mileage and donor meetings
  • Top-notch healthcare (including dental and vision)
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employer-paid short and long-term disability
  • 403(b) with generous employer contribution
  • Opportunities to travel to Israel


Salary range depends on experience level, but can fall within the range of approximately $120,000-160,000.

Salary120000.00 - 160000.00 Annual
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