Associate Director of Development

Golda Och Academy | West Orange, NJ, United States

Posted Date 9/13/2022

Are you a passionate and mission-oriented development professional? Golda Och Academy, recognized as one of the top Jewish day schools in the country, has a unique opportunity for a new Associate Director of Development.   

About Golda Och Academy 

Golda Och Academy (GOA) is a vibrant learning community that focuses on the individual intellectual, social, and spiritual needs of each child. We cultivate in our students a lifelong love of learning within the context of Jewish knowledge and tradition. Our school is located on two campuses — our Wilf Lower School Campus and Eric F. Ross Upper School Campus in West Orange, NJ. We serve over 400 students from Pre k-12th grade from communities across New Jersey.

Golda Och Academy has thrived for nearly six decades because of the generosity of its special community of alumni, parents, grandparents, foundation partners, and friends. The school has celebrated momentous fundraising achievements over the years, including the successful completion of a $32 million capital and endowment campaign in 2015 and the securing of a $10 million challenge gift in 2021 dedicated to faculty excellence. With these successes, GOA is proud to have one of the largest endowments among Jewish day schools in North America. 

By joining GOA’s Development team, you will join a rich tradition of tzedakah in our community and develop meaningful relationships with volunteers, school administrators, and donors. 

Position Description 

The Associate Director of Development is a collaborative and dynamic team player who has a passion for creating connections between our school and the GOA community, including parents, grandparents, alumni families and friends. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, this professional is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the school’s Annual Fund giving program.  This includes recruitment of volunteers, identification of potential donors, and engagement of our GOA constituencies. The Associate Director will further the mission of GOA by showcasing the school through innovative communications, outreach and events that will help our school to enhance our philanthropic support. Successful candidates will work well independently and collaboratively, possess strong organizational skills allowing them to oversee multiple concurrent projects, and have demonstrated ability to maintain strong relationships in a warm, nurturing and tight-knit community.

Key Areas of Responsibility: 

Annual Fund 

  • Planning and Implementation of the GOA Annual Fund campaign  

  • Lead the GOA Annual Fund volunteer team including volunteer recruitment, training and making solicitation assignments. 

  • Responsible for constituency outreach, communication and engagement 

  • Responsible for direct solicitation assignments. 

  • Responsible for donor cultivation and stewardship event strategy and implementation. 

  • Promote and grow our annual fund donor giving societies

  • Work closely with the Marketing & Communications team to write compelling messages, execute direct mail and email solicitations, including content development.

  • Set and achieve annual fundraising objectives and report on achievement of these objectives.  

  • Collaborate with the Database Manager on all daily operations for the GOA Annual Fund including reporting, gift processing and acknowledgement letters.

  • Work closely with the Alumni Coordinator to coordinate outreach and engagement of alumni and alumni parents. 

  • Staff the GO LEAD leadership development program.  

Spring Gala

  • Direct and oversee the school’s largest fundraising event of the year- the Spring Gala including event planning, outreach and fundraising. 

  • Develop a new and enhanced corporate sponsorship program.

Development Team 

  • Work with the Director of Institutional Advancement and other members of the Development team on other projects as needed.   


  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience in nonprofit fundraising

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects  

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Excellent donor relations and customer service skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills  

  • Familiarity with Jewish day school and/or Jewish community fundraising  

  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge, Microsoft Office and Google suite

  • Some evenings and weekends are required

  • This position is a primarily on-site role

  • COVID-19 Vaccination is also required

Golda Och Academy is a an inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

The School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.

  • Paid holidays include Fall Jewish Holidays, Winter Break, Passover break, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day (2 days), and Memorial Day.

  • PTO includes 24 days each year starting on September 1.

  • Tuition benefit of 50% available for employee children.

Salary90000.00 - 120000.00 Annual
Full Time
Annual Campaign | Associate Director | Development Associate | Director of Development | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Major Gifts Officer | Planned Giving
Organization Type
Education & Schools
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Kosher Food Option Available | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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