Chief Development Officer

Jewish Community of Louisville, Inc | Louisville, KY, United States

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Posted Date 12/30/2022

Chief Development Officer

Jewish Community of Louisville/Jewish Federation of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

Reports to:      President/CEO

Salary Range:  Commensurate with experience

An energized, diverse, and growing Jewish community seeks a leader to expand, sustain, and strengthen Jewish life. The Jewish Community of Louisville (JCL) is the dynamic fusion of our Jewish Federation and Trager Family Jewish Community Center. JCL serves to enrich the quality of life for Jews in Louisville, in Israel, and around the world with a vision of inspiring meaningful lives, while transforming our Jewish future. The JCL brings the community together as one to develop responses to critical issues facing our community. We do this by providing leadership, financial support, services, facilities, and connections with people locally and across the globe. We are the convenor of Jewish life in Louisville and the eyes, ears, and voice for the Jewish community of Louisville. As part of JFNA, Jewish Federations of North America, we are part of a continental system. There are many opportunities to connect with colleagues, professional growth and a supportive system.

Seeking a CDO to help grow and strengthen our Louisville Jewish community which is energized by the recent opening of the new Trager Family JCC, a $44.5 million project. Excitement is palpable following a recent Brandeis University Community Study of Jewish Louisville which revealed a younger, more diverse, and larger Jewish demographic than previously thought.

There is a great deal of pride working at the JCL in a new facility and a collaborative environment which encourages taking risks. Louisville is a fun and inviting Midwestern community with a spirited Southern warmth that boasts the world-famous Kentucky Derby and one-of-a-kind bourbon trail.

We are guided by our core values:

Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World

Torah: Thought Learning, Teaching & Growing

Areyvut: Caring Unconditionally for One Another

Klal Yisarel: Unity of the Jewish People


Summary Job Description

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is part of the organization’s executive leadership team and is responsible for leading all aspects of fundraising and financial resource development. The CDO leads a department responsible for raising close to $4 million each year through the Annual Campaign, Legacy Giving, grants and JCC fundraising by developing and strengthening relationships between Jewish Federation of Louisville’s volunteer leaders, donors, stakeholders, and prospects.

The ideal candidate embraces a donor centric approach to philanthropy and possesses a record of successful fundraising, including prospecting, donor stewardship, cultivation of major gifts, and a clear understanding how fundraising connects to the larger success of the organization. The candidate should have strong leadership skills, a curiosity and passion for building new relationships and a positive outlook on the organization’s ability to inspire giving.



  • Provide a clear vision and lead the Jewish Federation of Louisville’s Annual Campaign & Legacy Giving through clear messaging and communication
  • Develop and steward positive relationships with outside funding sources including foundations and corporations turning past $50-100k capital campaign gifts into additional future designated gifts
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase the funds raised for the Annual Campaign to over $2 million and secure new major gifts through outreach, relationship building, face-to-face solicitation, and event follow-up
  • Oversee management of donor base, research trends, and develop strategies to reach potential donors
  • Develop and strengthen relations between the Jewish Federation of Louisville and volunteers/donors/lay leaders/prospects
  • Educate donors and prospects about the mission of Jewish Federation of Louisville
  • Develop giving opportunities for donors through Planned Giving and Endowments and capital and special giving
  • Oversee management of fundraising events ensuring an opportunity for donors and prospects to connect with Jewish Federation of Louisville through social, networking and fundraising programs
  • Direct planning and execution of planned giving priorities, strategies, recognition, operations, and marketing
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward planned gifts, Donor Advised Funds, and Agency, Restricted and Unrestricted Endowments
  • Create and execute donor strategies to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward annual and planned gifts
  • Manage a team of seven professionals responsible for diverse portfolios
  • Recruit, build, and train a team of staff to support all Jewish Federation of Louisville philanthropic activities
  • Oversee records and policies and ensure compliance of planned gifts, bequests, and fund agreements in accordance with Jewish Foundation of Louisville policies
  • Stay up to date on planned giving vehicles and trends; provide training and solicitation material


Our ideal candidate for this integral role at the JCL meets the following criteria:

  • Excellent organizational, oral, and written communications skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Experience managing staff
  • Ability to work with committees and lay/professional relationships
  • Creative, detail oriented, original, and energetic
  • Demonstrated experience with Jewish Federation of Louisville values and a clear commitment to them
  • Significant skills, knowledge, and demonstrated experience in fundraising, with at least 6-10 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with high-capacity donors and cultivating/securing major gifts over $10,000
  • Ability to design, implement, and manage effective cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies at the individual, family, corporate and foundation levels.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to set priorities and handle multiple projects
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and be a team leader
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred


Physical Requirements and Equipment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The employee must occasionally crouch, stoop, or reach. The employee must have the ability to travel and work weekends and evenings when needed.


What we care about:

Jewish Federation (JCL) is a community-minded, inclusive organization. We are committed to creating and supporting a safe, welcoming, and diverse workplace for all people regardless of race, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation.


To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to Lisa Moorman at [email protected]

Full Time
Annual Campaign | Chief Development Officer (CDO) | Director of Development | Engagement | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Philanthropy
Organization Type
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Sick Days | Vision
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