Director of Development

National Council of Jewish Women, Inc. | Washington, DC, United States

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Posted Date 1/19/2023

For over 125 years, The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has boldly imagined a world that values and supports women, children, and families and has had a role in the passage of every major piece of civil rights and economic justice legislation in this country. Today, NCJW advances its mission across four core pillars of work: protecting and expanding abortion access; safeguarding and promoting the right to vote; pushing for fair, independent, and qualified judges on federal courts; and building the feminist field in Israel.

Todays Impact:
NCJWs long tradition of nonpartisan progressive social change-making through a powerful combination of community organizing, education, direct service, and advocacy has never been more important. NCJWs intersectional work in progressive and Jewish spaces has resulted in deep partnerships with secular and faith-based human rights organizations, BIPOC-led grassroots organizations, and governmental allies. NCJW had lead roles in many progressive coalitions and legacy networks.

With 50+ local 501c3 sections in 30 states, NCJW has long been mobilizing a grassroots network of 200,000+ advocates to fight for what is right and just. In the past year alone, the organization doubled their number of advocates, in large part because of the unabashedly Jewish and feminist framework NCJW uses to respond to some of the greatest challenges facing women and children today.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW improves the quality of life for women, children, and families.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) seeks a dynamic Director of Development to develop and implement a fundraising growth strategy with the goal doubling its philanthropic revenue over the next few years, lead a growing development team, and empower an energetic lay leadership to complement and enhance its work. Following the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, this is a unique opportunity for an experienced development professional to drive growth during this pivotal time for our country.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, Sheila Katz, the Director of Development will serve as an organizational leader responsible for setting and articulating a compelling fundraising strategy and overseeing the day-to-day management of the organizations fundraising activities. The Director of Development will oversee individual, foundation, corporate, and legacy giving, and will partner with the CEO to reinvigorate NCJWs culture of philanthropy.

This professional serves as a key member of the senior management team and is responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing a comprehensive development strategy for increasing the organizations revenue in an efficient and sustainable manner.

A successful candidate will need to blend flexibility with disciplined execution, strong self-awareness, and confidence in creating change and operating through informal channels as well as established organizational structures. As a key cultural leader, this person will promote an organizational culture that emphasizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.


Lead all fundraising activities to support NCJWs growth, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Development of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies for major donors, including six and seven-figure giving to achieve annual major gifts goals.
  • Define a plan to strengthen relationships and develop productive contact with a personal portfolio of current and potential major donors to further their commitment to NCJW.
  • Enhance cross-functional fundraising across NCJW departments; including partner effectively with the Marketing and Communications team to share consistent messaging to all donors and stakeholders.
  • Leverage the diverse talents of NCJW professionals, and the extensive philanthropic contacts of the Board of Directors and other key volunteers.
  • Foster a culture stewardship and donor gratitude across the organization
  • Oversee the Direct Response program and develop a comprehensive strategy for donor appeals and ensure that all solicitations incorporate consistent and compelling messaging.
  • Develop strategy and implementation plan to support the joint fundraising efforts of NCJW Sections.
  • Expand and enhance NCJWs planned giving program.

Team Leadership

  • Develop clear roles, responsibilities, and reporting structures for development team members to maintain a strong, high performing organizational culture.
  • Set department goals and create and implement realistic and actionable departmental work-plan and team calendar in coordination with other NCJW departments.
  • Serve as expert advisor to the CEO and senior management team, and mentor to all NCJW colleagues on fundraising matters.
  • Cultivate and promote a culture of collaboration, transparency, accountability, and empowerment.
  • Guide departments role in fundraising for NCJWs national meetings, including overseeing fundraising events at triennial gatherings.

Board Relations

  • Serve as staff liaison to NCJWs Development Committee
  • Train and prepare development committee to support NCJW fundraising goals and set meetings with appropriate funding prospects
  • Cultivate board members as donors and networkers, including setting individual commitments or fundraising strategies

The Director of Development will be a hands-on leader within the organization who is excited to apply their fundraising and donor engagement skill set to an organization that drives social justice for women, children, families across the world. The successful candidate will be a changemaker, unafraid of bold and ambitious goals, and a willingness to make six-and-seven figure asks. They will be values-driven, agile, curious, and approachable executive who fosters an environment of joy and collaboration. Preference to candidates based in Washington D.C. All candidates must be willing to travel and take in-person solicitation meetings.


  • Strong commitment to and passion for the mission of NCJW and the ability to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to prospective and current funders.
  • At least 8 years of increasing responsibility in development within a nonprofit environment.
  • Proven track record of increasing an organization’s fundraising revenue.
  • Successful track record in soliciting major gifts from existing and new prospects; demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and sustain donor relationships.
  • Ability to rapidly transition from the highly innovative and strategic to the tactical.
  • Significant experience in securing funding from individuals, foundations, and/or corporations.
  • Ability to work successfully with individuals at all levels within the organization, including board members, donors, Section leaders and volunteers.
  • Strong communicator, oral and written; excellent presentation skills.
  • Effective and inspirational manager with experience managing teams of people to the successful completion of ambitious goals.
  • Strong organizational, time, and project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities, short-term needs, and long-term planning.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Strong attention to detail, intellectual curiosity, and receptivity to feedback.
  • A commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and passion for social justice and the organization’s greater mission.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary Range: $150,000-$175,000.

Paid Federal and Jewish Holidays.

Comprehensive benefits package includes retirement, paid leave, health insurance, paid vacation time, hybrid work model, dental, vision, sick time, disability insurance, professional development, life insurance, flexible spening account, trans health, transit benefits, short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, and abortion procedure funding.


At National Council of Jewish Women, we are committed to creating a culture of inclusion and accountability. We honor the wisdom, insights, perspectives, and experiences of diverse viewpoints, and recognize that many critical voices have been underrepresented in Jewish organizational life and nonprofit organizations as a whole for too long. We welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.

We are an equal opportunity employer and recruit, hire, train, promote, compensate, and administer all personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, culture, age, creed, disability, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship status, or any other protected status.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with NCJW. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Salary150,000.00 - 175,000.00 Annual
Full Time
Organization Type
Community Relations
Retirement Plans | Dental | FSA | Leave Early for Shabbat | Life Insurance | Medical Insurance | Paid Holidays | Paid Vacation | Parental Leave | Sick Days | Vision
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