Development Assistant, Donor Engagement

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington | North Bethesda, MD, United States

Posted Date 12/14/2021

Position           :  Development Assistant, Donor Engagement

Department     :  Financial Resource Development (FRD)

Reports to       :  Senior Director, Donor Engagement

Date                 :  December 2021

 While Federation’s team is currently working remotely, candidates should be located in or willing to relocate to the Greater Washington (DC, MD, and Northern VA) region.


Role Overview:
In 2019, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington completed a new strategic plan, which relies on significant financial growth to support the needs of our growing Jewish community. The presence of the COVID-19 crisis has only accelerated this need. This position works within the Financial Resource Development (FRD) department, supporting the Senior Director of Donor Engagement and the Donor Engagement team.  The Donor Engagement team are relationship builders who work with donors and lay leaders (volunteers) to advance Federation’s mission and vision via a donor-centric, cohort-based model, which includes small group activities, larger events, and immersive missions as well as individual donor portfolios.

The Development Assistant fills a key role in the success of the Donor Engagement team. This position will assist in all aspects of creating, executing, and measuring our engagement opportunities (events, meetings, travel, solicitations). This administrative position will utilize the Federation database to maintain donor information, enter moves management plans, and run reports and lists. The Development Assistant must be a self-starter, able to navigate competing priorities, support multiple individuals, problem solve and interface effectively with all internal and external stakeholders.

Role and Responsibilities: 

Administrative Support

  • Works in partnership with, and in support of the Donor Engagement Team – including Women’s Philanthropy, Next Gen (formerly known as Young Leadership) and the Network
  • Performs an array of administrative tasks such as managing calendars, coordinating meeting logistics, submitting expense reports, taking meeting notes, organizing data and lists, etc.
  • Anticipates the needs of the team and works to resolve operational and administrative issues before they arise

Events and Meetings

  • Coordinates and supports all aspects of events, meetings, and missions, including registration, nametags, and logistics.
  • Plays critical role in welcoming new attendees and assisting in event follow up
  • Prepares event and meeting briefings for organizational leadership

Donor Relations and Fundraising

  • Communicates regularly, both written and verbally, with donors, lay leadership and community partners
  • Is assigned a small portfolio of donors to manage, including thank you and solicitation calls and emails, and responding to inquiries. Collects data around donor message preferences toward improving the donor experience.
  • Operates with the highest level of customer service, building efficiency and effective responsiveness into existing operations
  • Provides support for proactive and reactive donor and prospect research that enhances fundraising and relationship-building activities

Data Management

  • Serves as key user of the Federation database by maintaining and updating donor information, entering interactions (contact reports), running reports and lists, etc.

Your Background, Qualifications, and Success Factors

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience supporting a fast-paced, high stakes, professional environment
  • Strong references demonstrating prior experience and competency
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail and time management; specifically, the ability to pay continual attention to detail and accuracy in composing, typing and proofing materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines, and exhibit sound judgment. High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrable excellence in written and verbal communications skills
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office Suite (desktop and online), specifically Excel. Experience in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms (Blackbaud a plus) and database work. Comfortable with and open to new technology.
  • Self-motivated and driven by high personal standards for your work
  • Desire to contribute in a meaningful way to a growing, thriving non-profit

A People-Friendly Workplace

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is an equal opportunity employer offering people friendly environment, including:

  • Excellent health care and retirement benefits
  • Generous time off
  • Flexible work options
  • Opportunities and an annual stipend for continued professional development
  • Access to the JPRO Network, which connects, educates, inspires, and empowers professionals working in the Jewish nonprofit sector


The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington envisions an open, connected, and vibrant Jewish community that cares for each other, fosters Jewish learning and journeys, embraces Jewish peoplehood and Israel, and acts as a force for good in the world. As a mission-driven non-profit organization, we work to inspire, build, and sustain vibrant Jewish life in a changing world by mobilizing our community in common purpose, intentional innovation, and effective action. Learn more at

Salary47000.00 - 50000.00 Annual
Full Time
Administrative Support | Engagement | Fundraising/Grants/Giving | Philanthropy
Organization Type
401(k) or 403(b) plans | dental | FSA | leave early for Shabbat | medical | Paid Holidays | paid vacation | parental leave | sick leave | vision
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