Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish spiritual path that is authentic and profound, and helps every member seek and live their purpose to the fullest.
Our spiritual leaders and our nearly 1,800 member families share a vision of a diverse, dynamic, and welcoming community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life, while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. We are committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating our practices and programs to create a vibrant Jewish life for the 21st century.
Our community is led by Rabbi Rolando Matalon, together with a senior leadership team that comprises Rabbi Felicia Sol, who oversees all programs, and Executive Director/COO Colin Weil, who oversees advancement, communications, finance, administration, and operations. BJ has a staff of approximately 40 full-time and 10 part-time employees.
BJ is moving into a pivotal phase of evolution, following a successful five-year strategic plan, which prioritized:
Strengthening community connections and building a shared sense of belonging.
Prayer, Music, and Spiritual Practice
Responding to the prophetic vision through social justice and hesed (caregiving).
Engaging and supporting Jewish families in their full diversity.
Embracing multi-faith individuals and families, and developing the tools and rituals that are needed to fully engage and support them.
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in early March, BJ pivoted to become a fully virtual institution, successfully serving more than 3,000 members remotely, and building a new circle of thousands of friends and supporters who regularly tune in to our prayer services and programming. In order to build upon this momentum and to unfold BJ’s expanding strategic vision beyond our local membership, we recognize the importance of strengthening BJ’s development efforts, including our case for support, ease and access to giving, and advanced planning for campaigns, planned gifts, and endowment efforts.
The Development Associate role requires an organized, detail-oriented, and discreet professional who will provide support to the Annual Fund Manager and the larger Advancement operation (development and membership). This is a rigorous, yet rewarding, position in a dynamic work environment using a continuously-evolving Salesforce platform. A large percentage of our contributed income comes from individuals in the form of membership dues, gifts made in honor/in memory of others, and general contributions to the Annual Fund. Entering data, preparing and updating information, and communicating with constituents in an accurate and timely manner are core competencies of the position. This position will also provide administrative support to the Advancement team as needed. This is a rewarding opportunity for a candidate with the ability to communicate clearly, interface with constituents, and execute responsibilities quickly and accurately.
Provide data-entry and administrative support to the Annual Fund Manager and the Advancement team including, but not limited to:
. Prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
. Maintain Salesforce donor management database entries and dashboards (routinely update and correct database records as needed).
. Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
. Conduct preliminary research on prospective foundations and individual donors.
. Maintain guest lists, and other duties as assigned for fundraising events; assemble materials for events and meetings as needed.
. Handle administrative details associated with development-related lay leadership committees (i.e. prepare and distribute notices, agendas, minutes, etc.).
. Assist in maintenance of the Director’s calendar; organize and schedule appointments.
. Process expenses/invoices.
. Maintain records and update database based on the director’s interactions with community members (Salesforce).
. Strong customer service/support orientation and ability to connect with donors over the phone.
. Ability to utilize Salesforce to collect, analyze, and research quantitative data about a member household and other donors.
. Maintain a database of donor briefs, development work plans, and templates.
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:
. A Bachelor’s degree plus progressively responsible work experience is required.
. Three to five years of experience in an administrative position, preferably in a not-for-profit development office.
. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and G Suite.
. Strong familiarity with data-entry and database management, Salesforce preferred.
. Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask.
. Strong professional written and verbal communication skills.
. Professional demeanor and superb attention to detail.
. Ability to manage up as needed.
. Discretion is a must.
Equal Opportunity Employment:
B’nai Jeshurun (BJ), in recognition of its values, commitment to social justice, and responsibility to its employees, congregants, and the greater civic and national community is committed to equality of opportunity. To this end, BJ’s policy is to comply with the laws, regulations, and orders that provide for and impose obligations on employers with respect to the management of their equal employment opportunity programs.
Accordingly, BJ conducts its business and practices in a manner that fully complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing equal employment opportunity. BJ’s compliance with such laws are intended to eliminate discrimination against employees or applicants for employment on account of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, veteran’s status, disability, or other factors unrelated to a person’s ability to do the job.