Director of Development & Communications @ Makom Community

Director of Development & Communications

Primary Responsibilities
1) Create and implement an internal and external communication strategy (50%)
2) Initiate and oversee donor stewardship and prospecting initiative for the organization (25%)
3) Manage and nurture Foundation Relationships (25%)

How will you do that?
Collaborate with Founding Director on strategy, particularly around new initiatives
In coordination with Founding Director, set and meet annual fundraising goals
Manage donor stewardship and prospecting systems
Create new development-related materials each year-- donor letters, annual reports, etc.
Plan and run at least one communal event a year (fundraising or friendraising)
Use Asana for project management
Oversee grant-related data collection
Own grant reporting process
Pursue new foundations
Lead grant writing
Structure communications calendar (Facebook, email, etc.) and work with site directors on implementation
Coordinate communications between the two locations (Center City and South Philadelphia) to maintain consistent and on-brand communication
Manage communications for new teacher education programming
Update the board regularly on development efforts
Pitch media outlets on stories and try to place op-eds

Supporters & Collaborators
Report to Executive Director
Collaborate with Center City & South Philadelphia Directors on communications strategy and calendar
Collaborate with educators to gather communications material
Possible supervision of interns

Necessary Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
5+ years of non-profit communications experience
Polished written and verbal communications for non-profit storytelling

Salary Range
$50,000-$65,000/year

Our Community
Makom Community transforms Jewish Education by creating and modeling experiential and intentional learning environments in collaboration with educators, children, and their families. Our pedagogy for Jewish Education celebrates curiosity and questioning of Jewish wisdom. Our roots in Jewish tradition are a springboard for children to be kind, confident, and resilient leaders today and in the future. We listen deeply to children’s voices as they build community where they love to be. Through our experiences together, Makom Community is committed to creating a more just world as an outgrowth of our Jewish learning. We are nurturing a Jewish community that is open to anyone who wants to engage with Jewish life alongside their family.

Quick Facts about Makom Community
Daily, High-Quality Jewish Education as Afterschool Enrichment
Children Ages 4-10 in South Philadelphia (Pre-K through 5th grade)
5th-7th Grade Students in our BMitzvah Program in Center City
Project-Based and Child-Led Learning
School’s Out Camps During School Vacations, Snow Days, and Early Dismissals
Growing Model of Family and adult learning and holiday services
*Next horizon: Teacher Education based on the pedagogy we are developing

Is this you?
Makom Community is looking for its first ever director of communications and development. Part of the joy and challenge of working in a startup non-profit is getting to dream big and create healthy systems from the ground up. We are looking for someone whose communication and development skills can help us build and share a new model of Jewish education, has a deep appreciation for diverse Jewish community, a proactive and innovative approach to fundraising and a connective approach to communications. Please come with a willingness to learn about the unique model we’re developing at Makom Community to serve our local community and beyond.

To Apply:
Send a resume, cover letter, and three representative writing samples to Beverly Socher-Lern***************************rsity, equity, and inclusion we encourage you to apply for this role even if you only meet most of the pieces we're looking for. We believe deeply in investing in our staff and seeing our team learn and grow. As a reflection of our commitment to equity in hiring, no member of our staff will be scheduling informational calls in advance of receiving an application.

Application Instructions

Applicants apply directly to Employer.
Send a resume, cover letter, and three representative writing samples to Beverly Socher-Lerner, Founding Director [email protected] Because we value diversity, equity, and inclusion we encourage you to apply for this role even if you only meet most of the pieces we're looking for. We believe deeply in investing in our staff and seeing our team learn and grow. As a reflection of our commitment to equity in hiring, no member of our staff will be scheduling informational calls in advance of receiving an application.
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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, parental leave, relocation option available
  • Other Benefits: Professional Development Stipend
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-03-22
  • Times this job has been viewed: 228 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Education - Other, Marketing/PR, Director of Development
  • Organization Type: Education & Schools, Other, Youth
Job Location
Makom Community
2013 Sansom Street 1st Floor
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19146-3931
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