Senior Development Specialist @ CJE SeniorLife

Senior Development Specialist

Manage, maintain, and expand CJE’s Annual Giving program including direct mail, in-kind donations, workplace giving, recurring gifts, and online giving.   Maintain a portfolio of mid-level prospects and donors.

Oversee all events for CJE’s Associate Board. Recruit new Board members and provide Board Development opportunities and fundraising events.  Good communicator, creative, with good written and verbal skills. 

Annual Giving

Responsible for the management and implementation of the CJE’s Annual Giving program (direct mail, in-kind donations, workplace giving, and online giving).
Work with VP-Resource Development/Manager, Operations to establish long term goals and objectives, to strategize annual campaign, and all other fundraising efforts.
Cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts from individuals in the $1,000 to $5,000 range by maintaining frequent contact with current major donors and developing new relationships with prospects.
Work on special stewardship projects including thank you letters, holiday card mailings, provide support for donor recognition events, personal calls to donors, etc.
Research individual donor and prospect information utilizing Research Point and Target Analytics.
Develop strategies for new donor acquisition and growth for direct mail, online giving and social media campaigns.
Responsible for coordination and targeting of donors for direct mailings sent annually. Prepare an analysis of the mailings each fiscal year.
Work closely with the Resource Development Committee as well as the Board of directors on various tasks throughout the year.
Manage ongoing campaigns to sell/advertise tribute cards packets and individual cards. Work in coordination with the Marketing department for designs and research new ideas for selling tribute cards.
Implement in-house United Way and Jewish United Fund Appeal. Work closely with JUF and United Way Liaisons. Send final reports to agencies at the close of the appeals.
Partner with various CJE departments that have events/programming scheduled and invite your portfolio of donors to the programs to enhance their knowledge of all that CJE does with hopes of increased donations.
Assist Marketing in the creation of external content and collateral for the Development department, including but not limited to appeals, newsletters, social media, website, and invitations.

Associate Board

The Associate Board was established 8 years ago to engage young adults in their 20s and 30s with CJE through volunteer, social and fundraising events.  With the onset of COVID, the Board needs to be rebuilt and new members need to be recruited and veteran members re-engaged. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

Work independently, but with guidance from VP – Resource Development to re-establish, develop, grow and manage all programming for CJE’s Associate Board members. Recruit new membership, advance community engagement, plan social and fundraising events, build awareness and enhance the next generation.

Identify potential Associate Board members who are ready to move onto the Board of Directors.

Other duties may be assigned. 



3-5 years of experience working with Boards, direct mail and face to face solicitations.
Capable of producing quality work, in a high volume, fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.
Strong planning/organizational skills: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; develops realistic action plans.
Strong verbal and written communication skills: Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information; ability to speak effectively with individuals in person/on the phone as well as before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Strong problem-solving skills: Ability to gather and analyze information skillfully; develops alternative solutions, works well under pressure.
Strong project management skills: Develops project plans; coordinates projects; completes projects on time and within budget.
Interpersonal skills: Maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control, remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
Ethics: Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
Energetic, proactive, goal oriented, and solution-oriented team player.
Knowledge of the Chicago Jewish community and passion for not-for-profit work, particularly older adult market.

         Education and/or Experience:

BA/BS from a four-year college or university, minimum 3+ years’ experience in development/fundraising and event management.

         Computer Skills:                                                   

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have strong knowledge of Outlook, social media, Excel, Raisers Edge or Database/Development software, Contact Management systems; Internet software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software. 


         Customer Service:

Displays behavior that creates a customer service culture at CJE by understanding the needs of our clients and customers as well as demonstrate a strong bias toward service, quality and customer satisfaction. Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Accepts responsibility for own actions.

CJE Values:


All staff should demonstrate the CJE Values in their behaviors and work practices.

Respect—We recognize, honor and acknowledge the inherent value of each person for their wisdom, their culture, their background and their unique history.

Advocacy—We encourage public policy which will benefit our clients by educating ourselves and the community.  Furthermore, we give voice to our clients needs and facilitate a positive action on their behalf.

Compassion—We treat everyone with caring, sensitivity, understanding, and supportive responsiveness.

Innovation—We continue to advance our knowledge and strive to develop, evaluate and implement new and advanced programming and models of care to bring benefits to our clients, community and broader older adult/health care environment.

Intention—We approach our work and each task with mindful consideration as to what we are doing and why we are doing it, as individuals and as an agency.

Accountability—We are responsible individually and as an Agency for honest, accurate work and interaction with others.  We plan strategically and provide measurable quality care with clear fiscal and ethical responsibility.

Application Instructions

Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, parental leave, medical, vision, dental, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, Life Insurance, Auto Allowance, Paid Holidays, FSA
  • Preferred Experience: Managerial (3-5 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-07-26
  • Times this job has been viewed: 257 times
  • Job is posted for: 45 days
  • Job Categories: Fundraising/Grants/Giving
  • Organization Type: Senior Services
Job Location
CJE SeniorLife
3003 W Touhy Ave Bernard Horwich Building
Chicago , Illinois 60645-2833


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