Chief Development Officer @ Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Chief Development Officer

About Minneapolis Jewish Federation
The Minneapolis Jewish Federation—in partnership with over 40 schools, agencies, and synagogues—has empowered, engaged, and inspired Jewish community in the Minneapolis and overseas.
Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Mission: We build community, care for the welfare of Jews everywhere and maximize participation in Jewish life.
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To develop and execute a comprehensive and diversified financial resource development plan that encompasses annual fundraising as well as planned giving and endowments. This includes overseeing the Federation’s legacy campaign strategy and implementation and leading the integration of planned gift cultivation, marketing, and stewardship. It also encompasses nurturing a development team to accomplish these goals.
Organizational Responsibilities
Uphold and exemplify the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s mission/vision
Uphold and exemplify the leadership and or behavioral competencies of the organization (see attached)
Exemplify customer service both internally and externally
Attend Federation events as position requires
Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings
Other duties as deemed necessary to achieve organization/team goals
Detailed Responsibilities:

Design and implement a development plan that reflects the philanthropic goals of the organization and includes cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, donor relationship management and donor recognition across all giving levels, with a special emphasis on major donors and prospects.
Enhance strategies and develop new ones to increase active donor base, elevating gift levels of current donors, secure bequest intentions and development of new donor advised and restricted funds.
Personally meet frequently with a wide array of donors, understanding the different priorities and preferences among the community.
Participate, along with Head of Marketing and CEO, in defining the Value Add of MJF, and create consistent messaging for donors.
Analyze, recommend and implement a system of accountability with performance metrics to determine the success of development strategies and activities, as well as personnel.
Review and evaluate the current development operations and initiate new development strategies to support organizational change.
Lead an organizational change effort to an integrated development approach, recognizing the cultural shift from previously segmented annual and endowment/planned giving efforts.

Serve as lead staff for the Development committee of the Board of Directors (in formation), and act as primary professional liaison on development issues to the Board.
Serves as lead staff for the Foundation Board of Trustees.
Collaborate with the Marketing Department in producing all written and collateral materials related to the development plan.
Partner with the Community Impact Department to develop a menu of funding opportunities consistent with Board and CEO strategic priorities.
Coordinate with the Finance Department on procedures and policies for tracking and reporting development activities.
Engage with other senior development professionals across the philanthropic sector to learn about, assess and adopt best practices in financial resource and donor
Enhance visibility of the Federation in the community, through development of strong relationships with senior leaders and executives in community agencies, synagogues, and other constituent groups of the Federation. Represent the Federation at key community events.

Team Leadership
Inspire, lead, direct and manage a team of ten fund raising professionals, emphasizing effective communication to, from and among team members. Evaluate and provide ongoing training to existing team with an eye towards rendering each member as effective and contributory as possible. Hold existing team accountable to metrics you clearly set.

Proven experience of progressively responsible experience in a combination of high-profile non-profit and/or corporate settings with substantive leadership responsibility for fundraising and institutional advancement.
Demonstration of success in meeting or exceeding fund-raising goals in annual campaigns and/or endowment creation and/or legacy giving.
Demonstration of success in relationship-building with existing donors.
Understanding of the challenges facing the concept of federated giving and the ability to respond to the challenge with convincing responses.
Demonstrated success in and enjoyment of extensive individual donor interaction.
History of addressing multiple generations and multiple donor segments.
Demonstrated use of data to further targeting and fundraising would be ideal.
Organizational skills that enable appropriate and consistent follow-up.
Successful experience leading, managing and nurturing a team.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with strategic use of social media ideal.
Understanding of the concerns, culture and preferences of the Jewish community.
Responsiveness, collegiality, and good listening skills are essential

This position description is based upon material provided by Minneapolis Jewish Federation is an equal opportunity employer.

Sarah Raful Whinston

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits:
  • Preferred Experience: Professional (6-10 years)
  • Preferred Degree: Bachelors
  • Job Posted: 2021-07-30
  • Times this job has been viewed: 294 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director of Development
  • Organization Type: Federation
Job Location
Minneapolis Jewish Federation
111 Cheshire Ln, Suite 50
Minnetonka , Minnesota 55305


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