Assistant Director of Individual Giving
Reconstructing Judaism seeks an Assistant Director of Individual Giving, a new frontline fundraising position created to expand and strengthen Reconstructing Judaism’s donor base. As we implement our 2021-2026 strategic plan, this team member joins the organization at a pivotal time and has the opportunity to make a major impact in achieving our objectives through philanthropic support. Reporting to the Director of Individual Giving, the Assistant Director of Individual Giving will be responsible for growing the number of unrestricted and scholarship donors giving $1,000+ annually and increasing gifts from existing donors through personal solicitation, mailed and email appeals, and by activating our existing network of motivated volunteer fundraisers. The Assistant Director of Individual Giving will support all stewardship activities, collaborating with, creating and executing the annual stewardship calendar for unrestricted, restricted, and endowment donors. The ideal candidate is self-motivated, detail-oriented, and possesses impeccable communication and writing skills. They will thrive in a results-oriented environment and bring a high degree of integrity and confidentiality to their work.
Preference will be given to candidates in the Greater Philadelphia, New York Tri-State, or DC/Baltimore areas. Work is currently fully remote, but when restrictions abate local/regional candidates will be expected to work from our Wyncote, PA (30 minutes from downtown Philadelphia) offices a minimum of once a month with the opportunity to design a flexible hybrid schedule. Candidates in other locations will also be considered and are welcome to apply.
SOLICITATION MANAGEMENT & PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT
Work closely with the Director of Individual Giving to conceptualize and execute annual and multi-year unrestricted fundraising plans, with a focus on the leadership annual giving category (gifts of $1,000 and above)
Assist in the creation and execution of mini-campaigns for restricted giving opportunities or around key milestones/events
Assist the Director of Individual Giving in supporting fundraising volunteers
Prepare solicitation materials, including quarterly appeals
Identify new prospects from constituent database, in partnership with colleagues and volunteers, and from research; participate in assignment strategy to assess best engagement plan for new prospects
Maintain a portfolio of 75-100 households, soliciting gifts of $1,000 and above through personal contact / moves management
Keep a regular and aggressive schedule of outreach, making a minimum of 25 contacts (calls, video calls, or substantial reciprocated written correspondence) per month and performing select visits as appropriate
Maintain database accuracy through timely entry of actions and maintenance of donor information
When deemed safe under pandemic guidelines, meeting donors in person for local and limited regional travel (5-10%)
Ensure donor stewardship needs are met through annual stewardship calendar
Segment stewardship activities to ensure systematic and appropriate engagement across the donor base
Plan, execute, and staff virtual and in-person events
COLLABORATION & COLLEGIALITY
Partner with colleagues in Development and across the organization to promote a culture of philanthropy amongst our constituents, including members of congregations, rabbinic alumni, and subscribers of digital programming
3-5 years' experience in a nonprofit setting with frontline fundraising responsibilities, ideally in annual giving or a comprehensive campaign
Experience with Jewish communal organizations, social justice, and/or higher education
Experience with fundraising CRM databases (Raiser’s Edge experience a plus)
Strong computer skills, particularly in Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, and Zoom
Strategic and operational thinker, able to manage comprehensive annual plans alongside daily activities and deadlines
Empathetic, poised, and clear communicator, confident in contacting existing and new donors, naturally curious about our donors’ lives
Supportive and collaborative colleague, a team player
$60,000-70,000, commensurate with experience and credentials
This is a full-time, exempt, benefit eligible position. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), generous paid vacation and sick time, and ample time off for major Jewish and American holidays. We offer a dynamic, flexible, and progressive workplace.
In the interest of the health and safety of our community members, Reconstructing Judaism strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination. Those who are unable to show proof or who prefer to keep their vaccination status private, will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing in any and all indoor shared/public spaces within our building. During periods of elevated community transmission in Montgomery County, masking may be required of all employees and visitors regardless of vaccination status.
Please submit cover letter and resume. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls please.
Diversity is a core value of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to economic, social, and racial justice. We do not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply, including those of historically disenfranchised groups.
About Us: Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We train the next generation of rabbis, support and uplift congregations and havurot, foster emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourage people to be their best selves — always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future.
Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. We have originated many of the core innovations of today’s Judaism and lead efforts to make our congregations and havurot even more groundbreaking, inclusive and relevant.