Executive Director for Development

About the Organization

Founded as separate organizations in 1948, Jewish Long Beach and the Barbara and Ray Alpert JCC (AJCC) are the newly merged single agency serving the functions of a Jewish community center, Jewish federation, and Jewish community foundation for the Long Beach and west Orange County areas. Jewish Long Beach and the AJCC administer a wide variety of programs and services, rooted in Jewish values but open to all, including early childhood education, summer camp, and after-school programs, adult education, services for seniors, leadership development, fitness and wellness programs, advocacy, and much more. Jewish Long Beach also awards nearly $500,000 in grants annually to a variety of nonprofit agencies throughout the Long Beach area. The organization owns and operates an eight-acre multi-use campus in east Long Beach and manages approximately $35 million in philanthropic assets.

Position Summary
Reporting to the CEO, the Executive Director for Development (EDD) is responsible for the comprehensive planning, implementation, management and oversight of all fundraising, communications, and community relations activities. The EDD will lead a collaborative team charged with the management of strategic and day-to-day fundraising and communications and providing a dynamic integrated program.

The EDD works collaboratively and maintains clear and regular communications with the Board of Directors, board committees, volunteer leadership, community partners and donors.

Essential Position Responsibilities
· Plans, implements and manages the development/engagement/communications program designed to meet strategic plan goals and objectives; oversees policies and procedures, mission and vision in all development/communications plans.
· Works with CEO, board, and volunteer committees to create and implement strategic plan and vision for donor development, cultivation, and stewardship, as well as impact-driven communication, media relations, and outreach.
· Leads agency’s efforts, both strategic and tactical, to establish and grow endowments, philanthropic funds, and other planned giving vehicles.
· Serves as the primary staff liaison to volunteer fundraising committees and, along with the CEO, communicates with the board regarding fundraising and other development activities.
· Partners with CEO, board members and volunteers to identify, cultivate and solicit potential significant donors; supports and advises CEO, board, management, and staff in their development efforts.
· Leads and engages management team, including Marketing/Communications staff, in developing effective messaging for new and broader donor audiences.
· Stewards and solicits a portfolio of donors; solicits donations from large corporate donors, and oversees Community Partners Program.
· Creates the annual department budget, and long-term strategic development and communications plans; establishes and implements an annual calendar of fundraising and communications activities.
· Directs the writing of funding proposals, direct mail letters, special event materials and other fundraising support documentation.
· Serves as primary contact for all fundraising events. Coordinates staffing, vendors, volunteers, and schedules.
· Oversees the stewardship, gift accounting and reporting functions, ensuring that all donors receive personal and timely acknowledgment of their gifts. Oversees the management of donor database.
· Works with CEO and CFO to develop annual revenue goals and plans to diversify and increase organizational budget through a comprehensive development strategy to include foundation funders, corporate sponsors (Community Partners) and individual donors, as well as other appropriate sources.
· Prepares development reports including plans, accomplishments and challenges for Executive Management and Board meetings.

Behavioral Expectations

• Clearly communicate the “mission,” ensuring everyone works toward the same goals.
• Create a positive environment where two-way communication, accountability, and strong trust are established.
• Promote teamwork and respect, both internally between staff as well as in community-facing contexts with donors, volunteers, members, and other stakeholders.
• Demonstrate the ability to respond with a high degree of responsiveness to the needs and requests of others, internally and externally. Understand the impact of their work on others.
• Deal constructively with conflict and focus on the situation, issue or behavior and not on the person by diffusing situations before conflicts arise, resolving conflicts directly and actively promoting and gaining cooperation from others.
• Accurately provide and receive information in oral and written communications.
• Consistently provide ideas, opinions, or information in an articulate, professional way.
• Actively listen to others and demonstrate understanding of other points of view.
• Willingness and ability to adjust to changing conditions or priorities.
• Take the initiative to identify and act on problems, and lead by example. Consistently make decisions that resolve problems and act decisively when necessary.

· Excellent interpersonal, management, verbal and written communication skills.
· Computer skills preferred include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and donor database (Raiser’s Edge preferred).
· Strong sense of fundraising ethics and respect for confidentiality of donor information.
· Outstanding donor relations and customer service skills, plus experience working with lay leaders, board members, and other types of volunteers.
· Advanced knowledge of budget development, administration and staff management.
· Ability to manage simultaneous, multiple projects, establish priorities and meet deadlines.
· Ability to function productively in a fast-paced high-pressure environment, work independently and accept direction.
· Must exercise exceptional time management skills and be able to meet fundraising deadlines.
· Strong public speaking skills.

Education, Experience, Requirements
· Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, with a preferred emphasis in fundraising, marketing, public relations or business.
· Minimum five years of work experience demonstrating competency in comprehensive development program, planned giving, community relations and communications/marketing. Not-for-profit agency experience strongly preferred.
· Knowledge of Jewish communal norms, values, and traditions preferred.
· Able to work flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the director is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle and feel objects, keyboard; reach with hands and arms; communicate and move around the building. It may also be necessary for the employee to lift and /or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
The primary work environment is typical of an office environment including sounds from office equipment. Due to travel and special events, the Executive Director for Development will be exposed to outside weather conditions.

Jewish Long Beach/AJCC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer-Minority/Female/Veteran/Disability

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Job Summary

  • Duration: full-time
  • Benefits: paid vacation, sick leave, medical, vision, dental, 401(k) or 403(b) plans, Life Insurance, Paid Holidays, FSA
  • Other Benefits: Free JCC membership
  • Preferred Experience: Unspecified
  • Preferred Degree: Masters
  • Job Posted: 2021-09-13
  • Times this job has been viewed: 281 times
  • Job is posted for: 60 days
  • Job Categories: Director of Development
  • Organization Type: Fundraising
Job Location
Jewish Long Beach and Alpert Jewish Community Center of Long Beach
3801 E. Willow Street
Long Beach , California 90815


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