Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Mission Critical:

This position is responsible for fund raising and the planning and implementation of programs and projects that strategically engage alumni.

Position Purpose:

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Development and Alumni Relations is charged with implementing USCJ’s initiatives to achieve its philanthropic goals. The Director, working with the CDO, development chairs, board leadership, and senior staff, will identify, cultivate and solicit those individuals – especially USY parents, grandparents, alumni and synagogue leaders and clergy – and foundations who are capable of and interested in supporting USCJ.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director is responsible for:

  • Raising operating dollars through major gifts solicitation, direct mailings, online requests, and submission of foundation grants.
  • Working collaboratively with the CDO, lay leaders and staff to oversee the planning of a 70th anniversary year of USY beginning in December of 2021
  • Establish and build relationships with a wide range of alumni, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally via direct contact, email, social media, alumni web pages, and print publications.
  • Educate current and graduating USYers about alumni benefits and engage them in planned programs.
  • Ensure accurate and complete alumni database records; capture contact, biographical and career information of alumni via surveys, projects (e.g. alumni directory), correspondence, website, postal returns, etc.
  • Raise funds for select special projects and events concurrent with the USCJ roadmap.
  • Other projects and duties as needed.
  • Personally managing a portfolio of major donors and prospects, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding each as appropriate: for each donor in the portfolio, create and execute an individualized plan for deepening the relationship and retaining or increasing giving.
  • Devising and implementing targeted events that engage and steward top-tier donors and prospects, such as small discussions, special dinners, parlor meetings, limited-invitation dinners and cultivation events.
  • Track all plans, interactions, and solicitations in the database and review monthly reporting to ensure accurate portfolio data
  • Preparing for a fundraising campaign in support of USY
  • Developing an alumni relations program and overseeing communications with and events for alumni.
  • Supervising alumni coordinators in the development and engagement of alumni across the continent and Israel.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Clear understanding of Conservative Judaism and its religious responsibilities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, together with the ability to work collaboratively and courteously with colleagues throughout USCJ, alumni, other Conservative Movement organizations and the public.
  • The demonstrated ability to strategize, implement and build constituency programs and activities, along with a talent for identifying, cultivating and motivating volunteers.
  • Demonstrated writing, planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Flexibility and initiative, as well as the ability to work independently, combined with the skills for thriving in a team environment to achieve USCJ goals.
  • High professional and ethical standards for handling confidential information.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to organize, prioritize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of alumni and development databases (ex: Raiser’s Edge) and strong computer skills in programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel – drive locally and fly nationally, at least 30% of the time and work evenings and weekends as needed.

Division of Responsibilities:

  • Fundraising activities (55%)
  • Alumni relations (30%)
  • Staff management and internal collaboration (10%)
  • Maintaining data accuracy (5%)

Education and Work Experience:

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years relevant experience in development and alumni activities plus experience in building a volunteer network with demonstrated accomplishment in fostering productive relationships with volunteers and developing volunteer leadership, or any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

How to Apply

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].