Chief Development Officer, Jewish Archive & Library

New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Oct 25, 2020
Nov 23, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

The Center for Jewish History (CJH) is one of the world’s great repositories and research institutions devoted to the exploration of Jewish history and heritage. It is home to five distinguished partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The Center serves multiple audiences: scholars, students, and a broad public audience.

Center for Jewish History and partner collections span five thousand years, with tens of millions of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs. The Center's experts are leaders in opening these collections to a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education. As one of the world's foremost research institutions, the Center offers academic fellowships , symposia, conferences and lectures as well as a wide array of cultural, educational and genealogy programs for the public. The Center is seeking an enterprising, passionate, engaged, and committed development professional to expand the development profile of the Center.

The Chief Development Officer will lead the Center’s Development Department, will report directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer, and be a member of the senior leadership team.

Essential Functions:

  • Build, manage and lead a Development Department for CJH, retaining a highly effective development team as well as encourage an environment of collaboration and sharing of best practices
  • Responsible for soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of major and principal prospects and cultivating senior-level relationships with a variety of donors, including individuals, foundations, corporations, government leaders and agencies and other partners
  • Play a key role in formulating a strategic development plan involving annual giving, grant-writing, planned giving, and a multi-year endowment campaign.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive campaign infrastructure, strategy and plan to achieve CJH’s fundraising goals and objectives at the start of its 20th year and going forward
  • Coordinate Center development efforts with the member Partners.
  • Develop proposals and reports for foundation and corporate fundraising.
  • Build professional relationships of respect and trust across the CJH board, executive leadership, staff, donors and community members.
  • Supervise the management of a donor mailing list and database.
  • Oversee the planning and management of special donor-related in-person and virtual events to help expand the donor base for CJH.
  • Forge collaborative relationships with the CEO, the Board, as well as with the operational, financial, mission-based and technological leadership of the organization.
  • Work with and staff the Development Committee of the Board.
  • Represent CJH at meetings and professional conferences, in addition to coordinating site visits and other funder events.

Attributes & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 10+ years experience (including managerial experience) with proven track record in fundraising required.
  • Exceptional writing and editorial skills required; clear verbal communications skills required.
  •  Passion for the work of humanities-oriented and cultural institutions (with a particular interest in Jewish studies welcome).
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented, ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others to enhance the department and organization.
  • Ability to identify problems, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations to resolve matters. 
  • Exhibit high levels of integrity, discretion and professionalism.
  • Strong computer skills: knowledge of Word, Excel, Raiser’s Edge (or similar) and Internet research required.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends for major campaigns and special events.

TheCenter for Jewish History is committed to diversity and inclusion. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

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