Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode
Position Title: Chief
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports to: President/CEO
Salary Range: $100,000 - $125,000, commensurate
Background: The Jewish Alliance of Greater
Rhode Island (the Alliance) serves to enrich the quality of life
for Jews in Rhode Island, in Israel, and around the world.
Today’s Alliance is where the community comes together as one to
develop responses to critical issues facing Rhode Island. We
do this through philanthropy, education and wellness opportunities,
community relations, and by convening agencies, synagogues, and
organizations to address issues of common concern. Together,
we translate Jewish tradition and values into action. All of
our work is guided by our core values:
Tzedakah: upholding the Jewish traditions of righteous giving
L’dor v’dor: securing a future filled with Jewish tradition and
Tikkun Olam: repairing the world.
Hineni: standing with others so no one stands alone.
Klal Yisrael: supporting worldwide Judaism and the State of
Torah: pursuing knowledge and lifelong learning.
The Chief Development Officer is part of the organization’s
leadership team and is responsible for all aspects of fundraising
and financial resource development at the Jewish Alliance of
Greater Rhode Island. The Chief Development Officer leads a
department responsible for raising funds through the annual
campaign, endowment, supplemental campaigns, corporate
sponsorships, grants, events, and other means of raising funds. The
ideal candidate possesses a record of successful fundraising,
including prospecting, donor stewardship, cultivation of major
gifts, and a clear understanding how fundraising connects to the
larger success of the organization, as well as strong leadership
skills. The candidate should have a curiosity and passion for
building new relationships and securing new donors, as well as a
positive outlook on the organization’s ability to inspire
Giving, Annual Campaign and Supplemental Campaigns
- Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct, and evaluate the
Alliance’s individual giving program, the core of which, is the
Alliance’s annual community campaign.
- Manage a group of volunteers to ensure all volunteers make
individual solicitations for the annual community campaign.
- Develop resource development strategies that respond to
changing markets, evolving individual and organizational interests,
and emerging fundraising issues.
- Develop and maintain a thorough understanding of the local
donor environment, and philanthropic interests of key individual
donors and prospects.
- Manage a portfolio of donors, and build and maintain
relationships with those donors that result in increased giving to
- Monitor fundraising progress and take appropriate steps to meet
objectives and goals.
- Annually assess fundraising results to identify areas of
opportunity, growth, risk, and challenge.
- Work with a committee of volunteers to identify prospective
donors to the organization and cultivate relationships with those
potential donors that lead to gifts to the Alliance.
- Work with volunteers to brainstorm, plan, develop, implement,
and evaluate supplemental giving campaigns that address specific
- Engage volunteers in the planning and development of
stakeholder group events that increase fundraising to the
organization’s annual campaign and supplemental campaigns. These
groups include women’s giving as well as professional affinity
Endowment and Donor Advised Funds
- Lead the Alliance’s efforts to grow its unrestricted and
restricted endowments to ensure the long-term success and viability
of the organization.
- Provide training to volunteers on how to have conversations
with community members about creating endowments and the importance
of doing so.
- Build relationships with donors capable of leaving endowments
at the Alliance, and secure commitments to create those
- Develop a variety of strategies to increase donor knowledge of
leaving endowments at the Alliance. Implement strategies and track
- Ensure high levels of customer service for endowment fund
holders and donor advised fund holders at the Alliance, including
ensuring that statements are delivered to fund holders in a timely
manner and disbursements are made in a timely manner.
- Build relationships with donor advised fund holders to better
understand giving interests. Cultivate donor advised fund holders
to give gifts to the Alliance for specific purposes.
- Work with the CEO to pass proposals through the Jewish
Federation Foundation Board for use of unrestricted funds.
Other Fundraising and Community Development
- Develop and implement a schedule of high-quality events
designed to deepen the relationship with existing donors and build
relationships with new audiences.
- Develop and implement strategies to secure corporate
sponsorships for all Alliance events, including two events with a
- Develop and implement strategies to secure foundation and
government grants for core areas of the Alliance work.
- Research strategies used by other nonprofit organizations and
pilot best practice ideas at the Alliance in an effort to boost
- Work collaboratively with other departments to better
understand the needs of the organization, and develop fundraising
strategies to address those needs – including research and
coordination of grant opportunities.
- Recruit volunteers to support Alliance efforts, and to join the
Alliance for fundraising missions, and national meetings of the
- Serve as a member of the organization’s leadership team,
responsible for strategy and operations of the Alliance.
- Provide feedback to and support for the implementation of the
organization’s strategic plan.
- Provide staff support for the Financial Resource Development
Committee of the Board as well as for the Board of the
organization’s endowment. Be ready to interact with the Board of
Directors on matters of Financial Resource Development.
- Lead the fundraising department, and provide supervision to the
- Ensure staff has adequate training, coaching, support, and
resources to achieve individual and organizational goals.
- Demonstrated experience with the Alliance’s core values and a
clear commitment to them.
- Significant skills, knowledge, and demonstrated experience in
fundraising, with at least 7-10 years of relevant experience.
- Demonstrated experience building relationships with
high-capacity donors and cultivating/securing major gifts over
- Ability to design, implement, and manage effective cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship strategies at the individual, family,
corporate, and foundation levels.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability
to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a
- Ability to set priorities and handle multiple projects. Strong
- Ability to manage staff, with demonstrated experience managing
staff toward completion of goals.
- Enthusiastic and self-motivated individual who is comfortable
working in a fast-paced environment, including occasional nights
- Demonstrated experience implementing strategic plans and
developing operational plans.
- Working knowledge of endowments and donor advised funds
- Knowledge of Jewish communal giving trends nationally and in
Rhode Island a plus, but not required.
- Familiarity with software, including Microsoft suite as well as
fundraising customer relationship databases preferred.
- Previous experience in a senior leadership role preferred, but
Please send cover letter and
resume to Gail Putnam at email@example.com.