Position Title: Chief Development Officer
Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports to: President/CEO
Salary: $100,000 - $125,000 - Commensurate with experience and
competitive with local market. In addition, a generous benefits
package is included
To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Gail Putnam at
Summary of Job Description:
The Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island is looking for a Chief
Development Officer to help us reimagine Jewish philanthropy in
Rhode Island. Working from the solid foundation of a $3 million
annual giving campaign, the Chief Development Officer will work
with the CEO to create new strategies to grow support for the
Jewish community in the region. The Chief Development Officer will
have the opportunity to provide strategic guidance to the entire
organization as part of the Alliance’s Leadership Team. The person
also leads a team responsible for all aspects of fundraising,
including an annual campaign, endowment, supplemental campaigns,
corporate sponsorships, grants, events, and other means of raising
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
Individual Giving, Annual Campaign and Supplemental
• 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
• 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 groups.
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
• 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
• 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
• 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 $10,000.
• 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 diverse
• 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
Background on the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode
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 and justice.
L’dor v’dor: securing a future filled with Jewish
tradition and heritage.
Tikkun Olam: repairing the world.
Hineni: standing with others so no one stands alone.
Klal Yisrael: supporting worldwide Judaism and the State
Torah: pursuing knowledge and lifelong learning.
To Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Gail Putnam at