Director of Development
Engagement & Membership Manager, Development Associate
Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the
Board President, Senior Rabbi, and the Development Chair(s) and
Committee, the Development Director is responsible for designing,
implementing and leading the development program to support CBST’s
many ambitious goals for today and for securing its financial
health for the future. Development is an essential and integral
part of CBST and is interwoven in everything the synagogue does to
support its mission.
- Cultivate our 950 member households in terms of annual
membership contributions and other giving.
- Lead CBST’s major annual fundraising efforts, including Annual,
Open Door and Yizkor Appeal, two major annual concerts, and other
special funds and initiatives.
- Expand our existing “Ner Tamid” endowment
- Seek new grant opportunities, while continuing to build upon
existing relationships with family, institutional and government
- Supervise two direct reports: Membership and Engagement Manager
and Development Associate.
- Provide regular reports to Board of
- Recruit and supervise congregant volunteers (often Board
members) for fundraising and outreach to members.
- Understand the culture and values of the world’s foremost
- Strong analytic and strategic planning skills and long-term
- A high-level of familiarity with fundraising and membership
- Ability to foster a team and mentor direct-reports, coupled
with a creative, innovative and entrepreneurial technique for
- Energetic, enthusiastic representation and advocacy for the
synagogue both to internal and external
- Excellent communications skills, written and
- Fundraising experience in the nonprofit, social justice, Jewish
and/or LGBTQ communities, preferably in the NYC metro
- Experience in managing annual campaigns, capital campaigns,
planned giving, major gifts, corporate giving, and foundation
- A track record of success as a lead solicitor of major
- Experience balancing both in-person and online members.
- Excellent interpersonal
- Knowledge of database and fundraising software: Salesforce,
NPSP and Form Assembly.
- Ability to work closely with Board and
- A collaborator who appreciates the value of building on
- Ability to think and plan broadly and
- Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management
- Ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders.
- Flexibility to work on major Jewish holidays, compensated with
a day off.
- Passion for the mission and values of the synagogue.
- Minimum of 5-7+ years of increasing responsibility in
- Undergraduate degree is required; advanced degree is
$110,000 -140,000, commensurate with experience
sick leave, parental leave, medical insurance, hybrid work
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About CBST: Congregation Beit
Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a
progressive voice within Judaism. Founded in 1973, CBST welcomes
gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, queer and straight
individuals and families. Passionate, provocative, and deeply
Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity,
denounces social injustice wherever it exists, and strives for
human rights for all people.
Our congregation benefits from clergy, rabbinical and
cantorial interns from the Reconstructionist, Conservative and
Reform movements of Judaism. Our administrative staff and lay
leaders bring a diversity of backgrounds, expertise and experience
to the community. Together, we take pride in our work and in the
strong community that we lead, learn with and support. Join us in
our warm and welcoming work environment and contribute to our
financial stability and growth as a key member of the leadership
team. This position offers an exciting opportunity to lead and
shape the development efforts of our synagogue. Apply now and
become part of our mission-driven and vibrant community.