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Development Officer, Jewish Studies Organization (Remote)

Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
New York, United States
$100,000.00 - $125,000.00
Closing date
Jun 1, 2024

Position Summary

The Development Officer (DO) is a primary major gift officer in North America seeking philanthropic support for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies worldwide. This major gift DO, who will report to Pardes’ U.S.-based Chief Development Officer, will work closely with the directors of Special Projects, Major Gifts and Foundation Relations, all based in Israel, and will be expected to develop and execute fundraising strategies with both individual and foundation funders in line with the financial needs and priorities of Pardes. The position, which focuses on major gifts and some high-end annual giving, will also oversee planned gift marketing. It is remote with a preference for a professional located on the East Coast of the United States with easy proximity to train and air travel to major US cities.


  • Management of a portfolio of 100-150 individual prospects and 10-20 mid-range foundation prospects, with expectation of one touch or attempted touch every six months, clear strategies on top 25%, accurate and up to date evaluations of giving capacity and stage (qualification, pre-proposal, stewardship, etc.), and for completing a minimum of 10 face to face visits or high-quality virtual visits per month. The primary objective of the foundation work will be to qualify generally new foundations, although there may be times when the DO will carry out meetings and strategy steps for key foundations managed by the Director of Foundation Relations, CDO, or President.
  • Completion of annual solicitations for assigned prospects either personally or in conjunction with volunteer leaders.
  • Oversight of a new planned gift marketing program, including working with a vendor on marketing and outreach, management of the legacy gift society, the Netzach Society (including communication, in-person, and virtual outreach and stewardship programs), and, over time, expanding the suite of gift instruments we can accept and administer.
  • Responsibility for 2-3 key metropolitan areas in North America, working with North American programming staff on establishing programs of parlor meetings, alumni gatherings, and individual visits. While others may also be assigned responsibility for prospecting and overseeing 4-6 hosted (primarily by board members) parlor meetings annually.
  • Completing correspondence with donors, trip reports, and other related database updates in a timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned in support of Development, alumni relations, and as a general ambassador of the Pardes Institute.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Five to seven years of experience in development as a front-line fundraiser with demonstrated success securing annual gifts of $10,000+ and major gifts of $100,000+ from individuals, corporations, or foundations.
  • Ability to travel by air, car, train, etc., approximately one week a month at minimum, with international travel 1-2 times annually to Israel, and flexibility to be available to colleagues and donors in Israel and across North American time zones.
  • Familiarity with basic principles of gift planning and integrated, blended gift conversations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and in a fundraising database system, with preference for Salesforce.
  • Excellent communication skills: demonstrated ability to originate development related correspondence, proof, and edit in line with an agreed-upon style guide (CMOS, APA, AP, MLA, e.g.), and with attention to detail.
  • Passion for the Pardes mission and familiarity with Jewish communal organizations. Experience working in Israel-based philanthropy a plus.
  • Confidentiality and discretion.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a deadline-oriented environment.

Additional Notes

  • This is a full-time remote position that will require daily coordination by Zoom, WhatsApp, Slack, and similar platforms.
  • The work week is Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, with some flexibility consideration to coordinate times with Israel colleagues (7 hours ahead, with workweek that is Sunday-Thursday).
  • Some of the administrative functions will require moderate lifting (up to 30 pounds).

About Pardes

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies ( is an open, inclusive, diverse, and intellectually challenging Jewish learning community based in Jerusalem with programs worldwide. Pardes cultivates a life-long love of Jewish learning, the Jewish people and Israel. Pardes inspires engagement in Jewish life — as communal and spiritual leaders, educators, and active participants.

Emphasizing an experience of Jewish tradition that speaks across boundaries, Pardes brings together Jews of all backgrounds to connect and grow through the shared language of classic Jewish text. Since its founding in 1972 in Jerusalem, Pardes has empowered Jewish adults of all genders and upbringings to delve into timeless Jewish texts, engage deeply with Jewish peoplehood, and strengthen their relationship with Israel. Pardes is fostering the Jewish leaders of today and tomorrow, demonstrated by our alumni community of nearly 10,000, which includes past and current Hillel professionals, Jewish educators, and Dorot and Wexner fellows. Pardes is on track to further root itself in the bedrock of Jerusalem and further establish itself as a pillar of strength in the Jewish world with the construction of its new home, Beit Karen, set to open in 2026. For more information about Pardes, visit

About Pardes Development

Primarily through its 501(c)(3) registered charity operating in the United States, Pardes raises approximately $5.7 million annually for its operations and has raised $27 million toward the $50 million goal for the Campaign for the Generations, a fundraising campaign that is focused on the construction of a new home in Jerusalem, Beit Karen, and building a strong endowment. In October 2023, Pardes hired its first Chief Development Officer, who in conjunction with a team of four professionals in Israel with expertise in major gifts, annual giving, and foundation funding, is overseeing a transformation of a fundraising strategy to complete the capital campaign, expand planned and endowment fundraising, and chart a path to annual fundraising in the $7-10 million range.

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is $100,000-$125,000, with the target hire range at the midpoint. Benefits include but are not limited to: 100% health insurance for the employee, 403b matching plan, paid time off, paid holidays (Jewish and secular), FSA, Group Life and Personal Accident Insurance, and parental leave. Pardes is an equal opportunity employer.

 No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Please send cover letter and resume to

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