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Director of Advancement

Temple Emanuel - Denver, Colorado
Colorado, United States
$80,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Jun 8, 2024

Director of Advancement

Temple Emanuel - Denver



Founded in 1874, Temple Emanuel Denver is a dynamic and inclusive Reform Jewish community with historic roots.  Together, as a sacred community, we strengthen and deepen Jewish journeys.

 Defining Principles

Our Jewish values provide us with the framework to build on the past, thrive in the present and innovate for future generations.

 Together, we rejoice.

Together, we comfort.

Together, we pray.

Together, we learn.

Together, we repair the world.

Together, we seek God in our midst.

Temple Emanuel is the largest and oldest synagogue in the Rocky Mountain region, with just under 2,000 member households. We are a Reform congregation in the mainstream of liberal Judaism.  We strive to be a welcoming Jewish community. Whether you’re single or partnered; gay or straight; Jewishly involved or seeking Jewish connection; or from an interfaith home, you will find a comfortable place in our congregation. Our clergy and teachers help congregants exercise the responsibility and freedom to pursue the Jewish way of life most comfortable for them. Each member is encouraged to create a personally fulfilling expression of his or her Judaism on a life-long spiritual venture of discovery and reward.  We believe that Jewish consciousness includes support for the larger Jewish community and for Israel. We regularly participate in activities to help strengthen both. The synagogue features a top-rated Early Learning Center, a thriving religious school, and a Jewish summer camp located at 10,200 feet in the Rocky Mountains. Temple Emanuel is one of three synagogues to have their own summer camp.

 Position Description

 The Development Director (DD) will have primary responsibility for developing and implementing strategies to increase fundraising substantially and ensure overall goals are set and achieved. This person will provide leadership, expertise, strategic direction, and day-to-day management in building an effective and organized fundraising program and department. Reporting directly to the Executive Director (ED), the DD will be a key member of the Temple management team and will lead the development department, execute changes, and organize all the development activities to increase revenue. The DD will direct an effort that includes Capital Campaigns and Annual Campaign, major gift solicitation, planned giving programs, donor prospecting and research, stewardship, special events, and corporate and foundation support. The DD will also personally manage, cultivate, and solicit a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects. 

In consultation with the ED, the Senior Management Team and the Board of Trustees, the DD will design and implement a multi-year strategic plan to increase fundraising revenues. The DD will drive fundraising efforts in the following ways:


Drive Overall Fundraising Strategy and Major Donor Program

  • Develop and execute an overall fundraising campaign strategy designed to increase fundraising revenue, the donor base, and setting, monitoring, and evaluating goals, benchmarks, and performance.
    • Development plan includes timelines and resources needed for donor relationships, Shwayder camp parents and alumni, early learning center parents and alumni, outreach, annual fundraising events, capital campaigning and planned giving.
  • Create, develop, and implement a funding stream for Temple Emanuel that is not exclusively dues based.
  • Direct a focused effort to conduct donor research and to identify, cultivate and steward potential new major and planned gift donors.
  • Engage in and direct personal solicitation of major and planned gifts prospects.
  • Develop and manage a program for ongoing communication with major donors, including participation of other stakeholders.
  • Develop and create a culture of philanthropy within our community.


Lead Organizational Collaboration and Support for Fundraising Activities


  • Work with other departments to make a compelling case for presentation to prospective donors and craft specific giving opportunities.
  • Integrate fundraising efforts into other community events
  • Create and maintain the organizational case for support, including gathering feedback from external and internal stakeholders
  • Be a regular attendee at Temple events including but not limited to worship, social activities and educational opportunities.
  • Create and staff a development committee and increase board involvement in development activities.
  • Provide periodic reports to the ED, senior management team and the board.



Manage an Effective Development Processes


  • Develop a tactical fundraising plan utilizing a variety of approaches including digital means.
  • Research grant opportunities and prepare materials for grant applications.
  • Supervise the preparation of proposals for individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Provide training for staff, board members and volunteer leadership in fundraising, including donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Prepare and monitor budgets for all development activities.
  • Administer stewardship activities by supervising the maintenance of the database of contributors and gifts, track current and potential donors, and acknowledge, record, and report all gifts with appreciation to donors.
  • Develop trackable metrics and reports to measure impact and success, as well as lead processes to create systemic data tracking efforts.



Qualifications and Personal Qualities



  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and at least three years of experience in increasingly responsible development roles
  • An experienced professional in major gift solicitation and working with high level volunteers and philanthropists.
  • Possess a track record of increasing responsibility and achievement in fundraising, especially in the areas of creation and execution of an overall development strategy for Capital and Annual Campaigns, individual major gifts, special events, planned giving, and corporate and foundation support.
  • Strong manager who is a self-starter who listens, and is able to build a motivated team of volunteers and professionals.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Creative, energetic individual, passionate about the mission of Temple Emanuel; committed to realizing the potential of its bold, forward-looking vision.
  • Understanding and experience in working with volunteers
  • Experience with managing donor databases.
  • Have experience and knowledge of donor prospecting, donor research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Work to help support leadership development efforts across temple programs.



Full-time         Status: Exempt – Salaried                                         Supervisor: Executive Director



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