Director of Development

Park Avenue Synagogue

About Park Avenue Synagogue

Park Avenue Synagogue (“PAS”) is one of the largest Conservative congregations in North America. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the synagogue includes staff of more than 160 talented individuals who, together with our world-class clergy team, serve a membership of over 1,700 households. Our thriving Adult Programming, Early Childhood Center, Congregational School, Youth, and Young Family Education departments provide high quality and inclusive Jewish educational, social, and worship opportunities to our members and the community at large. PAS is near completion of a facility expansion and renovation program, which has included the addition of two new buildings to our campus, and the complete renovation of our existing facility. The project has been substantially funded by pledges from our congregants in a highly successful Capital Campaign.

Position Summary

The Director of Development is a Senior Staff position and will be responsible for administering and supporting the Synagogue’s principal fundraising efforts, including the Annual Appeal, Annual Gala and many other ongoing development opportunities. In addition, this individual will support and manage the day to day activities of our concluding and highly successful $85 million-dollar Capital Campaign. The Development Director will manage a small staff and work with the Executive Director, Senior Rabbi, Board and Campaign volunteers in their preparation, cultivation, and solicitation activities. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefit package.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee, manage, support and administer all aspects of the Annual Campaign, Annual Gala celebration and other development initiatives.
Be responsible for developing, maintaining and administering all development policies, processes and procedures with regard to all development activities.
Develop, support and administer Planned Giving initiatives; help create new development initiatives.
Oversee stewardship activities, including reports, gift acknowledgements and donor updates; design stewardship and cultivation strategies and programs.
Work closely with the Executive Director, Senior Rabbi, and certain Lay Leaders to create strategies for long-term donor cultivation.
Subject to past experience and ability, participate in directly solicit donations from congregants.
Work closely with the Executive Director, Clergy, Annual Appeal Chairs, Gala Chairs and other Lay Leaders to create strategies to identify and cultivate donors.
Serves as the lead member of the staff for all development activities; work as the liaison for these efforts with all Committees.
Oversee creation of print and Web site communication tools.
Prepare ongoing updates and numerical analysis of progress for Committee Chairs.
Prepare agendas, and other preparatory or follow-up materials to support volunteers.
Compose appeal and thank you letters.
Maintain overall timetables.

With respect to the Capital Campaign, the Director will:

Serve as the lead staff member in managing, supporting and administering the completion of all aspects of the Capital Campaign, including donor solicitation, pledge documentation, donor communication, donor recognition, analysis and reporting of campaign progress, and all other aspects of the Capital Campaign.
Serve as lead staff member in setting agendas, creating meeting materials, and following up.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

Bachelor’s degree and five (5) or more years of professional experience in development, non-profit management, religious organizations, or a related field; prior development experience strongly preferred; familiarity with Jewish philanthropy a plus.
Experience and successful results supervising a team of development associates and administrative assistants.
Experience developing and sustaining meaningful relationships with donors, Board members, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Prior experience creating, managing and implementing development programs, including direct cultivation and solicitation, greatly preferred.
Ability to function independently, as a self-starter, and as a part of a team with a wide range of constituents and colleagues.
Exemplary communication, writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills.
Strong project management skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple priorities with great attention to detail.
Excellent computer skills and advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office programs; proficiency with Salesforce a plus.
Strong work ethic and a commitment to the mission and values of Park Avenue Synagogue.

Please submit your cover letter and resume.

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