Development - General, Donor Relations/Stewardship
This position is critical to the mission and vision of USCJ’s financial resource development plans, through which a primary goal will be to increase numbers of gifts and proposals from current and prospective corporate and foundation donors.
The Assistant Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations’ primary responsibility is the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive corporate and foundation fundraising program. This position shall take the lead in achieving a coordinated effort of communication and solicitation strategies for different USCJ granting opportunities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop a comprehensive corporate and foundation giving program.
Analyze trends in Jewish philanthropy.
Proactively seek out discussions with the key national foundations and be the point of contact for all cultivation and grant submission, i.e. Davidson, Jim Joseph, Marcus, Legacy Heritage, Meyerhoff, etc.
As necessary, travel to meet with corporations and foundations on site where a funding synergy might exist.
Explore second tier foundations who give to USCJ for various projects and build relationships with the families and/or program officers.
Respond to and actively seeking out request-for-proposals from foundations, giving circles and Jewish Federations.
Raise funds for USY and Adult conventions from foundations and corporate sponsorship programs.
Actively seek Jewish Federation support and partnership for USCJ programs
Write position/vision case statements and proposals for individual donor solicitations (solicitation to be done by a Major Gifts Officer).
Submit grant proposals to renew support from Jewish Federations and foundations from who USCJ currently has funding.
Work with program staff to obtain information needed for proposal writing.
Maintain an active portfolio of 50+ prospect foundations.
Maintain a database of existing grants.
Collaborate with program staff to ensure grant compliance and reporting.
Responsible, in conjunction with the CDO and the Finance Department, for the preparation of annual expense and income projections or budgets relating to single year or multi-year grants.
Education and Work Experience:
Bachelor's degree required in Public Relations, Communications, Social Work or a closely related field; Master’s degree preferred.
Minimum of four years of development experience, including a minimum of two-three years of growing a corporate and foundation giving program. Prefer experience in a Jewish organizational giving or not-for-profit environments.
Demonstrated experience as a proven fundraiser with a track record of increasing philanthropic revenue and solicitation.
Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and in donor software.
Knowledge and Skills:
Strong skills and background in the development, maintenance and/ or growth of corporate and foundation giving.
Strong expertise in fundraising systems and technologies.
Maintain a professional, collaborative work environment so as to foster a positive public image for USCJ.
Possess a personal presence that is characterized by a sense of honesty, integrity, and caring with the ability to inspire and motivate others to promote the philosophy, mission, vision, goals, and values USCJ.
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Requires the ability to exercise a high level of discretion, confidentiality and independent judgment.
Must have ability to think creatively and analytically.
Ability to work independently and as a team member.
Ability to handle confidential information in a sensitive manner.
Performs other duties consistent with purpose of job.