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Job Title: Development Director

Date Last Updated: 1/29/2013
Job ID #: 10162

Role/Job Category: Campaign/Financial Resource Development
Organization Name: Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley
Location: South Bend, Indiana
Status: Full-Time


Development Director
Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley
South Bend, Indiana

The Jewish Community:
The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley serves the Jewish community of 2,500 in South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Elkhart, Indiana and Benton Harbor, Edwardsburg, Niles, and St. Joseph, Michigan of which about 70% are donors to the Jewish Federation. The Jewish community has 4 synagogues (one Reform, two Conservative, and one Orthodox), a Torah Center, an Orthodox Jewish Day School, and a boys and girls Yeshiva. Our Jewish Federation is considered a “small functional federation” as we run a healthy Jewish Family Service, an Israeli Shaliach program, a thriving Jewish Day Camp, a Michiana Jewish Historical Society, a dynamic Youth Group, and a growing Young Adult program. Our Jewish community is made up of a diverse professional base of doctors, lawyers, business professionals and a significant number of individuals involved with the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University at South Bend and other surrounding colleges. When compared to its fellow “small” Federations, St. Joseph Valley has a long history and a strong commitment to overseas allocations but has also made a significant financial investment in the future growth of our local Jewish community. This year’s annual campaign raised $600K and we boast an Endowment Fund of more than $6.5 million. The Jewish Federation sits on 27 beautiful acres with both a developed campus and an undeveloped arboretum. The Federation team is currently being restructured but ideally will be comprised of 5 full time and 5 part time employees. South Bend is located 2 hours (80 miles) east of downtown Chicago, Illinois,  3 ½ hours north of Indianapolis, Indiana and 3 ½ hours southwest of Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan.

The Position:
The Development Director is an important member of the Federation’s Management Team with the specific portfolio of ultimate responsibility and accountability for the Annual Campaign, a core service and key function of the Federation; in addition approximately a quarter of this professional’s time will include work with various staff members and volunteer leadership on Programming for the Jewish Federation. 

Annual Campaign:
The Development Director works with campaign leadership and the Federation Board of Directors in setting realistic Annual Campaign goals. Under the direction of the Executive Vice President, and with lay leader support, this responsibility includes making sure that an appropriate strategy is in place and that the Annual Campaign is positioned as the community’s principal fundraising vehicle. Once a strategy is agreed upon, the Director develops and manages an implementation/action plan.  The plan incorporates the Federation message and branding, the allocation of financial and human resources, the ongoing publication and promotion of achievement toward Annual Campaign goals, and timeframes and objectives for each component. 

The Director must have experience and/or comfort successfully completing face to face solicitations, both with lay leaders in leading or supporting roles and by ones self. Experience providing training for both professionals and volunteers in the area of solicitations is a plus. The Director must be a strong partner with Campaign volunteer leadership, staying in close contact, monitoring progress and offering professional help and support in all aspects of the job.

The Director also works closely with the Executive Vice President on the Federation’s Financial Resource Development including various levels of involvement with Endowment development, communication and retention.

As a functional Jewish Federation it is in our mission to offer a myriad of Programs for our Jewish community. The Director will have the opportunity to work to create and maintain the programs for PJ Library, Yom HaShoah, our Jewish Film Festival, Adult Education, Special Events, Outreach, and Cultural and Social opportunities.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Campaign Planning, Campaign Implementation and Programming

  • In partnership w/ Campaign lay leadership, design/implement a comprehensive, strategic Campaign plan designed to ensure achievement of Campaign goals while maximizing the engagement of volunteers and building community
  • Sets direction/goals, in collaboration with Campaign leadership and the Board of  Directors
  • Develops/monitors budgets for all Campaign activities, working closely with the EVP to ensure accurate tracking and accountability, in a manner that reflects reasonable goals and deliverables for the Annual Campaign
  • Supervises all aspects of the Annual Campaign, including Major Gifts, Women’s Campaign and all divisions regardless of the donation size, ensuring achievement of goals, strong management of volunteers and staff and continued momentum throughout the Campaign cycle
  • Direct solicitation and cultivation of major and general gifts including personally reaching out to, engaging, cultivating, nurturing relationships with and directly soliciting volunteers, donors and prospects
  • Guides other team members in areas of marketing, e-philanthropy and the use of social media to develop the use of the internet in both fundraising and community building as it relates to the campaign
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements Campaign related events during Campaign season
  • Acts as database “partner” and provides input into the functionality of the donor system working with other FRD staff to develop appropriate reports and gather appropriate knowledge to run Campaign.
  • Coordinates Campaign Chair(s) report for the Board of Directors and Executive Committee meetings in order to maximize leadership support for the Campaign.
  • Creatively researches ideas and then develops and implements Jewish programming while in coordination with the lay Program Chair(s) and committee for the youth, families, adults and seniors of our Jewish community.
  • Responsibilities in other areas of the Jewish Federation functions will be developed based on qualified candidates interests and expertise.


  • Master’s preferred, in Jewish communal services, business, non-profit management or related areas.
  • 2-5 years experience in fundraising, programming and volunteer management.
  • Executive level strategic/creative thinking and leadership abilities; strong attention to detail a must.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills needed to interact with a diverse body of lay leaders and other stakeholders.
  • Skills in the areas of campaign planning, event implementation, database management, budgeting, understanding the lay-professional partnership, and knowledge of the organized Jewish Federation, community, its practices and values. 

Compensation: An attractive salary and benefits package is available.

Desired Education Degree/Level: Masters

Career Level: 2-5 yrs. experience

How To Apply
Contact For Job: JFNA MCLE -BJ
Contact Title: Consultant
Preferred Contact Method: E-mail
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