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Job Title: Chief Development Officer

Date Last Updated: 10/25/2012
Job ID #: 10301

Role/Job Category: Campaign/Financial Resource Development
Organization Name: Jewish Federation of Omaha
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Status: Full-Time


Chief Development Officer (CDO)
Jewish Federation of Omaha

The CEO seeks a dynamic and creative Chief Development Officer (CDO) with proven philanthropic skills to join his team and help deliver on the vision of creating a sustainable, vibrant and inviting organization that will provide for the current and future needs for Jews in Omaha and around the world for generations to come.

The CDO has primary responsibility for implementing a clear and passionate vision for growing fundraising.  S/he will design and execute a comprehensive and diversified fundraising plan which includes working with special events, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, direct mail, e-philanthropy, missions, leadership development, women’s philanthropy, and outreach.

The CDO will play a key role in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting major donors.  Chief among the characteristics being sought include the ability to inspire confidence and trust from among Omaha’s community, so donors know their needs are being addressed and their contributions being stewarded with the highest degree of professionalism and efficiency.

A demonstrated track record in donor engagement and financial resource development is a prerequisite. 

The CDO will report to the CEO and lead a staff of direct reports.  The CDO trains, supervises, and evaluates campaign staff and recruits, develops, and cultivates volunteers and lay leaders.

Omaha, Nebraska is home to approximately 6,000 Jews.  Jewish life is diverse and multi-faceted, and includes Orthodox, Conservative and Reform synagogues, an active Chabad, and a Hebrew day school.  The Jewish Federation of Omaha, a fully functional federation, houses the following agencies:  Jewish Community Center, Center for Jewish Education, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Press, Jewish Family Service, Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, and Jewish Senior Outreach.  The Federation has annually raised approximately $3 million from an average of 1700 gifts. The Federation currently holds approximately $66 million in endowments, donor advised and other funds.  Opportunities for growth are significant.

Omaha's pioneer period began in 1854 when the city was founded by speculators from neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa. The city was founded along the Missouri River, and a crossing called Lone Tree Ferry earned the city its nickname, the "Gateway to the West." During the 19th century, Omaha's central location in the United States caused the city to become an important national transportation hub. Throughout the rest of the 19th century, the transportation and jobbing sectors were important in the city, along with its railroads and breweries. In the 20th century, the Omaha Stockyards, once the world's largest, and its meatpacking plants, gained international prominence.

Today, Omaha is the home to five Fortune 500 companies: ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific Corporation, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Inc., and Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is headed by local investor Warren Buffett, who was the richest person in the world for the first half of 2008. Omaha is also the home to four Fortune 1000 headquarters, TD Ameritrade, West Corporation, Valmont Industries, and Werner Enterprises.  First National Bank of Omaha is the largest privately held bank in the United States. Headquarters for Leo A Daly, HDR, Inc. and DLR Group, three of the US's top 30 architectural and engineering firms, are located in Omaha.

The modern economy of Omaha is diverse and built on skilled knowledge jobs.  In 2009, Forbes identified Omaha as the nation's number one "Best Bang-For-The Buck City" and number one on "America's Fastest-Recovering Cities" list.  Tourism in Omaha benefits the city's economy greatly, with the annual College World Series providing important revenue and the city's Henry Doorly Zoo serving as the top attraction in Nebraska. Omaha hosted the Olympic swim trials in 2008, and is scheduled to do so again in 2012.

Omaha has excellent public and private schools, colleges and universities.


  • Bachelor’s degree required (advanced degree preferred) with at least 3 years of experience and increasing responsibility in resource development roles.
  • Demonstrated success increasing financial resources and creating new partners.  Experience developing and implementing a successful development or business plan.
  • Develop and implement an overall strategic plan for an integrated financial resource development model.
  • Leads and manages change including anticipating the impact of emerging trends and incorporating into decision making.
  • Coordinate and manage activities related to campaign divisions, events and programs.
  • Work with the staff and lay volunteers to develop campaign marketing and public relations strategies and materials to promote the Federation Annual Campaign.
  • Develop campaign communications and correspondence, including donor solicitation, recognition and stewardship materials.
  • Oversees fundraising events and missions.
  • Effective data management, including reporting, to track key donor information and interactions, and moves management.
  • Set strategy for building the community endowment, and cultivate donors to encourage inclusion of the endowment in current giving and bequests.  Where appropriate, encourage donors to create their own endowments with the Jewish Foundation of Omaha.
  • Prepare for future capital campaigns to maintain the needs of the JCC and the Jewish Community.
  • Ensures that appropriate systems are in place to provide outstanding customer service to all constituents.

COMPENSATION:    A competitive compensation package.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to Sandra Leshaw,, who is conducting the search on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.


Desired Education Degree/Level: Bachelor's

Career Level: 2-5 yrs. experience

How To Apply
Contact For Job: JFNA - MCLE - SL
Contact Title: Consultant
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