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Job Title: Senior Philanthropic Advisor-Major Gifts

Date Last Updated: 2/21/2013
Job ID #: 10617

Role/Job Category: Campaign/Financial Resource Development
Organization Name: Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties
Location: San Francisco, California
Status: Full-Time


Senior Philanthropic Advisor-Major Gift Officer
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco,
the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to catalyzing and sustaining a vibrant Jewish community.  Federation supports those in need, deepens engagement in Jewish life, and strengthens the bonds among Jews in the Bay Area, in Israel, and around the world.  Our primary functions are financial resource development and grant-making. 

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer of the Jewish Community Federation, the Senior Philanthropic Advisor/Major Gifts Officer(SPA/MGO) will manage his/her own portfolio of major gift prospects and donors and be charged with identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding prospects and donors in the Federation Service Area. The SPA will work closely with the Chief Development Officer and senior staff to implement a donor-centric model of philanthropy whereby donor interests are matched with community needs through a  suite of services including donor advised funds, opportunities for planned giving, annual giving, and other  philanthropic vehicles. The SPA will also help develop strategies for fundraising, outreach programs, and events in the Federation Service Area.

The Senior Philanthropic Advisor-Major Gifts Officer initiates and sustains relationships with assigned donors regarding their full range of philanthropic goals and will be supported by planned giving specialists on staff.

The SPA serves as a leadership level fundraiser within a diverse development environment which includes a significant community endowment, donor-involved vehicles, and annual giving. This high profile position will work with our highest level donors, most senior volunteers, and staff at all levels.


  • Serves as relationship manager for a portfolio of approximately125 key donors and prospects beginning at the Major Gifts ($10,000+) level. 
  • Develops a multi-year fundraising and stewardship strategy for assigned relationships.
  • Plays a visible and collaborative leadership role within the overall Development Department and for organization-wide projects and priorities.
  • Provides professional support and partnership to senior volunteer leadership of the organization in the identification, solicitation and steward efforts.
  • Actively engages in regular donor/prospect communication, cultivation and direct solicitation with specific metrics and fundraising goals.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree in the field of Jewish Communal Service (or comparable field) desired.
  • Major Gift Officer with successful fundraising experience including direct solicitation of five and six figure gifts.
  • Experience in a multi-faceted fundraising environment (major gifts, planned gifts, donor advised vehicles) desired.


  • Exceptional donor-relations skills: proven ability in creating strategies to cultivate prospects and channel donor engagement.
  • Strong knowledge of planned giving vehicles desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and meet objectives and performance standards.
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the Jewish community, its customs and practices.
  • Proven track record of success with fundraising systems and prospect identification.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, and various electronic communication tools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a highly motivated goal-oriented team environment.


Desired Education Degree/Level: Bachelor's

Career Level: 5-10 yrs. experience

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