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Job Title: Director of Agency Fundraising and Special Gifts

Date Last Updated: 9/10/2013
Job ID #: 10669

Role/Job Category:†Campaign/Financial Resource Development
Organization Name:†Jewish Federation of Cincinnati


Director of Agency Fundraising and Special Gifts
Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is at the heart of the Cincinnati Jewish community, developing and connecting organizations, leaders, contributors, and ideas. It stands in the center of activity, encouraging collaboration to build an inclusive local community that cares for those in need, supports Israel and seeks to assure a vibrant Jewish future. The mission is to accomplish this by:

  • Spearheading Cincinnati 2020, the community-wide strategic plan to achieve the vision to transform Cincinnati into a model community and a Jewish destination.
  • Multiplying the impact of contributed dollars via innovative programs and partnerships.
  • Developing community leaders, committed to strengthening Cincinnatiís Jewish community and capable of leading and inspiring others.
  • Increasing involvement in the community.
  • Increasing its collective impact by bringing together the resources of the community.

The Federation is expanding its role as a provider to other community organizations of infrastructure and services, including fund-raising services and the finance, IT, and HR. The 2012 Community Campaign was successful, raising more than $6 million dollars for the Federationís funding recipients.

The Federation movement started in Cincinnati over 112 years ago.† Our Federation is quickly gaining recognition among the over 150 Federations nationally as a successful innovator. This legacy and reputation, together with key partnerships, such as that with the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, gives this position national significance.†

The Director of Agency Fundraising and Special Gifts will provide overall management and leadership of the Federationís collaborative initiatives to support the fundraising activities of several partner agencies and Jewish institutions in the community.† This individual will work with these partner organizations to improve current fundraising practices and develop new strategies for increasing donor support.


Needs Assessment:
Work with each partner agency to evaluate their needs in the areas of Database Management, Friends Campaigns, Special Events, Major Donors, and Planned Giving.

Plan Development:
Work closely with staff and key volunteer leaders of each organization to develop a unique fundraising plan that addresses their needs and makes the best use of their resources.

Staff Management:
Manage a team of two fundraising professionals.† Provide training and development and set measurable objectives to drive achievement of goals.

Fundraising Involvement:
Provide hands-on support to enlist the participation of key donors identified by each partner agency.†

Professional Development:
Attend seminars and conferences to maintain ďbest practicesĒ and bring new ideas to the team.† Ensure that all staff members are in compliance with the proper training and testing.

Management Team Member:
Participate as a key member of the Development Departmentís management team, providing input and feedback on the Federationís strategic fundraising initiatives.



  • Bachelorís degree
  • 8 or more years of experience in a development/fundraising role
  • 2 or more years of management experience


  • Significant involvement in the Jewish community, either professionally or as a lay leader/volunteer

Key Qualities:

  • Fundraising Success:† Proven ability to raise significant funds from diverse sources.
  • Plan Development: Demonstrated success creating a fundraising strategy for a non-profit organization.
  • Effective Leadership: Ability to coach, motivate and develop a team of fundraising professionals and support staff.
  • Respected Professional:† Able to represent the Federation in a professional manner with a variety of community partners, client agencies and their Boards.
  • Persuasive Communicator:† Willing to listen, assess, and able to present recommendations and strategies in an effective manner.
  • Community Minded: Passionate about the mission of the Federation and the growth and health of the broader Jewish community.
  • Creative Leader:† Able to bring new ideas to the team and build consensus among diverse constituencies

The Jewish Federation offers a competitive compensation and benefits package and a stimulating, friendly work environment.† This is an exciting opportunity to be a key member of the management team and play a central role in the organization, truly making a difference in the community.

Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Desired Education Degree/Level:†Bachelor's

Career Level:†10 or more

How To Apply
Contact For Job:†Barry Elkus
Contact Title:†Human Resources
Preferred Contact Method:†E-mail
Contact Email:†
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