Full Time

Chief Development Officer - San Antonio

Jewish Federation of San Antonio 12500 NW Military, San Antonio TX

Position Summary

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) serves as a member of the senior management team and is responsible for overseeing and leading all major aspects of organization’s fundraising activities, including but not limited to: $1.4M annual campaign, corporate partnerships, securing funding initiatives, and legacy/endowment efforts. In addition, the CDO will be responsible for the overall engagement plan with the CEO. The CDO will supervise a team of professionals and work closely with the CEO to support the Federation and community priorities. The CDO will be a proven leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and strategically minded.  This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Specific Responsibilities
Create and implement a strategic and tactical plan for Jewish Federation of San Antonio, including annual campaign, capital fundraising, supplemental giving, corporate giving, emergency campaigns and foundation support. Work with volunteers and staff to support the plan and assure its success.

  • Maintain, cultivate and grow relationships with a portfolio of major donors ($5000+).
  • Play a key role in building a donor-centered culture.
  • Actively participate in leadership gift solicitations. Cultivate, steward, and build effective relationships with a portfolio of select major donors
  • Develop and implement strategies to attract new major donors. Develop, plan and implement short and long-term fundraising strategies for Major and Mid-Level giving.
  • Serve as lead staff for Development, Annual Campaign and the Foundation.
  • Manage accountability and critical evaluation of the effectiveness and success of Federation’s development activities and programs.
  • Develop fundraising goals and objectives with measurable outcomes in support of the Federation’s mission and community agenda.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with synagogues, agencies and community leaders; including the identification and implementation of innovative, collaborative fundraising efforts serving Federation and its funding relationships.
  • Oversee the daily management of a Blackbaud CRM donor database. Track all donor activity, maintaining timely and accurate records of all prospect and donor interactions, as well as strategies for future engagement and hold all team members accountable to the same standard.
  • Recruit, train, develop and inspire staff, creating a dynamic, effective and integrated development team.
  • Develop and manage department annual budgets and perform analysis for variables.
  • Supervise contract grant writer on researching and identifying grant opportunities, create and submit applications and manage the receipt & expenditures of all grants awarded.
  • Collaborate with Marketing Department for all donor communications.
  • Represent the Federation at appropriate community-wide events and all fundraising events of this organization.


  • Bachelor’s degree required or advanced degree .
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a significant resource development role, with at least 3 to 5 years of successful experience in a senior management position.
  • Successful track record with personal solicitations at major gift levels.
  • Inspirational communicator, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic activities and tasks with clear goals, objectives and measurement tools.
  • Strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to develop a high performing staff.
  • Ability to lead strategically by positioning self as team leader (for both professionals and volunteers), anticipating the needs of others, facilitating buy-in and moving teams through a creative thinking process to achieve high-quality results.
  • Understanding of the complexity of the volunteer/professional relationship and success managing those relationships in an effective and professional manner.
  • The successful candidate will possess a personal commitment to Jewish values and knowledge of Jewish traditions.
  • While knowledge about the Jewish Federation is desirable, it is not a pre-requisite for this position. However, candidates must have an authentic understanding of philanthropy in the Jewish community, issues of Jewish life, Israel and familiarity with Jewish calendar and lifecycle.
  • Knowledge of utilizing database systems and trends in utilizing technology in prospect identification and research.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets required.
  • Grant writing experience preferred.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.

We are a close-knit team of diverse personalities and interests that span the spectrum of demographics. We enjoy our time working together for the benefit of the San Antonio Jewish community, including all other communities supported by the resources we secure locally. We are a team of approximately 15 FT/PT employees. Our lay leadership respects our professionalism and relies on us to be their support and resource when needed. The senior management team (which includes this position) is a collaborative, open, and dependent network of professionals who set the expectations and model the culture for the overall institutional success. We invite you to join us on this professional journey.

Annual Salary: $115,000 - $130,000

To Apply:
Please submit resume and cover letter to:

Cindy Campbell, Chief Financial Officer

The Jewish Federation of San Antonio is an EEOC/AA Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected class. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds and faiths to apply for any position for which they feel qualified.