Full Time

Director of Development and Communications - Harrisburg

Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg Harrisburg PA

Our mission is to ensure that the Jewish community of Greater Harrisburg flourishes by serving as its central unifying communal organization, and by strengthening the bonds within our community and with Israel and Jews around the world. Our organization is fully integrated with our community’s Jewish Community Center which provides a wide variety of high caliber programming for the entire community at all stages of life, from early childhood education to senior programming.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg is seeking a Director of Development and Communications to help to plan and implement all fundraising and marketing efforts - strategically achieving an annual revenue goal from individual, corporate and foundation/institutional donors, as well as through fundraising events; maintaining excellent donor communication through various touch points and meetings; overseeing an annual giving program; and increasing awareness through a strategic communications plan.  The Director of Development and Communications will also directly oversee communications activities that promote, enhance, and  protect the organization's brand reputation. The Communications Director is responsible for the overall development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. Additionally, the Development and Communications  Director will oversee departmental staff who are responsible for the varied and integrated  communications products and services including: newsletters and other print publications; web, social  media, and other online communications; website development and content; media and public relations; and marketing. 
Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development and Communications will cultivate, steward and oversee donor relationships; recruit, organize, train and supervise volunteers as needed; assure adherence to fundraising time schedules; oversee budgets; and attain detailed knowledge of the Jewish community and philanthropic trends. The Director of Development and Communications works in partnership with the Database Systems Administrator, Marketing Director, and community campaign chairs regarding all fundraising matters including the annual and special campaigns. 
The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and dedicated to creating connections with current and future donors and volunteers, have an understanding of the realities of today’s fundraising climate, and be passionate about strengthening the Jewish community. The successful candidate will also be a team player with a strong sense of purpose, commitment, and personal responsibility to the Jewish Federation and to fostering a culture of philanthropy in the organization. 
Development/Campaign – 55%
  • Manage fundraising efforts for our comprehensive capital, major gifts, and annual campaigns.
  • Execute annual campaign plans including goals, objectives, calendar, budget, and process; modify plans as necessary throughout the campaign year. 
  • Manage annual campaign processes, including coordinating major gifts through prospect assignment; tracking solicitations; planning events and mission trips; and managing volunteer communications. 
  • Help to recruit, select, train, support, motivate and empower fundraising volunteer leadership.  
  • Collaborate with other departments on the annual campaign process, volunteer leadership development, marketing, solicitation, and event planning. 
  • Coordinate campaign events (i.e. kick-offs, thank you events, etc.) and giving societies. 
  • Develop a team of volunteer leadership for the campaign. 
  • Collaborate with the Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA.
  • Identify grant opportunities, write grants, and ensure appropriate filing and reporting.
  • Lead development efforts in partnership with other Jewish agency staff to coordinate and collaborate initiatives and donor cultivation where appropriate.
Communications/Marketing: 35%
  • Work closely with the Marketing Director to create and implement an annual communications plan.
  • Work closely with senior leadership to align marketing strategies with the organization's overall goals and objectives.
  • Build knowledge of social media efforts and collaborate with team members in content creation and oversee all relevant social media content.
  • Oversee and implement press relations strategy in coordination with the CEO.
  • Oversee and set vision for ongoing email communications.
  • Support the creation and development of updated print and online marketing materials.
  • Provide support for editing for the Community Review Newspaper and other publications, as needed.
  • Develop and execute an internal communications strategy that promotes a culture of  transparency and collaboration.
  • Conduct market research and stay up to date on trends in the non-profit sector to inform  marketing strategies. 
  • Build and manage a high-performing development and marketing team.
  • Recruit and manage a Development and Communications team to support the development and execution of the  communications strategy.
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a  commitment to quality. 
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set  objectives, establish priorities, and conduct annual performance appraisals.
  • Attend staff meetings and board meetings as requested.
  • Assist with special projects, events and promotions as needed.
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required. 
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner and follow workplace behavior standards and policies at all times, as outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • B.S. or B.A. required, Masters preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in fundraising, communications and/or business development experience, increasing in responsibility, with a proven track record for achieving organizational goals.
  • Experience in development planning, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, strategic planning, database management and budgeting.
  • Past experience with capital or other major campaigns.
  • Strong working knowledge of and technical proficiency with Microsoft Office suite of products, Mailchimp and Raiser's Edge.
  • Excellent ability to effectively manage multiple tasks, priorities and deadlines; strong initiative and commitment to ensure projects are completed on time and in their entirety. 
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, meticulous attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship building and leadership skills and the ability to represent the Organization in a positive and professional manner. 
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, including high proficiency of the English language.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.    
  • Negotiation and consensus building skills.
  • Understanding the value and nature of the volunteer/professional partnership.
  • A strong belief in the value and importance of philanthropy and the elements needed to foster a strong culture of philanthropy.
  • A strong commitment to Jewish communal life and institutions.
  • An ability and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Must satisfactorily complete and maintain Criminal History Clearance and PA Child Abuse Clearance.
Annual salary range will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Benefits Include:
  • Free Membership to our Jewish Community Center 
  • 20% discount on all services/programs that we offer, including our Early Learning Center
  • Comprehensive insurance benefits package, including medical insurance and  FREE Dental, Vision and Basic Life/AD&D/Long Term Disability Insurances
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off 
  • Paid Jewish/Secular Holidays
Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: HR@jewishfedhbg.org 
EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.