Full Time

Senior Director, FRD Professional Development - JFNA

The Jewish Federations of North America New York NY

Title: Senior Director, FRD Professional Development

Department: Financial Resource Development (FRD)
Reports To:  Vice President, Philanthropy & FRD


The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”) consist of 146 Jewish Federations and dozens of Network communities which collectively raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually to support flourishing Jewish life and the needs of the Jewish people in their home communities and around the world. The Jewish Federation system, among the top 10 charities on the continent, leads the largest network of volunteer and professional leaders who build and sustain Jewish communities that are healthy, safe, caring, welcoming and inclusive, educated and engaged, involved in the broader community, and deeply connected to Israel and the global Jewish people.   



This is an exciting moment for Financial Resource Development at Jewish Federations of North America and throughout the Federation system. This new role will lead the development and execution of professional development and training for Federation professionals and lay leaders throughout North America. This area is a core priority for JFNA’s Financial Resource Development (FRD) Department.


The Senior Director of Professional Development will work closely with the VP of Philanthropy and FRD and with other members of the FRD team to develop and implement a comprehensive professional development strategy for FRD professionals and lay leadership in the system that includes differentiated learning opportunities based on skill set and experience. These opportunities will be provided at national conferences, on JFNA missions with an FRD focus, in local communities, and to cohorts of Federation professionals and lay leaders.


This role will also work in close coordination with JFNA’s Professional Talent and Lay Leadership Development departments to ensure that the FRD training and enrichment offerings are integrated into broader strategies.



  • Design and execute FRD training and development strategy. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Partner with colleagues throughout the field to understand local needs and trends
    • Design overall curriculum for FRD professionals that includes tracks for professionals at various points in their career and with differing skill sets. Training will focus on building essential solicitation skills, portfolio and team management focused on moves management and accountability and current best practices.
    • Provide thought partnership and content development for fundraising training designed for other constituencies such as lay leaders and federation professionals where fundraising is not their primary focus but an important part of their role.
    • Develop and implement training for both virtual and in person training platforms which include FRDLX and experiential training experiences in partnership with JFNA’s global missions program.
    • Work in partnership with VP of FRD and VP of PG&E on existing affinity cohort engagement including New Endowment Professionals Institute (NEPI) and the CAP Study Group
    • Work with the professional talent department on FRD professional development tracks for larger JFNA conferences such as the General Assembly and FedPro
    • Work with the professional talent department and senior FRD leadership to shape and deliver the content and execute Fundraising University, the Federation system’s most focused training experience for top talent within the field.
    • In partnership with JFNA’s Impact and Growth team develop evaluation mechanism to assess the impact of JFNA’s professional development offerings within FRD
    • Identify content experts within and outside of JFNA as FRD faculty for conferences, missions, affinity cohorts, etc.

The ideal candidate

  • Brings a minimum of 8-10 years of relevant experience both in training and in a fundraising environment.
  • Has knowledge of and experience with Jewish Federations
  • Has a proven track-record of designing high-quality professional development curricula in a fundraising or related context.
  • Has the ability to create and execute compelling presentations and lead training sessions for professional and lay audiences. 
  • Is a self-starter able to seek out creative solutions to problems
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, calm under pressure, confident and collaborative, and thrives in a fluid, fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment.


TO APPLY:  Please submit a resume and cover letter to Evan.Bindelglass@jfna.org


As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, JFNA celebrates and welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  JFNA offers a comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, vision, FSA), including a defined contribution plan, generous vacation policy, paid legal and Jewish holidays, life insurance, generous parental leave policies and flexible remote work practices.  Our compensation philosophy strives to be externally competitive and internally fair.   Additionally, we offer voluntary learning programs throughout the year in subjects of interest to our staff.


Salary range:  $120,000 - $140,000


Federation applicants:

JFNA is committed to supporting local Jewish Federations and to identifying the best talent for the system. If a current Federation employee is hired for this role, we will work with the local Federation to ensure an appropriate timeline and communications strategy. We welcome initial confidential inquiries to learn more about the role; however, current Federation employees who move to a finalist round of interviews will be asked to communicate with their Federations about their candidacy.