Full Time

Senior Director of Development - Palm Beach County

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County West Palm Beach FL

Overview and History:
The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County (JFPBC)is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming, inspiring, and saving lives in the Palm Beaches and 70 countries around the world. Each year, JFPBC inspires thousands of community members to contribute, volunteer and participate in programs that generate more than $55 million creating a powerful impact in the community. Working every day to improve the lives of Jewish people, JFPBC funds over 13 agencies and programs in the Palm Beaches and around the world to strengthen the social service network for all, to build a strong and inclusive Jewish community and to provide help to those struggling through adversity.
JFPBC seeks a Senior Director of Development to hold and grow a significant major gifts portfolio in the philanthropic landscape of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Reporting directly to the Vice President, Women’s Philanthropy, this seasoned leader is entrusted with crafting and executing sophisticated cultivation and solicitation strategies that drive substantial results in the Annual Campaign and Targeted Gifts initiatives. Focusing on esteemed communities within Palm Beach, as well as the Federation's transformative Priority Fund initiative, a cornerstone of Federation’s innovative Philanthropic Advisory Services, the Senior Director’s portfolios represent more than $5 million in annual giving. Successful candidates will have proven major gifts fundraising experience as well as a sophisticated understanding of donor identification, cultivation, stewardship, and engagement. The Senior Director will work closely with lay leaders and donors as well as provide senior leadership to federation initiatives.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead the pivotal fundraising campaigns for High Ridge Country Club and the renowned Frenchman's Creek Beach & Country Club
  • Manage a major gifts focused fundraising portfolio including well-established donors, providing professional leadership, and support to significant donor affinity groups events, programming, and engagement 
  • Design and execute intricate, multi-step prospect strategies that harness the influence of community leaders, ultimately securing substantial five-, six-, and seven-figure contributions 
  • Attain a comprehensive understanding of donors’ and prospects' philanthropic passions, capacity, and motivations through strategic face-to-face and virtual interactions 
  • Collaborate seamlessly with senior fundraising leaders across Federation and Jewish Partner Organizations to synthesize cohesive strategies 
  • Engage and cultivate new donors for involvement and philanthropic support to JFPBC
  • Champion mentorship for fellow fundraisers, leveraging insights from donor and prospect engagement to enhance departmental strategies
  • Guide impactful Development Team initiatives and preside over the Priority Fund initiative, part of Federation’s Philanthropic Advisory Services
Qualifications and Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 5+ years fundraising and/or major gifts experience
  • Demonstrated successful 5+ figure gift cultivation and solicitation.
  • Solicitation, donor cultivation, and stewardship experience
  • Strong understanding of Federation, preferred
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop excellent relationships with internal and external colleagues, lay leaders, and stakeholders
  • Experience in volunteer management
  • Strong attention to detail; able to organize, prioritize and execute responsibilities as well as manage multiple projects
  • Excellent communication skills (written, oral, and public speaking)
  • Strong knowledge of business technology, including and fundraising database (Blackbaud) skills required.
  • Passion for the Jewish community, Israel, and familiarity with Jewish calendar and lifecycle
To Apply:
Please submit a resume & cover letter to Sue Sherr-Seitz, Evolve Giving Group: sue@evolvegg.com.
JFPBC strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, financial status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.