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Chief Development Officer

St. Paul Jewish Federation
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Posting Date
September 6, 2023
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Job Description


The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for ensuring the overall success of all major  aspects of the Federation’s fundraising activities, including but not limited to: annual campaign,  supplemental fundraising initiatives, designated giving, corporate partnerships, and planned giving  efforts. The CDO will work closely with the CEO, Marketing Director, and other appropriate staff to  develop and implement a Total Financial Resource Development (TFRD) plan and strategy to support  the Federation and community priorities.

General Duties & Responsibilities

1.  Create and implement a strategic and tactical plan for TFRD, including annual campaign,  supplemental giving opportunities, corporate giving, emergency campaigns and planned giving. Work  with volunteers and staff to support the plan and its success.

2. Develop fundraising goals and objectives with measurable outcomes in support of the Federation’s  mission and community agenda.

3.  Become proficient in Federation’s CRM donor database and oversee its daily management of  tracking all donor and prospect activities and information, maintaining timely and accurate  records, as well as strategies for future engagement.

4. Work with the Marketing Director to integrate marketing and communications strategies with our  overall fundraising strategies.

5. Play a key role in building a donor-centered culture which includes developing efficient  processes and procedures to ensure donor and volunteer experiences are positive and professional.

6. Maintain, steward, and grow relationships with a portfolio of current major donors and campaign  leaders while developing strategies to attract new mid-level and major contributors.

7. Develop opportunities for supplemental gifts to support specific Federation programs and  activities. 8. Oversee Federation’s affinity groups.

9. Strengthen the Federation’s planned giving program and position the Federation as a community  leader in planned giving.

10. Develop local, national, and global experiences which highlight the agency’s impact.

11. Recruit, develop, train, and provide leadership and direction to volunteers to build a pipeline  of leadership for the future.

12. Serve as lead staff for Development, Annual Campaign, Allocations, and other committees as  assigned.

13. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with synagogues, agencies, and community  leaders. Identify and implement innovative, collaborative fundraising efforts serving Federation  and its funding relationships.

14. Develop and manage department annual budget.

15. Represent the Federation at appropriate community-wide events and all fundraising events of  this organization.

Requirements and skills

•  Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred. •  Minimum of 3 years of experience in a significant resource development role including successful  track record of personal solicitations at major gift levels. •  Strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to develop a high performing  staff. •  Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic activities and tasks with clear  goals, objectives, and measurement tools. •  Team player willing to take on other responsibilities to support the overall goals of the  agency. •  Inspirational communicator, both written and verbal. •  Team player willing to take on other responsibilities to support the overall goals of the  agency. •  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. •  Knowledge and experience in database systems (knowledge of Virtuous software is a plus) and in  utilizing technology, social media for prospect identification and research. •  Experience developing and managing budgets required. •  Knowledge of the Jewish community, customs, values, and traditions, including knowledge of  Israel. •  While knowledge about the Jewish Federation is desirable, it is not a pre-requisite for this  position. Successful candidates may have significant development experience within

a university setting, a non-profit health and welfare system, the Jewish communal field, politics,  or other organizations requiring sophisticated development efforts. •  Must be available to work some evenings, weekends, and travel (up to 2 weeks). •  Must have use of personal transportation during work hours. Occasional physical work includes  lifting, carrying, walking.

Personal Attributes:

•  Must possess a high degree of integrity. •  Desire to use your skills and passion to make a meaningful contribution to the  organization. •  Be a strategic thinker with strong analytical skills. •  Strong emotional intelligence, communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to adapt  communication style to interact various constituencies and audiences. •  Positive, can-do, go getter attitude. •  Able to handle stress in a positive manner. •  Excellent verbal oral and written communication skills. •  Team player willing to take on other responsibilities to support the overall goals of the  agency. •  Be excited to undertake challenges. •  Be confident, flexible, and inquisitive. •  Having a sense of humor is appreciated. •  Possessing a high degree of Sechel.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Amber Bishop at

About the St. Paul Jewish Federation

The St. Paul Jewish Federation is an 88-year-old Jewish institution committed to ensuring no Jew  should ever feel alone. We ensure the lasting presence of an inclusive, vibrant Jewish community in  which all members feel seen, understood, supported, and connected to the St. Paul Jewish community and to Jewish communities in Israel and around the world.  

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