Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $75,000.00
Maximum: $95,000.00
Details: Salary commensurate with experience, skills, and track record.



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241 West 72nd Street
3rd floor
New York
United States


The National Council of Jewish Women New York (NCJW NY) seeks a dynamic fundraising professional to lead NCJW NY’s development efforts, maintaining current support while identifying and aggressively seeking new opportunities. In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Development Committee of the Board, the Director will create a comprehensive development plan to grow NCJW NY’s $1.1 million in fundraising revenues, and will be responsible for the plan’s execution. 

NCJW NY is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Founded in 1894 and inspired by Jewish values, it is one of the oldest and largest affiliates of NCJW, Inc. Through a three-pronged effort of direct social services, education, and advocacy for systemic change, NCJW NY works to serve the most vulnerable New Yorkers and to address the inequities of the city. All services are non-sectarian. Learn more at 

Reporting Relationships

  • Reports to the Executive Director and will have extensive interaction with Board members and key funders and stakeholders. 
  • Serves as a member of the senior leadership team.
  • Staffs the Board's Development Committee.
  • Supervises and mentors the Development & Communications Associate, who carries out development functions including managing the database, generating acknowledgement letters, executing fundraising appeals, and coordinating events (75%) and also carries out other communications functions in support of the overall organization (25%).  


Individual Giving:

·        Develop and implement strategies for effective stewardship of existing donors and identification and cultivation of prospective new donors. 

·        Plan, develop, and oversee execution of print and electronic appeals. 

·        Engage members of the Board, staff, and other stakeholders in fundraising activities.   

·        Create a plan and strategy for increasing major gifts. 

·        Engage ED and Board members in cultivating donors and making asks.

·        Provide research, facilitation, and tracking to support donor cultivation and stewardship.

Special Events:

·        Provide strategic input and limited support to the Executive Director in producing the annual Spring Gala.

·        Create and produce smaller events to engage existing donors and draw in new supporters, including a Fall Luncheon and one or two other events throughout the year, working closely with other staff and volunteer committees. 

Institutional Giving:

·        Develop and implement systems for identifying and cultivating promising grant opportunities from foundation and corporate sources. 

·        Design systems to track grant proposals, reports, and renewals to ensure timely submissions. 

·        Write and submit polished, compelling reports and proposals. 

Planned Giving:

·        Conceive and execute systematic efforts to increase long-term planned giving revenue. 

·        Act as point person on all planned giving inquiries.

·        Track and follow up on all outstanding bequests.   


·        College Degree; relevant graduate degree preferred.

·        Three or more years’ experience in fundraising; or successful track record in relevant field(s).

·        Facility with Microsoft Office applications and donor database software. Experience with DonorPerfect a plus.

Skills and characteristics:

·        High energy and organized, able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and pro-actively push projects forward.

·        Balance of strategic, long-term thinking as well as flexibility, decisiveness and responsiveness when opportunities arise.

·        Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. 

·        Attention to detail, with a high degree of perseverance, follow-up and follow-through.

·        Sound judgment and ability to handle sensitive issues. 

·        Strong commitment to the mission of NCJW; ability to make a persuasive case for support. 

·        Ability to interact comfortably with diverse stakeholders in a community-based agency setting, ranging from low-income clients to high-level donors.

·        Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

·        Knowledge of Jewish philanthropic community a plus.  


Excellent benefits and generous leave time package, including 3 weeks’ vacation, 9 legal holidays, plus all Jewish holidays that fall on weekdays (about 12 days a year).  

Level of Language Proficiency

English. No other language required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a resume along with a customized cover letter detailing your qualifications, the reason(s) for your interest in this specific position, and your salary requirements to:

Andrea Salwen Kopel, Executive Director

National Council of Jewish Women New York

241 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023

Applications via email preferred, to:

No phone calls, please.

NCJW NY is an equal opportunity employer.