Development Associate, WRJ

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


About Women of Reform Judaism

Women of Reform Judaism is the women’s affiliate of the Union for Reform Judaism, the central body of Reform Judaism in North America. Established in 1913, WRJ now represents about 40,000 women in over 400 women’s groups in North America and around the world. Its mission is to strengthen the voice of women worldwide and empower them to create caring communities, nurture congregations, cultivate personal and spiritual growth, and advocate for and promote progressive Jewish values.

WRJ educates and trains sisterhood and congregational leadership in the areas of membership, fundraising, leadership skills, advocacy for social justice, and innovative and spiritual programming. Through its YES Fund (Youth, Education, and Special Projects), WRJ provides financial support to the various institutions of Reform Judaism.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Donor Relations
  • Serve as first point of contact for donors via phone and email
  • Create specialized acknowledgments as necessary
  • Contribute and collaborate in the creation and dissemination of financial and narrative fundraising reports
  • Facilitate mid-year status reports and YES Fund honors
  • Plan and implement all fundraising and donor events in collaboration with staff and key constituencies
  • Work with Manager of Philanthropy in directing work of board alumni (Chai Society) and planned giving (Ner Tamid Society)
  • Research current and potential donors as well as potential grants
  • Draft Letters of Inquiry and grant applications for Foundations
  • Grantee Relations
  • Facilitate and manage relationships with grantees and capture their stories for marketing and development purposes
  • Act as primary liaison to HUC-JIR (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Reform seminary) - regarding student scholarship recipients, student gifts of Women’s Torah Commentary; biennial faculty award; facilitating WRJ representation at donor events
  • Managing and maintaining records; facilitating payments; correspondence and communications with three overseas seminaries and scholarship recipients
  • Administrative Oversight
  • Manage and maintain lifeline and other pledge trackers, create reports and statements as necessary
  • Act as primary owner of fiscal year reports for audit and facilitate collection of necessary reports and backup requested by the auditor (with Administrative Assistants)
  • Check-in regularly with Administrative Assistants to ensure the proper maintenance of products, inventory tracking, online catalogue, and timely re-ordering of products as needed

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply