Director of Advancement

Job Type

Full Time




270 West 89th Street
New York
New York
United States


Since our founding in 1825, B’nai Jeshurun (BJ) has been at the forefront of the American Jewish experience. As we approach our third century, our vision is focused on the spiritual work of transformation and on the creation of a Jewish spiritual path that is authentic and profound and helps every member seek and live his or her purpose to the fullest.

Our spiritual leaders and our more than 1,700-member families share a vision of a diverse, dynamic and welcoming community that offers many paths to Jewish religious life, while supporting one another in their spiritual quests. We are committed to honoring tradition while re-imagining and innovating our practices and programs to create a vibrant Jewish life for the 21st century.

Our community is led by Rabbi Rolando Matalon, together with a senior leadership team that comprises Rabbi Felicia Sol, who oversees all programs, and Executive Director/COO Colin Weil, who oversees administration, advancement, and operations. BJ has a staff of approximately 40 full-time and 10 part-time employees.

BJ is in year three of a seven-year strategic plan completed in spring 2015. The plan is built around four


  1. Strengthening Community Connections and Building a Shared Sense of Belonging
  2. Prayer, Music, and Spiritual Practice
  3. Responding to the Prophetic Vision through Social Justice and Hesed (caregiving)
  4. Engaging and Supporting 21st Century Jewish Families in their full diversity

The Director of Advancement, a newly created position reporting to the Executive Director/COO, will build a team and develop a program to support and sustain BJ’s unfolding strategic vision, working dynamically across all touchpoints in Advancement: Development, Membership, External Communications/PR.

The Director of Advancement provides leadership, planning, and management to ensure the now larger and more robust institution remains vital and sustainable, affordable, and accessible. With the support of the Board of Directors, particularly the Advancement Committee and its subcommittees, the Director of Advancement will design and implement a multi-year, coordinated Advancement program to complement the goals outlined in BJ’s strategic plan.

Key Responsibilities (Ongoing)

  • Provide leadership, including strategy and hands-on management of BJ’s Advancement team which is responsible for two-thirds of BJ’s budget, or nearly $7 million annually
  • Supervise three business areas: Development, Marketing and Communications, Membership; provide overall direction for the 5-member team
  • Build and execute an integrated, strategic Advancement plan in support of achieving fundraising, institutional programming, marketing, and membership goals
  • Collaborate with and manage volunteer committees including the Advancement Committee and its subcommittees (Development, Marketing and Communications, and Membership)
  • Lead community engagement around High Holy Days and membership renewal periods, activating all three nodes of Advancement to work in concert
  • Elevate BJ’s fundraising efforts by managing all special campaigns and supporting the Development team in overseeing the annual campaign
  • Create a plan to increase financial support from new and existing sources including foundations and planned giving
  • Manage a portfolio of donors: identify, solicit, and/or steward relationships directly and support other solicitors
  • Devise macro-level communications strategies with the Marketing and Communications Manager related to organizational branding, marketing, fundraising, and membership programs
  • Create an internal framework and process for communications to streamline messaging
  • Oversee the operations- and systems-related aspects of BJ’s membership program and evaluate member recruitment and retention strategies
  • Develop pro-active, new membership outreach and retention initiatives
  • Collaborate with the Director of Community engagement to enhance the connection between the member and potential donor journeys
  • Develop BJ’s CRM system for more effective data information flow and sharing as well as business analysis
  • Set goals, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure Advancement objectives are met
  • Be available to work on-site evenings and weekends as needed as well as on major Jewish holidays
  • Coordinate Advancement efforts with other senior staff members
  • Lead, inspire, and coach the Advancement team as well as staff across BJ to foster a culture of philanthropy by ensuring the organization’s culture, systems, and procedures support Advancement

Key Responsibilities (One-time)

  • Assess and move forward a potential capital/endowment campaign
  • Assess the Advancement staffing structure and shape it for future sustainability
  • Oversee a BJ rebranding effort
  • Optimize information and data management and tracking within Advancement for Salesforce, web, and other systems

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience in development and/or marketing and communications positions
  • At least 3-5 years of supervisory experience
  • Strength in developing and executing complex and integrated fundraising, marketing, and engagement plans with coordination among multiple stakeholder groups
  • Experience working with volunteers, particularly board members
  • An effective team leader with the ability to collaborate and delegate
  • Experience with capital campaigns and cultivating and stewarding major gifts (6-figure and
  • greater)
  • Ability to extract and analyze data to make effective, efficient decisions about resource allotment
  • Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills
  • A skillful communicator committed to timely, transparent, and responsive communications with board, staff, and membership
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, under pressure, remaining flexible, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality
  • Willing and able to become a recognized presence in the BJ community – available, accessible, and approachable
  • Knowledge of CRM practices, experience with Salesforce a plus
  • Knowledge of and experience within the Jewish philanthropic sector a plus

To Apply

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to

Equal Opportunity Employment

B’nai Jeshurun (BJ), in recognition of its values, commitment to social justice, and responsibility to its employees, congregants, and the greater civic and national community is committed to equality of opportunity. To this end, BJ’s policy is to comply with the laws, regulations, and orders that provide for and impose obligations on employers with respect to the management of their equal employment opportunity programs. Accordingly, BJ conducts its business and practices in a manner that fully complies with all federal, state, and local laws governing equal employment opportunity. BJ’s compliance with such laws are intended to eliminate discrimination against employees or applicants for employment on account of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, veteran’s status, disability, or other factors unrelated to a person’s ability to do the job.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please include cover letter and resume.