Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $75,000
Maximum: $87,000



Application Deadline



2632 NE 80th St.
United States


Temple Beth Am is an inclusive Reform congregation in Seattle, Washington with over 900 households. Our mission – to deepen relationships to Judaism and our community by engaging the soul, heart and mind – informs everything we do. Our vision – to inspire lives and heal the world through powerful Jewish experiences – motivates our mission-driven focus.

Temple Beth Am offers many ways to engage spiritually through Shabbat and holiday services in varied formats. We promote lifelong learning with an early childhood school that serves 150 children; a widely recognized religious school with close to 500 students, including about 130 madrichim (teen teacher assistants); and adult education including book groups, speakers, Torah study, Hebrew, Yiddish and other classes. Temple Beth Am also has a strong commitment to social action and social justice. Current areas of advocacy include immigration reform, healthcare reform, and interfaith and intercultural understanding. We also take direct action by providing meals for local shelter residents and by raising funds for a program that assists people who are homeless obtain permanent housing.

Now is an exciting time at Temple Beth Am. We are beginning the implementation of the first year of our strategic plan with a willingness to experiment. Our priorities for this year include increasing integrating audacious hospitality into all that we do; improving infrastructure and technology; enhancing lifelong learning; using metrics and evaluation as tools for making improvements and innovations; fostering intimate community by creating small groups; increasing sustainability; and enhancing worship and other spiritual experiences.

In 2017, we successfully completed Nachshon, a $1.1 million campaign to pay down and refinance our mortgage. Temple Beth Am and its early childhood school each have an annual budget of about $3 million.

For more information about Temple Beth Am, please visit our website at

Position Description:

We are looking for a new Director of Development who will strategically lead us to increase annual giving, enhance donor engagement, help create a culture of philanthropy, and confidently lead us to a thriving future.

The Director of Development, in partnership with clergy, lay leaders and staff, is responsible for designing, leading and implementing a comprehensive development plan that provides resources to support the vision, mission and values of Temple Beth Am now and in the future.

This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Executive Director.


Relationship-Building & Development

·        Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with donors, key staff, and lay  leaders.

·        Manage and cultivate portfolio of donors and support the clergy, members of the Board of Directors and other staff and lay leaders in managing and cultivating their own donor portfolios.

·        Identify areas of interest for major gift solicitations.

·        Foster a culture of philanthropy throughout the temple community.

·        Encourage culture of gratitude in other areas of temple life (e.g., meaningful volunteer acknowledgment).

·        Provide opportunities through programming and/or communication for congregants to learn more about philanthropy in a Jewish context.

·        Create opportunities for people to support the temple.

·        Support clergy and other staff in their development interactions.

·        Collaborate with the religious school to highlight philanthropy in the school.

·        Work with the Director of Community Engagement and Communications Lead to further refine a membership packet and related marketing materials.




·        Ensure that sufficient funds are raised to meet the operating and capital needs of the temple and early childhood school.

·        Expand the annual giving program that currently includes an annual appeal, gala, tributes, major gifts, and other special appeals.

·        Launch legacy giving program and otherwise increase longer-term giving.



·        Provide budget projections, based on previous years’ data, for development revenue and expenses.

·        Help improve giving options on Temple Beth Am’s website and acknowledgment of gifts of time and money in the Bulletin.

·        Attend staff, leadership, board and other temple meetings as needed.

·        Write articles for the bimonthly Bulletin and weekly electronic newsletter.

·        Supervise the Development Associate.


Experience and Qualifications:

·        Five or more years demonstrated success with a complex, successful development program.

·        Strong project management skills.

·        Outstanding communication, presentation, interpersonal and writing skills.

·        Excellent ability to develop and maintain relationships.

·        Experience working with volunteers.

·        Familiarity with Shul Cloud or other CRM database.

·        Passion for our mission.

·        Knowledge of Judaism preferred.

·        Bachelor’s degree preferred.


health, vision and dental insurance; retirement; long-term disability; and sick and vacation leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume