Senior Director, National Women’s Philanthropy- JFNA NYC

Job Type

Full Time




25 Broadway
Suite 1700
New York
United States


The Jewish Federations of North America (“JFNA”) represents 148 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning).  


This position will provide leadership and direction to JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy (“NWP”) Department, offering services and resources to a network of 148 Jewish Federations of varying scope and sophistication. The Senior Director is expected to instill a heightened and broader focus on the importance of making women’s giving an essential aspect of Federations’ financial resource development strategies.

The ­­­Senior Director, Women’s Philanthropy will lead the NWP professional team and lay leadership in designing and implementing National Women's Philanthropy strategies, portfolios and national programs. The Senior Director will work with prominent leadership, inform the field on trends in women’s philanthropy and share best practices in the field. This person will also represent NWP on the Senior FRD Leadership Professional Team.


  • Serve as thought leader, director and implementer for JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy program, and in turn provide strategic partnership to the 148 Federations
  • Oversee the implementation of the NWP new strategic plan
  • Lead professional and expert on NWP to internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead professional partner to the Chair of National Women’s Philanthropy
  • Direct the coordination and management of the National Women's Philanthropy Board
  • Lead the newly launched Lion of Judah Endowment Campaign (LOJE25) TO SECURE$100,000,000 million in new endowment commitments over the next two years
  • Lead the planning of the International Lion of Judah Conference, JFNA’s largest fundraising event. Ideate program content, oversee logistics, implement recruitment strategies and grow sponsorship opportunities
  • Oversee the annual NWP Board Retreat and manage all aspects of designing and implementing the program, training and events surrounding the retreat
  • Develop new programs and implement strategies that address previously unaddressed populations such as daughters of Lions and creation of a national high level female professionals effort
  • Manage NWP professional team: supervise, train, and support colleagues; encourage and facilitate an exchange of information and ideas; support the professional development of the team
  • Establish strong, meaningful relationships with women’s philanthropy lay leaders and professionals working with women’s philanthropy. Foster relationships between national and local lay leadership
  • Develop and execute training programs for women’s philanthropy professionals
  • Supervise the professional and lay team in planning and implementing international missions
  • Manage departmental and programming budgets
  • Travelto Federations to provide training, consulting, and personal service to their women’s philanthropy efforts
  • As a member of the Senior Financial Resource Development (FRD) team, contribute to the overall strategy of the FRD department. 


  • Bachelor’s degree, or higher
  • 10+ years of experience working in the Jewish communal field. Development and fundraising experience a plus.
  • Significant experience in planning complex programs, events and conferences
  • Managerial experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience in relationship management
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Must have a demonstrated understanding and commitment to the Jewish community and embody the mission of JFNA and NWP
  • Experience in volunteer management and group facilitation helpful, as well as experience in leadership development, training, and programming. 
  • Maturity, flexibility and the ability to focus on detail while handling multiple tasks and diverse personalities. 
  • Available to travel periodically, both domestically and internationally
  • Must be a team leader, as well as a team player and self-starter, with a sense of humor and a positive attitude.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree