Development Associate, Emerging Leaders and Philanthropists

Job Type

Full Time




130 East 59 Street
New York
United States


About the Organization:

UJA-Federation of New York is the largest local philanthropy in the world. For more than 100 years, we’ve brought New Yorkers together to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our community. Thanks to our network of hundreds of non-profits, we can leverage our expertise across any number of areas — including health and human services, arts and culture, and education — to care for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, respond to crises close to home and far away, and shape our Jewish future. Our reach extends from New York to Israel to nearly 70 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year.

Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists (ELP) is UJA-Federation of New York’s umbrella community for individuals in their 20s and 30s encompassing all trades and affinities. Throughout the year, ELP provides more than 100 opportunities for involvement; including leadership positions, volunteer projects, career-specific programs, overseas missions, and content-rich experiences. ELP provides New Yorkers the ability to help make a positive impact in New York, in Israel, and around the world.

Position Summary:

The Development Associate leads the engagement, cultivation, and solicitation of donors and prospects in his/her portfolio, generally high-capacity individuals ranging in age from 25 to 32.

Specifically, the Development Associate will oversee all aspects of ELP Collective, ELP’s group that engages individuals in their mid-twenties to early thirties in meaningful programs and significant philanthropy. This includes the planning and execution of the ELP’s annual gala, the Generosity Signature Event, as well as a range of volunteer, fundraising, social, cultural, educational, and leadership development opportunities. Through these and other engagement vehicles, the Development Associate will work to steward young professionals with capacity, and deepen their involvement in UJA-Federation. S/he will build a continuous pipeline of ELP Collective level-prospects and collaborate with other fundraisers and groups to maximize benefit to the donor, in turn strengthening their commitment and the ELP community as a whole.

This position may require sporadic domestic and overseas travel.

Major Responsibilities:

Fundraising & Donor Engagement:

  • Develop and implement appropriate fundraising strategies to increase the dollars raised for the annual campaign from ELP donors at ELP Collective giving level ($1000+) by employing a variety of fundraising techniques, including face-to-face solicitations, fundraising events, phone calls, and written communications.
  • Manage a diverse portfolio of high-capacity constituents, establishing meaningful relationships with donors and prospects and exposing them to the vital work of UJA-Federation. This is done through one-on-one cultivation activities, engagement events, educational programs, volunteer projects, agency visits, missions, and other activities that are meaningful for donors in the ELP Collective demographic. Maintain, track and evaluate progress regularly, on his/her own and with supervisor.
  • Understand and develop strategy specifically for the target demographic. Recommend and implement new programs and initiatives, collaborating across divisional lines as needed to identify and engage young leaders with capacity; elevate them to the ELP Collective giving level, and move them forward within UJA-Federation.
  • Identify, cultivate, and steward ELP-age children and grandchildren of major donors, working closely with ELP’s assistant director to advance UJA-Federation’s broader major donor family strategy.

Program Portfolio:

  • In conjunction with ELP Collective leadership, create, plan, and implement a robust calendar of fundraising and engagement events, topical programs, and volunteer opportunities for ELP Collective donors. Manage these activities – including the Generosity Signature Event – from inception to follow-up, including marketing and budget oversight. Develop and implement plans for pre- and post-event (divisional/boutique) follow-up and engagement.
  • Staff the ELP Collective leadership group and Generosity Signature Event Host Committee, providing necessary professional support to the lay committee, including (but not limited to) setting agendas, preparing reports, writing meeting notes and talking points, and involving and leveraging lay leaders in a strategic manner.
  • Identify and collaborate with ELP Collective leaders, donors, and social/community influencers to build new relationships, create ongoing dialogue, and deepen their understanding of UJA-Federation, so they can serve as ambassadors for our organization and for ELP Collective.
  • Coordinate with the marketing and social media team to raise the profile of ELP Collective and raise awareness about its activities among our target audiences.
  • Spearhead community programming for individuals in their upper 20s, developing 1-2 targeted events or programs a year, and collaborating with ELP team members to ensure this population is invited to and engaged with general and boutique ELP programming year-round.
  • Serve as ELP liaison to the Philanthropic Services division, coordinating select ELP-wide and boutique volunteer projects and site visits, as well as other special ELP projects and initiatives advancing meaningful engagement.
  • Represent ELP on one or more cross-division initiatives, ensuring that shared goals are being met through planning, coordination, and communication.

Qualifications and Competencies (and Education):

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Three years’ professional experience in fundraising, sales, event planning or business development
  • Experience with donor cultivation and stewardship preferred, either in a professional or lay capacity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, communications skills, and customer service orientation
  • Outgoing personality with comfort and confidence in fast-paced, high-pressure settings
  • Extremely organized and detailed-oriented, in order to keep a handle on extensive number of simultaneous reports, processes, and procedures
  • Team player, willing to participate in cross-division initiatives, and to support and staff events
  • Self-motivated, self-directed, and proactive
  • Familiarity with the Jewish philanthropic landscape and NY social scene, especially among millennials
  • Knowledge of issues facing the Jewish community and passion for UJA-Federation’s mission
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and Power Point
  • Familiarity with donor management or other CRM software a plus



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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