Reporting to, and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Communications will spearhead fundraising and member recruitment and retention efforts to support BZBI’s operations and growth. Our Director of Development and Communications will have the opportunity to build the development function in association with the Executive Director, the Clergy and key members of the Board. In this position, you will be responsible for vital revenue streams, which allow us to achieve our mission and maximize our impact in the community. You plan and organize fundraising activities, oversee communications to the community and assist the clergy and Board of Trustees in all development and communication efforts.


Development Responsibilities:

Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
Develop and execute the annual fundraising plan with specific financial goals annually
Generate new ideas that increase revenue and donor loyalty
Report on program progress to senior management and the board
Oversee the development budget and monitor expenses
Develop and maintain long-term relationships with existing and new donors
Conceive of and implement donor recognition program to enhance engagement
Identify and build relationships with new and prospective donors
Manage systems and software to track and cultivate donors and prospects, including our donor database and wealth screening tools
Administer signature fundraising and donor stewardship events
Make, and support clergy and volunteer leaders in making, direct face-to-face solicitations
Manage data entry and gift processing
Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
Oversee organization of special events
Develop and track proposals and reports for all fundraising
Recruit, train, and support key volunteers to assist in advancement efforts

Communications/Marketing Responsibilities:

Develop and oversee communications strategy, including communications to members as well as to external audiences and media as necessary.
Manage the organization’s marketing, messaging and communications, including creating mass communications pieces
Communicate fundraising goals throughout the organization and equip team members to reach them
Oversee strategic plan and execution for organization website and electronic communications, including frequent review of content and electronic engagement processes
Develop a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization
Coordinate the design, printing and distribution of marketing and communication materials for development efforts
Oversee preparation of high-quality collateral materials, proposals, and reports
Manage strategic communications planning for the website and all electronic communications
Oversee and manage external vendors such as graphic designers, web developers, media relations, etc.

Membership Responsibilities:

Plan and execute outreach to potential members
Community building
Lead membership renewal efforts
Assess trends for membership dues

Work Remotely: no

*At least 3-5 years prior experience in non-profit fundraising or development role or communications role
*Experience in the Jewish community a plus
*Proven success in detail-oriented projects, organizational work, and problem solving
*Bachelor’s degree
*Experience with Microsoft Office, Outlook, QuickBooks
*Experience in budgeting and financial management preferred

Key attributes: 

*An ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and a “can-do” attitude to ensure quality control in a fast-paced environment
*Great attention to detail and organizational efficiency
*Team player with an ability to interface with diverse groups such as staff, lay leaders, congregants, and clergy
*Enthusiastic leader capable of managing diverse teams to reach a common goal by initiating and completing projects
*Entrepreneurial spirit, self-starter who crafts creative solutions and opens doors to new donor relationships
*Ability to be an active listener to all constituents, focus on donor needs and know how to identify mutual benefits
*Exceptional communicator who can compel audiences through writing and speaking
*Maturity and discretion in handling sensitive data and information

Position Start Date: February 1, 2019

• Salary commensurate with experience
• Benefits package, including health insurance, vacation, sick leave, and parental leave
• Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities
• Membership to BZBI

Send resumes and cover letter to:

opportunities@bzbi.org, as well as examples of media correspondence, appeal letter and a program description.

About Beth Zion Beth Israel

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel is a vibrant, growing congregation in Center City Philadelphia with roughly 450 member units, affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.