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JCUA Director of Development
Job Description June 2015

About the Position
The Director of Development is a senior level position within the organization. This person reports to the Executive Director and will supervise a part-time development coordinator. The Director of Development leads all of JCUA’s work relating to development and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of JCUA’s fundraising. Primary responsibilities include:

    • Spearhead and implement multi-year and annual fundraising plan. Leads, designs and implements all fundraising activities for JCUA, including annual giving, major gifts, expansion of donor base, legacy giving and special fundraising campaigns. Partners with the Executive Director to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward donors and gifts.

    • Relationship building:Secures financial support from individuals and corporations and implements strategies to expand and diversify JCUA’s donor base. Serves as key relationship-builder with donors of all levels. Works closely with the board of directors and lay leaders to develop prospects, deepen relationships and solicit and procure donations. Identifies strategies for senior leaders and board members to support the development of the donor base. Creates and implements planned giving and legacy giving opportunities.

    • Special Events:Plan and implement major annual event and special events with staff and consultant assistance to support fund development goals and donor cultivation. Ensure maximum exposure occurs via marketing, promotion and press coverage as appropriate.

    • Communications:Increase donor loyalty and engagement through direct and indirect communications including email, social media, phone calls, other correspondence and personal visits. Leads the development and distribution of print and electronic fundraising materials including year-end fundraising appeals, event invitations, and marketing materials in collaboration with manager of marketing and communications.

    • Support for Strategic Direction:Provides input for successful completion of grant submittals. Works with Executive Director to ensure timely and high quality grant completions and submissions.

    • Secondary Responsibilities

      • Serves as Committee Staff: Works closely with the Board of Directors on fundraising and board development.  Lead staff for the Resource Development Committee and ad hoc fundraising committees.

      • Assists with membership expansion: Participates with other staff in event planning and organizational strategies to build membership and expand related programming.

Minimum Qualificiations

    • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university, master’s degree preferred.
    • At least 3-5 years of experience in a development / fundraising role.
    • Proven track record of fundraising success with major, mid-level and smaller donors with specific experience in cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of individual donors.
    • Experience overseeing events and logistics management.
    • Communication experience, specifically the development and implementation of a communications plan.
    • Experience supervising staff and/or working with volunteers.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Current computer skills.
    • Well-organized, ability to multi-task and delegate responsibilities, and comfortable 
      in diverse settings.
    • Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge or a similar fundraising database software.
    • A self-starter able to take initiative.

Desired Qualificiations

    • Passion for engaging the Jewish community in social justice.
    • Strong project management and supervision skills.
    • Willingness to work flexible hours—including weeknights and occasional weekends.
    • Knowledge of online social media platforms. 
    • Familiarity and fundraising experience with Chicago Jewish community.
    • Commitment to team-building and effective communication with colleagues.


    • Salary is commensurate with experience.
    • Medical, dental, and vision coverage.
    • Two weeks paid vacation (with an increase over time), plus sick leave.
    • Days off for major Jewish holidays.
    • A supportive work environment with people committed to bringing out the best in each other and to making change.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to jobs@jcua.org.  
For best consideration date, submit resume and cover letter by May 26. 2015.  
JCUA encourages applicants from all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations and genders.





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JCUA's commitment to social and economic justice plays out through its work with communities throughout the Chicago area. JCUA serves as an organizational expression of the Jewish ethical tradition that holds that the fate of one person is inextricably entwined with the fate of all. As it says in the Talmud: Whosoever Saves One Life Saves The World Entire.

The Internship Program

JCUA accepts interns year-round. The year is divided into three internship sessions: Fall (September-December), Winter/Spring (January-May), and Summer (June-August). Applicants may apply for any session. See more on minimum time commitments here. JCUA accepts undergraduate and graduate students, as well as non-students. High school students may only apply if they are alumni of JCUA's Teen social Justice Institute: "Or Tzedek." JCUA encourages applicants from all racial, ethnic, and religious background, sexual orientations and genders. Learn more about the internship program.

Be the Change

JCUA aims to provide its interns with meaningful engagement in social justice issues through a Jewish lens. At JCUA interns gain professional experience, as well as tools and skills to excel in an effective and focused non-profit environment. Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Advocacy and Community Organizing
  • Or Tzedek Teen Social Justice Program
  • Outreach and Education
  • Community Development
  • Communications (including video production, graphic design, photography, social media, journalism)
  • Fundraising and Event Planning
  • Jewish-Muslim Relations

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