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Employment Opportunities

Diversity is a core value of our organization. Reconstructing Judaism is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply.

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

 


Vice President of Strategic Advancement

Geographically flexible | Philadelphia, PA, area preferred

About Reconstructing Judaism 

As our times demand a powerful moral voice, Reconstructing Judaism is unafraid to lead with a progressive Jewish perspective that builds diverse communities and helps thousands of Jews grow and flourish. Based in suburban Philadelphia, Reconstructing Judaism – the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement — supports approximately one hundred congregations around the world; trains and educates rabbis and other Jewish leaders; fosters innovation; and makes possible dynamic camp experiences for children and teens.

To build on its recent successes, the organization now seeks a highly motivated, relationship-driven Vice President of Strategic Advancement (VPSA) at this pivotal time of growth. This professional will work with top volunteer leadership and professional teams to increase funding that will enable the organization to move its core priorities forward.

About Reconstructing Judaism

Working closely with and reporting to the President, the Vice President of Strategic Advancement for Reconstructing Judaism will design, implement and lead a sustainable development strategy to increase philanthropic revenue through diversified revenue streams. The VPSA will manage a portfolio of donors, recruit new investors and partner with the President, Board Chair, lay leaders and senior staff members to cultivate, solicit and steward major donors. The VPSA will build relationships and actively work with members of the Board of Governors to maximize their potential as connectors, ambassadors and solicitors. The VPSA will be the lead professional for the organization’s Development Committee and attend all meetings of the Board of Governors to discuss strategy, policy and results.

As a member of senior leadership, the VPSA will manage a team of development and communications professionals that will grow in proportion to the success of its endeavors. This professional will also have the opportunity to oversee a capital campaign, now in its early stages of planning and implementation. As a public face and ambassador for the organization, the VPSA will have an opportunity to help build a dynamic, progressive Judaism that is unafraid to lead in building a more just and compassionate world.

Funding

Reconstructing Judaism currently has an annual operating budget of nearly $6 million. In 2019, 70% of its revenue will come from philanthropic support, primarily from individual donations at the micro and macro donor level.

Ideal Qualifications
  • Grasps and exhibits enthusiasm for the mission and vision of Reconstructing Judaism
  • Ability to serve as a strategic partner to the President
  • A relationship builder with superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to innovate strategically, developing principle gift strategy and donor pipeline
  • A lead solicitor capable of cultivating and closing 6 and 7-figure gifts, including navigating and securing grants from foundations
  • Experience building, leading and mobilizing a team of individuals who feel a sense of joint responsibility to the organization
  • Ability to raise restricted funds for academic programs and scholarships
  • A collaborator who appreciates the value of building on strengths of individuals
  • Familiarity with fundraising systems and the current philanthropic landscape
  • Results-driven, familiarity establishing and using metrics to drive productivity
  • A problem solver who is thoughtful and smart in approaching challenges
  • Innovative and entrepreneurial
  • Fearless and savvy
  • Warm, open and engaging
  • Willingness to travel as is appropriate to the role

For more information on Reconstructing Judaism: www.reconstructingjudaism.org

To apply, please send cover letter and resume via email to:
talent@jumpstartphilanthropy.com
 

Engagement Team

Avi Friedman
Principal
avi@jumpstartphilanthropy.com
(240) 678-3298

Deb Friedman
Executive Consultant
deb@jumpstartphilanthropy.com
(516) 521-6616


 

Director of Admissions, Recruitment and Student Life

The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), located in Wyncote, PA, is part of Reconstructing Judaism, the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. RRC seeks a director of admissions, recruitment and student life. The admissions and recruitment portfolio (80%) involves providing the strategic leadership and day-to-day management of RRC’s recruitment and admissions program to attract well-qualified candidates and to meet RRC’s enrollment needs.  It also requires the equivalent of 3-4 weeks of travel per year. The student life portfolio (20%) involves providing support for students and building community through individual pastoral support and planning and implementation of communal programs. The director of admissions, recruitment and student life reports to the vice-president for academic affairs.

Admissions & Recruitment Responsibilities

  • Maintain and cultivate relationships with prospective students: maintain ongoing communication with individual prospective students; maintain prospective student database including records of each interaction Identify and cultivate new prospective students: create and implement recruitment plans at previously identified “feeders;” identify additional potential sources of applicants and initiate relationships and recruitment activities
  • Implement recruitment strategy
  • Serve as RRC’s primary recruiter
  • Train and mobilize alumni, students and faculty to recruit on behalf of RRC
  • Plan and oversee recruitment events including annual Institute for Prospective Rabbinical Students
  • In partnership with the Communications department, evaluate, update and oversee dissemination of RRC’s recruitment-oriented materials, including website, print materials, social media
  • Oversee application and admissions process: coordinate prospective student and applicant visits; guide applicants through the admission process; oversee placement testing; chair admissions committee; coordinate with registrar and financial aid administrator to ensure smooth transition for incoming students
  • Maintain departmental budget and supervise administrative assistant

Student Life Responsibilities

  • Provide pastoral support for RRC students as needed
  • Foster positive individual and community experiences through student programming including: orientation; Shabbatonim; holiday celebrations and other community events; Yom Iyyun and lunchtime programming; oversee programming calendar and communication regarding internal and external programming and events
  • Serve as point person for potential speakers and organizational representatives
  • Represent the student perspective on faculty and relevant committees
  • Serve as liaison to the Reconstructionist Student Association
  • Supervise student life intern and administrative assistant
  • Oversee student life budget

Qualifications/Education:

  • Rabbinical degree preferred
  • Significant experience with and knowledge of Reconstructionist Judaism
  • Recruitment experience preferred
  • Communal Jewish programming experience preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated learner
  • Must be able to travel as required

Full-time Salary:

$65,000+, commensurate with experience/qualifications

Full-time Benefits:

The two portfolios equal a full-time, exempt, benefit eligible position. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), generous paid vacation and sick time, and ample time off for major Jewish and American holidays.  We offer a dynamic and progressive workplace.

Special Note: We are also willing to consider candidates who are interested in only the 80% admissions and recruitment portfolio.  80% positions are also benefit eligible.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and CV to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls please.

Diversity is a core value of our organization.   We welcome applicants of any and all racial and ethnic groups and sexual and gender identities. Reconstructing Judaism is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply.

About Us:

Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We train the next generation of rabbis, support and uplift congregations and havurot, foster emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourage people to be their best selves — always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future.

Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. We have originated many of the core innovations of today’s Judaism and lead efforts to make our congregations and havurot even more groundbreaking, inclusive and relevant.


 

Reconstructing Judaism will be embarking upon a major campaign to help our organization make an impactful stride toward delivering on our vision in new and exciting ways. The Campaign Manager will report to the Vice President for Strategic Advancement and will be responsible for driving campaign planning and follow through in conjunction with staff and lay leadership and a development firm yet to be chosen. The successful candidate will demonstrate affinity with the mission and identity of Reconstructing Judaism and possess the organizational, development and relational skills required of this role.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the VP for Strategic Advancement to align the campaign with the organization’s mission, values, vision and strategic plan, while keeping in mind the needs of our already established annual campaign.
  • Serve as the lead staff person to the Campaign Steering Committee, handling all meeting details and creation and distribution of minutes and action notes.
  • Develop and maintain productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Design and implement a series of campaign cultivation activities including events and communications with top prospects.
  • Ensure that events, solicitations and supporting materials and communications are developed, produced and executed in accordance with the campaign plan.
  • Manage campaign prospect research, tracking, correspondence, stewardship and acknowledgement in the donor database.
  • Manage, equip and support volunteer and staff involvement in the campaign, preparing them to be effective cultivators and solicitors. Prepare briefing and follow-up materials for solicitors.
  • In conjunction with the VPSA, engage in resource planning, development and oversight of campaign budget, allocation of resources and expenditures for the campaign.
  • Manage the President’s, the VPSA’s, and lay leaders’ travel portfolios related to campaign prospects; assist in managing appointments and shepherding through the cultivation process.
  • Calculate and produce regular campaign status reports on income and expenses.

Qualifications

  • Ability to develop and sustain relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to exercise influence as well as direct power to achieve strategic goals.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent communication skills and public presence.
  • Strong track record of meeting critical deadlines and keeping projects on target and on budget.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Experience

  • 5-7 years’ experience in fundraising campaign work and/or development work. Must be able to demonstrate how prior experience translates into aptitude to oversee and run a campaign.
  • Raiser’s Edge experience preferred.

Salary:

$70,000+, commensurate with experience/qualifications

Benefits:

This is a full-time, exempt, benefit eligible position. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), paid vacation and sick time, and time off for major Jewish and American holidays.  We offer a dynamic and progressive workplace.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume and professional writing sample to hr@reconstructingjudaism.org. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls please.

Diversity is a core value of our organization.   We welcome applicants of any and all racial and ethnic groups and sexual and gender identities. Reconstructing Judaism is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected classes. All are welcome to apply.

About Us:

Reconstructing Judaism is the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement. We train the next generation of rabbis, support and uplift congregations and havurot, foster emerging expressions of Jewish life, and encourage people to be their best selves — always helping to shape what it means to be Jewish today and to imagine the Jewish future.

Reconstructionists approach Judaism — and life — with deep consideration of the past and a passion to relate it to the present. We have originated many of the core innovations of today’s Judaism and lead efforts to make our congregations and havurot even more groundbreaking, inclusive and relevant.