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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.

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Reconstructing Judaism seeks nominations for a 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 the President, Board and other senior leadership to increase funding and stakeholder engagement that will enable the organization to move its core priorities forward.

The Opportunity

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 engage 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 has an opportunity to represent 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
  • A relationship builder with superb interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • A lead solicitor capable of cultivating and closing 6 and 7-figure gifts, including navigating and securing grants from foundations
  • Experience building, leading and managing a team of individuals who feel a sense of joint responsibility to the organization
  • Results-driven, familiarity establishing and using metrics to drive productivity
  • Grasps and exhibits enthusiasm for the mission and vision of Reconstructing Judaism
  • Ability to serve as a strategic partner to the President
  • A collaborator who appreciates the value of building on strengths of individuals
  • Ability to raise restricted funds for academic programs and scholarships
  • Familiarity with fundraising systems and the current philanthropic landscape
  • A problem solver who is thoughtful and smart in approaching challenges
  • Prior experience with a major capital campaign preferred
  • 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

Confidential expressions of interest and applications should be submitted via email to talent@jumpstartphilanthropy.com. Candidates should include a PDF of their cover letter and resume.
 


 

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.