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Development Assistant - Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Congregation Rodeph Sholom (CRS) is a welcoming and dynamic Reform synagogue of 1,800 families on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. For nearly 180 years, CRS has flourished as a congregation – providing its members with a spiritual home, a deep sense of belonging, and a true feeling of community. We strive each day to offer everyone who walks through our doors a compelling case for Jewish life and foster hope for the future of Judaism through meaningful interactions that engage and inspire.


The Development Assistant will handle a diverse range of responsibilities to support the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of congregants at an exciting point in our history. CRS is in the midst of a multi-million dollar capital and endowment campaign in addition to annual fundraising of nearly

$2,000,000 through our Yom Kippur Appeal. The Development Assistant is a critical role that manages the day-to-day operations of a busy, three-person department.


We are looking for a self-starter who is poised and articulate, organized and accurate. You’ll be comfortable with everything from completing expense reports to interacting with high level donors in a fast-paced and professional office environment. Some fundraising experience and interest in the Jewish community is a plus. This position will include occasional weekend or evening work as needed for events or meetings.


The work of our department changes as we continuously seek to have a greater impact. All of our team members must be flexible and able to adapt to short- and long-term shifts in their job duties.



•  Gift Processing and Acknowledgement

o  Coordinate gift processing with the Business Office and maintain responsibility for accuracy of records in the donor database, correspondence, and Excel spreadsheets.

o  Using mail merge, prepare acknowledgment letters to donors for various gift types, paying close attention to timeliness, nuance, and personalization.

•  Meetings and Events

o Take an active role in planning key events, including designing invitations and coordinating with vendors, constructing the mailing list, and keeping door lists; some evening work required.

o  Manage all logistics of Development Committee meetings including scheduling meetings, preparing materials, ordering food, circulating meeting minutes, etc.

•   Additional Development Projects

o  Manage donor listings in The Chronicle (quarterly newsletter).

o  Manage memorial listings in the Roll of Remembrance (book provided to congregants each Yom Kippur).

o  Handle all aspects of Memorial Plaque donations and hangings.

• Departmental Management

o  Process invoices and check requests, track budgets, create expense reports.

o  Schedule meetings on behalf of the Director of Development with clergy, staff members, and congregants.

o  Field phone inquiries and follow up with information as requested in a warm and pleasant manner; includes covering the synagogue’s main phone line.

o  Maintain paper and electronic files.

o Generate fundraising reports for analytical purposes.

• Perform other related duties as assigned or required; duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at the discretion of the Director of Development.


•  Time Management: Able and willing to focus time on tasks that are more likely to meet goals; uses time effectively and efficiently; values time and respects the time of others; concentrates his/her time efforts on the most important priorities; can appropriately attend to a broad range of activities.

•  Attitude and Office Presence: Maintains a positive “whatever it takes” attitude at all times; remains poised under pressure; asks questions and seeks guidance; takes ownership of projects from beginning to end; responds well to constructive feedback and is willing to improve areas that need strengthening.

• Written Communication: Is able to write clearly and succinctly; can get messages across that have the desired effect; clearly articulates message content and projects an appropriate tone.

•  Verbal Communication: Is able to speak articulately and clearly in a variety of communication settings and styles; adjusts and fine-tunes communication in response to both verbal and non-verbal cues.

• Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all colleagues; works well with people at all levels of the organization; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable.

•  Listening: Practices attentive and active listening; has the patience to

hear others out; can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.

• Functional/Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

• Integrity and Trust: Is widely trusted; is seen as direct and honest; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain; response to situations with reliability.

• Team Orientation: Demonstrates interest, skill, and success in team environments; places group goals ahead of personal agendas; understands and supports the importance of teamwork; shares credit for success with others.



•   B.A./B.S. degree

•   One to two years of experience in a related field. Development experience a plus.

•   Excellent computer, writing, and interpersonal skills.

•   Proficiency in Microsoft Office required, particularly Excel and mail merge (letters, emails, envelopes, etc.).

•   Sensitivity to confidential information and the appropriate maturity to exercise discretion.

•   Strong work ethic and desire to learn.

•   Exceptional organizational skills.

•   A stickler for accuracy and details.

•   Responsible and reliable individual with a pleasant and flexible attitude, willing to take on challenging tasks.

•   Interest in the field of Development as a career and desire to learn the fundamentals is a plus.



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TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter to

Congregation Rodeph Sholom
New York , NY
Employment Type: 
Full Time
Close Date: 
Friday, February 28, 2020