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Part-time Development Director, ARJE

ARJE Mission

ARJE is the voice for Reform Jewish education.

We advance the profession of the Jewish educator.

We are dedicated to inspiring excellence in Jewish education.


Position Summary:

The Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) seeks an entrepreneurial professional who will assume the position of Development Director. If you are an articulate relationship seeker and builder and are keen to add value to a mission-driven organization of passionate Jewish education professionals, we encourage you to apply.

The Development Director (DD) is the ARJE’s key fundraising leader in visioning and developing plans and activities for fundraising, and managing the portfolio of development activities, the DD supports the work of the Executive Director and lay leaders (most notably, the Development Committee) to coordinate the development programs and execute the tasks related to fundraising campaigns and programs. The DD coordinates essential aspects of the of the ARJE’s development program to apply the ARJE’s strategies and increase donor activity and associated revenue for the ARJE, including prospect identification, and cultivation, donor management and stewardship, communications and meetings, and other projects.



  • Work with the leadership of the ARJE to identify priorities, and design, implement, and manage strategic plans for a comprehensive development program.
  • Assist in preparing the annual budget for the design and implementation of a development plan to meet fundraising goals, including a development calendar and action plans.
  • Research and identify (new) foundation and private funding prospects. Engage with program officers at organizations to solicit invitations to submit proposals.
  • Manage grant and funding proposal processes, including writing well-researched, well-written, and well-documented grants and proposals, writing necessary reports to funders, and serving as the ARJE’s liaison to funding agencies as necessary.

Donor Cultivation

  • Work with the leadership of the ARJE to identify, cultivate, solicit and manage a portfolio of potential and current donors, with a focus on gifts that advance the ARJE’s strategic priorities.
  • Manage relationships with prospective, current, and lapsed donors; identify, qualify, cultivate, solicit and steward these individuals to maintain relationship continuity.
  • Develop and maintain strategies to enhance donor stewardship including the creation of donor relations materials such as an annual report and methods of donor recognition.

Donor Management (In coordination with the ARJE office)

  • Maintain the donor relationship management (area of the) ARJE database.
  • Process incoming gifts and ensure that gifts are accurately recorded and donors properly thanked, including acknowledgement letters, thank you cards/letters, and other communication via phone and/or e-mail.
  • Generate reports and analyze giving patterns.

Special Projects as needed

Core Competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking and Vision: In partnership with the Executive Director and other key stakeholders and resources, the DD will help create, articulate, and execute a vision for the growth and success of the development process. Keys to success will include being able to visualize the larger picture of where the ARJE is heading, identifying and prioritizing strategic objectives consistent with the vision of the association, and creating an effective action plan in consultation with the Executive Director and lay leadership.
  • Creativity and Innovation: Comes up with new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; takes acceptable risks in pursuit of innovation; learns from mistakes; has good judgment about which creative ideas and suggestions will work.
  • Self-Starter: Is able to manage multiple projects, and to work both within teams and independently; identifies what needs to be done and takes action before being asked or the situation requires it; seeks out others involved in a situation to learn their perspectives.
  • Interpersonal and Relational Skills: Establishes good working relationships with colleagues and volunteer partners who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with people at all levels of the organization both in person and remotely; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable. Is a relationship-seeker and builder of relationships.
  • Written, Verbal and Visual Communication: Is able to write and speak articulately and clearly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get a spoken message across that has the desired effect; adjusts and fine-tunes communication in response to both verbal and non-verbal cues. Has the ability to conceptualize and/or  create compelling visual materials.
  • Project Management: Identifies the key objectives and scope of a proposed project; garners needed resources and project support, develops a realistic and thorough plan for achieving key objectives, keeps team members briefed on progress, implements action plans, resolves barriers and problems; has ability to balance multiple tasks and projects while delivering quality work on schedule.
  • Commitment to Excellence: Takes pride in your work and strive to deliver the best possible results. Always be looking for opportunities to improve the way you work, generate ideas for streamlining processes and thoroughly check your work.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of and comfort with Reform Jewish principles and practices
  • Knowledge of fundraising and grant writing best practices, including compliance and reporting, identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship cycles, and systems for information and performance tracking
  • Strong relational skills
  • Ability to craft messaging and create attractive materials for (potential) donors
  • Successful experience in making cold calls as well as developing cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • High standards for excellence, including extraordinary organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Adaptable to change, both organizational and technological
  • Candidate should have 3+ years of experience in development; undergraduate degree is required
  • Some travel required (2-3 times per year)

What You Will Receive

  • A competitive non-profit salary
  • A wonderful opportunity to develop critical non-profit skills
  • An opportunity to make a significant contribution to Jewish education and Jewish life
  • A warm family-like group of Jewish educational leaders who will be your volunteer partners with whom to collaborate
  • Flexible work schedule (20 hours/week) and location (open to a telecommuting option for the right person)

About the ARJE:

The ARJE brings together Reform Jewish educational leaders who aspire to live out their sacred calling with passion, dedication, and a commitment to Jewish values and ideals. The Association of Reform Jewish Educators is a professional organization in which members inspire excellence through the work of Jewish teaching and learning.  ARJE members enrich lives by challenging minds, nurturing souls and strengthening Jewish communities.

The ARJE believes that each individual is entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

Interested Candidates should forward their resumes to:; subject: ARJE Development

Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE)
New York , NY
Employment Type: 
Part Time
Close Date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Organization Type: 
Professional Organization