Director of Advancement

Central Conference of American Rabbis


New York Tri-State Area


The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) is Reform Judaism’s rabbinic leadership organization. The CCAR strengthens the Jewish community by providing religious, spiritual, ethical, and intellectual leadership. CCAR and its members lead the Reform Movement on important spiritual, social, cultural and human rights issues, as it has done since 1889. 

CCAR is also the center for lifelong rabbinic learning, professional development, and personal support for the 2,200 rabbis who serve more than 1.5 million Reform Jews throughout North America, Israel, and the world. Since its founding, the CCAR also has served as the primary publisher for the Reform Movement through CCAR Press and its secondary imprint Reform Judaism Publishing. 

CCAR seeks an experienced Director of Advancement to partner with and support the Chief Executive in all areas of philanthropy.   Overseeing  the development department, the Director of Advancement will ensure growth and achievement of the organizations $2M annual fundraising goal. This position reports to and collaborates closely with the Chief Executive, serving as a member of the senior team focused on guiding CCAR’s strategic fundraising efforts and operational objectives. The ideal candidate will have 8+ years of relevant nonprofit fundraising experience, preferably in a Jewish environment focused on major gifts.

CCAR is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation Range

$150,000 - $155,000

To apply

Please submit a resume & cover letter to Sue Sherr-Seitz, Evolve Giving Group:

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Key Responsibilities

  • Thought leader and partner for CEO to achieve long-term fundraising goals.
  • Partner with professional and volunteer leadership to develop and implement fundraising strategies, campaign plans, timelines and initiatives. 
  • Manage all donor relationships; create and implement individualized solicitation, cultivation and stewardship plans; identify and cultivate a portfolio of prospective donors.
  • Draft all fundraising communications and personalized communication on behalf of the Chief Executive.
  • Supervise all aspects of the development department, including a staff of 2.
  • Lead and manage all grant work including writing, reporting and editing; oversee all related follow-up.
  • Conduct thorough Foundation research; identify new opportunities for partnership, funding and build Foundation relationships.
  • Manage relationships with the Board and to create a culture of philanthropy. 
  • Identify and cultivate prospective Board members and volunteers; increase involvement with fundraising efforts.
  • Serve as an ambassador and representative of CCAR in the community at all times.

Qualifications & Skills

  • 8+ years professional fundraising experience. 
  • Experience and comfort working with high-level donors, philanthropists and foundations.
  • Ability to secure gifts of $25,000+
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and customer service skills.
  • Skilled at developing relationships with lay leadership and donors; motivating volunteers to meet goals.
  • Supervision and project management experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; highly organized
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Jewish non-profit and Reform rabbinic community.
  • High level of comfort working with business technology including Microsoft Office Suite; experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • Discretion and commitment to confidentiality.
  • Ability to exercise patience and good judgment.
  • Passion for the mission CCAR. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

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