Director of Development

Congregation Rodeph Sholom


New York, NY


With a strong legacy and a 180-year-old history, Congregation Rodeph Sholom (CRS) is a large dynamic Reform synagogue in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper West Side.A hub of Jewish activity for congregants and families, CRS is a community for all who enter, representing the vibrant diversity of New York’s Jewish landscape. Multi-generational families, millennials, interfaith families, lifelong New Yorkers and those new to the city, folks pursuing conversion and those exploring Judaism for the first time are all welcome at CRS. Embracing the importance of social justice, active inclusion, education, community,  and relationship to Israel, CRS blends the teachings of Jewish heritage with the best lessons of modern culture.

CRS seeks a collaborative, compassionate, community-minded fundraising professional  to partner with clergy and lay leaders to continue to support the growth and direction of the congregation. The successful candidate has an innovative spirit and approach to development operations, solicitation, annual fund development, and implementation skills and thrives working in a team environment. The Director of Development will oversee a $2M annual campaign along with multiple special fundraising initiatives and events.  Supervised by the CRS Executive Director and working in partnership with clergy, the CRS Board, and lay leaders as well as the CRS Senior Team, the Director of Development, working with a Development Team of 2, will be the backbone for all fundraising efforts for the congregation, and will lead and implement the planning, day-to-day management, oversight and execution of events, programs, and activities with an eye towards innovation and growth.

All qualified applicants are welcome, including those belonging to historically marginalized and underrepresented groups. CRS does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of one’s actual or perceived race; color; religion; sex/gender (including gender identity); creed; sexual orientation; marital status; pregnancy; ethnicity; national origin; ancestry; age; disability; alienage/citizenship status; or any other characteristic protected by federal and New York law.

Compensation Range

$150K - $175K

To apply

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

Download Job Description

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide fundraising guidance and leadership to the CRS community, working closely with clergy, staff, and volunteers to strategically cultivate new prospects and opportunities for increased engagement and giving.
  • Work closely with Director of Membership and Director of Engagement to develop a holistic view of member donors and potential as future CRS leaders. 
  • Oversee and coordinate prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship strategies and activities, (including events and trips) in support of annual, planned giving, capital, and endowment needs.
  • Direct the Development department; supervise the Development Officer and Development Assistant and create and track the department budget. 
  • Manage the lay-led Development Committee and partner closely with the Development Chair on all committee work.
  • Plan and manage donor recognition programs, special events and plaques, individual restricted funds, and develop enhanced strategies for CRS’ planned giving program.
  • Strategize and partner with Rodeph Sholom School on joint fundraising projects where appropriate.

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree required
  • 4+ years of development experience:  direct solicitation experience as well as events and development operations.
  • Donor cultivation and stewardship experience
  • Comfortable working closely with a team, lay leaders and donors
  • Understanding of fundraising strategy, moves-management, data and metrics 
  • Planned giving, and foundation engagement , capital giving, and project-specific fundraising experience preferred
  • Strong project management skills
  • Outstanding relationship building skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Outlook and Salesforce as well as the ability to learn current data system
  • Authentic personal connection to the Jewish community, relevant issues of Jewish communal and synagogue life, familiarity with Jewish calendar and lifecycle

Key Responsibilities

Qualifications & Skills

Search More Roles