Chief Development Officer

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas


Dallas, TX


For over 100 years, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas (JFGD) has provided sustaining financial support to the programs and services that impact Jewish life in Dallas, Israel and overseas. Funding over 85 agencies, JFGD is the largest Jewish philanthropic umbrella in the fastest growing Jewish community in the United States.

As the federation enters a new era of leadership, and philanthropic opportunity,  JFGD seeks an entrepreneurial, strategic, and proven philanthropic leader as its Chief Development Officer. The CDO’s 3 main responsibilities are: to increase JFGD’s $11M campaign and philanthropic achievements utilizing focused and systemic donor-centric approaches; launch a comprehensive planned giving program and corporate sponsorship platform and reinforce donor-centric strategies to increase both donor base and revenue growth.  

Supervising the Development team, (a team of 10 with 3 direct reports),  the CDO will set a dynamic campaign pace, and provide guidance and partnership to lay leaders, and the CEO. The successful candidate will possess professional maturity, flexibility and the ability to build productive relationships.  The CDO will serve as the lead fundraiser and team leader, securing philanthropic support in a complex and emerging environment, and will inspire confidence from internal and external constituencies.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas is an equal opportunity employer.

Compensation Range

$170K - $190K

To apply

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

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Key Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a strategic operating plan for integrated resource development, including planned giving, supplemental giving, corporate sponsorship, events and donor while overseeing the team working on the annual community campaign 
  • Drive fundraising for the organization and serve as a motivational force in fundraising efforts to grow the annual campaign and all fundraising initiatives
  • Provide strategic partnership to the President and CEO, providing consultation on all philanthropy related issues 
  • Actively participate in the campaign as a solicitor, identifying, cultivating and stewarding new and current donors in partnership with the CEO and lay leadership 
  • Mentor, coach and supervise 3 direct reports; provide leadership, clarity and encourage professional excellence
  • Oversee, evaluate and create new procedures when needed to all campaign and Donor Services operations to ensure consistent, best in class donor services
  • Partner with the CEO to ensure lay leaders are engaged by their association with JFGD 
  • Build and grow relationships with Boards and Committees, partnering with lay leadership and staff

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree 
  • 10+ years of non-profit management experience 
  • Proven record of setting and achieving strategic objectives 
  • Ability to build relationships, inspire confidence, and work closely with lay leaders and staff
  • Proven management, team building, coaching, and leadership skills
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and change management experience
  • Varied solicitation, donor cultivation and stewardship experience 
  • Planned giving and corporate sponsorship experience (preferred)
  • Strong attention to detail; able to organize, prioritize and execute responsibilities in the face of conflicting priorities with discretion.
  • Tech-savvy, with Raiser’s Edge, Salesforce, and MS Office skills
  • Budgeting, data management and analysis acumen
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, oral, and public speaking) 
  • Authentic understanding of philanthropy in the Jewish community, issues of Jewish life, Israel and familiarity with Jewish calendar and lifecycle

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