Director of Philanthropy

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle


Seattle, WA (Hybrid)


The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle was founded in 1928 to serve the greater Jewish community, locally and around the world. Their work is focused on Jewish continuity and is anchored in Jewish values. Thanks to the support of thousands of supporters and volunteers, Federation has been at the forefront of meeting the community’s wide-ranging needs – rescuing and resettling Holocaust survivors in the 1940s, helping Ethiopian and Russian immigrants in the 1980s and 1990s, and investing in the growth of Jewish organizations that today provide a broad range of human services, educational programs, and cultural opportunities. 

As needs have evolved, the Federation has adapted to meet those challenges. Today, with the community’s support, the Federation leads a strong Jewish Puget Sound by serving as a community voice, strengthening connections to Israel and world Jewry, and making investments in Jewish life for today and the next generation.

The Federation is seeking a Director of Philanthropy to steward responsibility for the growth and diversity of the Federation’s donor base, owning all aspects of the solicitation process and leading its development and foundation teams. The Director will attract and serve high net-worth families by focusing on philanthropic impact and helping them reach their goals through the Federation. Reporting directly to the new CEO/President, a successful candidate will effectively leverage resources, connect people, and cultivate collaboration across the community in service to Jewish continuity.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal-opportunity employer 

Compensation Range

$145K – $165K

To apply

Please submit a resume & cover letter to Julie Lyss, Evolve Giving Group:

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Key Responsibilities

  • Provide fundraising guidance and partner-level support to CEO, cultivate growth and development of the Federation’s Board and leadership committees by engaging lay leaders and fostering a sense of community
  • Create, execute, and steward all fundraising activities for $3.6M campaign, including leading the integration of the development and foundation teams and coaching the high-performing 6+ person team
  • Solicit a portfolio of prospective and current donors for endowment, annual, capital campaigns, and special projects, with an emphasis on foundation fundraising and long-term financial sustainability
  • Develop strategies for solicitation and engagement through data analysis and effective operations planning
  • Prepare written reports, communications/marketing materials, and presentations for stakeholders
  • Establish and implement long and short-range organizational goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures with an emphasis on collaboration

Qualifications & Skills

  • 7+ years of experience in development, 3+ years’ experience in strategic and visionary leadership
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience), Master’s in non-profit management, Jewish Studies or MBA a plus
  • Proven track record in fundraising, including experience closing six and seven figure major gifts
  • Significant experience building and implementing effective fundraising strategies, cultivating & soliciting major donors
  • Ability to lead, inspire, and influence a team of professionals and lay leaders
  • Demonstrated project management and problem-solving skills; ability to prioritize simultaneous deadlines
  • Strong administrative, analytical, budgeting, and database skills
  • Passion for high-level strategic thinking and efficiency planning; ability to meet goals and objectives in a timely manner
  • Ability to build credibility with donors, lay leaders, and staff
  • High-level communications strategy and marketing experience preferred
  • Familiarity with Jewish tradition & culture; an understanding of the relationship among North American, Israeli, and Diaspora Jews; knowledge of Seattle Jewish community preferred

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