Major Gifts Officer

Union for Reform Judaism


Remote; Midwest and/or Southwest (Texas preferred)


The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) provides vision and voice to build strong communities that, together, transform the way people connect to Judaism and change the world. As the largest Jewish movement in North America, URJ stands for a Judaism that is inclusive and reflective of a wide range of identities and accept the responsibility of dismantling oppression both inside and outside of their communities. Through camping, youth experiences, programs, information sharing, and networking opportunities, over 850 congregations and 15 residential camps create opportunities for the URJ to enhance their capacity to build and expand community, engage in meaningful and authentic Jewish life, deepen Jewish learning, energize worship, pursue social justice and develop inspired leadership.

The URJ seeks a Major Gifts Officer to build upon and further establish its fundraising efforts in Midwest and Southwestern communities in the US.  Desired candidates have experience in fundraising and are comfortable soliciting gifts of $5K+.  The Major Gifts Officer will develop and manage a pipeline of donors and prospects through direct cultivation of prospects, stewardship, and solicitation of donors as well as build relationships in communities in the catchment area.   Successful candidates will be able to work well with local clergy, senior URJ colleagues and lay leaders and will be comfortable working on a national team.  This remote position is part of a Development Team and is supervised by the Director of Major Gifts in New York City.

The URJ strives to be a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse workplace. The URJ promotes strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is the URJ’s objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Compensation Range

$90,000 - $95,000

To apply

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

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Key Responsibilities

  • Manage a portfolio of 100+ major donors and prospects within the catchment area, ensuring timely, appropriate, and meaningful donor engagement
  • Identify potential donors, and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship in collaboration with key URJ professionals and lay leaders; develop strategies to expand the current donor base
  • Build a pipeline of donors who have potential to give larger gifts
  • Perform prospect research to identify donors and enhance donor pipeline
  • Coordinate donor appointments with key professional and lay leaders within the catchment area
  • Assist in planning and executing major donor cultivation and stewardship activities/events
  • Actively contribute to development team by supporting colleagues, collaborating on projects and system creation, sharing information, and being a positive force for good
  • Attend and participate in development team meetings, major gift meetings and other activities as assigned and appropriate
  • Accurately update and maintain major donor/prospect information and activity in donor database system

Qualifications & Skills

  • 3+ years’ experience and proven success in major gift fundraising
  • Skilled in relationship development with lay leaders, donors, and clergy
  • Proven ability to secure major gifts of $5,000+
  • Ability to identify , research and cultivate new prospects
  • Engaging and motivational team member who understands and is passionate about the Reform movement
  • Maturity, sound judgment, and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and strategic in project management, prioritizing workload and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to help create, articulate and execute a vision for the growth and success of the organization
  • Resiliency and comfort working with ambiguity
  • Knowledge of and experience with a CRM database, (Salesforce preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree required

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