Director of Philanthropy

Milwaukee Jewish Day School


Milwaukee, WI


Milwaukee Jewish Day School (MJDS) is a pluralistic Jewish community with curricular roots in text, theology, practice, Israel, and memory. MJDS empowers students to develop Jewish roots, nourish their souls, and grow into lifelong learners, while also gaining the experiences and tools to engage with the world. MJDS enrolls approximately 180 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade and lives out its core values of empathy, wonder, and Tikkun Olam. 

MJDS seeks a strategic and skilled Director of Philanthropy to manage and implement all aspects of the school’s comprehensive development program. Reporting directly to the Head of School, this managerial role will supervise one development team member and work closely with other senior staff and key lay leaders. The Director of Philanthropy will meaningfully contribute to the school’s financial health and sustainability, projecting an inspiring vision of its impact and future direction.  

A strong candidate will demonstrate proven success in nonprofit development or a related area and strong relationship building skills. Prior oversight of a fundraising program is preferable, with experience in at least some of the following: major gifts, events, legacy, endowment, grants, and/or alumni engagement.

MJDS is an equal-opportunity employer

Compensation Range

$90K-$125K, DOE

To apply

To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Jami Bachrad, Evolve Giving Group:

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Key Responsibilities

  • Spearhead strategies and initiatives to deepen culture of philanthropy
  • Create and implement 3-5 year development plan 
  • Drive priority setting, time management, and orchestration of all development activities (identification, cultivation, stewardship, solicitation, recognition)
  • Guide research, planning, implementation, and review of multiple data-driven fundraising activities
  • Provide leadership with MJDS’ annual campaign ($300K+ goal), events, and legacy and endowment giving strategies
  • Coordinate and participate in donor solicitations of varying sizes
  • Organize and oversee biannual fundraising event ($150K approximate goal), including oversight of event committee 
  • Serve as public face and ambassador for MJDS in all social/community settings, alongside Head of School and board members
  • Partner closely with board President and Development Chair/Committee to empower and train board members on development roles
  • Proactively research and pursue grant funding from foundations, both within and beyond the Jewish community
  • Oversee comprehensive development budget and workflow systems
  • Collaborate and streamline partnerships with Marketing, Alumni Relations, and Donor Relations/Stewardship Teams
  • Supervise and ensure accurate and timely gift entry, recording, reporting, and acknowledgment systems 

Qualifications & Skills

  • 5+ years of professional experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Passion for the mission of MJDS; ability to compellingly articulate it
  • Knowledge of the Milwaukee Jewish and greater community preferred
  • Demonstrated success implementing creative approaches to donor stewardship and solicitation
  • Growth-oriented mindset; desire to continually learn and iterate
  • Ability to collaborate with and impart development best practices to colleagues and volunteers
  • Ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgment
  • Effective prioritization skills
  • Humility, flexibility, and adaptability
  • Team player mentality
  • Capacity to motivate and inspire stakeholders
  • Clear, persuasive verbal and written communication skills
  • Sophisticated interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented; capable of juggling and prioritizing multiple tasks
  • Significant managerial experience in empowering teams
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and donor database systems (DonorPerfect experience a plus)
  • Willingness to work on campus, including some nights and weekends

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