Chief Development Officer (CDO)

Stroum Jewish Community Center


Greater Seattle Area


Since 1949, the Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC)’s vision has been to serve as the Puget Sound’s most open and welcoming community-centered Jewish organization. Located on Mercer Island, SJCC aims to amplify profound Jewish connections for every generation through experiences, programs, and connections that are indelibly Jewish, relevant, interconnected, and sustainable. SJCC provides a variety of engaging offerings to enrich the lives of Jewish and general community members at all life cycle stages.

SJCC seeks a strategic and skilled Chief Development Officer (CDO) who will work across the organization to elevate all development efforts, infusing a culture of philanthropy and building collaborative and synergistic approaches to financial health and sustainability. This senior managerial position will oversee SJCC’s goal of growing annual philanthropic revenue to $5 million by harnessing untapped philanthropic potential throughout the community. Reporting directly to the CEO, the CDO will serve as a key public face of the SJCC, projecting an inspiring fundraising narrative to draw stakeholders closer to its vision, impact, and future direction.

Strong candidates will bring 7+ years of proven success soliciting 6 and 7 figure gifts, building relationships with key stakeholders, managing comprehensive fundraising initiatives, team management expertise, sound leadership judgment, and the ability to promote an organization-wide culture of philanthropy.

SJCC is an equal-opportunity employer.

Compensation Range

$150K – $175K DOE

To apply

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

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Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and implement a complex strategic 3-5 year fundraising plan, including development department budget
  • Develop strategies to expand existing donor base while continually building out new individual and institutional prospect pipelines
  • Actively solicit a robust personal donor portfolio, including 6 and 7 figure asks
  • Manage all stages of identification, cultivation, solicitation, recognition, ongoing stewardship, and gift processing/reporting (with accounting team)
  • Oversee and empower expanding development team, including professionals and volunteers; create their individual solicitation portfolios, prepare them to solicit, and promote their professional development and growth
  • Guide entire development team in building strong and mutually beneficial relationships with SJCC staff, external donors, members, volunteers, and business and community leaders
  • Develop and implement personalized cultivation and solicitation strategies based on donor passions and in alignment with SJCC priorities and vision
  • In collaboration with marketing team, provide strategic direction for creation of comprehensive advancement communications plan
  • Facilitate all development-related priority setting, time management, execution of tasks, and interdepartmental coordination
  • Participate in major institutional decision-making as directed by CEO and board

Qualifications & Skills

  • 7+ years of experience in major gifts roles (6 and 7 figure solicitations)
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating and soliciting major donors
  • Substantial knowledge of and ability to impart development best practices
  • Passion for the mission of SJCC; ability to compellingly articulate it
  • Capability to inform, motivate, and inspire colleagues and supporters
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; sophisticated interpersonal skills 
  • Significant supervisory experience; ability to provide timely feedback
  • Aptitude for identifying innovative and creative approaches to challenges and growth opportunities
  • Skilled in building authentic relationships with diverse stakeholders
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Experience developing qualitative and quantitative measures to track development impact
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office Suite; Bloomerang or Qgiv experience a plus
  • Familiarity with Jewish culture, customs, and practices preferred

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