Chief Development Officer at St. Paul Jewish Federation

Job Title:

Chief Development Officer

Organization Name:

St. Paul Jewish Federation

Job Type:


Salary Range:



Open until filled

Position Summary:

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for ensuring the overall success of all major aspects of the Federation’s fundraising activities, including but not limited to: annual campaign, supplemental fundraising initiatives, designated giving, corporate partnerships, and planned giving efforts. The CDO will work closely with the CEO, Marketing Director, and other appropriate staff to develop and implement a Total Financial Resource Development (TFRD) plan and strategy to support the Federation and community priorities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a strategic and tactical plan for TFRD, including annual campaign, supplemental giving opportunities, corporate giving, emergency campaigns and planned giving. Work with volunteers and staff to support the plan and its success.
  • Develop fundraising goals and objectives with measurable outcomes in support of the Federation’s mission and community agenda.
  • Become proficient in Federation’s CRM donor database and oversee its daily management of tracking all donor and prospect activities and information, maintaining timely and accurate records, as well as strategies for future engagement.
  • Work with the Marketing Director to integrate marketing and communications strategies with our overall fundraising strategies.
  • Play a key role in building a donor-centered culture which includes developing efficient processes and procedures to ensure donor and volunteer experiences are positive and professional.
  • Maintain, steward, and grow relationships with a portfolio of current major donors and campaign leaders while developing strategies to attract new mid-level and major contributors.
  • Develop opportunities for supplemental gifts to support specific Federation programs and activities.
  • Oversee Federation’s affinity groups.
  • Strengthen the Federation’s planned giving program and position the Federation as a community leader in planned giving.
  • Develop local, national, and global experiences which highlight the agency’s impact.
  • Recruit, develop, train, and provide leadership and direction to volunteers to build a pipeline of leadership for the future.
  • Serve as lead staff for Development, Annual Campaign, Allocations, and other committees as assigned.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with synagogues, agencies, and community leaders. Identify and implement innovative, collaborative fundraising efforts serving Federation and its funding relationships.
  • Develop and manage department annual budget.
  • Represent the Federation at appropriate community-wide events and all fundraising events of this organization.

Experience and Qualifications Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a significant resource development role including successful track record of personal solicitations at major gift levels.
  • Strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to develop a high-performing staff.
  • Demonstrated success developing and implementing strategic activities and tasks with clear goals, objectives, and measurement tools.
  • Team player willing to take on other responsibilities to support the overall goals of the agency.
  • Inspirational communicator, both written and verbal.
  • Team player willing to take on other responsibilities to support the overall goals of the agency.
  • Ability to lead strategically by positioning self as team leader (for both professionals and volunteers), anticipating the needs of others, facilitating buy-in, and moving teams through a creative thinking process to achieve high-quality results.
  • Understanding of the complexity of the volunteer/professional relationship and success managing those relationships in an effective and professional manner.
  • Knowledge and experience in database systems (knowledge of Virtuous software is a plus) and in utilizing technology, social media for prospect identification and research.
  • Experience developing and managing budgets required.
  • Knowledge of the Jewish community, customs, values, and traditions, including knowledge of Israel.
  • While knowledge about the Jewish Federation is desirable, it is not a pre-requisite for this position. Successful candidates may have significant development experience within a university setting, a non-profit health and welfare system, the Jewish communal field, politics, or other organizations requiring sophisticated development efforts.
  • Must be available to work some evenings, weekends, and travel (up to 2 weeks).
  • Must have use of personal transportation during work hours. Occasional physical work includes lifting, carrying, walking.

Personal Attributes:

  • Must possess a high degree of integrity.
  • Desire to use your skills and passion to make a meaningful contribution to the organization.
  • Be a strategic thinker with strong analytical skills.
  • Strong emotional intelligence, communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to adapt communication style to interact various constituencies and audiences.
  • Positive, can-do, go-getter attitude.
  • Able to handle stress in a positive manner.
  • Excellent verbal oral and written communication skills.
  • Team player willing to take on other responsibilities to support the overall goals of the agency.
  • Be excited to undertake challenges.
  • Be confident, flexible, and inquisitive.
  • Having a sense of humor is appreciated.
  • Possessing a high degree of Sechel.

Additional Information

About the St. Paul Jewish Federation:

The St. Paul Jewish Federation is an 88-year-old Jewish institution committed to ensuring no Jew should ever feel alone. We ensure the lasting presence of an inclusive, vibrant Jewish community in which all members feel seen, understood, supported, and connected to the St. Paul Jewish community and to Jewish communities in Israel and around the world.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Amber Bishop at [email protected].