Jewish Job: Adath Jeshurun Foundation Seeks Development Director

Job Title:

Development Director

Organization Name:

Adath Jeshurun Foundation

Job Type:


Salary Range:



Open until filled

Job Summary/Description:

The Development Director for the Adath Jeshurun Foundation is responsible for the ongoing operation of the Foundation, developing and executing large-scale and ongoing giving and planned giving strategies to grow the assets of the Foundation, and for soliciting lifetime and planned gifts to the Foundation. The Foundation Development Director, with the assistance of the clergy, executive director, and Board members, is responsible for developing and growing relationships with congregants and their families and for developing comprehensive strategies and programs to steward everyone who has made a lifetime or planned gift to the Foundation. The Director will also be primarily responsible for managing and coordinating all requests from the Foundation and the Congregation and its programs, and organizations to congregants and families and others for donations and gifts. 

The Foundation Development Director will report directly to the Executive Director with a dotted line to the Senior Rabbi. The Foundation Development Director will work closely with the President and Board members of the Foundation, the clergy and professional staff of the Congregation as well as the Officers and Board members of the Congregation’s Board of Trustees as necessary.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Core Competencies 
  • Leadership Skills: You can quickly establish yourself as a trusted resource and in-house development expert. You’re comfortable making decisions and creating a path for the foundation. 
  • People Skills: You’re an effective communicator who can work well and inspire those around you. Colleagues describe you as “well-liked” and “well-respected” and you’re able to get folks on board and steer ships. 
  • Speaking & Writing Skills: You articulate messages well. Whether a “routine” email, a thoughtful thank you crafted for another person to sign, or a proposal your writing is memorable. Others quote it or copy it. Our goal: every thank you letter is framed. 
  • Juggling Skills: You manage multiple projects, tasks and deadlines (usually without breaking a sweat) and always have a few balls in the air (you rarely drop them). 
  • Digital Communication Skills: You’re up on current technologies and best practices. You know when digital fundraising works – and when it doesn’t. 
  • Detail Orientation: An admitted “perfectionist” with an eye for detail and desire to always be better. 
  • Customer Service: You’re a pro at customer service and understand how to make each interaction a positive one. You know your colleagues are customers, too. 
  • Financial Literacy: You understand numbers, and you are not afraid of them.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Qualifications and Success Factors: 
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 or more years of professional experience in development, non-profit management, religious organizations, or related field; prior development experience strongly preferred; familiarity with Jewish philanthropy a plus. 
  • Familiarity with and intellectual curiosity with Jewish community in Twin Cities. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal and writing skills. 
  • Experience and credibility in seeking and “closing” major gifts. 
  • Strong emotional intelligence. 
  • Project management and personal organizational skills 
  • Outstanding demonstrated success building, cultivating and stewarding new relationships leading to measurable results. 
  • Process-driven with exceptional reporting and analytical skills are beneficial. 
  • Knowledge of the basic laws, vehicles, and strategies involved in simple and complex lifetime and planned giving gifts.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates should send an e-mail with resume and cover letter to [email protected] 

NO phone calls please.