JCRC Director of Development – POSITION FILLED

About JCRC

Established in 1944, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston is a coalition of organizations and individuals that represents and advances the values, interests, and priorities of the organized Jewish community in greater Boston. Through our network of agencies, our programs, and our partnerships, we:

  • Serve as a catalyst for building a strong and vibrant Jewish community in Boston and around the world;
  • Advocate for a safe, secure, Jewish, and democratic state of Israel, and;
  • Promote an American society which is democratic, pluralistic, and just.

JCRC envisions a Jewish community that is a regional and national model - in civic engagement, building bridges, and initiating partnerships - in service to Jewish concerns and the collective good.

Overview of position

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development will oversee development and communications efforts as JCRC continues to sustain and expand its philanthropic base.


  • In consultation with the Executive Director and Development Chair, develop and implement a plan, including a fundraising and messaging calendar, that strategically integrates development and communications to advance JCRC’s mission and vision.
  • Staff the Development Chair and Development committee, which is comprised of members of the board, Council, and people at large who act as thought partners.
  • Conduct research and prospecting of multiple donor sources; engage in direct solicitation of various levels of gifts, including major gifts.
  • Develop and manage fundraising campaigns (including annual campaign and year-end campaign), oversee strategy and implementation of all fundraising events (ranging from small house meetings to an annual major fundraiser).
  • Oversee all stewardship and cultivation activities following receipt of gift.
  • Collaborate with senior leadership to develop organizationally consistent communications; identify significant media and public policy issues that can highlight JCRC’s work with current and prospective donors.
  • Track, manage, and meet foundation deadlines, assure compliance with foundation requirements.
  • Identify, research, and pursue new grant opportunities with foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.
  • Through partnerships with staff, encourage the ongoing training and implementation of best practices in development and communications throughout the entire organization.
  • Work with the Director of Finance & Administration to develop and map out JCRC’s fiscal projections over multiple years and ensure alignment between the revenue and expense budgets.
  • Supervise a staff team that has responsibilities such as development support, communications, events coordination; supervision includes goal setting and performance management sessions one to two times per year with each staff person.
  • Provide input on recommendations to Governance committee chair for potential board members.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Finance & Administration, build and maintain enterprise resource planning / donor management systems and operations.


  • 5-7+ years of development experience in a nonprofit organization, including managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources. Grant writing experience a plus.
  • Tangible experience of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of constituencies and build long-term relationships. Familiarity with email and social media platforms a plus.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical institutional advancement initiatives; management and supervision experience to grow a team of professionals.
  • Should be a strategic thinker and planner, with experience in events, direct fundraising, communications planning, and project management. Experience with grant proposal submissions preferred.
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight; also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside JCRC
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar type of donor database preferred.
  • Other duties as required. Some nights and Sundays are required.
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's preferred.

Salary range depending on experience: $85,000-$95,000 plus benefits, vacation time, etc.

To apply: Please submit cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Lisa Kessel Freedman at . No calls please.