Director of Women’s Philanthropy

The Director of Women’s Philanthropy will work within the Financial Resource Development (FRD) department. The primary role of this position is to support the FRD mission and core JewishColumbus strategies to maximize holistic giving, build strong community, develop volunteer leaders, and help build connections to Israel. The Director of Women’s Philanthropy is responsible for identifying, cultivating and developing women donors and leaders, and connecting them to JewishColumbus. Candidates must be creative, nimble and capable of working collaboratively across the organization and with lay leaders. Strong strategic thinking and exceptional attention to detail are paramount in this role. This position reports to the Chief Development Officer.

• Manage all fundraising activities related to Women’s Philanthropy, including development, discovery, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship plans for women donors at various giving levels. Work collaboratively across departments when appropriate.
• Lead efforts to grow and retain Lion of Judah ($5000+ annual gift) and Lion of Judah Endowments ($100,000+ endowment).
• Manage portfolio of at least 100 donors and prospects and meet with at least 15 individuals, face to face, per month.
• Identify and meet with potential new donors
• Move specified group of donors along a continuum of philanthropy, including into major gifts.
• Connect women donors with the appropriate solicitors for face to face solicitation.
• Empower and develop current and future lay leaders through the Women’s Philanthropy Committee (WPC). This includes, but is not limited to, working closely with WPC co-Chairs, LOJ co-Chairs, event co-Chair and committee members to achieve stated goals and continually identify, nurture and grow WPCs leadership bench.
• Strategize a calendar of events for women. Manage recruitment, outreach and event follow-up. Logistics will be handled by the Events Director.
• Work with lay leaders to plan, promote, recruit and participate in WPC community service projects.
• Work with lay leaders to recruit, promote, and participate in WP-related events, such as the Challah Bake and Kollel’s Women’s Conference. The Director should create a follow-up plan to engage participants after these events.
• Promote, recruit and participate in semi-annual International Lion of Judah Conference & JFNA women’s missions.
• Identify, cultivate and nominate women for the National Young Leadership Cabinet and the National Women’s Philanthropy Board.
• Identify and cultivate women for JewishColumbus’s leadership development program.
• Seek opportunities to demonstrate the impact of a donor’s contribution on the community. This includes, but is not limited to:
o Co-sponsor and attend community events of partner agencies
o Educate donors about agencies supported by JewishColumbus

• Minimum 5 years experience in fundraising, Bachelor’s degree required.
• Demonstrated knowledge and successful track record in planning events, donor cultivation, and solicitation.
• Extremely organized, detail oriented, highly motivated, able to prioritize with supervisor and multitask.
• Interact effectively and diplomatically with a diverse constituency including donors, vendors, staff and lay leadership.
• Knowledge of Judaism and the Jewish community desired.
• Available to work evening and weekend hours.
• Strong interpersonal, relationship building, and leadership skills to interact with a diverse body of lay and professional leaders
• Ability to think strategically and guide others in a strategic planning process
• Superior oral and written communication skills to express the mission and fundraising goals of JewishColumbus with clarity, passion, and persuasion
• Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and develop strong, collaborative working relationships with colleagues;
• High degree of initiative and resourcefulness. Can perform under pressure.
• Flexible and adaptable to take on new responsibilities within a growing program.
• Positive and solution-oriented attitude.
• Can inspire others – is creative, diplomatic, entrepreneurial.
• Highly skilled with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.