The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County (Federation) leadership views the appointment of its next Chief Development Officer (CDO) as a unique and compelling opportunity to be a principal architect of the fundraising strategy and operation that drives the organization’s mission and programs; an opportunity to aggressively pursue new avenues for funding and engagement that will provide increased annual revenue and depth of support.
Federation, and the Palm Beach County community, is at an exciting moment of growth. The organization’s leadership is deeply committed to its fundraising success, and to new and innovative strategies and opportunities for revenue diversity that strengthen the Jewish community. Come join the Federation community and help secure a future of lifesaving and life-affirming work!
Background and Mission
Palm Beach County is the third-most populous in Florida, experiencing a recent and ongoing growth surge in the suburban population. The county is home to approximately 270,000 Jews, 135,000 of whom reside within the geographic boundaries of the Federation. Jewish life is diverse and multi-faceted, and includes 15 partner agencies and programs, as well as other key community programs supported by Federation, 21 synagogues and a K through 8th grade community day school. This past year, Federation raised $16.5M (up from $14.8M) for the unrestricted annual campaign, plus $5M in supplemental designated gifts and grants. The Federation currently holds more than $100M in foundation assets under management.
Together with their partner agencies, community synagogues and generous community members, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County focuses on causes that reflect Jewish values.
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County seeks a dynamic and inspiring strategic leader with superior relationship skills and demonstrated success in building capacity and increasing revenue to become its Chief Development Officer. The successful candidate must have an authentic passion for the mission, top management skills, demonstrated success as an engaging fundraiser and be a highly articulate communicator skilled at making a compelling case for support.
Building on existing development efforts, the CDO will partner with the CEO, Board Chair and senior FRD leadership to develop and implement an integrated resource development strategy and plan to support the Federation’s mission and community priorities.
The CDO will report to the President and Chief Executive Officer and will serve as a member of the senior management team, leading all major aspects of Federation’s fundraising activities. S/he will inspire, empower and lead a development team of 35, including major gifts, PG&E, and capital and annual campaigns.
In partnership with the CEO, volunteer and staff leaders, design and implement a strategic and tactical plan for integrated resource development, including annual campaign, PG&E, capital fundraising, supplemental giving, corporate giving and foundation support.
Ensure that fundraising program includes ways to deepen and diversify the funding base; promote Federation to new audiences and prospects to generate interest and support for the organization;
Actively participate in leadership gift solicitations; maintain a significant portfolio of principal gift donors while facilitating relationships between donors and other members of the executive team, and program leadership. Personally cultivate and solicit high level gifts from a portfolio of current and prospective donors;
Work closely with the CEO, volunteer leaders and development team to articulate the case for each program’s funding priorities to ensure that philanthropy meets targeted needs and goals;
Collaborate closely with the marketing team on all development-related marketing materials and communications;
Expand and diversify fundraising by integrating successful strategies with the creation of bold new giving initiatives;
Continue to recruit, build and lead the implementation of a highly energized and dynamic group of professionals in a fast paced, complex environment;
Provide strong direction and management for the fundraising team; maintain a flexible leadership style that empowers staff through active communication and delegation, and promotes intra- and interdepartmental teamwork;
Focus on professional development; including performance measurements, individual coaching and team-building; foster an environment of achievement and ensure staff accountability for excellence through clearly defined and measurable goals;
Review and evaluate the current development operations and, if necessary, restructure to better meet mission and organizational objectives;
Institute a system of accountability and a constructive means of critical evaluation of the effectiveness and success of development activities and programs; develop fundraising goals and objectives with measurable outcomes in support of the mission and community agenda;
Along with CEO, serve as lead staff for selected development committees
Provide a high level of support to board members and other volunteers on development-related activities in ways that inspire them to action and strengthen their intellectual and emotional commitment.
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with agencies, synagogues, and community leaders; including the identification and implementation of innovative, collaborative fundraising efforts serving Federation and its funding relationships.
An established leader with a minimum of 10 years of experience in a major resource development role; with at least 5-7 of those in a senior management position; demonstrable achievements in management, both strategic and operational;
Demonstrated expertise in strategic and operational resource development planning (both short and long-term); high standard for quality and productivity, focusing on goals, measurement, results and accountability;
Proven ability to personally develop strategies, cultivate, solicit and steward major and institutional donors at significant five- and six-figure levels. The ability to inspire high-net worth individuals and major foundations to financial leadership;
Strong interpersonal skills with the intellectual and emotional depth, maturity and collaborative team driven nature to partner effectively across the entire organization and externally with Foundation partners; and flexibility to work in an ever-changing complex work environment;
Proven ability to build, manage, mentor, motivate, and hold accountable to high standards, a diverse results-driven team with a commitment to excellence; success in increasing the effectiveness of development staff through established objectives, performance standards and quantifiable benchmarks;
An authentic commitment to the mission and goals of the organization; specifically to successfully managing the nature of volunteer engagement, participation and leadership;
A diplomatic problem solver able to build consensus and engender cooperation; adept at translating ideas and concepts into clear actionable items;
An entrepreneurial approach and the ability to thrive in a complex environment, creating both the development of a strategy and the execution of plans simultaneously.
Inspirational communicator, both written and verbal; strong presentation skills, with the ability to share a passion for the mission and to inspire individuals and audiences; capable of clearly articulating a case for giving;
A strong work ethic, ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical and professional standards, as well as an outgoing and positive personality. A sense of humor and perspective;
Creative, innovative, and strategic inclinations; ability to listen to others and learn from their best ideas;
Familiarity with, and personal commitment to, national Jewish community institutions and Jewish values; knowledge of Israel and the Jewish Federation system is desirable;
Skills and discipline to use donor and contact management systems and other technologies necessary in an international fundraising structure;
Experience developing and managing budgets required.
A Bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.