Director of Development

Central Reform Congregation
August 6, 2018
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Central Reform Congregation seeks a unique individual to become our first Director of Development and help craft our development plans for the future.


Our Mission

Central Reform Congregation is a vibrant, urban, Jewish community dedicated to supporting one another in holy ways, seeking justice and lifelong learning, and providing a shelter of peace.


The Director of Development will be a senior level position and will work closely with our Executive Director and committed volunteers to continue our legacy as a Jewish presence in the City of St. Louis. For the experienced development professional, this is an opportunity to work with a dynamic organization and to help us fully realize our development capacity.



CRC is a small (approximately $2 million in budget) organization and this is a hands-on role. The Director will have the opportunity to grow the role over time. Initially, the focus of the job will be on running our (already underway) major gifts campaign. Working with external consultants and volunteer solicitors, you will keep the campaign on track and manage campaign administration including:

  • Implementing campaign plans
  • Maintaining the donor database
  • Preparing solicitors for meetings and calls
  • Conducting donor research
  • Developing cultivation strategies for multiple categories of donors
  • Coaching and training solicitors
  • Organizing volunteers around solicitations
  • Tracking contacts, solicitations and results
  • Overseeing the campaign budget
  • Planning and implementing donor recognition events


After your first year in the role, and as the initial major gifts campaign winds down, the Director will take over management of all development activities. Other staff members will be involved in these activities, but the Director will be ultimately responsible for a successful and diverse fund development plan including creation of an annual strategy for all fund development activities which may include:

  • Annual Financial Commitments (dues)
  • Preparation and solicitation of Major Gifts
  • Oversight of events – both purely social and development-related
  • Grant writing
  • Ongoing Board participation
  • Planned Giving


In addition, the Director will be responsible for the stewardship functions associated with fund development including:

  • Thanking donors and maintaining donor database
  • Supporting volunteer and staff members in solicitations
  • Maintaining appropriate materials for engagement and communication with donors and our community

Minimum Requirements

  • Broad knowledge of fund development including grant writing, event planning, volunteer management, and major gifts
  • Significant previous experience in a development office (minimum 5 years)
  • Previous experience working closely with volunteers (minimum 5 years)
  • Excellent editing, written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office applications and online giving applications
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines with minimal direct supervision
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with a high degree of integrity and confidentiality
  • Ability to create strategic fund development plans and to advocate for the plans you create
  • Knowledge of donor relationship software


Preferred Characteristics

  • Able to work at the strategic and the tactical levels
  • Experience building a development office from scratch
  • Passion for the CRC mission
  • Able to work in the spotlight or behind the scenes comfortably
  • Sense of humor and endless patience
  • Detail-oriented
  • Desire to create organizational change


This position reports directly to the Executive Director and works closely with the Fund Development Committee. In the first six months you will work with external fundraising consultants with the goal of taking over management of the campaign and overseeing it to completion. You will also work with the Board President, volunteer solicitors and other CRC staff members.

Salary Minimum: $60,000 with generous benefits. Flexible hours and location; work from home is allowed.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to by September 1, 2018

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