Director of Donor Advancement

Jewish Family Service of Dallas
September 14, 2020
5402 ARAPAHO, Dallas, Texas
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The Director of Donor Advancement is an important player in the overall fundraising activities of Jewish Family Service. Working closely with the Senior Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations, Chief Executive Officer, the Board, and internal teams, this position will help develop and execute strategies for solicitation that will grow annual revenue from individuals and corporations. They will strategically strengthen and build a pipeline of prospects through targeted outreach, ensuring that as many as possible are retained as continuous donors to JFS and upgraded in their giving and involvement.
  • Develops appropriate cultivation strategies for donor/major donor/planned gift prospects; identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding these individuals, adhering to the highest ethical standards, demonstrating empathetic disposition, and perseverance, reflecting an optimistic and positive attitude, and conveying sensitivity to needs of the donors
  • Conducts research and provides information on prospects and donors. Prepares written materials such as visit strategies/briefings, correspondence, solicitations/proposals and pledge documents
  • Works proactively to network and expand the JFS Foundation portfolio. Responds to major and planned gift leads for follow-up. Tracks funds and provides planned follow up annually
  • Tracks management strategies, organizational positioning and stewardship, as needed
  • Maintains strong and accurate records of activities and prospect management, as directed by department protocol using the donor database. Monitors, evaluates, and reports on progress and outcomes against agreed upon goals
  • Assists in the development and coordination of solicitation packages and materials for development efforts, which will include assisting in the writing of and producing materials in final form for approval and distribution
  • Assists with development of protocols to streamline the preparation process from strategic discussion to dissemination of materials
  • Assists with donor and sponsor solicitation and stewardship by internally tracking major donors and planned giving progress and assisting in the drafting of external reports for funders and the board
  • Understands department budget
  • Represents public speaking
  • Serves as a member of the Key Leadership Team
  • Serves as staff member on the Resource Development Committee of the board and subcommittees as assigned
  • Serves on other agency & board as assigned
  • Fosters by creating an atmosphere collaboration and communication


Bachelor's degree 
3 years of development experience 
Supervisory experience 
Ability to be flexible and to handle the versatility of the position
Excellent skills in MS Word, Outlook and Excel; strong skills in Constant contact and donor databases
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work as a part of a team and facilitate work groups
Experience in non-profit development and networking
Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends.

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