Year Round Posted March 16, 2024

Associate Director – Development and Community Engagement

Camp Seneca Lake


As a member of the management team, the Associate Director reports directly to the Director, and is responsible for developing and executing our development strategy to build a culture of philanthropy, develop relationships with key stakeholders, and build a robust alumni engagement program to raise funds for Camp Seneca Lake’s capital, program, and scholarship needs.

Camp Seneca Lake (CSL) is a premier Jewish overnight summer camp set on 200+ acres on Seneca Lake in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Western New York. For over 90 summers CSL has given campers in grades 3-12 a special place to recharge, unplug, and connect to nature and friends. CSL welcomes all campers into a safe compassionate community where each child is encouraged to become their best self. Children from all backgrounds come together to learn important life skills that will stay with them through adulthood. Campers develop independence, form lifelong friendships, and a deep connection to a tight knit community that is strong at its core.

CSL is owned and operated by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester. We are an inclusive community center and camp that welcomes campers and staff of all faiths, backgrounds, and ages. This is a full-time, year-round position. Our team includes a mix of staff based in Rochester and those who work remotely, and we are open to candidates who want to live in Rochester or be based elsewhere in driving distance of Rochester during the year. From June-August, the Associate Director of Development should expect to spend some time at camp in Penn Yan, NY, but will not be required to live at camp full-time.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Fundraising :

Partner with the Director and Advisory Board Development Committee to develop a cohesive development strategy including donor cultivation, direct solicitation, campaign goals, and ongoing stewardship
Own the production of fundraising marketing materials including monthly newsletter, info sheets, and digital media
Participate in regular strategy sessions with camp management team to identify and address ongoing areas of focus
Support the Director in preparing for Advisory Board meetings and partnering with Advisory Board Development Committee chairs to execute fundraising campaigns.
Own the preparation of grant proposals and necessary reporting for confirmed grants
Solicit gifts from prospective foundations, corporations, and individual donors to meet campaign goals.
Maintain CRM system for donors
Serve as a liaison to the JCC Finance team
Alumni and community engagement:

Plan and organize alumni engagement events serving as main point of contact for attendees and supporting program planning and execution
Serve as the liaison for the Alumni Committee, collaborating with the group to plan alumni gatherings in various cities
Ensure alumni database in Camp Minder is comprehensive and accurate
Work with the summer Office Manager and serve as indirect supervisor for summer Media Team, ensuring that media produced at camp can be leveraged for communications




Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree
5-8 years experience, including at least 2 years in a development or sales-oriented role.
Experience with Jewish nonprofit camping preferred but not required.
Solicitation or sales experience that resulted in attaining or exceeding identified goals.

Key Competencies for Success:

Proven administrative skills with the ability to efficiently and accurately handle a variety of responsibilities and a large volume of work, including experience managing a CRM system or donor database.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills - conveying warmth, enthusiasm, and an ability to build trust
Ability to cultivate and steward positive relationships with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds
Extremely well organized and able to prioritize work, problem solve and meet scheduled deadlines under pressure
Willingness to work a flexible schedule with ability to travel to camp periodically during the summer and work evenings and weekends as needed for events
Interest in and/or a commitment to learning Jewish history, culture, and traditions in the context of the JCC and tikkun olam (repairing the world)

How to Apply


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