Director of Development and EngagementAt Camp Laurelwood

Posted Aug 18, 2020 Job Length Year Round


General Job Description:
Working with the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of all of Camp’s development activities. They will serve as a member of the Camp’s senior staff team. The Development Director will also lead Camp Laurelwood’s community engagement work and annual retreat operations, and will support the marketing vision for the agency.

1) Development Planning

In coordination with Development Committee and Executive Director, design an overall development plan which includes a timeline and resources needed for alumni outreach, major donor relationships, annual fundraising, and capital projects

Plan, organize, and implement all fundraising activities which may include special events, house parties, direct mail, cultivation visits, solicitation visits, and phon-a-thons.

Research, write, and report for grant opportunities
Implement and maintain a virtual warehouse of grant and programmatic ideas to engage stakeholders

Cultivate a culture of abundance through training, education, and personal presence

2) Major Donor Relations

Work with lay leaders and Director to identify and rate potential donors

In coordination with Executive Director and Development Chair, develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for each individual major donor

Create a major donor plan, including engagement, acknowledgement, and cultivation

Solicit donors, either as a solo solicitor, or with the Executive Director and/or Board members

3) Lay Leadership Relations

Assist in the recruitment, training, and coordination fundraising volunteers and lay leaders

Attend monthly Board meetings and Development Committee meetings

Staff the Development Committee and maintain close contact with the Development Chair

Prepare development and engagement reports for the Board and Development committee

Provide leadership and training to lay leaders in fundraising, marketing, and engagement

4) Public Relations and Communications

In coordination with the Development Committee, Executive Director, and Camp Director, write and prepare all materials needed for fundraising and community engagement including newsletter articles, press releases, emails, brochures, annual appeals, capital campaign materials, etc

Work with vendors to design, print, and mail communication and engagement materials

Organize and lead on-site tours for major donors, prospects, and others to Camp

Represent Camp on community boards and at meetings

5) Alumni Relations

Within the scope of Camp’s strategic goals, assist in the creation and implementation of an annual plan for outreach and alumni activities

Engage and support lay leadership on alumni committee

6) Community Engagement

Oversee Camp’s community engagement work

Provide vision and leadership for Camp’s annual retreat operations alongside the Office Manager and Operations team

Ensure financial success as well as engagement of the wider community in support of Camp’s mission

Create strategies and support Camp’s staff and lay leaders to engage the wider Jewish community in Connecticut

Develop, nurture, and sustain relationships with the seven Jewish
Federations and three JCCs in Connecticut, as well as area synagogues and Jewish agencies

7) Administrative Duties

Maintaining donor database and accurate donor records
Responsible for all activities related to donor communication, which includes thank you notes, gift acknowledgements, and donor recognition programs

Assure timely generation of pledge reminders.

8) Teamwork

Serve as a member of camp staff leadership team and help assure that all programs succeed when needed

Provide assistance and support to the Executive Director on strategic thinking, community relations, and Board development

Coordinate administrative and public relations work with other camp staff

Serve as a member of our summer senior staff, including living on-site for the summer season and as needed during the retreat season



Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree and at least three years’ experience in increasingly responsible development roles

Strong written and oral communication skills

Leadership skills along with a collaborative and collegial work style

Understanding and experience in working with volunteers

Knowledge of the Jewish community and culture required

Experience in the Jewish camping world preferred

Experience and skills in developing and managing budgets

Proven record in creating and managing events

Ability to multi-task, juggle competing priorities, and delegate to others

Experience in identifying gift opportunities, solicitation, and stewardship preferred

Proven track record in identifying, receiving, and managing grants

Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Full-Time Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $55,000-$65,000
The position is open until filled, with a flexible start date

How to Apply

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Rabbi James Greene, Executive Director at

Contact Information

Camp Name

Camp Laurelwood

Job Title

Director of Development and Engagement

Camp Address

463 Summer Hill Road, Madison, CT, 06443, United States