Director of DevelopmentAt New Jersey Y Camps

Posted Apr 16, 2021 Job Length Year Round


About New Jersey Y Camps

New Jersey Y Camps (NJY) is comprised of seven Jewish camps which serve the entire Jewish community including special needs children and senior adults. We continually seek to help each camper develop and grow new skills, greater self-confidence, a strong Jewish identity, and commitment to our heritage that will help shape the course of their lives. It is deeply gratifying to see our campers, each summer, leave camp as better human beings and with an enhanced Jewish identity and commitment.
NJY Camps serves more than 5,000 campers, over 1100 summer staff, over 2200 acres of land and an operating budget of over $17.5M. In 2018, NJY Camps raised $1M.
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About Your Position

The Director of Development will lead, plan and direct all of NJY’s fundraising: the major gifts program, annual fund, planned giving, special events, scholarship and capital campaigns. The Director of Development will play an important, visible role for NJY and will work in close partnership with NJY’s CEO, Senior Leadership, and the Board of Directors in all development and fundraising endeavors. The Director will be responsible for the development of key donor relationships and the implementation of individual donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies to secure NJY’s financial sustainability.

Top Priorities for the Incoming DOD
Create and sustain a major gifts portfolio
Support the activities and communications of the Board of Directors
Be responsible for development, implementation and assessment of a robust, integrated annual giving program that supports NJY
Be nimble and entrepreneurial for future development projects (i.e. grants, capital campaign, etc.)

About Your Responsibilities

Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
Meet prospective donors and supporters on a continual basis to establish effective communications with them.
Work with senior management and the Director of Organizational Development in grant seeking including research, proposal writing, and reporting requirements.
Direct the annual fund program, including mailings and annual fundraising drives.
Direct capital campaigns and other major fundraising drives.
Work with Alumni Relations Manager in coordinating fund-raising special events.
Partner closely with NJY’s CEO, Senior Leadership, the Development Chair, and the NJY Board of Directors.
Staff the NJY Development Committee.
Work to oversee creation of publications to support fundraising activities.
Maintain gift recognition programs.
Participate actively in all senior staff meetings.
Enhance the NJY Legacy campaign, Scholarship fund, and Team Sponsorships.
Play a key strategic role in the annual gala and other fundraising events throughout the year.
Perform other related duties as requested.


About You
You have a genuine interest in and commitment to NJY’s mission and Jewish overnight camp.
You love what you do.
You love to laugh.
You have had successful experience as the partner to a CEO and board.
You have been successful in developing and executing a broad fundraising strategy (both short and long term).
You are a storyteller, and you know how to elicit stories from others.
You have knowledge and experience in fundraising techniques, particularly major gift fundraising.
You are experienced using and measuring best practices in major gift and pipeline development.
You exhibit strong written and verbal communication skills, with an emphasis on the ability to persuade and influence others around ideas, decisions, and financial support.
You possess the skills to work with and motivate staff, board members and other volunteers.
You are collaborative in nature and skill and have a commitment to team results; you have the ability to create consensus.
You are an "Out the door" fundraiser who thrives on meeting with donors and building external relationships.
You are a "Self-starter" and goal driven to initiate donor visits and fundraising calls.
You are organized and exhibit "follow through" on tasks and goals.
You display a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self ­confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
You are skilled at multi-tasking; able to organize, prioritize and execute responsibilities in the face of conflicting priorities or unexpected situations; and have a high level of discretion.

This position description is based upon material provided by New Jersey Y Camps, an equal opportunity employer.

Sarah Raful Whinston, Senior Search Consultant
Sarah Skrovan, Senior Associate

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Contact Information

Camp Name

New Jersey Y Camps

Job Title

Director of Development

Camp Address

21 Plymouth St., Fairfield, NJ, 07004, United States