Job Posting

FEATURED - Chief Development Officer


St. Paul Jewish Federation | Saint Paul, MN
Salary Range: $90,000 - $110,000

Position Summary:
The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is responsible for overseeing the success of the Federation's fundraising efforts, which encompass various aspects, such as the annual campaign, additional fundraising initiatives, designated giving, corporate partnerships, and planned giving. The CDO will collaborate closely with the CEO, Marketing Director, and other relevant staff members to create and execute a comprehensive Total Financial Resource Development (TFRD) plan and strategy, aligning with the Federation's and community's priorities.

General Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a strategic and tactical plan for TFRD, including the annual campaign, supplemental giving opportunities, corporate donations, emergency campaigns, and planned giving. Collaborate with volunteers and staff to support the plan's success.
  • Establish fundraising goals and objectives with measurable outcomes that align with the Federation's mission and community agenda.
  • Gain proficiency in the Federation's CRM donor database and oversee its daily management to track donor and prospect activities, maintain accurate records, and strategize for future engagement.
  • Coordinate with the Marketing Director to integrate marketing and communication strategies into our broader fundraising initiatives.
  • Play a pivotal role in cultivating a donor-centric culture by implementing efficient processes and procedures to ensure positive and professional donor and volunteer experiences.
  • Foster and expand relationships with current major donors and campaign leaders while developing strategies to attract new mid-level and major contributors.
  • Identify opportunities for supplemental gifts to support specific Federation programs and activities.
  • Supervise the Federation's affinity groups.
  • Enhance the Federation's planned giving program and position it as a leader in the community for planned giving.
  • Develop local, national, and global experiences to showcase the agency's impact.
  • Recruit, develop, train, and provide leadership to volunteers, building a pipeline of future leaders.
  • Act as the lead staff member for Development, Annual Campaign, Allocations, and other assigned committees.
  • Cultivate strong working relationships with synagogues, agencies, and community leaders. Identify and implement innovative, collaborative fundraising efforts that benefit the
  • Federation and its funding relationships.
  • Develop and manage the department's annual budget.
  • Represent the Federation at community-wide events and all fundraising activities.

Requirements and Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a significant resource development role, including a successful track record of personal solicitations at major gift levels.
  • Strong management and leadership skills, with the ability to lead a high-performing staff.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing strategic activities with clear goals, objectives, and measurement tools.
  • Inspirational communicator, both in written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to lead strategically, anticipate needs, facilitate buy-in, and guide teams toward high-quality results.
  • Proficiency in managing volunteer-professional relationships effectively and professionally.
  • Knowledge and experience in database systems (Virtuous software knowledge is a plus) and utilizing technology and social media for prospect identification and research.
  • Budget development and management experience is required.
  • Familiarity with the Jewish community, customs, values, and traditions, including knowledge of Israel, is beneficial but not mandatory.
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends, and occasional travel (up to 2 weeks).
  • Access to personal transportation during work hours, with occasional physical work, including lifting and walking.

Personal Attributes:

  • High degree of integrity.
  • Desire to make a meaningful contribution to the organization.
  • Strategic thinker with strong analytical skills.
  • High emotional intelligence, adaptable communication style, and the ability to engage various constituencies and audiences.
  • Positive, proactive, and resilient attitude.
  • Ability to handle stress positively.
  • Excellent verbal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Team player willing to take on additional responsibilities to support the agency's goals.
  • Enthusiasm for tackling challenges.
  • Confidence, flexibility, and curiosity.
  • A sense of humor is appreciated.
  • Possesses a high degree of Sechel (wisdom).

Salary Range: $90,000 - $110,000

To Apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to Amber Bishop at