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16 Feb 2023

Full-Time Associate Director of Philanthropy

Temple Beth Shalom – Posted by Anywhere

Job Description

Temple Beth Shalom (TBS) is a warm, vibrant and diverse community of individuals and families. We are united in a dynamic, ongoing relationship by a desire to embrace the values, traditions and teachings of Torah through the lens of Reform Judaism. Through worship, celebration, lifelong learning, and service to others, we seek to inspire spirituality, nurture personal growth, promote social justice, deepen Jewish experiences and enrich the life of each member. At TBS, there is a place for everyone.  We share our stories with, learn from, celebrate with, and support one another – recognizing that in a true community we walk life’s path together.

TBS is a community of over 1,000 households and growing with an operating budget of $10.5M. Our team consists of an 80+ full-time clergy, education, and administrative staff, and a dedicated body of lay leaders and volunteers.


At a time of exciting growth, Temple Beth Shalom seeks an Associate Director of Philanthropy to drive fund development and create meaningful ways for members to engage in philanthropic giving to the Temple community. Collaborating across clergy, staff, and lay leaders, this position is responsible for overseeing and implementing a variety of giving campaigns and events, as well as strengthening systems and processes for donor operations and management. Specifically, the Associate Director of Philanthropy will:

Lead fund development strategies that build and sustain a culture of philanthropy.

  • Design and implement a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of TBS’s growth goals and leverage multiple giving vehicles to broaden and deepen donor reach and engagement.
  • Manage the end-to-end process for the annual campaign, special giving campaigns, and events that occur throughout the Jewish calendar year (e.g., High Holidays, Passover, annual gala, donor recognition events.)
  • Craft compelling donor-facing communications, including authoring correspondence on behalf of others. In partnership with the Communications Manager, instill messaging that highlights the giving opportunities and impact stories into weekly newsletters, social media, and other temple communications.
  • Provide thought partnership and direction to the senior clergy, senior leadership, and key lay leaders to ensure efficiency of their time spent on fundraising and position them to cultivate, solicit, and steward relationships with donors.
  • Leverage data and institutional knowledge to build a robust pipeline and develop donor-specific strategies for outreach and cultivation.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Operations & Engagement and board-appointed VP of Philanthropy, ensure that the board receives regular communications and engagement opportunities that help increase their involvement in philanthropy.
  • Build individual relationships with members and convey warmth in all interactions so that donors and volunteers feel respected, nurtured, and appreciated.
  • Over time and with support, develop strategies for endowment, planned, and legacy giving.

Oversee and manage smooth development operations and donor management.

  • Establish and maintain processes and systems for development operations, ensuring that all donor information and touchpoints are tracked effectively in the Salesforce CRM. Optimize usage of Salesforce for prospecting, donor segmentation, and reporting.
  • Work collaboratively across finance, communications, events, and IT staff. Partner with controller and accountant to ensure accurate and timely gift processing and track revenue.
  • Create and manage to an annual calendar of philanthropy activities, inclusive of team meetings, board meetings, campaign milestones, and other deadlines.
  • Wear multiple hats as a part of a fast-paced, busy organization, supporting the work of others and taking on new projects/tasks as needed and keeping an eye on the broader needs of the community.


  • You resonate with Temple Beth Shalom’s mission and values. You are motivated and inspired to be part of a warm, vibrant, and diverse Jewish community and close-knit, hard-working professional team. You thrive in a fast-moving environment that values learning, relationships, collaboration, and joy.
  • You are a versatile, relationship-driven, and energetic philanthropy professional. You bring at least 5-8 years of work experience in development, with demonstrated experience in individual giving. You enjoy both the operational and donor-facing aspects of development, and are knowledgeable about fundraising systems, processes, and best practices.
  • You are a thoughtful relationship builder who develops rapport easily and inspires trust. You approach relationships with a warm, respectful, and authentic personality. You interact diplomatically with members, staff, board members, and other stakeholders. You demonstrate deep listening and high emotional intelligence in your interactions with others.
  • You are a skilled writer with the ability to appeal to an audience’s interests and priorities. You bring experience crafting appeal letters, stewardship communications, event collateral, and other donor-facing materials. You are able to articulate the importance of an organization’s work in a concise and compelling manner.
  • You are a tech-savvy and well-organized project manager. You succeed at managing multiple workstreams and motivating, coordinating, and directing others to stay on track. You have a mind for operations and efficiency, and strategically use limited resources to create systems and processes. You are skilled at getting the most out of donor relationship management systems; Salesforce experience is a plus.
  • You are a resourceful, flexible, and willing team player. You bring a “get it done” attitude and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You possess a strong learning orientation and thrive in a collaborative “roll up your sleeves” environment and are willing to pitch in wherever needed. You take a proactive approach to troubleshooting unexpected challenges.


This position works onsite at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA. Hours are typically 9am-5pm, with some evening, weekend, and holiday responsibilities. The temple is conveniently accessible from Route 95/128 or the MBTA commuter rail.


The salary range for this position is $85,000 – $95,000, along with a generous benefits package that includes medical insurance, dental insurance, flexible spending account, medical supplement plan, 4 weeks paid time off. For those interested, employees receive a free membership to the synagogue. Employees with Pre-K and school-aged children receive a discount off school tuition.

How to Apply

If this opportunity speaks to you, please click here with your 1) a cover letter that explains why Temple Beth Shalom excites you and why the Associate Director of Philanthropy role is a fit for you and 2) your resume. Please address your cover letter to Joelle Schatz, Senior Director of Operations & Engagement.

Job Categories: Other. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: annual giving, development, events, fundraising, and Philanthropy. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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