Development Director

Jewish Voice for Peace
October 1, 2019
Brooklyn, NY, or remote
Job Type
Contact Name (not public)
Liz Ingenthron


Jewish Voice for Peace is a national grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for the full freedom and equality of all people in Israel/Palestine. JVP is building an intergenerational, multiracial movement of Jews and allies and currently has over 70 chapters, 17,000 members and 220,000 supporters.

The Development Director is a senior-level position that oversees the vision, strategies and implementation of our fundraising program, which raises the $4+ million combined annual budget of JVP (our 501c3 arm) and JVP Action (our 501c4 arm). . The Development Director directs a team of fundraising professionals and supports a broader fundraising team of over 70 staff, board members and member leaders.

JVP’s fundraising model integrates fundraising, grassroots organizing, and strategic communications. The Development Director must be fluent in talking about JVP’s campaigns, programs, and theory of change and will contribute not just to the development team, but also to the overall political analysis and strategy of our family of organizations.

The Development Director should have extensive experience in grassroots fundraising strategies including major donors, foundations, online fundraising, direct mail and grassroots supporter engagement. The Development Director must be able to set and meet feasible annual fundraising objectives while also innovating new creative and aggressive approaches to growing the budget year to year.

Our development program values:

  • Being accountable to our member base: we use a fundraising model consistent with our values and those of our members.
  • Treating fundraising as an organizing skill: we make ourselves accessible to people from different class, race, and other backgrounds.
  • Deepening relationships: we build connections with our donors that are multi-dimensional and enduring.
  • Using a data-driven approach: we are responsive to trends and broader shifts among our donor base.
  • Investing in innovation: we learn, test, and adapt our fundraising methods to meet our goals.
  • Finding joy in fundraising: we believe in the importance of moving resources to support our movement.

Job Responsibilities include:Development Program Leadership

  • Lead a fundraising program that integrates JVP and JVP Action’s fundraising in accordance with industry best practices and builds from JVP’s grassroots fundraising model.
  • Perform ongoing evaluations of fundraising program to ensure it maintains industry-standard levels for retention, engagement, donations, etc.
  • Stay abreast of political and philanthropic trends, and adopt innovative strategies as they emerge.
  • Ensure the Fundraising Team works collaboratively and collegially, and supervise and mentor senior fundraising team members.
  • Oversee the management and planning of fundraising events, donor receptions and other fundraising opportunities for both JVP and JVP Action.
  • Set a tone that fundraising is integral to our political work, and making the process fun and exciting
  • Ensure the Development Program’s projects, programs and processes are in line with JVP’s Racial Justice commitments.
  • Oversee development-related communications and compellingly communicate to various audiences through various channels how our politics and fundraising model intersect and build upon one another.
  • Collaborate closely with the Communications Director and Comms Team to identify opportunities and execute online and print campaigns related to fundraising.
  • Identify and promote the most compelling stories from our chapters and member leaders from across the country.
Major Donors and Foundation Cultivation
  • Oversee and improve our comprehensive grassroots development strategy for major donors, small donors, and foundations for both JVP and JVP Action.
  • Maintain a portfolio of high-capacity major donors, soliciting contributions and stewarding long-term relationships with donors for both JVP and JVP Action.
  • Develop relationships with prospective individual and foundation donors for JVP and JVP Action by regularly attending relevant events, conferences, meetings.
Organizational Leadership
  • As part of senior leadership, ensure successful execution of JVP and JVP Action’s priorities, and participate in organization wide strategic planning and stewardship. Participate in setting weekly priorities with directors of other programs.
  • Play an active role on the Budget Team, which performs yearly budgeting, financial oversight, and revisions in collaboration with the Operations Director.
  • Ensure our development program is accountable to our Palestinian-allied organizations, and integrate a commitment to racial justice in its practices. Share JVP grassroots fundraising strategies and theories with movement partners in order to deepen and strengthen the Palestinian rights movement in the U.S.

Compensation: This is a non-exempt, salaried, full-time position. The salary is in the 70-80k range (commensurate with experience) with a generous benefits package.

Location: New York, Philadelphia, L.A., San Francisco, DC preferred – but all US locations considered.


Desired Qualifications:
  • Prior experience directing a complex fundraising program, including grassroots fundraising. Minimum 7 years experience preferred.
  • Proven track record in developing and stewarding relationships with high-level donors, including experience securing six-figure gifts.
  • A clear understanding of 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) nonprofit relationships and structures.
  • Experience training and mentoring individual donor fundraisers.
  • Superior project management skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel regularly for donor meetings, fundraising events, conferences, and staff meetings.
  • Familiarity with Everyaction or another similar CRM and using data for improving fundraising outcomes.
  • Alignment with JVP’s mission, a strong social justice lens, and motivation to end racism, sexism, anti-semitism, misogyny, classism, ableism, Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression.
  • Track record raising money for a variety of types of work, including political campaigns, policy campaigns, educational work, member dues, etc.

How To Apply

To apply: Visit our live job posting here, click the blue Apply Now link and submit in one PDF document: a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

People of color, Sephardi and/or Mizrahi applicants and transgender or gender non-conforming applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Jewish Voice for Peace opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

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