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Director of Development

Bend the Arc: a Jewish Partnership for Justice

The Director of Development will be responsible for the overall strategic direction, leadership, and management of all fundraising activities designed to broaden awareness of and financial support for Bend the Arc. S/he is responsible for expanding current activities to new levels and developing strategies for increasing the organization's revenue generation in an efficient, sustainable, and reliable manner. The Director of Development reports to the CEO. The director of development supervises a staff of five and is part of the senior leadership team. This is an exempt position.

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Develop clear short term and long term plans for the development department that are realistic and challenging, including the creation of a departmental budget and calendar
• Promote a culture of philanthropy institution-wide
• Lead an excellent fundraising team through hands-on supervision and mentoring
• Establish strong relationships with board members and donors
• Develop strategies to enhance current revenue streams from direct mail, annual giving, planned giving, and foundation donors
• Oversee the individual stewardship program and solicitation of all $1000+ donors
• Manage the direct mail program, including mailings to current donors and prospect mailings to potential donors
• Work closely with the communications department to ensure seamless and coordinated communications
• Supervise the institutional grant writing program and proposals to professional foundations
• Develop and oversee planned giving program
• Work with appropriate staff and board members on donor cultivation events and large fundraising events
• Create a program that incorporates site visits and lobbying as a means of donor engagement
• Develop and implement a fundraising program for young philanthropists and activists
• Ensure integrity of donor data entry system and the acknowledgment process
• Staff board development committee


• Strong commitment to and passion for the mission of Bend the Arc and the ability to articulate the importance of the organization’s work to prospective and current funders
• Minimum of eight years of increasingly responsible development experience in a nonprofit environment
• Significant experience in securing funding from individuals, corporations, and/or foundations
• Strong management skills with a record of supervising and mentoring staff
• Demonstrated ability to develop, foster, and sustain relationships
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work successfully with people at all levels within the organization, board members, donors, and volunteers
• Experience with donor databases
• Knowledge of and experience in the organized Jewish community a plus
• BA, preferably MA degree.

This is a full-time position offering excellent benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing why you want to work as Bend the Arc's Director of Development to with the position title in the subject line. We regret that we will not be able respond to all applicants. Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview.

Bend the Arc maintains a strong policy of equal opportunity in employment. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Our equal employment philosophy applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, promotions, transfers, job benefits, and terminations. Bend the Arc encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.

About Organization:
Bend the Arc is the nation’s leading progressive Jewish voice dedicated to mobilizing Jewish Americans and our partners to find solutions to the most pressing social and political problems in America. Inspired by Jewish values, Bend the Arc creates the space for justice and opportunity for all through community organizing and investing, leadership development, civic engagement, and progressive political activism. We work beyond religious and institutional boundaries to leverage the Jewish community’s historic commitment to fairness in domestic affairs and civil rights to shape the national conversation and a build a more equitable and just America. Join us. For more information about Bend the Arc, please visit our website at:



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