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Chief Development Officer

Staten Island, NY, USA | Jewish Community Center

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Business Development
  • Experience:
    5-7 years
Job Description:
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The Chief Development Officer (CDO) reports directly to the CEO and serves on the senior management team. The CDO will lead the expansion of a strategic, creative and resourceful development program that will affirm and celebrate the mission, impact, and future growth of the JCC. The CDO must be on a constant mission to strengthen the organization-wide culture of philanthropy, both public and private.


  • Create an annual development plan and budget

  • Participate in major institutional decision-making, especially as it relates to development, such as setting fundraising goals and integrating development strategies into the overall mission of the JCC

  • Hire, train, supervise and lead the development team by providing ongoing feedback, actively coaching and mentoring, management of performance to goals and identifying targeted professional development opportunities

  • Research potential and current funders, documenting pertinent information

  • Identify new opportunities and support ongoing efforts in the attainment of grants from government, foundations, and corporate sources.

  • Provide internal coordination of grant submissions

  • Participate in the writing of grant applications, proposals, sponsorship packages, etc. on behalf of the JCC

  • Establish strategies to approach government, corporate and private funders and develop creative ways of promoting the JCC's cases for support

  • Play a key role in managing strategy for establishing and maintaining relationships with city and state government officials and increasing their understanding of and support for the JCC

  • Participates in the planning and implementation of events and other activities to support the JCC's government relations goals, such as town halls, news conferences, site visits and meetings

  • In collaboration with the Director of Individual Giving (DIG) set annual giving goals and develop strategy for all phases of the individual giving program including solicitation and stewardship of major donors

  • Create engagement communications to improve conversion, retention, and lifetime value of donors and prospects

  • Maintain accurate reports and dashboards

  • Partner with DIG in planning and implementing successful special events and ensure proper follow-up

  • Collaborate with the DIG, program leaders, and the marketing team to develop key storytelling opportunities to enhance fundraising efforts

  • Supervise, mentor, and coach the director of the JCC's Sunrise Experience program, a year-round program providing summer camp and other year-round services to children with cancer and their siblings at no cost to the family, to ensure that programming, fundraising, and community engagement efforts are realized and amplified

  • Serve on various JCC committees and coalitions including, but not limited to, Sunrise Advisory Committee, Golf Outing Committee, Bocce Committee, Weissglass Distinguished Leadership Committee, and Budget and Finance Committee

  • Participate in JCC Board meetings

  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and 5+ years if experience in a position of similar complexity

  • Excellent verbal and writing skills with demonstrated success in grant and proposal writing

  • Ability to write exceptionally well and effectively communicate the mission, goals and needs of an organization to donors and funders, and to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately, and concisely

  • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels, both internally and externally

  • Experience writing for a variety of audiences

  • Must be able to adapt or modify plans, timeliness, or processes in response to changing circumstances

  • Strong attention to detail and superior organizational skills

  • Fundraising and event planning experience

  • Experience in developing and cultivating corporate and foundation relationships

  • Proficient computer and software knowledge (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.), including development database applications

  • Must be fully vaccinated


$95,000 - $105,000

Agency Information:

The JCC of Staten Island is dedicated to encouraging harmony throughout the community by providing facilities and programs that are open to all regardless of race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation. Everyone is welcome at the JCC.

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