Director of Planned Giving and Endowment Campaign @ JDC

Director of Planned Giving and Endowment Campaign

JDC has an exciting opportunity for a fundraiser with significant experience in both Planned Giving and Endowment Campaigns looking to lead and evolve these functions within the Resource Development department at a large global humanitarian nonprofit.

JDC's Gift Planning program is an increasingly important source of flexible and high priority funding. As such, JDC is seeking to reorganize and develop a holistic approach to testamentary giving including bequests, planned gifts, and the Endowment Campaign. The Director of Planned Giving and Endowment Campaign will deploy proactive approaches to identifying and cultivating planned giving donors.

The Director of Planned Giving and Endowment Campaign will maintain a portfolio of approximately 150 planned gift donors, as well as major campaign donors and prospects across the country. They will work closely with related staff across the organization to direct the Planned Giving operation and ensure alignment at all levels; areas of alignment include identification of planned gift donors, outreach and solicitation, identifying funding needs, communication, and messaging. The Director will also oversee JDC’s centennial Endowment Campaign and work with the relevant parties to reach the ultimate goals of this effort

NOTE: Due to the unprecedented situation of COVID-19, JDC has decided to protect our current and future employees by managing our business remotely and developing a set of extensive COVID-19 policies. Interviewing, onboarding and each role day-to-day are being conducted remotely. Please consider that our roles will not be remote long-term and will return to an office setting once we're safe to do so following the guidance of local health authorities’ and the CDC.

What will you do as a Director of Planned Giving and Endowment Campaign?

Planned Giving:
Strategize and monitor all major contacts/activities with planned gift donors and prospects according to JDC procedures
Manage targeted mailings for planned giving prospects
Identify opportunities for virtual and (post-pandemic) in-person planned giving content for existing and new audiences
Work in concert with the Planned Giving Senior Administrator and other relevant stakeholders, lay and professional, to meet the goals of the Planned Giving operation

Endowment Campaign:
Direct the activities of a $200 million centennial Endowment Campaign including mailings, solicitations, strategy, recognition opportunities, etc.
Act as the clearinghouse for all data on campaign prospects and coordination of all JDC professional and lay contacts
Develop outreach and stewardship plans for existing and new campaign donors; including events and presence at the Board meetings

Directly manage the Planned Giving Senior Administrator, accountable for planned gift administration and compliance (planned gift contracts, letters of intent, and reporting)
Develop and manage work plans, including coordination of multiple solicitations; Assist in the development of appropriate solicitation strategies and solicitation preparation for staff and lay leaders

What qualifications do you need to be our Director of Planned Giving and Endowment Campaign?
Familiarity with various planned giving vehicles and endowment campaign experience (e.g. bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, retirement plan)
Prior experience as a creative and accomplished fundraiser at the development officer/planned giving officer level or managerial level, ready to direct the function
Proven success in networking, soliciting, and closing major outright and deferred gifts and in building and maintaining relationships with major individual donors required; An existing network/relationships within the Jewish community are a must.
Skills and discipline to use donor management systems and other technologies necessary in an international fundraising structure
Strong presentation skills, with the ability to inspire individuals and audiences
Excellent relationship management, written, and oral communication skills
Agility and self-motivational workstyle, able to work effectively remotely, and under the changing conditions of COVID
Passion for the work of the JDC and global Jewish issues, and the ability to effectively translate that to prospects and donors
Familiarity with Israel and the overseas Jewish world a plus
Graduate degree in Nonprofit Management, Jewish Studies, Fundraising/Sales, or other relevant area and/or CFRE designation a plus

Additional Details
Employment Type: Full-Time
Hours: 35 hours/week, 8:45 AM – 4:45PM, with ability to work longer hours at the height of campaigns or adjust hours as needed to connect with colleagues in international time zones
Location: New York, NY –based remotely during the pandemic, ultimately returning to the office
Reports to: Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Job Function/Department: Resource Development
Other: Requires the ability to travel overseas 1-2 times annually and domestically, as needed; Global travel at JDC is currently not permitted.

What are the compensation and benefits for a Director of Planned Giving and Endowment Campaign?
This a full-time, salaried position paid semi-monthly. This role is exempt per the FLSA.
We offer an excellent benefits and compensation package, including but not limited to:
100% paid medical and dental insurance for employee coverage
Paid time off, including vacation days, sick and personal days, and Jewish and national holidays
Paid parental leave policy
403(b) with JDC contributions of 6.5% of salary
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), commuter benefits, and life insurance
Learning & Development: Ongoing opportunities for professional development through workshops and trainings with our internal L&D program

Why work at JDC?
The People – What we hear most from our team members is that they enjoy working with others who share their passion for doing good; Our staff aim to use their skills to make a positive difference in the lives of others
A Global Environment – you will have the opportunity to develop a global perspective, working with staff from the U.S., Israel, the Former Soviet Union, and all over the world
*Tikkun Olam – This Jewish value of “repairing the world” is deeply important to us. Collectively we are dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of others

Equal Employment Opportunity
JDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. As the world’s leading global Jewish humanitarian organization, we are committed to treating people with compassion and respect. All qualified applications will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, mental disorder, familial status, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Submit your resume, salary expectations, and cover letter here.

Application Deadline: 10/16/2020 (EXTENDED: 11/1/2020)
Expected Start Date: 1/4/2020


About JDC

Join The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization. JDC works in around 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens, both Jewish and non-Jewish. Our reach extends beyond the global Jewish community by providing immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters worldwide.

JDC has over 100 years of experience providing social and humanitarian services to Jewish people. You can learn more about JDC at

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New York , New York 10017


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