**This position could be based in New Orleans, Memphis, Birmingham, Nashville, Little Rock, or other southern metro area**
We are the home of Jewish Joy in the Deep South! Henry S. Jacobs Camp, an overnight summer camp of the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), serves the Deep South Jewish community, including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Central & Western Tennessee. Based in Utica, Mississippi, Jacobs Camp offers a high-quality, Reform Jewish camping experience for more than 450 campers and 100 staff members. But Jacobs Camp is much more than a summer camp. For almost 50 years, it has served as the center of Jewish life in the deep south, educating children, who often go home and educate their parents, and creating a very real sense of Jewish community for children and families who live in major cities like Memphis, New Orleans or Birmingham, as well as small and sometimes isolated communities. Jacobs Camp is currently planning their 50th anniversary celebration, a true Family Reunion, to take place in the summer/fall 2019.
For the last year, Jacobs Camp’s dynamic Camp Director and dedicated lay leadership have worked with a consultant to lay the foundation for a strategic development program. The camp is seeking a dynamic Development Manager to build upon the successes and help raise annual funds to support programming, facility maintenance and improvements, and scholarships for families in need, as well as a capital project.
The Development Manager will be part of a small, hardworking, and enthusiastic team and reports directly to the Jacobs Camp director. The Development Manager may also work in collaboration with the URJ (based in NY) on local and national development projects.
Annual and Capital Campaign Management
Lead the development and implementation of Jacobs Camp annual fundraising efforts in partnership with the camp director, including but not limited to major gifts, donor recognition and stewardship programs, grants, and direct mail campaigns.
Work with the camp director, camp committee chair, and development committee chair to develop annual and long-range fundraising goals, budget and strategies.
Help to identify a development strategy for specific donor segments including alumni and parents.
Create and implement cultivation and stewardship plans for key donors and prospects, in partnership with the camp director.
Conduct prospect research with a focus on generating new major donors.
Organize and schedule cultivation and solicitation visits with major gift prospects.
Staff donor-related events, including shabbat weekends each summer.
Manage grants including from foundations and federations; identify and pursue new opportunities for grant funding; write grants and reports as needed.
Help to oversee activities of the development and alumni committees, in coordination with the camp director and camp committee chair.
Oversee maintenance of and updates to the donor database, including gift processing and acknowledgement, generating donor lists and reports.
Report on and analyze campaign progress, results, and gift trends; help reconcile gifts with URJ’s finance department as needed.
Help with the transition from Raiser’s Edge to Salesforce.
Develop and implement an annual fundraising communications plan, to include e-blasts, e-newsletters and/or annual reports.
Maintain the development related content on the website, ensuring content is active and current.
A minimum of 3 years of professional fundraising experience.
Experience with annual campaigns required/experience with capital campaigns and events is preferred but not necessary.
Experience working and building relationships with lay leaders and donors, and motivating volunteers to meet goals.
Experience with donor databases such as Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce (or other similar cloud-based fundraising software).
Strategic decision maker; organized, creative thinker, and effective communicator.
Ability to establish goals, prioritize multiple requests, and demonstrate results.
High-energy, can-do team player.
Knowledge and experience at summer camp and/or other Jewish organizations is a plus.
Familiarity with the Deep South Jewish community is a plus.
Travel is essential – during the summer this position is mostly based out of Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi during the rest of the year there is flexibility to where the position is based out of, but travel through the Deep South is required.
About URJ Henry S Jacobs Camp
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) serves as the umbrella organization for more than 900 Reform congregations, representing the largest Jewish Movement in North America. It provides a diversity of services to member synagogues, such as camping, social and environmental action, community services, endowment, fundraising, and affiliated organizations.