The position of Development Director for the Ottawa Jewish Community School was created to generate funds on an annual basis to ensure the sustainability of the school.
All private schools raise funds to augment traditional sources of revenue, such as tuition, and to ensure dollars are available to support students whose families cannot pay the full tuition costs. Our Annual Campaign averages around $400,000 per year, but work needs to be done to maintain and steward those donors over time. These funds are used to make targeted academic improvements in the school each year and to contribute to the fund that provides subsidies to students. The position reports directly to the Head of School.
Implementation of all aspects of the Annual Giving Program with a significant focus on Individual Major Gifts.
Individual Major Gifts
To secure funds for the OJCS by managing a group of assigned and qualified donors (caseload); spending the majority of their time developing and nurturing relationships with new and current donors including families, alumni and leaders of the Jewish community.
- Coaching and leading volunteers in our Face-to-Face Solicitation Program
- Oversight of donor data management in order to provide accurate and timely
reports on individual donor giving and overall giving trends and opportunities
- Working closely with the Chief Accountant and Development Committee (of the
Board of Directors) to ensure accurate and timely financial reports
- Key staff support to all fundraising volunteers in all fundraising programs
- Keeping connected with the Head of School on Major Gift Prospect activity
- Ensuring ongoing donor recognition and stewardship to grow support for the
school based on donor satisfaction
- Review and engage the Alumni database in order to maximize Alumni support for
- Manage an efficient expense budget in order to resource the fundraising process
Other Areas of Responsibility
Direct Mail, Events, Sponsorships, Foundations and Planned Giving
The dominant focus of the annual giving plan is to build robust individual donations however there will be a lesser portion of time spent on other areas of fundraising:
- Coaching and leading volunteers in the presentation of a small number of fundraising special events that add fun and funds to the school
- Acquisition of minor sponsorships for fundraising events
- Maintaining and growing a small number of corporate sponsorships
- Development of customized proposals to targeted charitable foundations
- Identifying and assisting with planned giving visits through the school’s
responsibilities for the community’s endowment campaign
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
The ideal candidate will bring the following skills and experiences:
- A minimum of three years of progressive responsibility in a development role, ideally a private school environment or other Jewish non-profit organization.
- A sincere passion for Jewish education and its comprehensive benefits to students, families and the community at large.
- Relationship building – proven and sustained success building and maintaining trusted relationships with key stakeholders and the ability to interact with multiple constituencies.
- Effective communication – excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
- Decision-making – the ability to make sound databased judgments.
- Teamwork/collaboration – demonstrated success in ensuring teamwork and
collaboration for high performing teams in a culture of accountability and
- Visioning – demonstrates innovation, creativity and a commitment to
- Flexibility – ability to help design and implement new fundraising initiatives,
within an ever-changing organizational environment.
- Community –knowledge of Judaism and a personal passion for Jewish values
and traditions, coupled with a strong desire to share this passion.
- Strategic - can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad
knowledge and perspective; is future-oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
- Effective at forging strong personal interpersonal alliances at all levels both within and outside the organization; is personable, well-liked, and easily bonds with others; builds solid relationships characterized by mutual respect, loyalty,
- Sets concrete and measurable objectives; exhibits a strong drive for results and
success; conveys a sense of urgency and drives issues to closure; persists despite obstacles and opposition. The capacity to exercise strong self-discipline in the pursuit of a central goal.
Ideal Character Traits
- Intellectually and Socially Curious
-- A thirst to learn more about people, places and things
-- Behavioural and Linguistic Flexibility
-- Information Distiller\
-- Strategic Solicitor
-- Donor centered
-- Team Oriented
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + Advanced Degree Preferred and 0-2 years of experience.