Development Manager

Hashomer Hatzair USA is seeking a Development Manager to work 20 hours/week to strengthen the work of our professional staff, Fundraising Committee and other Board members by coordinating and executing tasks related to fundraising. The Development Manager will report to the Camp Director and the Fundraising Committee and will work with the Endowment Committee and other Board members.

The Development Manager is a vital leadership position that serves as the key fundraiser for Hashomer Hatzair USA and Camp Shomria. The person who takes on this role will be expected to work with our professional staff and Fundraising and Endowment Committees to implement our fundraising plan and to employ best practices and innovative approaches to increase philanthropic support for our organization. The Development Manager will meet with and cultivate donors, helping to foster relationships. In future years, the Development Manager will be instrumental in developing as well as implementing the fundraising plan. We are raising money from institutional and private sources to support capital projects, general operations and scholarships. One key project in 2022-2023 will involve working with professional staff and the Board on activities related to celebrating our 100th anniversary in the United States.  

About Hashomer Hatzair USA 
Established in 1923, Hashomer Hatzair USA encourages youth to build progressive Jewish values, explore connections to Israel and the Jewish community, and develop a commitment to social, environmental, and economic justice in a setting characterized by youth leadership and collective responsibility. Through year-round programming and summer activities at Camp Shomria, members of Hashomer Hatzair USA learn and grow together in an environment that promotes and models youth leadership, personal maturation, cooperation, and a passion for social justice.  Hashomer Hatzair USA is part of a global youth movement with branches in 27 countries.

Located in Liberty, NY, Camp Shomria is a 117-acre facility that serves approximately 130 campers each summer, with a staff of approximately 40 young leaders and roughly 20 older people. Camp Shomria strives to provide a vibrant, fun, and caring community that enriches and strengthens a humanistic Jewish identity. It prides itself on being a place that offers rich opportunities for connection, self-exploration, Jewish values, social justice and belonging.

Key Qualities
The successful candidate will be an individual who:

  • Is good at building effective working relationships,
  • Loves interacting with people and getting to know them,
  • Is a great listener who can really hear what people are saying,
  • Possesses top-notch oral and written communication skills,
  • Is proficient in the use of different forms of media,
  • Has a proven ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and multitask with minimal supervision,
  • Can work independently or as a member of the team,
  • Is detail-oriented and consistently accurate, and
  • Quickly learns new processes and procedures

Familiarity with Judaism, the Jewish community and Israel and a love of Jewish camping are highly desirable. 
Significant understanding of the impact and unique value of a camp environment is strongly preferred.
Fundraising experience, especially with a non-profit, is also preferred.
Knowledge of Hebrew is a plus.

Essential Functions
Leadership 

  • Solicit or manage the solicitation of all current major gift donors and prospects. 
  • Develop strategies to expand, enhance and cultivate the current donor base, including writing grant applications. 
  • Work with professional staff and lay leaders to implement the Board's fundraising plan.
  • Partner with the Board to plan and support relevant committee meetings (particularly the Fundraising and Endowment Committees) and provide direct assistance to appropriate Board and staff members with respect to fundraising activities, marketing, special events, and alumni engagement.
  • Serve as an integral part of the leadership of the Hashomer Hatzair USA team, playing an active, visible role.

Development Planning and Relationship Management

  • Identify potential donors, and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for donors (individuals, organizations, and foundations)
  • Collaborate on the planning, organization, and implementation of fundraising activities and special events – including annual giving and capital campaigns, meetings, stakeholder events, direct mail, cultivation visits, solicitation visits, etc. 
  • Maintain and build existing foundation and community partner relationships and identify new opportunities for partnership and/or support. 
  • Assist with the recruitment, training, and coordination of volunteers focused on development activities.
  • Collaborate with various lay leaders to plan events and engage alumni throughout the year.

Development Operations 

  • Ensure the maintenance of our donor database and accurate donor records, donor communication, and other related areas.
  • Generate pledge reminders and all needed reports for donors, committees, foundations, etc. and provide regular reports on fundraising activities to the Board and professional staff, in cooperation with the Fundraising Committee.
  • Write, edit and/or submit grant proposals and reports, as needed.
  • Work in collaboration with the professional staff and the Board to write and prepare materials needed for development-related communications, including newsletters, e-mails, appeals, campaign materials, and website.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of proven experience and skills within community relations, growth, fundraising, and/or development with comfort and success as a frontline solicitor.
  • Experience soliciting Major Gifts and identifying and cultivating new major gift prospects.
  • Advanced CRM software skills, Little Green Light is a plus.
  • Must be able to be present for meetings with donors throughout the year.   
  • May need to travel to Camp Shomria and visit with donors during the summer.
  • Position includes some weekend and evening work and travel.
  • Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected. 

Compensation/Salary Package

  • $35,000-$40,000 a year for part time work (20 hours/week)
  • 8 vacation days per year, for a year that commences on the start date
  • Can work remotely or in an office, depending on personal preference, although some meetings will need to be in person

Application Process  
Please provide your resume and include a one-page cover letter, explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position. We look forward to hearing from you! Send your application to lior@campshomria.org. 

Hashomer Hatzair and Camp Shomria strive to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment that is committed to creating a diverse environment.  We promote strenuous policies and practices of equal opportunity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our objective to recruit, hire, and retain the most qualified individuals including those of any race, color, religion, gender, 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. We encourage applications from people of all genders, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals.