Union for Reform Judaism
Vice President of Philanthropy
Union for Reform Judaism is seeking applications and nominations for its next Vice President of Philanthropy.
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) builds community at every level—from the way they collaborate with congregations, organizations, and individuals to how they make connections across North America to advance contemporary and inclusive Jewish life. Providing vision and voice to transform the way people connect to Judaism, URJ helps congregations stay relevant and innovative, motivate more young Jews to embrace Jewish living, agitate for a more progressive society, and foster meaningful connections to Israel.
Founded in 1873, URJ has grown into the largest and most powerful force in North American Jewish life, with nearly 900 member congregations and work that inspires, connects, and educates an estimated 1.5M Jews. URJ's legacy, reach, leadership, and vision enable them to unite thousands of years of tradition with a modern, evolving Judaism to strengthen Jewish communities today and for future generations.
URJ's key strategic priorities are:
Tikkun Olam(Repairing the World) through the Religious Action Center
Audacious Hospitality:Being inclusive and welcoming to all
The URJ is working toward an ambitious strategic plan that focuses on aligning each part of the organization toward the URJ's bold and exciting vision for the future of Reform Judaism. Entitled
2020: A Clear View of Our Future
, the plan is driven by the organization's key values, as well as a commitment to ensure a strong Jewish future.
For the full position profile, please visit the Koya Leadership Partners website
URJ is seeking a senior-level development professional with an outstanding track record who is eager to shape the future of an evolving institution by implementing a thoughtful growth strategy. The organization is excited to welcome a partner who can support an audacious strategic vision and lead a pivot to a more diversified funding model.
The Vice President of Philanthropy is a member of the Executive Team, and works closely with the Philanthropic Leadership Advisory Group, Oversight Committee, Board Members, and colleagues on the Executive Team to foster a successful development and donor program. URJ is eager to prioritize and centralize development, breaking down organizational siloes and making donor engagement and fundraising operations more cohesive.
The Vice President will lead the efforts being made throughout the organization to maximize funds, including URJ's Annual Campaign. This also includes fundraising for programmatic initiatives and capital projects that are in alignment with the strategic goals of URJ and the key interests of major donors, ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to $16M per year.
The Vice President of Philanthropy's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Resource Development and Strategic Marketing
Donor and Board Engagement Strategy
Management and Leadership
A genuine interest in the shared goals and values of the Reform Movement will be key for success in this role.
Skills and Experiences
Significant track record of transformative success in institutional advancement in a high-profile Jewish communal, higher education, cultural arts, government, NGO, or other not-for-profit setting
Extensive knowledge of and success with the New York and broader North American Jewish philanthropic community
Demonstrated success in change management and revamping a fundraising program to drive a culture of philanthropy
Experience in capital campaign planning and implementation
Up-to-date on established and emerging tactics in philanthropy, including, but not limited to, e-philanthropy and applications of digital and social media
Reputation as an innovator and for implementing best practices in institutional advancement
Ideally, experience in marketing and communications and a commitment to a team approach in creating a coordinated advancement initiative
Molly Brennan and Melissa Madzel of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials here
All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
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The Union for Reform Judaism provides vision and leadership to Reform Jews and congregations on spiritual, ethical, social justice and management issues. It provides programmatic support to Reform Jewish congregations and offers opportunities for individual growth and identity that few congregations could provide by themselves, such as camps and Israel programs for youth, study kallot and North American and regional biennials. What the Union Stands For As the congregational arm of the Reform Movement, the Union for Reform Judaism strives to create and sustain vibrant Jewish congregations wherever Reform Jews live in North America. The synagogue is at the very center of Jewish life, transforming individual members into caring, committed Jews, inspiring them to live Jewish lives. The synagogue is the door through which members encounter a larger entity, K'lal Yisrael, the people of Israel.