Date of Posting: August 12, 2019
Job Title: Associate Director - Alumni & Development
Organization: Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps
For more than 65 years, Camp Hess Kramer and Gindling Hilltop Camp have been providing a dynamic and engaging environment where campers and staff become part of a community. With the total destruction of both camps due to the Woolsey Fire last November, and subsequent mudslides, Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps will be at a temporary site at Cal State Channel Islands, however, the programming, ruach and people that make camp camp, will remain the same, helping our campers develop personal identity and self-esteem, build relationships, learn about Judaism, have fun, and increase their long-term commitment to their families, synagogues, and communities.
At this critical time, we are seeking a dynamic, experienced and energetic development professional with an outstanding track record to assume primary responsibility for cultivating relationships, identifying prospects, securing resources and stewarding donors. Building a robust alumni association to further involvement and engagement will also be a primary focus for this individual.
This position reports directly to the Camp’s Executive Director, in collaboration with the Camp Director, the Temple’s Director of Institutional Advancement and camp lay leaders.
The Alumni & Development Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Partnership with Camp Executive Director, Camp Director and Lay Leaders
- Provide collaborative leadership to implement and grow a fundraising strategy which includes working closely with the Camp Executive Director, Camp Director, Director of Institutional Advancement, Fundraising Chair and Fundraising Committee
- Serve as a partner to the Camp Executive Director and Camp Director and key volunteers to solicit and steward donors and prospects; set up 1:1 meetings for Camp Executive Director and Camp Director
- Work with Camp Executive Director, Camp Director, Director of Institutional Advancement, Camp Committee Chair and Fundraising Chair to manage relationships (especially with non-Temple member alumni and camp families) to enhance fundraising
Fund Development Planning & Management
- Manage timeline and resources needed for development activities
- Lead the planning, organization and implementation of fundraising activities and events – including camp events (Alumni Shabbats, Mitzvah Night, Leadership Reunions and Leadership Night, Tour de Summer Camps participation and the annual Poker Tournament), meetings, direct mail, cultivation visits, solicitation visits, etc.
- Implement and monitor “Donor Recognition” policies
- Devise and implement a stewardship program to assure (i) regular contact with donors through written communication as well as various stewardship and cultivation activities and events, and (ii) additional fundraising requests are strategically made.
Donor and Lay Leader Engagement
- Identify potential donors, and develop strategies for cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for donors in collaboration with Camp Executive Director, Camp Director, Director of Institutional Advancement, Camp Committee Chair and Fundraising Chair
- Work hands-on to help execute effective strategies for cycle of development with donors (individual/foundations)
- Maintain and build on existing foundation relationships (i.e. JCamp180/Grinspoon, Foundation for Jewish Camp, and Los Angeles Jewish Federation) and identify new opportunities for partnership and/or support
- Write, edit and/or submit grant proposals and reports, as needed
- Plan summer visitation programs/other special events (both at camp and elsewhere)
- Assist with the recruitment, training and coordination of volunteers focused on alumni and fundraising activities
- Prepare invitations, agenda, reports and materials for Camp Committee meetings, subcommittee meetings, event meetings
- Attend Camp Committee meetings and relevant committee meetings as needed (i.e. Fundraising, Scholarship, Alumni, Governance)
- Provide direct assistance to appropriate committees such as fundraising, scholarship, alumni, governance, special events and alumni
Public Relations & Communications
- Write and prepare monthly camp article for Temple bulletin, materials needed for alumni engagement and fundraising including newsletters, e-mail, appeals, campaign materials, website; work with printing and mailing
- Organize (and lead, when needed) on-site tours for major donors, prospects and others to/at camp
- Work with other professionals on the Camp team, Director of Institutional Advancement, and the Alumni Committee to support alumni engagement, outreach and activities to create a robust Alumni Association
Supervision and Operations
- Ensure the maintenance of our donor database and accurate donor records, donor communication and related areas
- Generate pledge reminders and all needed reports for donors, committees, foundations, etc. and provide regular reports on fundraising activities
- Serve as a member of the camp’s professional team and ensure all staff members are informed of and appropriately engaged in alumni and fundraising activities
- Coordinate all fundraising efforts and outreach to potential donors with the Temple’s Director of Institutional Advancement
- Attend meetings of the Temple Advancement Committee
Skills and Experiences
- Undergraduate degree required, Masters preferred
- A minimum of three (3) years’ proven experience and skills with success as a frontline solicitor
- Significant understanding of the essence and unique value of a camp environment, as well as knowledge of Jewish camp trends and practice is strongly preferred
- Persuasive writing and presentation skills and the ability to communicate to diverse audiences
- Management/mentoring experience at a non-profit is preferred
- Expertise with Raisers Edge or Salesforce software
Personal qualities include:
- People-oriented, enthusiastic, collaborative and dependable
- Superior organization and time-management skills
- Ease communicating with others in writing, in person and over the phone
- The ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Familiarity with and interest in the Jewish religion and customs
- Must be regularly present at camp for events and donor visits during the summer
- Participation in professional development programs, including annual conferences and gatherings, is expected
Additional information about us:
Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps is owned by Wilshire Boulevard Temple. One of our country’s most highly respected Reform congregations, Wilshire Boulevard Temple has been responding to the needs of the Los Angeles Jewish community since our founding in 1862 as Congregation B’nai B'rith, the first synagogue in Los Angeles.
In addition to our summer camps, we have two locations to serve our families: our historic Erika J. Glazer Family Campus in Wilshire Center/Koreatown, and our modern Audrey and Sydney Irmas Campus in West Los Angeles, with early childhood, elementary and religious schools at both campuses. Also located at the Glazer campus, the Karsh Family Social Service Center offers an array of services, including: vision, dental, legal and grief counseling services as well as a weekly food pantry.
This position is located at the Erika J. Glazer Family Campus in Wilshire Center/Koreatown
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