UJA-Federation of New York

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Development Executive

Job Location:
New York, NY
Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists (ELP)

Position Summary

This position will be responsible for fundraising and boutique programming that targets high-capacity prospects and donors in the thirties and early forties age bracket. The development executive is responsible for the engagement, cultivation, and solicitation of donors and prospects in the B.i.G (Build Hope, Inspire Change, and Give Love) division through face-to-face solicitations, cultivation and fundraising events, educational projects, hands-on activities, and global missions. The development executive will also manage Jewish Leadership Forum. As a member of the ELP team, the development executive will also be responsible for collaborating on programs targeted at the entire under 45 demographic. These programs include social and volunteer activities aimed to attract and engage the next generation of leaders across all trades and professions.



  • Maintain a direct portfolio of high capacity donors and prospects. Work with lay leaders and staff to cultivate, maximize opportunities for relationship building, engage, and solicit donors to increase dollars raised and expand donor base through Jewish Leadership Forum.
  • Plan and implement boutique programming for B.i.G giving circle that reaches out to high-capacity constituents with the potential to make a minimum gift of $3,600 annual contributions to the organization.
  • Manage Jewish Leadership Forum, a concierge-model of service for high-capacity donors and prospects.
  • Collaborate with other ELP team members to identify and actively engage high-capacity constituents across all ELP affinity groups, especially Families, Generosity, Wall Street, Real Estate, and the Investment Management Division. 
  • Work with Generosity development executive  to determine and implement a “next-step” for high-capacity donors as they move from their 20s into their 30s
  • Work with other members of the Legacy Initiative team to strategize how to work effectively with donors and prospects of multigenerational families.
  • Collaborate with staff in other divisions to develop and implement strategies involving donors across divisional lines. This will include collaboration with fundraisers in the Philanthropic Leadership Group Planned Giving & Endowments campaign, Special Initiatives campaign, and PRO to maximize benefit to the donor and their family.
  • Determine feasibility of creating a minimum gift society for young donors at the $1,800 minimum gift level.
  • Manage own personal fundraising portfolio to increase the dollars raised for the annual campaign. Employ a variety of fundraising techniques including face to face solicitations, fundraising events, phone sessions, and written communications.


  • Minimum of two years fundraising, sales, or business development experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Confidence in high-powered settings.
  • Excellent personal skills and meticulous attention to detail and follow-up.
  • Experience conducting face-to-face donor/customer meetings, cultivations, and solicitations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship building, leadership, and team collaboration skills.
  • Creative thinking, clear writing and speaking skills, and ability to be a team player
  • Capacity to be self-motivated, self-directed, and pro-active in creating new fundraising initiatives.
  • Passionate about the Jewish community and UJA-Federation mission.
  • Knowledge of issues facing the Jewish community preferred.
  • Familiarity with Jewish philanthropic landscape in New York City