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The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Principal Gifts Officer )

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The Jewish Theological Seminary seeks an experienced major gifts professional with a strong track record in cultivating, stewarding and securing major gifts. The Principal Gifts Officer (PGO) will be part of a team of 7 front-line fundraisers who collectively, along with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors, raise a total of $25M each year to support the work of JTS.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated success as an engaging fundraiser and be a highly articulate communicator skilled at making a compelling case for mission support. S/he must be a focused, strategic professional, possessing exceptional relationship building and stewardship skills. Candidates must be able to demonstrate integrity, diplomacy and sound judgment. S/he will be responsible for planning and implementing an annual strategy to meet projected goals; identifying, cultivating and soliciting prospects for major gifts; and developing plans that will maximize the results of key regional events.

Reporting to the Vice Chancellor/Chief Development Officer, the PGO will work in a warm, committed and collaborative environment with other top level professionals. The Major Gifts team is supported by the larger development team  research, writing, donor records, grants, stewardship, administration etc. as well as the larger JTS team communications, community engagement, recruitment, etc. Therefore, the candidate must be able to collaborate across departments to achieve the goals of the institution. This position is based at the JTS campus in Manhattan.

As part of an overall moves management program, the Principal Gifts Officer is expected to manage approximately 150 donor and prospect relationships per year, and is expected to participate in at least 5 meaningful relationship building encounters with donors or prospects per week. Fundraising goals will be set in consultation with the Vice Chancellor/CDO based on the pipeline, and performance will be measured by a series of metrics throughout the year.