DRG Executive Search Consultants

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (Principal Gifts Officer)

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The ideal candidate will be an experienced development professional capable of clearly articulating a case for giving, raising both private and institutional funds, and demonstrating an authentic commitment to the mission and goals of the institution.

- At least 5-7 years of experience in financial resource development; including proven success in cultivating and closing major gifts ($25k+), and in building and maintaining long-term relationships with major individual donors and foundations.

- Success in increasing the effectiveness of development efforts through established objectives, performance standards and quantifiable benchmarks.

- Outstanding stewardship and relationship management skills

- Creative, innovative, and strategic inclinations; entrepreneurial, motivated self-starter with a high energy level,

- Capacity to plan and prioritize responsibilities, work autonomously and multi-task, yet with flexibility to work in an ever changing work environment.

- High standard for quality and productivity, focusing on results.

- A diplomatic problem solver who is able to build consensus and engender cooperation between lay leaders and professionals from the breadth of interests and perspectives in the community.

- Solid presentation skills, with the ability to share an authentic passion for the mission and to inspire individuals and audiences.

- Strong interpersonal skills with the intellectual and emotional depth, maturity and collaborative skills to work effectively across the entire organization and all levels.

- A good listener and effective and persuasive communicator with demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication.

- Ability and desire to work as part of a warm, compassionate and empathetic team.

- A strong work ethic, ability to maintain and model high personal, ethical and professional standards, as well as an outgoing and positive personality; a sense of humor and perspective are considered assets.

- A demonstrated understanding of the networks of the Jewish philanthropic community in the New York City area; a demonstrated ability to engage various groups within this community.

- Skills and discipline to use donor and contact management systems and other technologies necessary in a national fundraising structure.

- Experience with capital campaign fundraising and solicitations would be beneficial.

- Experience with office software and data management systems is required;

- A Bachelors degree is required.