Development Manager, Sefaria

Join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time, as Sefaria implements a new, comprehensive strategic plan.

North America

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Posted August 5, 2018.


Position Overview

Join a team of dedicated staff at an exceptional time, as Sefaria implements a new, comprehensive strategic plan.

We are searching for a dynamic yet focused Development Manager to create and implement a community-based fundraising strategy while also spearheading our foundation fundraising efforts. The Development Manager will be instrumental in supporting Sefaria’s goal to grow its individual donor base from $250k annually to $1M annually. This team member will be supervised by Sefaria’s Chief Operating Officer.


The Sefaria Development Manager will be responsible for the following areas of organizational activity:

Foundation Management

  • Oversee the grant cycle — from proposals and reports to check-in meetings and special requests.
  • Write grant proposal narratives, letters of inquiry, reports and supporting documents.
  • Prepare grant budgets in collaboration with the COO.
  • Help identify, research and cultivate new and lapsed foundation donors.

Community-Based Fundraising

  • Grow Sefaria’s individual donor base from $250k annually to $1M annually by 2021.
    • Develop a multi-year strategy with quarterly and annual benchmarks
    • Develop appropriate cultivation and solicitation strategies for donors and prospects
    • Design and write multi-channel (email, social) campaigns
    • Research and identify potential new major supporters
  • Run and further develop the monthly giving program.
  • Manage communications with the supporter base.
  • Develop and implement other creative initiatives to raise revenue.

General Fundraising and Administrative

  • In coordination with the Management team, develop and execute an annual fundraising plan.
  • Collaborate on budgeting as it relates to fundraising, as well as financial tracking, taxes and annual audit.
  • Develop and maintain a fundraising tracking system to support cash flow projections and long-term financial decision-making.
  • Maintain all donor records and process tax acknowledgment letters for individual supporters.
  • Manage future transition to a new CRM.
  • Assist with fundraising events and work related to the Board of Directors as needed.

Education & Work Experience

  • Bachelor's degree required or equivalent practical experience.
  • At least 4 years of previous experience in related positions.
  • Proven experience in working with a portfolio of $2 million, or higher.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining robust relationships with foundation contacts and individual donors.
  • Excellent writer and editor with the ability to quickly produce compelling content to motivate donors to give.
  • Background in CRMs.
  • The ability to multitask and work across teams in a fast paced environment is essential.
  • Hyper organized with an eye for detail.

Position Location

We are seeking a US-based candidate. Sefaria has a presence in New York, Chicago, Boston and the Bay Area. Employees are expected to keep standard office hours and will have some flexibility in terms of physical work location. The Development Manager will travel from time to time to meet with foundations and donors and to attend gatherings.

Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
  • Generous medical coverage
  • Dental and eye insurance available
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending account benefits
  • Commuter benefits (New York only)
  • Generous PTO
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV, and short writing sample like an email campaign or one-page proposal to [email protected] with the subject line Development Manager.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Sefaria does not accept solicitations of any kind from job placement services or phone calls from prospective candidates. Sefaria provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Nothing in this job description or advertisement postings guarantees employment.

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