Posted on September 8, 2012
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation - Development Director
Founded in 1856, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation (IHC) is a 950 family member of the Union of Reform Judaism. IHC recently completed an $11 million capital campaign and a major renovation of its facility. The Senior and Associate Rabbis joined the congregation within the past three years. IHC has an Early Childhood Center with 140 children and a 300 student Religious School. The congregation owns two cemeteries.
Working closely with IHC’s Board of Directors, Executive Director, Clergy and other Senior Staff, the Development Director has overall responsibility for maximizing revenue (“dues/commitments” and other voluntary contributions) IHC receives from IHC members and out-side sources. Because revenue is a function of membership, the Development Director is also responsible for IHC’s membership.
- Create and then implement a detailed short term and long-term development program for IHC.
- This is a new position and a new function at IHC; consequently little currently exists.
- The development program must include measurable targets and regular reporting of results to the board.
- Create a culture of giving within IHC
- Make the case for support and engage professional staff and lay leadership in carrying the message.
- Establish, re-establish and nurture relationships with congregants and potential congregants in order to retain existing members and attract new members.
- Attend Shabbat services and other IHC events to facilitate relationships with members
- Develop and maintain appropriate data and reports to support the fundraising and membership efforts.
- Solicit through face-to-face visits and telephone contacts with donors.
- Communicate a consistent and appealing message to congregants by developing campaign materials, case statements, brochures, social media and newsletters.
- Collaborate, coordinate, and cooperate with the IHC Foundation’s planned giving program.
- Strategic thinking/visioning and inspiration – Ability to develop an effective, long term strategy and vision. Ability to inspire and engage others around a shared vision and strategy.
- Congregant relationship building - Ability to spark new relationships and retain, repair and deepen existing relationships with congregants.
- Solicitation - Ability to solicit funding at all levels through face-to-face visits and telephone contacts. Ability to train volunteers and staff to solicit.
- Self-driven and goal oriented – Ambitious, self-starter who measures own and team effectiveness according to goal attainment.
- Volunteer recruitment and enhancement – Ability to assemble, manage, and develop a team of volunteers that will expand the IHC’s fund raising potential and accomplishments.
- Leadership - Ability to own and spearhead IHC’s fundraising and membership activities while collaborating with other professional staff and engaging and leading the board and other volunteers.
- Operational aptitude – Ability to develop and implement an effective and lasting internal operating system including tactical planning, recordkeeping and processing procedures and deadline management. Attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills – Ability to communicate strategy, instructions, solicitations proposals and other messages clearly, professionally as well as engage congregants in conversations.
- Integrity - Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and demonstrate integrity.
- Adaptability - Ability to adapt and respond to various situations and show grace under pressure.
Education and experience
- Experience working with and managing volunteers.
- Broad knowledge and understanding of development/fundraising concepts and appropriate solicitation techniques
- Proven ability to solicit gifts and to train other solicitors
- Experience working in Jewish organizations. Understanding and appreciation of Jewish rituals, customs, holidays and congregational relationships.
- Bachelor’s degree
The above statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities, and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job and should not be considered a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. IHC may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Applicants as well as employees who are or become disabled must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities either unaided or with reasonable accommodation. IHC shall determine reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with applicable law.
The Development Director will report to the President of the IHC Board while working closely with other professional staff.
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Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
6501 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260