At Central Synagogue

Development Officer

Posted on July 11, 2017

Our Vision
Central Synagogue is a thriving reform congregation in midtown Manhattan, serving 2,300 families and the larger community. We work tirelessly toward a world in which Judaism is central to the lives of Jews everywhere and is a profound and positive force for humanity. We are relentless in our pursuit of that goal, constantly evolving to reach far beyond the walls of our synagogue to learn, worship, serve and continually redefine what it means to be Jewish today. For more information about our organization visit

Job Summary/Objective
The Development Officer will play an integral leadership role within the Development Department, and will be involved in various aspects of development strategy and donor relationship management. We are looking for someone with 4-5 years experience in development who is entrepreneurial and a dynamic people person. This position requires a large amount of independence and initiative; however, regular collaboration with the Development team is essential.

Reports to
Director of Development

Department Hours
Full-time, Exempt and not eligible for OT, Monday through Thursday 9:00-5:30 and Friday 9:00-4:30, Occasional evenings, expected to work some of the High Holy Days

Key Responsibilities/Essential Functions

  • Coordinate with the communications department to manage all Development communications, including, but not limited to: solicitation letters, the Annual Appeal Brochure, e-communications (e.g. web page and social media), etc.;
  • Steward the Planned Giving program, including managing prospective donor events, conducting meetings for bequests, developing/distributing marketing materials, etc.;
  • Manage many relationships and solicitations with donors at the $500 - $2,500 level;
  • Supervise the Executive Assistant in implementing development events as appropriate;
  • Collaborate with the Development Director on capital/endowment/special campaigns as they arise;
  • Spearhead the process for writing and submitting foundation funding proposals in coordination with the Major Gifts/Prospect Research Associate;
  • Work with the Major Gifts/Prospect Research Associate and Development Director to devise development growth strategies and new fundraising initiatives;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Development Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 4-5 years experience in nonprofit development/fundraising;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, especially as it relates to establishing a professional role from the ground up;
  • Strategic and partnership-minded;
  • Comfort communicating with others (in writing, in person, and over the phone) and building sustained relationships with donors and colleagues;
  • Experience with donor research/management systems;
  • Independent and forward-thinking;
  • Ability to exercise confidentiality and utmost professional discretion;
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced and quickly-changing environment;
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and high-level organizational skills;
  • Ability to juggle multiple and competing tasks;
  • While you need not be Jewish to apply, knowledge of, or interest in, Jewish life is essential.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume, along with a cover letter and three references addressed to Development Director Daniel Nadelmann at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please reference “Development Officer” in the subject line of your email. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Central Synagogue is a prestigious cultural institution and historical landmark located in Midtown Manhattan. All employees are eligible to receive a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.


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The Major Gifts/Prospect Research Associate is a research-oriented role with an emphasis on major donors. This position presents the opportunity to be immersed in a range of development tasks, with the goal of training the individual to be able to eventually run their own development department. The position reports directly to the Development Director, but requires regular collaboration and coordination with the entire Development team.

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The Facilities Manager is responsible for managing the design, planning, construction and maintenance of equipment, machinery, buildings, facilities and grounds. This position plans, budgets and schedules facility modifications, including estimates on equipment, labor materials and other related costs. In addition, this position is responsible for the safe and daily operations of the facilities. This position supervises the Buildings Manager and the Assistant Buildings Manager. All positions at Central Synagogue require individuals to be strong multi-taskers and independent problem-solvers, have excellent communication and project-management skills, work well under supervision and be extremely organized.

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Central Synagogue, a 503(c) religious organization, employs 80 full-time and 30+ part time staff positions in more than a dozen departments, including our Religious School; Nursery School and Early Childhood Center; clergy study; membership, finance, communications, technology, development, maintenance, events, and administrative support teams. Our staff, which we consider "a team," is committed to excellence in our work. Central offers generous benefits and paid time off to its employees. We invite you to review our current openings and apply here. Central Synagogue is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

X Central Synagogue will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, military status, marital status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is the policy of the Congregation that certain positions must be filled by persons of the Jewish faith as a bona fide occupational qualification. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. All employees, regardless of position, are expected to maintain and contribute to this policy.