Chief Advancement Officer, JFCS East Bay

About Jewish Family & Community Services

Ready to transform life in the East Bay and build capacity for our growing nonprofit to meet the new demands our communities face today? Become the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) for Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) East Bay. The CAO will lead our community and external relations campaigns to advance our advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and refugees. We are looking for an inclusive leader to lead our fundraising, advance our community engagement, and mentor our high performing fundraising and community development team.

About Jewish Family & Community Services

JFCS East Bay partners with our clients, staff, and community to pursue justice, promote healing, and advocate for meaningful change. We are an innovative social service agency and community-based organization that has served individuals and families throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties since 1877. We reunite and strengthen families, care for the mental and physical health needs of people impacted by trauma, support healthy relationships between young children and their parents/caregivers, provide legal representation to immigrants, and resettle refugees who seek to start their lives anew in peace and safety. We advocate for housing justice, mobilize community resources, and build bridges across our diverse East Bay to support our clients in meeting their goals and strengthen our community overall. Over 80% of our direct services reach beyond service to the Jewish community.

Our staff of almost 70 employees is characterized by our diversity, dedication, teamwork, experience, and warmth. We are immigrants, refugees, speakers of multiple languages, and long-time East Bay residents of many races, ethnicities and religious traditions. We are lawyers, social workers, therapists, case managers and financial and administrative professionals. JFCS East Bay actively seeks to hire a dynamic leader who reflects the cultural and linguistic diversity of the East Bay and of our clients and staff. If you are deeply committed to developing authentic relationships with donors, funders and community members, think creatively about advancing community capacity, and want to engage and advocate to build a healthy and just East Bay, this is the role for you. BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrants, multilingual, mature or differently abled candidates, and people of all faiths or none at all are encouraged to apply.

How We Operate

  • We partner with our clients, staff, and community to advocate for justice and promote healing.
  • We engage in our work with integrity, accountability, and transparency.
  • We commit to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • We maintain an unwavering stance against antisemitism and all forms of prejudice.

The Role

The Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) will join JFCS East Bay as our new vision for community health takes shape and we begin to implement our new strategic plan. This position is responsible for revenue generation and will guide how we share our stories highlighting the strengths of our clients, the impacts of our comprehensive care services, and our demonstrated commitment to a just East Bay through our partnership and advocacy efforts. The CAO is responsible for advancing our fundraising strategy and all activities that generate revenue, developing and stewarding partnerships with donors, funders, businesses, volunteers, clients, and other community members including civic leaders, government agencies, and community-based organizations. Reporting to the CEO, the CAO serves as a member of the leadership team, and leads the fundraising, community engagement and communications teams for JFCS East Bay.

The CAO leads the creation and implementation of a fundraising strategy to raise the revenue for an $11M+ operating budget by engaging with major gift donors, collaborating with grant writers and facilitating the execution of annual giving campaigns and special events.

The CAO is the lead catalyst responsible for shifting the public positioning of JFCS East Bay from a legacy organization that creates opportunities for caring community members to ensure a range of charity services are provided to vulnerable populations to a justice-oriented community-based organization realizing our new vision of a community where everyone can flourish with dignity. Through the growth of a community engagement team, the CAO is responsible for communicating our stories of transformational client outcomes and leads our partnerships and advocacy efforts for addressing structural inequities.

This highly collaborative role works closely with program directors, our finance director, board members, and along with the COO and CEO, serves on the executive leadership team to advance the vision, mission and strategic priorities of JFCS East Bay. The CAO holds an internal facilitative leadership role responsible for staffing committees within our board of directors, guiding strategic conversations with the leadership team, and empowering teammates. The CAO plans for the professional growth of their team, encouraging autonomy and fostering shared leadership and communication within the Development and Community Engagement team of seven staff members and a grants management and writing firm.


Agency Leadership

  • Advance JFCS East Bay’s vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities through a commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Collaborate across departments to facilitate a communication pipeline to gather and share program impact.
  • Incorporate ethical and strength-based fundraising practices into all work, aligned with our values and anti-racism stance.
  • Represent the interests and needs of the fundraising and community engagement work plans at agency-wide leadership meetings.
  • Work closely with the COO & Director of Finance to set the agency’s annual budget and to ensure flow of financial information, policies and procedures related to all fund development efforts.
  • Provide regular updates to the CEO and Board of Directors about fundraising progress.
  • Communicate outcomes and impacts to a variety of stakeholders that center the voices and strengths of our staff, clients and community partners.
  • Attend board meetings and staff board-level committees and task forces to advance department objectives.

Development and Community Engagement Leadership

  • Lead the expansion of revenue streams built on demonstrated individual and community impact as a complement to fee-for-service contracts and individual donations.
  • Co-create and lead the successful implementation of strategic and annual plans for all fundraising, engagement and communications efforts.
  • Develop and supervise the successful implementation of an annual fundraising plan that includes strategies and fundraising goals for individual donors, philanthropy, and volunteers.
  • Build and implement a plan to secure long term assets and major fundraising campaigns.
  • Design and manage the annual department budget in collaboration with the Development and Community Engagement team.

Staff Management

  • Promote collaboration, autonomy, good communication, flexibility, and creativity, with an emphasis on shared leadership within the Development and community engagement team, including four direct reports and three indirect reports.
  • Implement equitable and supportive performance management practices.
  • Encourage team feedback and shared accountability.
  • Foster a culture of transparency, fun, appreciation, brainstorming, innovation, and excellence into the workplace.
  • Build and maintain a culture of high performance, learning, and professional growth.

Development Strategies

Individual Giving

  • Build an individual giving fundraising strategy that incorporates annual giving, legacy giving, and the cultivation of long-term assets through major gifts. Include all components of the donor lifecycle.
  • Work closely with staff, board members and volunteers to facilitate fundraising efforts to cultivate and steward connection to vision, mission, programs and services.
  • Support the execution of successful annual fundraising and community engagement events and communications.
  • Actively maintain a portfolio of up to 50 major individual donors and employ a “moves management process” to deepen their commitment and increase their giving to the organization.

Institutional Giving

  • Oversee all aspects of grants management from philanthropic and corporate funders and public agencies to increase funder prospecting, cultivation and stewardship; strengthen systems for effective grants management, including writing, tracking, and reporting
  • Collaborate with the program directors to identify and prioritize needs for foundation, corporate, and government funding.
  • Manage the stewarding of relationships with foundation program officers, program directors, and CEO.

Community Engagement

  • Design and implement community engagement strategies including plans for implementation, staffing, and sustainability, that align with our new mission and strategic priorities, focused on advocacy and partnership development for systems change that strengthens the community to foster a more just East Bay.
  • Coordinate coalitions and lead advocacy initiatives to advance our vision and mission.
  • Oversee and consult on the development and implementation of the Volunteer Services strategy and annual plan to best meet client needs, engage community members, and strengthen the pipeline of individual donors and institutional funders, focused on an efficient, equitable, and culturally responsive approach to engaging volunteers.


  • Oversee the development and implementation of annual communications strategies and plans.
  • Ensure ongoing clarity and strength of client/community-centric agency branding and messaging.
  • Provide input on the ongoing development of content for the agency’s website and production of agency collateral materials.
  • Oversee the management of media relations to promote agency visibility and advocacy efforts in a spectrum of media outlets.


  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of issues facing immigrant and refugee communities. Experience developing campaigns for social change such as grassroots organizing, lobbying or advocacy.
  • Relationship-driven leader who can engage with our diverse community stakeholders, build bridges across communities to advance our vision, and represent our mission internally and externally.
  • 10+ years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising, including familiarity with foundation grants and public contracts.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in individual and major gift solicitation, legacy fundraising, and marketing and communications.
  • Proven track record in setting development strategy, executing fundraising campaigns, growing fundraising results and developing fundraising teams.
  • Strong management and supervisory skills with an emphasis on staff empowerment, shared leadership models, professional development, facilitative leadership, and building a culture of belonging.
  • Commitment to incorporating our antiracism stance into all elements of fundraising work; embracing ethical storytelling and promoting it at every level of the agency (staff, volunteer, board).
  • Ability to maintain tact and diplomacy in dealing with external stakeholders.
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to JFCS East Bay’s vision and mission.


JFCS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Compensation for this position will range between $155,000-$175,000 based on experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, Life Insurance/AD&D, Long Term Disability, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) with contribution matching after one year, and 28 paid days off per year. We also offer the option to work from home as part of a hybrid in-office/remote work model.


As an Equal Opportunity Employer, JFCS East Bay does not discriminate on the basis of any protected categories: age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, gender, immigration status, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. The agency is committed to the principles of diversity in employment and to creating a community where everyone can flourish with dignity.


Satisfactory completion of a background check (including LiveScan where applicable). The background check may include, but is not limited to: criminal records check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certificates, credit history, professional references and/or verification of work history is required for employment. JFCS East Bay will issue a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information.


JFCS East Bay requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including the booster shot, or declare a medical or religious exemption. Candidates should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination or complete a medical or religious exemption form.


Interested in this role? Apply online or book a call to find out more.

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Job Category:Chief Advancement Officer
Location:East Bay
Closing Date:Open until filled
Important:Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis; early application is strongly suggested.

Tanya Henry

Senior Search Consultant

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