Chief Development 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 Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay’s Chief Development Officer. We are looking for an inclusive development leader to maximize our fundraising potential and mentor our high performing fundraising and community development team. If you are deeply committed to developing authentic relationships with donors and community members, and think creatively about the next generation of donors, 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.

The Role

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) leads the fundraising, volunteer engagement and communications teams for JFCS East Bay. Reporting to the CEO, the CDO plays a key role securing funds towards 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. This highly collaborative role works closely with all agency department directors, sits on board-level committees and task forces as they pertain to this role, and participates in strategic discussions about agency direction as a member of our leadership team.

The CDO holds a facilitative leadership role responsible for empowering their teammates, encouraging autonomy and fostering shared leadership and communication within the Development Team (the Associate Director of Individual Giving, Development Manager, Volunteer Services Manager and team, Communications Manager, and oversees grants management).


Department and Agency Leadership

  • Co-create and responsible for successful implementation of strategy and annual plans for all fundraising, engagement and communications efforts.
  • Design and manage the annual department budget in collaboration with the Development Team; assist with development of the agency’s overall annual budget.
  • Work closely with COO & Director of Finance to ensure flow of financial information and policies and procedures related to Development work and Team.
  • Incorporate ethical and strength-based fundraising practices into all work, aligned with our values and antiracism stance.
  • Communicate outcomes and impacts to a variety of stakeholders that center the voices and strengths of our staff, clients and community partners.
  • Provide regular updates to the CEO and Board of Directors about fundraising progress.
  • Represent the interests and needs of the Development Team at agency-wide leadership meetings; collaborate across departments to facilitate a communication pipeline to gather and share program impact.
  • Attend board meetings and participate in board-level committees and task forces to advance department objectives .

Staff Management

  • Promote autonomy, good communication, collaboration, flexibility, and creativity, with an emphasis on shared leadership within the Development Team.
  • 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.

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.
  • Develop and supervise the successful implementation of an annual fundraising plan that includes strategies and fundraising goals for individual donors and volunteers.
  • Work closely with staff, board members and volunteers to facilitate fundraising efforts.
  • Support the execution of successful annual 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 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 leaders to identify and prioritize needs for foundation and government funding.
  • Manage or oversee relationships with foundation program officers, program directors, and CEO.


  • Oversee the development and implementation of annual communications strategies and plans.
  • Ensure ongoing clarity and strength of agency brand and messaging.
  • Provide input on ongoing development and content of the agency’s website and production of agency collateral materials.
  • Oversee the management of media relations, promoting agency visibility in a spectrum of media outlets.

Community Engagement

  • Collaborate with the Volunteer Services team to create an efficient, equitable, and culturally responsive Volunteer Services program.
  • Oversee and consult on the development and implementation of the Volunteer Services strategy and annual plan to best meet client needs, engage community, and strengthen the pipeline of individual donors and institutional funders.


  • 10+ years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising, including familiarity with foundation grants and public contracts.
  • Strong background in individual and major gift solicitation, legacy fundraising, and marketing and communications.
  • Demonstrated success with major donor campaigns to grow long-term assets.
  • Proven track record in growing fundraising results and developing fundraising teams.
  • Strong management and supervisory skills with an emphasis on staff empowerment, professional development, and facilitative leadership.
  • 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).
  • Experience or willingness to embrace a “shared leadership model” in working with our Development Team to empower your co-workers, and represent our collective voice within the agency’s leadership structure.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills; exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to JFCS East Bay’s vision and mission.
  • Knowledge of Jewish culture and the East Bay Jewish community is a plus


JFCS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Salary range for this role is $145,000-$160,000.



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

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Job Category:Chief Development 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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