About Repair the World
Repair the World (Repair) mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world. We believe that service in support of social change is vital to a flourishing Jewish community and an inspired Jewish life. By 2030, Repair will inspire and catalyze one million acts of service towards repairing the world.
Repair the World is seeking a passionate and experienced leader to serve as its Major Gifts Officer. Working under the supervision of the Senior Director of Strategy, the Major Gifts Officer will cultivate, solicit, and steward donors with a special focus on four and five-figure gifts. Entering a fast-paced, growth-focused, and mission-driven organization, the Major Gifts Officer will develop individual strategies for cultivation and solicitation as well as design and implement a major gift program to increase and diversify philanthropic support for Repair.
The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for stewarding existing supporters, and inspiring and compelling a portfolio of donors to fulfill their passions and interests through giving to Repair. They will be a self-starting, energetic, collaborative, and goal-oriented fundraiser who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. They will have an ability to empathize with donors, clearly communicate our organization’s mission, and effortlessly move from high-level strategic thinking to frontline solicitation.
Individual Giving & Stewardship (70%)
- Identify, develop, and maintain a personal portfolio of four and five-figure major donors through cultivation, direct solicitations, and stewardship.
- Meet monthly and quarterly benchmarks and goals, based on activity with prospects/donors and dollars raised, with the goal of raising at least $300,000 annually.
- Establish and maintain ongoing donor and prospect relationships by phone/Zoom, written communication, and personal contact.
- Organize compelling funder briefings, and collaborate with the digital and development teams to create and execute personalized communications and engagement plans for each donor and prospect.
- Work with the Development Manager and Development Assistant to screen and prepare profiles of current and prospective donors.
- Track and report progress in Salesforce using specific metrics.
Major Donor & Development Strategy (30%)
- Design and implement an effective major gift donor program (defined as individuals giving over $2,500 per year), including setting goals and strategies to expand, cultivate, solicit, and steward the donor base.
- Work with the Development Manager and Development Assistant to establish and refine benchmarks for department research and acknowledgment processes as needed.
- Assist the Senior Director of Strategy, CEO, Board, and other staff with their portfolios and solicitations (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic thought partnership, and help with donor communications).
- Serve as an enthusiastic and well-informed spokesperson for Repair the World at conferences and events.
Required Experience and Skills
- At least 5 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, including relationship building with high-level donors.
- Comfort and proven track record as a frontline solicitor, with demonstrated success in closing five-figure individual gifts and above.
- Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in major gift fundraising, including donor research, cultivation, and stewardship.
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to present to and communicate with diverse audiences.
- Ability to seize opportunities, set strategic goals, manage multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously, and thrive in both an independent and team-driven environment.
- A sophisticated understanding of the Jewish community’s philanthropic landscape in the US.
- Experience with Salesforce (or similar fundraising database), DonorSearch (or similar wealth screening tool), and prospect research.
- Passion for Repair the World’s mission and sophisticated awareness of poverty, structural racism, power, and privilege.
- Ability to travel up to 50% within the US (once travel is deemed safe).
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and a thoughtful and concise cover letter here. The position is remote with a preference for candidates in New York City or the Bay Area, and will also consider candidates from any of Repair’s communities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, Pittsburgh).
Repair the World Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish institutions. This includes candidates who identify as Black, Latinx, Asian, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi or Mizrahi Jews, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and gender non-conforming or gender non-binary people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.
Repair provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.
Compensation for this role is dependent on location and starts at $100,000 if you are in New York City and have 5+ years direct solicitation and development experience, but will be adjusted based on the cost of living if you reside elsewhere. If you have more experience, let’s talk. Generous benefits package includes medical/dental/vision coverage, retirement matching, support for childcare during travel, and much more.
The application process will include the following steps:
- Submission of Cover Letter and Resume
- Applicants moved forward will have a first-round screening interview with an Operations team staff member
- Applicants that move forward from a first-round interview will have a second-round interview with the Senior Director of Strategy and an additional member of the development team
- Applicants moved to the final round will be asked to speak with our President & CEO and a Board member
- References will be requested before the final round interview