Repair the World 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 is building a national Jewish service movement that mobilizes young adults to serve in their communities, catalyzes service through deep partnerships within Jewish communal organizations, and inspires people to take action through time-bound thematic national service campaigns, digital engagement, and service. Our mission provides volunteers with an increased connection to meaningful service and learning as a Jewish value, builds capacity for nonprofit partners to meet their missions, and deepens connections across lines of difference.
Are you a relationship driven individual who thrives in a learning and iterating environment in partnership with local community professionals, donors, and lay leaders? Repair the World is seeking a passionate and experienced leader to serve as its Midwest Development Director in this unique moment of expansion. Entering a fast-paced, growth-focused, and mission-driven organization, the Midwest Development Director will strategize, increase, and diversify philanthropic support for Repair across Repair’s Midwest communities (currently Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh) and through one national cross-functional area of specialty.
As a leader on the development team, the Midwest Development Director will collaborate closely with the Midwest Regional Program Director, regional program staff, national strategy (development, marketing & communications, digital, data) team, and executive leadership to share the story of Repair’s local impact and meet the funding needs. They will have an ability to empathize with donors, clearly communicate our organization’s mission, build strong relationships, and effortlessly move from high-level strategic thinking to frontline solicitation and stewardship with institutions (foundations, federations, corporate donors, etc.) and individuals.
This new position is on Repair’s national team and reports to the Senior Director of Philanthropy. The ideal candidate lives in Detroit but candidates in (or in reasonable proximity to) Chicago, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh will also be considered. They will be a self-starting, entrepreneurial, energetic, collaborative, and goal-oriented fundraiser who doesn’t shy away from a challenge.
Regional Giving Strategy & Stewardship
- Implement regional development strategy to achieve at least 50% local funding in regional communities (currently Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland).
- Collaborate with Midwest Regional Program Director and the Senior Director of Philanthropy on regional goal setting and tracking through Salesforce.
- Provide support to Midwest Regional Program Director and executive team engaged in regional development activities through portfolio development, strategic thought partnership, donor communications support, preparing funder briefings and materials, attending meetings, and supporting stewardship.
- Cultivate relationships with new and current individual and institutional donors through prospect research and screening, attending events, collaborating with teams on grants, developing relationships with donors, stewardship, and personalized engagement plans.
- In partnership with Midwest Regional Program Director, ensure regional lay leadership to support fundraising efforts.
- Collaborate with local staff on site visits, engagement opportunities, and events.
- Collaborate with the Regional Program Director on implementing an expansion-focused funding strategy for new markets and programs in the region.
Development Strategy & Cross-functional Leadership
- Provide national cross-functional development support and lead on key national development priorities in one area of specialty – major gifts, foundations, or secular funding.
- Across regional and cross-functional giving, meet monthly, quarterly, and annual giving benchmarks and goals, based on activity with prospects/donors and dollars raised.
- Support storytelling efforts throughout the region, collaborating with local program staff and national strategy team (marketing & communications, digital, development, and data) to enhance local brand awareness and storytelling including press.
- Track and report progress and relationships in Salesforce using specific metrics and analyze goals on a quarterly basis with the broader development team.
- Serve as an enthusiastic and well-informed spokesperson for Repair the World at conferences and events.
Position Requirements and Skills
We know that you may not have all the skills listed below and we encourage you to apply if you meet the majority of the requirements.
- 5+ years of nonprofit fundraising experience with strength in cultivating and closing gifts from individuals, foundations, federations, and Jewish and secular funders.
- Comfort and proven track record as a frontline solicitor, with demonstrated success in closing five-figure gifts and above.
- Track record of successfully identifying new donors and creating a donor journey that inspires further giving and partnership.
- Ability to seize opportunities, guide strategy alongside execution, manage multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously, and thrive in both an independent and team-driven environment.
- The ability to learn from successes and mistakes, evaluate next steps, iterate, and activate on lessons learned.
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills; proven ability to connect with executive and non-profit leaders; storytelling; skills in relationship building across communities.
- Experience with Salesforce (or similar fundraising database), DonorSearch (or similar wealth screening tool), Google Suite, and prospect research.
- Passion for Repair the World’s mission and sophisticated awareness of Jewish life and community, poverty, structural racism, power, and privilege.
- Embrace Repair the World’s organizational values that guide our work with the frame of repairing the world (Tikkun Olam) leading to the pursuit of justice (Tzedek).
- Experience developing relationships, connections, and fundraising with the Jewish communities in the Midwest.
- Ability to travel within the US as needed when safe to do so.
How to Apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter here.
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 Black, Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.
The organization provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or 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 at Repair the World is determined based on the salary band for the role and adjusted based on cost of living where the final candidate resides. The ideal candidate lives in Detroit but candidates in (or in reasonable proximity to) Chicago, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh will also be considered. For candidates with 5+ years of development experience, compensation for this role starts at between $75,000 – $90,000 depending on your community of residence. If you have additional experience, let’s talk.
Benefits package includes paid time off for service in addition to vacation and holidays, employer pays 100% for employee medical/dental/vision coverage and 50% for dependents, retirement matching, and professional development funds. In addition, employees that have been with Repair for at least a year are eligible for 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
The process for the hired applicant will include the following steps:
- Submission of thoughtful Cover Letter and Resume that briefly answers the prompt: What experiences have led you to effectively raise resources to support Repair’s growth and build our Jewish service movement?
- Applicants moved forward will have a first round screening with a member of Repair’s Operations team.
- Applicants that move forward from a first round interview will have a second round interview with the Senior Director of Philanthropy and a Regional Program Director.
- The final round interview will be with Repair’s Chief Strategy Officer and a local director. The finalist may be asked to speak with a Repair the World national board member or the CEO as well.
- Two professional references will be requested before the final round of the interview process.