Description of the Position:
The National Director acts as the executive director of a national, grassroots fundraising campaign for JTS and its sister seminaries in the Conservative movement. Working in close conjunction with the professional and lay leadership of Women's League for Conservative Judaism, the campaign raises about $2 million annually through the volunteer efforts of nearly 8,000 women in more than 400 sisterhoods in the U.S. and Canada.
• Strategic vision and ability to implement it. The Torah Fund campaign's backbone is the volunteer army of women, most of whom have been involved with the campaign for decades.
• Supervise a staff of two full-time employees.
• Fundraiser capable of managing a grassroots campaign
• Stewardship of volunteer leadership. The full title of the campaign is: Torah Fund Campaign of Women's League for Conservative Judaism supporting JTS, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. The director is employed by JTS but works closely with all of these organizations. WLCJ is headed by a lay president (volunteer) as well as paid staff. The WLCJ president appoints a Torah Fund International Chair (volunteer) who spearheads the Torah Fund campaign. The National Director speaks with the Torah Fund Chair nearly every day, and with the WLCJ President and Executive Director several times a week. The National Director attends all WLCJ executive committee and board meetings as well as many other committee meetings. The Torah Fund Region Vice Presidents are volunteers working in 13 regions around the country and are responsible for running the campaign in their regions. Each of the 450 or so sisterhoods involved in the campaign has a sisterhood Torah Fund Chair responsible for their sisterhood's campaign. All of these women rely on the Torah Fund office to support them and provide the material goods they need, as well as the emotional high that comes from volunteering one's time to a worthy cause. They need stewardship, thanking, and lots of attention.
• Run meetings and conferences. The Torah Fund cabinet meets four times a year at JTS; the Torah Fund Region Vice Presidents are trained by the National Director and the Torah Fund International Chair for their role in a 4-day conference at JTS; WLCJ holds triennial conferences at which Torah Fund is a large part and has a large presence.
• Operations management. The Torah Fund campaign is grounded in the distribution of nearly 7,500 pins each year; the selling of cards and tzedakah boxes to sisterhood-run synagogue shops (5,000 cards sold since the last order placed in May 2012); the printing and sending of signed awards honoring women in sisterhoods around the country, and awards to sisterhoods who reached or exceeded their campaign goal; campaign materials sent to all sisterhoods every summer, and throughout the year as requested; pin request forms, cash transmittal forms, pledge forms...everything the sisterhoods need to run the campaign at the local level and send the money in to us.
• Ability to juggle. The role is multi-faceted not only in terms of responsibilities and scope, but also in reporting structure. The National Director is part of the JTS development team, but also fundraises for Women's League, the Ziegler School, and the Schechter Institute, and is responsible to the leadership of those institutions as well as to his/her own internal JTS director.
• We are looking for a candidate with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as strong management ability; management experience preferable.
• Candidates should be innovative thinkers with creative problem solving skills.
• BA required, plus 3 to 5 years related fundraising experience.
• JTS welcomes applications from ordained rabbis as well as others with experience in working with volunteers or other relevant experience.
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