Temple Sinai Job Description
Where tradition, innovation, inclusion and community meet.
Temple Sinai is an inclusive, accessible, caring Reform community that aspires to a dynamic, constantly evolving Judaism, and is committed to life-long learning, traditional Jewish culture, ethics and meaningful worship. It is a spiritual home to its many congregants of diverse ages, backgrounds and capabilities. It is a dedicated supporter of the State of Israel and of the principles of tikkun olam. Temple Sinai embodies the highest ideals of tzedakah within its own walls, in its outreach to the multi-faith community of Toronto, and to the wider sphere of the global community.
Director of Development
Summary of Functions
This growth oriented position develops, directs and oversees Temple Sinai’s annual fundraising portfolio consisting of: individual giving and major gifts, annual campaign, special projects, statutory funding and capital initiatives. Working closely with the Executive Director, Senior Rabbi, Board of Directors and its volunteer fundraising committee, the Director of Development is focused on increasing the contributions to Temple by helping to build relationships and by exploring new fundraising techniques and ideas. S/he builds and helps to execute strategies and activities relating to all Temple development and donor stewardship initiatives. Holds an essential position on the Temple senior leadership team and works to achieve fundraising targets in concert with Temple’s core values, strategic plan and annual operating budget.
The Director of Development is a self-starter and seasoned fundraiser who ensures that Temple’s goals, financial and strategic, are met or exceeded on a net annual basis. Through personal leadership, oversees Temple’s development function, responsible for new and creative thinking in fundraising, excellent donor relations management and upholding the highest ethical standards in all aspects of the role. Supports and approaches Temple programming with sound financial planning and analysis and an understanding that all programs are integral to the donor lifecycle. Works to uphold the Temple values and priorities, ensuring compliance with CRA guidelines and the Temple’s own gift acceptance policies and procedures.
- Develops and manages annual fundraising activities for Temple including annual campaign and special initiatives. Ensures the successful development and implementation of a philanthropy program; works with the senior executive team and Board; leads the expansion of the Temple’s core group of annual supporters and builds the donor pipeline to develop new prospects and strengthen existing relationships.
- Oversees a roster of major gift prospects. Acts as a lead strategist in fundraising and partners with the Senior Rabbi, Board members and other volunteers as appropriate to establish giving pyramids and a major gift prospect pipeline for campaigns, annual giving, and special fundraising projects/initiatives.
- Acts as staff lead working with the Board to develop a culture of philanthropy. Works with Board President and assigned development/fundraising committee or lay leaders to encourage Board giving, identify major gift prospects, open doors to prospects, planned giving opportunities, cultivation opportunities and solicitation. Ensures that Temple’s most senior volunteers understand the annual fundraising priorities and are deeply and regularly engaged in fundraising activities.
- Oversees the coordination of annual major fundraising events (two), including volunteer activities and committees in support thereof.
- Works closely with Temple administration to ensure that all contribution activity meets CRA guidelines, including the regular review of a Gift Acceptance Policy.
- Works to develop the long-term goals of a Planned Giving or Endowment program, and regularly reviews annual individual giving programs so that they align to Temple’s needs now and in the future.
- As a member of Temple’s senior management team, participates in annual and multi-year strategic planning activities and the establishment of funding priorities.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Minimum of 5 years of successful development experience at a senior level in a major charitable institution that includes annual programs, major gifts and capital projects
University undergraduate degree and/or post-graduate designation in fundraising or a related field
- Holds a CFRE designation or equivalent and is in good standing with one or more of the following organizations: AFP, AHP, CAGP, CCAE
- Demonstrated ability to organize and manage a diverse portfolio of fundraising initiatives
- Proven track record of major gift fundraising
- Demonstrated ability to support leadership initiatives and to work collaboratively with senior volunteer committees and board members
- Superior public relations, interpersonal, persuasion, and relationship building skills
- Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written. Ability exhibit creativity and persuasiveness in a concise and articulate manner
- Strong administrative and organizational skills
- Highly creative and innovative with respect to prospect management including opportunity identification, cultivation and solicitation
- Proven account handling skills that includes servicing donors, ensuring they are satisfied with their contribution process, appropriately recognized and kept informed (where necessary)
- Well-developed strategic planning and budget management skills; ability to optimize available resources
- Experience working in a Jewish not-for-profit organization in Toronto an asset
Temple Sinai offers competitive pay and benefits. Interested applicants should submit their resume to Rhonda Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, March 8 at 5.00 p.m. Only selected candidates will be contacted.