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Chief Development Officer

The Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville (JFGN) is seeking a highly motivated professional to join our team as we secure the necessary resources to sustain and grow Jewish life throughout Greater Nashville.  


Who you are 

We are looking for someone creative and entrepreneurial ready to carry forward our goal of building a robust, connected and vibrant Jewish community in Greater Nashville. You should be someone who thinks strategically, loves connecting with people, is an active listener, is strong at managing relationships, and understands how to cater to the needs and expectations of donors both large and small. The role will rely on strategic thinking and resourcefulness in order to approach daily and institutional challenges and will require an excitement about bringing new ideas to fruition. 


What you’ll be doing  

The Chief Development Officer is responsible for the creation, implementation and execution of a relationship driven donor engagement strategy, with a particular focus on overseeing JFGN’s Annual Campaign. The CDO will provide strategic direction for increasing donor engagement, donor retention and acquisition, and lay leadership involvement. In addition, the CDO is a key relationship builder, working with donors and lay leaders to help advance donor engagement across the organization. 



Essential Job Functions 

  • Be a thought partner to CEO and key lay leadership to develop short term and long term strategies for Federation fundraising growth and success. 

  • Create and execute a comprehensive annual fundraising and donor engagement plan for the Annual Campaign, outlining the roles, responsibilities, and metrics for success. 

  • Partner with the CEO to develop and execute an overall strategic plan for an integrated philanthropy model that includes supplemental giving, endowment and legacy cultivation. 

  • Provide professional support to lay leadership to identify, initiate, and develop solicitation efforts, enhance current initiatives and implement fundraising activities. 

  • Prepare and manage budget for Annual Campaign programs. 

  • Identify, recruit, train and support volunteer leaders. 

  • Meet annual goals for soliciting assigned donors and prospects. 

  • Oversee Annual Campaign operations, reports, communication, and event management. 

  • Track pledges and pledge fulfillment and oversees the process to make sure all pledges are fulfilled in a timely manner 

  • Collaborate with our beneficiary agencies, attend community events, and participate in programs to enhance the visibility of Federation and maintain an up-to-date awareness of program priorities throughout the Jewish community. 

  • Serve as a strong leader, ambassador and resource throughout the greater Nashville Jewish Community. 

  • Perform other duties as required or assigned by CEO, who you’ll directly report to  


Skills you’ll need:  


  • Strong interpersonal skills that enable relationship and partnership building with key lay leaders, donors and professionals at all levels 

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills 

  • Data-driven decision-maker who is comfortable with analytics and data management 

  • Strong donor-relations skills: proven ability in creating strategies to cultivate prospects and channel donor engagement leading to greater charitable support 

  • Excellent verbal communication skills 

  • Significant experience in management of membership or volunteer operations and working with volunteer committees 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office; comfortable with and open to new technology 

  • First-hand knowledge of the Jewish community, its customs and practices 

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team. 

  • Highly organized and detail oriented. Proven ability to meet multiple deadlines and balance numerous projects simultaneously. 

  • Familiarity with donor software, CRM’s and data management is highly desired. 

  • Strong copywriting and editing skills. 

  • Ability to handle confidential financial and personal information with discretion and sensitivity. 

  • Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience working for Jewish organizations, with deep knowledge of Judaism, Jewish culture and traditions. 

What we provide: 

  • Competitive compensation ($70,000-$85,000 DOE) 

  • Generous Paid Time Off, plus days off for Jewish Holidays and for National Holidays  

  • Generous Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability Benefits 

  • 403b Plan with an Employer Match 

  • Professional Development and Skill Building Opportunities 

  • Flexible and Hybrid Work Environment (must be Nashville-based) 


About Nashville and JFGN 


Nashville is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic cities in the United States. Known as “Music City,” live music can be found on just about every corner every night of the week. With temperate weather, vibrant cultural institutions, a robust foodie scene, and a charming Southern warmth (not to mention a rapidly growing Jewish population), Nashville has repeatedly been recognized as one of the top cities in the United States to call home.  


The Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville is the central voluntary communal organization of Nashville’s Jewish community. We focus our efforts on building Jewish community, growing Jewish philanthropy, and caring for those in need with dignity. Our impact is felt locally, in Israel and around the world. Our greatest resource is our people — the staff, volunteers, partners and leaders who help make the greater Nashville Jewish community a welcoming home. We offer a collaborative, friendly, and inspiring work environment. The Nashville Jewish community is rapidly growing and there is a strong desire to enhance and build upon the community’s rich tradition of philanthropy and engagement.  


The Jewish Federation of Greater Nashville is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. 


More information about our organization is available at 


If you’re excited about this opportunity, please submit a resume and cover letter to Rabbi Dan Horwitz, CEO, at

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