Founded in 1852, Washington Hebrew Congregation (WHC) is one of the largest and most dynamic Reform congregations in the nation with 2,500 families. Incorporated by Congress in 1856, this year Washington Hebrew Congregation celebrates its 165th anniversary. In its long history, only six senior rabbis have led Washington Hebrew Congregation.
The team of clergy consists of six individuals. Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig has served as senior rabbi for the last 19 years. He is known as a caring pastor and is committed to social justice. With highly respected Cantors Mikhail Manevich and Susan Bortnick, and Rabbis Susan N. Shankman, Aaron Miller, and Joseph Skloot, the dynamic journey of Washington Hebrew Congregation continues as a Beit Knesset, a house of communal gathering, a Beit Midrash, a house of Jewish study, and a Beit Tefilah, a house of prayer.
WHC has a preschool and religious school with a combined enrollment of approximately 1,100 students. The schools are based in two locations: one at the Temple in northwest Washington, DC and the other at the Temple’s Julia Bindeman Suburban Center in Potomac, Maryland.
At its two campuses, WHC provides a wide variety of opportunities for worship, volunteering, socializing, and learning for individuals of all ages. WHC and its members have a deep commitment to social justice and the congregation has developed innovative community service events that have served as models across the country. Among its programs are:
For Reform Jews in their 20’s and 30’s, Metro Minyans provide for casual, come-as-you-are services during the year and through ARK (Acts of Religious Kindness) engages young Jewish professionals in weekend-long community service opportunities.
Mitzvah Day started at WHC has now expanded to synagogues around the country. Since 1991, Mitzvah Day has been committed to helping the homeless, sick, hungry and underprivileged in the D.C. metropolitan community. Volunteers, young and old, participate in a day of community service---making a difference---to improve the lives of people in need.
Carrie Simon House provides a home and job training center for young single women ages 18-24 and their babies.
Abram Simon School, named after WHC’s second senior rabbi, is a public school in Southeast Washington. Volunteers work closely with the school’s principal to tailor programs that respond to the needs of the school and its students.
Tikkun Olam Values (TOV) Fund is the central social action center at the Temple. Established in 2013, TOV’s programs range from meals for the underserved to helping rebuild storm-ravaged regions.
WHC is a dynamic community of members who share a strong sense of belonging, connectedness and commitment to WHC as their spiritual home. The Temple is also a powerful voice for the values of tradition, diversity and social justice.
For more information about Washington Hebrew Congregation, please visit: www.whctemple.org.
Reporting to the Executive Director of WHC and working closely with the Senior Rabbi and Lay Leadership, the Director of Development will be a member of the senior management team and support the clergy and lay leaders of the Temple in all areas of development. S/he will manage, oversee, plan and coordinate all development activities including: annual giving, the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major gifts, endowment, special events, and planned giving. To start, the Director of Development will share an administrative assistant who will be responsible for data entry, acknowledgement letters, reports and event support.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
The Director of Development will join WHC at an exciting time of growth. WHC seeks to diversify its funding base of membership dues, program fees, and endowment funds by building upon the success of its first coordinated fundraising effort which raised $1,100,000 last year. The program consists of:
Yad B’Yad, the annual (unrestricted) campaign, instituted in 2015, has grown from zero to $400,000 with high expectations for sustainable and continued growth.
Restricted Programmatic Giving raised $170,000 last year for programs such as: early childhood STEM education; professional staff development; and, 2239 Metro Minyan for young Jewish professionals, which draws between 150-250+ people a month.
Discretionary Giving raised $260,000 through an annual memorial book, life cycle donations, yahrzeit gifts, tributes, memorial giving and simchas.
Gifts to Permanently Restricted Endowments totaled $270,000.
The Temple also has a wide range of naming opportunities available for which funding from individuals, family foundations and organizations would be attractive. Some of these are:
Early childhood and religious school programs.
Academy for Adult Education
Jewish Young Professional programs
The board, staff and clergy are excited about fundraising and the development director will receive ample support to succeed. Rabbi Lustig will serve as an excellent partner for whoever takes on this challenge. The development director also will work closely with the top lay and professional leadership of this prominent synagogue. Congregation leadership understands the challenges of this undertaking and realizes that appropriate time will be needed to design and implement a successful fundraising program.
Building upon recent, initial achievements, the creation and nurturing of an effective fundraising program will be the successful candidate’s legacy at WHC. For the right individual, this will be both a challenge and a great opportunity.
Design, develop and implement a comprehensive and coordinated fundraising strategy, with short- and long-term goals to provide the Temple with new and consistent streams of revenue from individuals, organizations and foundations.
Work with the clergy, lay leaders and administrative staff to identify and prioritize the Temple’s philanthropic needs.
Plan, implement and manage all fundraising activities, including major gifts, annual giving, grants, online giving, and special events and planned-giving.
Provide support to Temple leadership in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of those major gift prospects in his portfolio.
Train and support the clergy, lay leaders, and the Executive Director about best practices in fundraising and “Moves Management” in order to involve them in the fundraising process.
Work with the Board Development Committee, and recommend and draft appropriate development policies and procedures.
Oversee gift accounting and reporting functions to ensure that all donors receive timely and accurate acknowledgment of their gifts; and ensure that the database of donors is accurate.
Manage the recognition and stewardship of all donors.
Establish and maintain effective relationships with foundation and organizational prospects; write and track foundation proposals.
Be a highly visible advocate for WHC by serving as an articulate spokesperson for the Temple to its internal and external publics; attend events, programs and services, as appropriate.
Supervise all fundraising, cultivation and stewardship events.
Work effectively with peers to help ensure fundraising success.
A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university is required and at least eight years of fundraising experience in higher education, health care, or Jewish communal work.
A proven track record soliciting and closing gifts. Knowledge of major gifts, special events, sponsorships, direct response, online giving, and planned giving is preferred.
Candidate must be a strategist, as well as someone who can design and implement a development program; experience building a development program from scratch is a plus.
Possess a tolerance for flexibility and ambiguity; be socially sophisticated; and, have a sense of humor.
Experience in and knowledge of fund raising best practices, such as “Moves Management.”
Have a passion for the mission of WHC and the ability to effectively translate that to prospects and donors.
The successful candidate will be a team player, with a demonstrated ability to foster and maintain effective, collaborative relationships with congregants, the clergy, lay leaders and the administration.
Be an entrepreneur and self-starter with the confidence to express opinions, forge ahead when appropriate and hold back when necessary, with sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others.
Extremely well-developed organizational skills with exceptional attention to follow-through; ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Have effective volunteer management skills, exceptional leadership traits, interpersonal skills, board room presence, organizational and team skills, as well as superior written and oral communication skills.
Have the ability to work evenings and weekends, as necessar
Have high integrity and be a good listener and a proactive communicator with a charismatic and energetic demeanor of personal engagement and the ability to persuade.
Technologically savvy with the ability to utilize all office software including fundraising databases is required.
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