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Career and Volunteer Opportunities

A national non-profit organization founded in 1995, the Jewish Women's Archive is devoted to making known the stories, struggles, and achievements of Jewish women in North America in order to enrich the way we understand the past and ensure a more inclusive future. JWA has amassed the most extensive collection of material anywhere on American Jewish women, and has created an increasing demand for its information, resources and services. Its website, which draws more than 1.2 million unique visitors annually, is a destination for people seeking knowledge, a sense of connection and community, and a way to affirm and enhance the legacy of American Jewish women.

JWA has achieved unusually strong levels of support for a young organization. Its Board of Directors consists of women leaders in the fields of education and history as well as visionary philanthropists who have worked to actualize the dream of the founding director. The Board is currently focused on moving JWA into the next phase of organizational strategy and growth. A diverse staff of 10 FTE’s work in a pleasant Brookline neighborhood with easy access to public transportation and affordable parking. Office atmosphere is lively, friendly, and collegial.

The Jewish Women's Archive is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Development Director

Position Summary

The Development Director leads all aspects of fundraising for JWA including identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual and institutional donors, foundation research and grant writing, reporting to funders, developing strategic relationships and stewarding ongoing relationships with funders. Under the direction and in coordination with the Executive Director, responsibilities include:

  • Developing strategic fundraising plans that enable accomplishment of strategic plan goals and attainment of the organization’s annual fundraising goals.
  • Setting and executing the annual fundraising calendar.
  • Providing training and support for Board fundraising to achieve annual and long-term fundraising goals.
  • Managing annual fundraising campaigns including annual giving, major donor solicitations, foundation, corporate and partnership proposals, and fundraising events.
  • Managing donor relations, soliciting donors, actively cultivating new donors; deepening relationships with existing donors and other key financial stakeholders and business partners.
  • Developing and preparing all fundraising communications, including letters of interest, grant proposals, annual fund appeals, acknowledgments, donor correspondence and updates, and other materials that align donor requirements and interests with JWA’s priorities and needs.
  • Managing the prospect pipeline by conducting research to identify prospective individual and foundation donors with funding histories and interest areas in common with JWA.
  • Establishing, cultivating and maintaining relationships with outside funding entities; identifying key personnel for contact, relationship building and follow-up. Scheduling meetings and presentations with prospects.
  • Working closely with all JWA departments to accurately represent the programmatic elements of the organization’s work in funding requests.
  • Developing presentations which inform, engage and influence key stakeholders, donors and prospects about JWA’s program of work.
  • Working with JWA finance and program staff to understand the program of work and to develop accurate project and organizational budgets as needed for specific funding requests.
  • Managing preparation and submission of all required reports to funding entities. Assisting Executive Director in public spokesperson activities, effectively articulating JWA’s mission and strategic goals internally and externally, to Board, committees, staff, volunteers, donors, strategic partners and the community at large.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree and record of continuing professional development strongly preferred.
  • 7+ years of progressively responsible generalist fundraising experience, including individual giving, foundations, corporate donors or partnerships, and special events. Planned giving experience a plus.
  • Proven track record of successful fundraising and building sustained relationships with funders and donors.
  • Proven experience in major gift fundraising, with the ability and enthusiasm to cultivate and solicit donors and to involve the Board in the solicitation of other community leaders for current and planned gifts.
  • Strong experience interacting with grant-making organizations with proven history of relationship building to solidify grants.
  • Strong demonstrated interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Exceptional oral communications skills, including presentation skills.
  • Strong writer with ability to formulate, draft and edit correspondence, proposals and reports.
  • Demonstrated passion for the history and experience of Jewish women. Understanding of archives, digital media, web technology, social media, interactive online communities and ability to envision cutting-edge virtual approaches to content presentation, data access and research.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects efficiently, as well as flexibility to balance competing priorities.
  • Willingness to take initiative, enhance departmental efficiency and proactively solve problems.
  • Detailed-oriented with ability to manage the ‘big picture” and meet multiple competing deadlines.
  • Must be a flexible collaborative team player with the ability to give and receive feedback to effectively advance the work of JWA. Excellent track record working collaboratively with peers both in and outside an organization.
  • Proficient in web-based research, social media and interactive online community-building tools.
  • Experience with Donor Perfect or similar fundraising and donor management programs preferred.

To apply, please submit your letter of interest and resume to Erica Raphael, Senior Consultant, Expand HR Consulting, EOE/m/f/d/v.

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Position Summary

JWA seeks unpaid interns and volunteers during the academic year and/or the summer to work on a variety of tasks, including:

  • compiling contact information for education database
  • generating content for Facebook and Twitter
  • contributing guest posts to JWA blog
  • locating and securing permissions for images to be used on
  • researching and writing new thematic feature(s) for
  • assisting with additions to “We Remember” feature
  • researching and writing new entries for “This Week in History
  • assisting with development activities, and
  • performing general office duties (phone, photocopying, etc.).


  • Two + years of post-secondary education
  • Availability for at least 8-10 hours/week
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel and email; familiarity w/ social media and graphic programs a plus.

Please apply online.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Career and Volunteer Opportunities." (Viewed on September 16, 2014) <>.


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