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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.

Director of Development

Position Summary

The Director of Development is a strategic, results-oriented individual with exceptional inter-personal skills who can plan, implement, and “close.” The Director will drive JWA’s overall fundraising effort. Working with the board and ED, the Director plans, coordinates and assures the implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support JWA’s work. The emphasis will be on expanding the major gift revenue stream.

The Director is responsible for the giving cycle, including donor identification, research and cultivation, gift processing, acknowledgement and stewardship. S/he will be evaluated on metrics that include funds raised, donor retention rates and expanding the donor base.

The Director will be adept at fostering a culture of philanthropy within the organization, motivating volunteers, and connecting donor passions and values with opportunities at JWA.

Primary Relationships

This position reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of the senior management team. The Director supervises the Donor Relations & Database Manager and has a collaborative relationship with the Director of Communications and the Director of Social Media and Engagement. Contract vendor support is available for specific projects, such as event logistics and grant writing.

Performance Expectations

A member of the senior management team, this is a high-visibility position that helps set direction and ensures the health of the institution. The individual is expected to be a successful fundraiser and a collaborative team member.
The Director is expected to:

  • Translate broad goals into achievable objectives and map out a plan of action.
  • Plan and implement fundraising programs.
  • Establish strong relationships with ED, staff, board, volunteers, donors and the general community.

The individual is expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards and to demonstrate commitment to continued professional growth and development. It is expected that the amount raised by JWA will significantly increase in future years as the Director systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity.


We recognize that JWA is a small development shop. To provide a sense of initial scope, the Director is expected to cultivate and steward at least twenty major donors; execute three sets of direct mail and e-appeals annually; customize acknowledgements and work with communications staff to be certain all donors understand their impact; support national salons/house parties; effectively utilize the Executive Director's fundraising time and leverage the impact of willing board members; produce the development plan, and report at quarterly board meetings. Grant-writing is largely done by program staff. Larger events receive logistics support. Primary responsibilities of this role include:

  • Support and partner with the ED and board members on all major fundraising initiatives.
  • Actively work with the ED and senior staff to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy to include individual gifts, foundations, grants and corporate sponsors.
  • Target key Jewish population centers to expand the current major gift funding stream.
  • Monitor all donor information; provide and present statistical analysis to board and senior leaders.
  • Develop and implement a stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors.
  • Monitor and report regularly on the progress of the development program.
  • Travel, as necessary, to build relationships (estimate: 20%).


  • 7-plus years of professional experience in a nonprofit organization; demonstrated success in a development function (managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources). Relevant corporate sales and management experience considered, but direct nonprofit experience is required. Bachelor's degree required; fundraising certification a plus.
  • Successful track record of having expanded and cultivated existing donor relationships over time.
  • Planned giving experience a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic development plan.
  • Flexible and resourceful style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives.
  • Willingness to take initiative, enhance departmental efficiency and proactively solve problems.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to manage the “big picture” and meet multiple competing deadlines.
  • The ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Familiarity with fundraising databases and nonprofit accounting basics (JWA uses DonorPerfect).
  • High energy and passion for JWA’s mission.
  • Ability to travel up to 20%.

To apply, please submit your letter of interest and resume to Stacey Berk, Expand HR Consulting,

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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 November 28, 2014) <>.


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