The VP For Development Summary

ShalomLearning seeks a seasoned development professional interested in overseeing a national fundraising effort for one of the largest blended learning Jewish educational platforms.

The VP for Development will work closely with the CEO of ShalomLearning, leading all aspects of fundraising for the organization, and should possess a comprehensive understanding of the development cycle and a genuine passion for the work of ShalomLearning.

The VP for Development  is responsible for the overall identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individuals, foundations, and community partners. This position is based in Newton, MA and will require donor cultivation throughout the U.S.

Reporting Relationships

This position reports to the CEO and will oversee a DB manager.          

You will be supported by a p/t grant writer, a development consultant, and admin support as needed.


Duties and Responsibilities
The VP for Development’s role will include, but not be limited to:

  1. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major donors and prospects including individuals, and foundations, through visits and other forms of direct personal contact in accordance with performance targets set by the CEO.
  2. Oversees and makes effective use of ShalomLearning’s prospect management database and other institutional resources to ensure appropriate management of donors and prospects.
  3. Conducts research to identify prospects and creates strategies to match prospects’ interests to the priorities of ShalomLearning.
  4. Researches, writes, edits, or oversees the preparation of persuasive solicitations, proposals, case statements, reports, correspondence, and other development-related communication materials in support of the unit’s fund-raising activities.
  5. Assists in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement fundraising goals and objectives.
  6. Plans and conducts programs and activities designed to increase ShalomLearning’s visibility to donors and philanthropists.
  7. Develops and manages budgets for fundraising activities.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree; at least 5 years of documented professional experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Skills Required

  • Demonstrated ability in securing major grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources.
  • Demonstrated ability in planning and implementing long- and short-range development initiatives in conjunction with strategic planning processes.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
  • Demonstrated ability in recruiting and managing volunteers and engaging them effectively in supporting the unit through fundraising, consultation, and advocacy.
  • Database management skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers, and others.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other complex activities in support of development objectives.
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships within a team environment.
  • Skills in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • Community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively within a diverse community.
  • Program planning and leadership skills.
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

Qualified candidates should submit resume and salary requirements to