Direct of Congregational Engagement (Development & Member Relations)

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Temple Sholom
  • Fundraising / Giving
  • Member Relations
Part Time
  • British Columbia - Vancouver & Lower Mainland - Vancouver
Executive (Dept. head, director)$50,000 - 100,0002019-05-152019-06-03

Position Title: Director of Congregational Engagement

Position Type: .75 FT (30 hours per week)

Position Purpose: Provide leadership to and management of all Temple Sholom philanthropic and congregational relationship activities, with specific responsibility for annual membership commitment campaign, capital needs, endowment-building, and supporting and sustaining a Culture of Philanthropy. Work closely with the Senior Rabbi, Executive Director, other staff and volunteers on compliance with existing policies, and progress toward achieving the congregation’s goals and objectives for development, while adhering to mission, vision and values. In conjunction with the Financial Manager, support Temple Sholom with development reports and projections, as appropriate.

Reports to: Executive Director & Senior Rabbi

Supervises: Designated volunteers and development support staff

Oversees: All contractors, vendors, and suppliers related to development and development projects

General  Duties and Accountabilities:

As appropriate, work with Senior Rabbi, Executive Director, Financial Manager, Staff, Culture of Philanthropy Committee and Board of Directors to:

Fundraising & Member Engagement

  • Development Plan: Develop and monitor annual development plan in consultation with the Senior Rabbi, Executive Director, Financial Manager, Culture of Philanthropy Committee (COP) and Board of Directors.
  • Case for Giving: Work in partnership with Temple Sholom staff and volunteers (COP) to establish and share a consistent message about the mission, vision and purpose of Temple Sholom (“Case for Giving”).
  • Annual Commitment: Oversee and implement Annual Commitment Campaign (membership dues), with annual letter and one-to-one conversations with members (“Temple Talks”) and follow-up. Collaborate with the Financial Manager, Executive Director, and Administrative Staff to secure membership renewals and new member enrollments and conduct exit-interviews for member resignations.
  • Capital Campaigns: Plan and execute project-based capital campaigns.
  • Endowment Fund, Planned Giving, Legacy Giving: Develop materials and implement a plan to encourage and increase awareness of and giving.
  • Committee work: Serve as staff liaison to the Endowment Fund and the Culture of Philanthropy Committees, (including some evenings.
  • Volunteers: Recruit, train, and support volunteer development leadership.
  • Solicitation: Ask for gifts in person, on the phone, by mail, and online. Teach others how to ask and monitor progress.
  • Reports: Produce development reports and projections, as needed, and present them them in understandable ways to congregational leaders with varying levels of fundraising expertise.
  • Official Letters: Work with the Financial Manager, Executive Director, Administrative Staff and volunteers to ensure that annual commitment letters, donor acknowledgement mailings, tax receipts and congregational communications as they relate to philanthropic development and the COP, are generated and distributed in a timely fashion.
  • Fundraisers: Provide guidance, support and supervision for development initiatives, such as pledge drives and annual fundraisers in coordination with overall development plan.
  • Compliance: Ensure compliance to fundraising policies in coordination with the Board of Directors.
  • Stewardship: work with the COP committee to implement stewardship policies.

Human Resources and the Temple Sholom Staff Team

  • Attend monthly Executive Team meetings, weekly staff meetings and occasional staff retreats.
  • Be a team player and a professional, collaborative member of our staff team and Temple community.

Governance and Communication

  • Advise the Executive Director, Senior Rabbi and the Board of Directors on philanthropic fundraising at a strategic level.
  • Prepare development reports and projections, as appropriate and as requested.
  • Attend monthly meetings of the COP Committee; providing philanthropic and membership data as well as to other Committees and Teams, where necessary and appropriate.
  • Attend monthly Board meetings and quarterly congregation meetings.
  • Handle development and membership related requests, concerns, issues, and complaints effectively, and either resolve them as they arise or establish a plan of action to resolve such problems in a timely manner.
  • Work with Temple Sholom staff and volunteers to encourage attendance at, participation in, and support of Temple Sholom.

Measures of Success in first 24 months

  • Increase donor base by 25% from current number of major donors (those that give above $5,000 annually).
  • Increase Annual Commitments to Temple Sholom by 20% from current levels.
  • Increase Planned Giving (Endowment Fund & Legacy Giving) to Temple Sholom by 10%.
  • Meet development and engagement targets within specific demographic cohorts.
  • Increase volunteer engagement and establish leadership identification and training program.
  • Establish replicable systems and practices for donor solicitation and recognition.
  • Personally conduct or lead a team of lay leaders in conducting 150-200 “Temple Talks” annual commitment conversations/meetings with existing members.


  • Education: Degree in Nonprofit Management, Business Administration or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience: Three to five years of fundraising experience in a nonprofit environment. Preference given to a faith-based background.
  • Skills:
    • Ability to manage volunteers and staff fundraising activities within a large, diverse, and complex organization
    • Ability to multitask/juggle simultaneous deadlines and priorities
    • Capacity to work independently and within a team
    • Collaborative, team-building management style that emphasizes positivity
    • Excellent English oral and written communication skills. Fluency in English.
    • Creative problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to work effectively with volunteer boards and committees.
    • Ability to recruit, train, support, and oversee an active network of volunteers.
    • Tactful and mature with a good sense of humor and a positive outlook.
  • Ability to communicate sensitively, adapting to the needs and styles of various congregants.
    • High degree of computer literacy with Microsoft products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    • Comfort with donor databases and creating reports experience with ShulCloud Synagogue CRM is highly desirable.
    • Comfort with “making the ask”.

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work part-time, on-site; some evening meetings and weekends. Willingness to work flexible hours and extra time on an as-needed basis.
  • Ability to move in and out of different small-group settings (offices, meeting rooms, businesses). Recognition and demonstration of the importance of confidentiality and privacy.
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Authorized to work in Canada
  • For a uniquely qualified candidate Temple Sholom is open to exploring acquiring a Work Permit for non-Canadians.

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