Senior Development Officer (part-time)

Seattle, WA

Overview of AJWS

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS advances the health and rights of women, girls and LGBT people; promotes civil and political rights; defends access to food, land and livelihoods; and aids communities in the aftermath of disasters. We pursue lasting change by supporting grassroots and global human rights organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and by mobilizing our community in the U.S. to advocate for global justice. Working together, we strive to build a more just and equitable world.


San Francisco & the Western Region (SF&WR) is an area of growth for AJWS, and as one of the three major cities on the West Coast, Seattle is a key component to the AJWS’s anticipated expansion. AJWS seeks to hire a Seattle-based, part-time senior development officer with deep knowledge of the Seattle Jewish community to engage and develop the donor portfolio through events, in-person meetings and prospecting. Scope of responsibilities include revenue generation through major gifts, raising community awareness, increasing brand recognition through special events and targeted communications, and building Jewish community relations with organizations and key opinion leaders to achieve lasting policy change.

Job Summary

The primary responsibility of the part-time senior development officer is to increase the giving levels of existing AJWS individual and family foundation donors throughout the Seattle region, and to engage new prospects through AJWS’s base of support and other sources, and to implement AJWS’s business plan for Seattle.  The senior development officer will work closely with the SF&WR executive director to develop a network of emerging donors and global human rights advocates in the Seattle metro area, to plan community programming and special events that will serve to increase our brand, and achieve fundraising revenue. In addition, the senior development officer will play a role for all common development efforts in the Western Region Office. This is an exempt position. The role is benefit eligible with a flexible part-time schedule of three days per week.


  • Research the broad philanthropic community of Seattle to identify major Jewish philanthropists active in the metro area and, in general, the level of their commitments. This landscape analysis would include like, as well as different, major institutions, from Jewish and human rights organizations to higher education, museums, hospitals, and performing arts centers.
  • Steward and solicit a portfolio of major donors from the Seattle metropolitan area and possibly other parts of the Western Region who have the capacity to contribute at least $10,000 annually. Identify and cultivate donors who give less but have the capacity to give at least $10,000, and create individual strategies that will lead to a 5-figure gift within three years.
  • Design and implement short- and long- term strategies to strengthen existing relationships with current major donors and expand the donor base through acquisition of new donors at this level, including special events, parlor meetings, and other donor cultivation activities.
  • Cultivate and foster emerging leadership with potential to serve on the national AJWS board.
  • Collaborate with all AJWS divisions and stakeholders to successfully achieve annual development revenue goals.
  • Plan and coordinate trips/visits for the SF&WR executive director as well as other AJWS senior staff and grantees.
  • Conduct prospect research, identification and cultivation.
  • Articulate verbally and in writing AJWS’s mission, values, history, and programs.
  • Stay abreast of philanthropic, economic, social, and community trends related to American Jewish World Service.
  • Build brand awareness by initiating a Seattle eNewsletter, a Seattle Global Circle Chapter (emerging philanthropists in their 20’s and 30’s) and possibly building a Seattle study tour cohort.
  • Deepen our Seattle mapping process with the goal of using local knowledge for targeted outreach, and speaking engagements, etc.
  • Though this is a part-time position, the candidate must be flexible to work evenings and weekends for events etc., and willing to travel to New York, San Francisco and other places.


  • Minimum of five years of successful development experience with a focus on major gifts or relevant experience within a complex and dynamic organization.
  • Experience with face-to-face major gift solicitations and proven success closing gifts within a non-profit environment.
  • Demonstrated achievement identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major donors.
  • Must thrive working independently.
  • Prior success developing and implementing innovative and strategic fundraising events.
  • Ability to multi-task; flexible work style, detail oriented and well-organized, with ability to meet deadlines, work occasional evenings and weekends, when required.
  • Experience working effectively and respectfully with members of the senior leadership team, including the president and CEO, national board members and other high-level volunteers.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and vision of AJWS with the ability and desire to serve as a compelling ambassador for the organization.
  • A bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree or clear record of continuing professional development preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as necessary.
  • Experience with Microsoft Outlook, Office, Raiser’s Edge required.

Additional Considerations:
People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

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