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Development Director

Yeshivat Maharat is seeking a Development Director to oversee our development strategy in consultation with our President. The right candidate will be a dedicated, intelligent self-starter with experience overseeing a range of successful fundraising methods. The Development Director will build on and maintain Maharat’s 12 years of institutional development growth. They will also build new major donor relationships and cultivate connections with new foundations. They will work with community members, board members, alumnae, and others interested in the success of Maharat to help them grow their fundraising skills and better reach their personal networks. Reporting to the President, the Development Director will work in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer and receive support from the Operations

Associate/Development Assistant and Executive Assistant to the President.




  • Develop and implement a comprehensive fundraising plan with a focus on creating a high-touch, high-level donor program to strengthen the pipeline, increase success of our annual campaigns, and increase donors’ affinity with Maharat’s mission

  • Implement systems and practices that identify new communities and contacts to build a broader, more geographically diverse base of support

  • Integrate fundraising best practices across all levels of individual and foundation giving

  • Maintaining a portfolio of donor relationships at giving levels generally under $5,000, and cultivating, soliciting, and upgrading those donors annually

  • Manage grant schedules; steward foundation relationships and write grant applications and reports (with assistance from the Executive Assistant and COO as needed).

  • Coordinate alumnae fundraising efforts and create a sense of community and support among our alumnae base.

  • Supervise staff who work on development initiatives, and collaborate with other staff to advance fundraising objectives, including all fundraising communications

  • Supporting the President and lay Development Committee with meeting planning and materials




  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in the development field

  • A keen understanding of the Modern Orthodox community

  • Proven track record of success in developing and implementing scalable fundraising plans, identifying and cultivating donors, and soliciting individual mid-level and major gifts

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with philanthropists

  • Experience writing and editing grant applications and fundraising marketing materials

  • Expansive, global network of contacts 

  • Systems-oriented leader with well-honed fundraising operations and management skills

  • Creative, out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver who excels in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment

  • Analytical, organized, proactive, detail-oriented with strong ability to prioritize

  • Sound judgment in maintaining confidentiality of donor information

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Experience with any donor database or CRM

  • Commitment to the mission, philosophy and values of Maharat and the ability to articulate the organization’s needs, opportunities and aspirations with clarity and enthusiasm


Salary range starting at $100,000, and increasing commensurate with experience. 

Start date as soon as possible, but no later than October 18, 2021.


How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@yeshivatmaharat.org

For more information about Maharat, please visit our website at www.yeshivatmaharat.org

Yeshivat Maharat is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


About Yeshivat Maharat:


Founded in 2009, Yeshivat Maharat is the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as members of the clergy. Maharat’s vision is a world in which Jewish communities are educated, dynamic and relevant, where diverse and impactful leaders inspire Jews to live spiritually engaged lives. Our mission is to educate, ordain and invest in trailblazing Orthodox women who model a dynamic and meaningful Judaism to inspire individuals and transform communities.