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Advancement Director
JCC of Greater Buffalo
2640 N Forest Rd
Amherst, NY 14068

Principal Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Advancement Director will contribute to the vision, mission, and values of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo by providing leadership, development, direction, and oversight to the Advancement Department of the JCC with standards of excellence.The Advancement Director will develop and direct the JCC's portfolio of community-based financial resource development including fundraising, grant development, donor development, and related partnerships, with an emphasis on cultivating a culture of philanthropy.

  1. Supervise, manage, and develop all operations, staff, and committees of the Advancement Department
  2. Develop and implement a strategic plan for the advancement department, in coordination with the executive team
  3. Champion cultivation of a culture of philanthropy, including coordinating with executive team to ensure the creation and management of programs that create donor connections in support of a culture of philanthropy
  4. Develop and direct grant development for entire JCC; identifying grant and program opportunities, ensuring quality of applications and reporting, setting priorities, and cultivating relationships with funding partners
  5. Develop and direct fundraising for entire JCC; identifying and managing fundraising opportunities in coordination with appropriate departments
  6. Develop and manage donor engagement for entire JCC, including identifying potential donors, cultivating current relationships, and coordinating with Chief Executive Officer and executive team to ensure donor communication with standards of excellence
  7. Manage centralized process of quantifying and aggregating entire JCC's mission impact and philanthropic value proposition, as necessary for grant reporting and donor engagement
  8. Partner with Chief Communications and Technology Officer to tell the JCC's story, define the JCC's philanthropic value proposition, implement consistent and effective use of language and media, and elevate the reputation of the JCC
  9. Maintain a high level of applicable professional knowledge, including market analysis, current trends and best practices through ongoing professional education, investigation, and development of relationships with colleagues and official entities

Minimum Qualifications:

Ideal candidate is a highly organized, professional, passionate innovator and people person who embraces our organizational objectives, and naturally develops relationships.Minimum bachelor degree, and experience managing people.Must have a vision for what is possible, and be able to build a team.


75,000 - 85,000

Agency Information:

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo has served a vibrant Jewish community and the larger community of Western New York for more than 70 years. The JCC's mission is to build and strengthen the Jewish and Western New York communities by providing recreational, educational, cultural and social programs and services that are consistent with Jewish values and strives to achieve its vision of building community and enriching lives every day on both of its campuses, one located in the bustling downtown district and one in a nearby charming suburb.

At the beginning of the millennium, community leadership developed a strategic plan to strengthen the JCC through consolidation and right-sizing and invested in both buildings with significant renovations. More than $15 million has been invested in last decade to substantially renovate both buildings and a new day camp, most recently expanding the Holland location downtown to meet the needs of an expanding professional population in the city of Buffalo.Programming at the JCC has evolved from an emphasis on social services to a focus on wellness, cultural programming, and early childhood education.