Los Angeles, CA


Reporting to the Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, the Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy is responsible for the design and implementation of donor cultivation and solicitation strategies for directed giving opportunities in two of the Federation’s key strategic initiative areas: Caring for Jews in Need and Community Engagement.

This new position will develop philanthropic partnerships with individual donors, private foundations and families interested in supporting annual and multi-year projects; build and manage a portfolio of 100-150 major gift prospects with a demonstrated interest in the specific programs identified as priorities for philanthropic support, and deliver strong contributed revenue results.  For donors in the Vice President’s portfolio that also regularly contribute to the annual campaign, the Vice President will be responsible for both annual gift and restricted giving solicitations.

Teams that separately focus on annual and strategic philanthropic fundraising will meet regularly to review donor strategies and develop approaches that maximize overall results.  The Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy will be the key liaison from the Financial Resource Development Department to the program staff and lay leadership at Federation that are responsible for the allocation of resources and priority setting within these two strategic initiatives; responsible for the development of giving opportunities associated with these priorities, the identification, cultivation and solicitation of prospects, and will be the key professional to drive the solicitation process forward.

The Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy will partner with the Annual Campaign Team in developing and implementing solicitation strategies.  The ability to identify and engage new donors, maximize the contributions of existing donors, and develop strong trans-generational relationships will be important to the success of this position.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (JFGLA) impacts the lives of tens of thousands of people in Los Angeles, Israel and over 70 countries around the world.  The Jewish Federation of raises over $40m annually to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need is Los Angeles and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community.  Located in Los Angeles, the JFGLA has a staff of 108 professionals and 46 support personnel. The JFGLA budget is approximately $48 million which covers annual expenditures and allocations, and an average of $45m is raised annually.

The JFGLA has a goal of substantially increasing the philanthropic support over the next five years through new approaches and new initiatives and is investing in the development organization to build and support a staff and approach that will lead to success.

For further information, please read the full position description here, contact David Santore or Mark Oppenheim at or visit

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