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Development Associate

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI, USA
43,000 – 48,000 USD per year
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2023


The Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor is seeking a creative, dynamic collaborator to join its energetic team as a Development Associate. This person will provide support for annual campaign and other fundraising and development efforts, and public-facing communications pertaining to the organization as a whole. This position requires passion for our mission, enthusiasm, excellent organizational abilities and computer skills, creativity, good humor and a goal-focused outlook. The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal communication abilities and be able to successfully nurture mutually beneficial relationships.


Located in southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor is a vibrant and energetic college town famous for the University of Michigan, its beautiful parks and nature areas, and cultural offerings. Ann Arbor boasts a lively downtown, a healthy economy, regular festivals, and strong schools and neighborhoods. As a result, it is consistently rated highly on lists of small cities and was named by as the 2017 best city to live in America. The greater Ann Arbor community encompasses Ypsilanti, the vibrant and diverse home of Eastern Michigan University, and several warm and welcoming small towns including Saline, Dexter and Chelsea.

The greater Ann Arbor Jewish community has a population of approximately 11,000 households. It is a strong and diverse Jewish community with congregations representing a broad spectrum of Jewish communal life, a warm and educationally exceptional Jewish elementary school, a thriving Jewish Community Center, and a robust and compassionate Jewish Family Services.

The mission of the Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor is to provide and inspire philanthropic leadership and community building to nurture a strong, engaged, connected, caring, vibrant and enduring community locally, in Israel and around the world. The most recent annual campaign raised $1.5 million, and the community’s endowment stands at over $10 million.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Communications & Development Manager, the Development Associate will implement a comprehensive and strategic Financial Resource Development (FRD) plan designed to expand the annual campaign and overall communal philanthropic capacity of the Ann Arbor Jewish community, as well as enhance the organization’s public communications efforts.

The successful candidate will support efforts to develop, cultivate, and manage donors; support volunteer workers; assure adherence to Campaign time schedules; and maintain a database of donors and prospects. This person will be a team player with a strong sense of purpose, initiative, commitment and personal responsibility. This position is a hands-on role which will require confidence, flexibility, good time management, confidentiality, and the ability to be persistent and strategic when often juggling multiple tasks.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

In partnership with the Executive Director, Communications & Development Manager, Federation team, Campaign Chair, and volunteer committees, the Development Associate will support all Financial Resource Development (FRD) and communications operations. This person will:

  • Participate in the recruitment, training, support, motivation and empowerment of campaign volunteers
  • Assist in planning, organizing, implementing and staffing of events and/or special projects in support of FRD priorities and community engagement
  • Become a leader within the organization in utilizing the donor database to produce clear development-related reports, and assess and update donor-related data
  • Assist with donor acknowledgement and recognition efforts
  • Support the development and management of marketing materials for cohesive public-facing communications pertaining to all facets of the organization, including social and print media
  • Support coordination and implementation of online, direct mail, and one-to-one fundraising efforts
  • Support efforts to secure corporate sponsorships and external foundation grants
  • Promote the mission of Federation at all times through superior customer service to all and through the efficient use of and care for all resources.
  • Work closely with other staff to plan, implement, and staff Federation events and programs as needed (occasional evenings and Sundays)
  • Serve as an ambassador of the Federation and foster positive professional relationships with Federation and agency colleagues
  • Attend weekly staff meetings, community events as needed, and professional development seminars and conferences as needed

Competencies and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum one to three years of fundraising, volunteer management or related professional related experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Detail-oriented and possessing excellent strategies for and persistence with follow-up
  • Comfort learning and using new technology
  • Knowledge of Jewish community a plus
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter, creative thinker and team player with excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, the ability to handle multiple tasks and meticulous attention to detail and follow-up

Work Environment

  • Federation employees work in the offices based at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Remote work is an option on Mondays & Fridays.
  • Employees must be vaccinated against Covid-19 with consideration given for medical and religious accommodations. Employees must comply with all JCC Covid policies.

Salary Range


Please submit cover letter and resume to Rachel Wall at [email protected].

Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor is an equal opportunity employer.