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Director of Development
Full-time, staff role

About the Organization

Wilderness Torah is known nationally for reinvigorating Judaism’s nature-based traditions and sparking deep spiritual and community experiences. Entering our second decade, Wilderness Torah is at a profound pivot point, and this new development role provides an opportunity to make an enormous difference for growing the earth-based Judaism movement. With your support, Wilderness Torah will solidify its proven, regional nature-based programs for community-building and youth-mentorship, grow its national influence as a thought leader and trainer for the earth-based Judaism movement, and make strides toward establishing the land-based Center for Earth-Based Judaism near the Bay Area.

Founded in 2007, Wilderness Torah has served thousands of people with land-based holiday retreats; outdoor, mentor-based K-12 programs; young adult leadership development; and local and national training in our models. We’re here as one healing balm in an overstressed, disconnected culture – to reconnect to the magic created when we unplug, get out into nature, experience embodied ritual and learning, all within a multi-generational setting. See our website at

Wilderness Torah has been named a Slingshot Top 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofit seven years running, has received regional and national awards for Jewish education, and has been featured on NPR, and in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and local and national Jewish media. A graduate of Upstart and Joshua Venture incubator labs, ten years on Wilderness Torah is now in a prestigious national cohort for second-stage Jewish organizations to thrive in this life stage.

Our workplace culture is one based on flexibility, trust, warmth, and dedication. Our small team of nearly 10 works hard, brings their whole selves, takes time when they need it, and relishes helping create meaningful experiences. We also have a large community of hundreds, from families in our youth programs to participants who help co-create festival.

About the Position

Wilderness Torah is seeking an experienced development professional to join our team as the first dedicated Development Director.

This position, which will work in concert with the organization’s Directors, is a lynchpin in Wilderness Torah’s next stage of growth. Seventy percent of Wilderness Torah’s budget comes from private sources and is raised through a combination of individuals, foundation grants, and corporate matches. We are excited to build out the development team with a savvy professional who can own this function and give it the focus it needs. The remaining 30% of the budget comes from earned income.

The Development Director oversees all aspects of development, from setting strategy to implementation, for individual donors, foundations, and corporate sponsorships, and will help set up the Directors and Board members for major donor and foundation relationship-building, cultivation and asks. The Development Director receives assistance from the Development and Operations Associate.

You will work with an amazing team of smart and caring people, in a workplace culture that values flexibility and collaboration. This position reports to the Managing Director.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

Strategy – 20%

  • Develop annual fundraising strategic plans for the organization
  • Manage development team operational strategy
  • Manage strategy and timelines for donor communications and outreach, in collaboration with cross-cutting and program staff

Identification and Outreach – 20%

  • Research and identify funding prospects via online databases and in-person networking/outreach.
  • Prioritize and move forward leads/prospects from high net-worth individual, foundation, and institutional funding sources via written outreach, in-person meetings, and touchpoints with relevant staff

Cultivation and Stewardship – 20%

  • Set up Directors to develop 50+ major donor prospects. Possibly manage own portfolio as well.
  • Develop cultivation and stewardship strategies, including management of in-person events
  • Oversee full portfolio, which is currently 25+ grants and 200+ individual donors per year.

Proposal Management and Reporting – 30%

  • Manage scoping and budgeting processes for proposals, in collaboration with org directors where relevant
  • Manage proposal and report calendars and preparation processes.
  • Manage contributions of other Wilderness Torah staff to proposal and report preparation processes
  • Maintain accurate proposal and report records in Salesforce and Google drive.

Development Operations & Systems – 10%

  • Manage Development Workstream
  • Manage Dev team collaboration.
  • Oversee work to build out and maintain CRM donor database in Salesforce.
  • Manage/ oversee online donation platform.
  • Supervise relevant staff.
  • Work with Board of Directors to play a more substantial role in fundraising.

Desired Qualifications

  • 5+ years progressively responsible development experience, including demonstrated success in individual and foundation giving
  • Superior project management and time management skills
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to lead projects while collaborating in a team-based environment
  • Analytical and detail-oriented
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Bay Area funders, Jewish community experience a plus
  • Demonstrated interest in our mission
  • At least a four year college degree

Pay & Benefits

  • Full-time, competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience
  • Flexible work schedule with at least one day/week remote (otherwise office is at beautiful co-working space in downtown Berkeley with free weekly yoga class)
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 10 days paid vacation plus 9 U.S. holidays and Jewish holidays off (an additional 9 days in 2019), as well as flexibility to work remotely when needed (such as traveling)
  • To Apply:

    Please send resume (two pages max) and cover letter (one page) in a single PDF to

    Please include examples of your work, such as written communications, campaigns, designed materials, websites you’ve maintained. (Links to online sources are fine.)

    Applications are due Friday, February 1, 2019, 5pm PST. No phone calls please.

    Ideal start date: April 1, 2019.

    Please include “Development Director” in Subject line.

    Wilderness Torah is an equal opportunity employer. Local candidates only, or be willing to relocate. Must be able to lift 20 pounds. Thank you!