Seeking Senior Development Officer

Based in Pittsfield, MA, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires cares for those in need and nurtures and sustains Jewish life across the Berkshires and beyond. In 2023, Federation’s annual campaign raised more than $1.2 million from over 1,100 donors, representing ten years of continued growth.

The Senior Development Officer works with the executive director and volunteer leadership to plan and implement the annual campaign and major gifts fundraising effort. Reporting to the Executive director, responsibilities include donor research, donor engagement, solicitation of funds, events, committee meetings, and other projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop a strategy for implementing the annual campaign, major gift solicitations, and special campaigns in partnership with the Executive Director and Development Committee.
  • Develop and execute fundraising plans, which include face-to-face solicitations, donor research, social media, communications, fundraising events, donor cultivation, and stewardship.
  • Engage the Board of Directors and Development committee in fundraising and professionally support their efforts.   
  • Plan and implement key fundraising events with the support of Federation staff.
  • Create and manage development-related communications, including direct mail and email appeals, social media posts, collateral materials, and presentations. 
  • Oversee the development associate in record keeping, gift and data entry, and other donor communications.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Three years of fundraising experience or related professional experience, including personal solicitation experience.
  • Comfortable with high-net-worth donors.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, relationship-building skills, and customer service orientation.
  • Communication skills, written and verbal
  • Knowledge of and passion for Federation’s mission or familiarity with the interests and concerns of the Jewish Community. Knowledge or experience with Jewish organizations as a professional or volunteer would be a plus.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, familiarity with fundraising databases, and use of ZOOM.
  • Use of social media, including Facebook and Instagram.

This critical position offers a rare opportunity to use your talents to benefit a greater good and work with caring individuals who share a commitment to helping those in need and building community.

This is a full-time position. Salary range is $70,000-$80,000 depending upon experience. Benefits include an attractive time off package, 403b retirement plan, health insurance stipend, flexible spending account, and professional development opportunities.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires works to support a welcoming, connected, and vibrant community that cares for those in need, fosters Jewish journeys, embraces Jewish peoplehood, and acts as a force for good in the world. Visit to learn more.

Jewish Federation of the Berkshires is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.

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