Advancement Officer, PJ Library

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), a results-driven, entrepreneurial-philanthropic organization, is not your average non-profit. Founded in 1991 by real estate guru and successful businessman, Harold Grinspoon, HGF employs over 100 staff and offers innovative national and international philanthropic programs. HGF’s programs share the common goal of making Jewish life and the Jewish community more vibrant and more connected.



PJ Library was launched with a humble beginning in 2005 as a book program sending books to children in western MA about Jewish holidays, culture, and values that parents could read with their children at home at bedtime. Today, PJ Library has exploded into an internationally recognized, $36M global cultural literacy venture that partners with philanthropists and Jewish communities around the world to provide families raising Jewish children with the gift of free, high-quality children's books, music and other resources that foster deeper engagement with Jewish life. At the same time, its unique funding model has helped hundreds of communities raise money by leveraging HGF philanthropic support. The model, in which HGF underwrites a large part of the program costs, is sustainable and repeatable, and has helped PJ Library grow and expand globally to 30 countries. 
 

About the Position

The incredible success of PJ Library and its fundraising initiatives as well as its popularity among philanthropists and donors has made growing our Advancement Team not only a possibility, but a necessity.  For this reason, we are hiring two Advancement Officers (AO) to promote and further expand PJ Library fundraising nationally. Reporting to the Director of Advancement and based in a major city in the US, the AO will manage the partnership between HGF and a portfolio of 20-25 PJ Library partners. A hybrid fundraising (70%) and partnership position (30%), the AO will be a knowledgeable proponent of foundation goals and program objectives, as well as a fundraising professional with expertise in major gifts and stewardship.  
 

Responsibilities 

  • Fundraise and meet HGF Advancement Team goals and benchmarks
  • Work with partners and HGF staff to identify and steward new six- and seven-figure prospective donors from outside the organization’s existing pool of PJ Library donors  
  • Represent HGF and articulate the vision for PJ Library’s mission to a variety of audiences, including volunteers, donors, community leaders and partners 
  • Establish and maintain strong, positive working relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders including leaders of Jewish communal organizations 
  • Assume responsibility for the growth and continued financial stability of PJ Library in assigned partner communities 
  • Identify and implement donor cultivation strategies including stewardship events, board and donor presentations, targeted communications and foundation relations. Identify and cultivate new possible event hosts. Supported by the back-office development team, ensure timely and accurate completion of routine work such as prospect actions, gift acknowledgements, and cultivation mailings 
  • Working as a fundraising partner, provide high-level advice to partner organizations. Provide the support necessary – materials, training, statistics and language – for local partners to raise program funds  
  • Integrate feedback from partners and industry leaders to continuously improve PJ Library’s program and outreach services 
  • Work with partners to create plans that strengthen PJ Library within each partner organization and community 
  • Bring the HGF trustees and directors to meetings or conversations as needed 
  • Oversee maintenance of PJ Library’s brand on local and regional level, together with HGF staff. Ensure partners maintain a strong brand presence, grow their subscription numbers, and serve as a liaison to the national marketing team 
 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of direct fundraising experience with individuals and organizations 
  • Record of accomplishment securing gifts at the $100,000+ level, or relevant business development experience 
  • Existing relationships with Jewish communal and philanthropic organizations  
  • Superior communication skills - interpersonal, written and presentations 
  • Ability to develop and implement creative, effective cultivation and solicitation strategies and generate enthusiasm for them among team members 
  • Commitment to goal attainment, high degree of initiative, and ability to engage high-level donors 
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and/or implementation of cultivation events 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with great autonomy and accountability and to be a team player 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to travel nationally (30%)
 

What’s in it for you

  • The opportunity to love your work every day because you’ll be part of a dynamic, successful, entrepreneurial and well-resourced organization making a positive impact and difference in the lives of others.
  • A creative, collaborative and team-oriented environment compromised of smart, motivated and thoughtful professionals.
  • An exciting, fast-paced schedule that combines national travel with office days … a perfect blend to keep your job fun, interesting and varied.
  • An attractive salary commensurate with skills, talent and value.
  • Comprehensive benefits to include:
    • Health Insurance
    • Vision & Dental Insurance
    • Flexible Spending Plan
    • Short Disability Insurance
    • Long Term Disability Insurance
    • 401K Pension Plan with Employer Match
    • Paid Sick, Holiday and Vacation Time
  • Monthly cell phone allowance.
  • Company credit card for business related expenses.

 

To Apply

Email a letter of interest addressing your interest in and qualifications for this role as well as your resume to [email protected]. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. 
 

About the Foundation

Founded in 1991 by real estate guru and successful businessman, Harold Grinspoon, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) is one of the most entrepreneurial and business-oriented non-profits in the nation. Based in the Greater Hartford, CT/Springfield, MA area, HGF employs over 130 employees and offers national and international philanthropic programs that range from enhancing Jewish life throughout the US and the globe, to sustaining and strengthening nonprofit Jewish camps by providing free professional consulting services and grant-matching opportunities, to supplying over 650,000 free books monthly to children throughout the world. The Foundation offers the stability of a thirty-year established organization, while also offering the creative, exciting and fast-paced nature of a start-up, and the long-term growth opportunities inherent in an endowed Foundation committed to serving its target markets for decades to come. Needless to say, The HGF is not your average non-profit! That’s why we are seeking a results-oriented, accomplished Advancement Officer to join our dynamic and seasoned PJ Library Advancement Team.
 
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are invited to apply. 

To Apply

Email a letter of interest addressing your interest in and qualifications for this role as well as your resume to Brenda Wishart.

All inquiries will be held in strict confidence.