National Director, Life & Legacy

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the National Director of Life & Legacy is responsible for leading the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Life & Legacy program. Life & Legacy assists communities across North America, through partnerships with Jewish federations and foundations, to promote after-lifetime commitments to build endowments that will sustain local Jewish day schools, synagogues, social service organizations, and other Jewish entities for the next generation and beyond.

Through training, support, and monetary incentives, Life & Legacy motivates Jewish organizations to secure legacy gifts, steward donors, and integrate legacy giving into the philanthropic culture of the Jewish community.

The National Director supports a team of consultants who work with legacy communities to develop and sustain their program and oversees the design and implementation of an ever-evolving curriculum and range of services to grow and support Jewish communities and organizations in the program. Life & Legacy currently works with 73 Jewish communities throughout North America consisting of more than 858 organizational partners.

Leadership Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute the Life & Legacy program plan in close partnership with Foundation leadership; ensure program strategy aligns with larger organizational goals, vision and mission.
  • Lead a team of seasoned professionals to effectively support the growth of the of Life & Legacy program.
  • Design, implement and continually enhance the Life & Legacy curriculum and support services that provide community partners and participating organizations with the skills they need to implement a sustainable legacy initiative.
  • Build relationships and support new community partners to engage as many Jewish organizations as possible in building their endowments through legacy giving.
  • Serve as a senior endowment and legacy expert at the Foundation, advising other programs on endowment and legacy giving trends and best practices and ensuring the legacy team is poised to provide practical resources across Foundation programs.
  • Regularly report program benchmarks, successes and challenges to the COO, President and Board of Trustees.
  • Serve on the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s management team.
  • Represent the Foundation effectively and meaningfully by communicating program values and mission with various constituents.

Management Responsibilities

Program Implementation

  • Host an annual conference of over 200 Jewish professionals and lay leaders to support legacy building in the community and program sustainability and growth, featuring expert and peer-led sessions, awards, and specialized experiences for community legacy coordinators.
  • Oversee procedures for accepting community partners, grant implementation and progress tracking.
  • Develop and implement legacy initiatives for communities of practice, to share best practices amongst similar organizations (synagogue, JCCs etc.)
  • Stay up to date on the latest trends in legacy giving and endowments in order to keep Life & Legacy curriculum relevant.

Brand Raising

  • Develop innovative approaches to raise awareness for the Life & Legacy program and legacy giving more generally, include innovations in marketing.
  • Working with the communications department, identify PR opportunities that share program success stories and impact to build visibility of the program externally.
  • Ensure the Life & Legacy website is kept up to date and an ever-increasing number of resources are accessible to community partners.
  • Represent the program across North America at conferences, events, and in communities when available

Program Management

  • Manage a four-person team charged with coaching, training, and supporting our community partners through the Life & Legacy program.
  • Ensure the Life & Legacy team is appropriately resourced to support its efforts.
  • Develop and utilize thoughtful systems and processes to measure and evaluate progress towards goals and assess the impact of the program.
  • Manage the annual budget of approximately $3 million per year and ensure Foundation leadership and accounting are kept apprised of budgetary needs and activities.


  • 10-12 years of senior management, fundraising, and endowment building experience.
  • Experience in administering a legacy and endowment building program.
  • Demonstrated success in building and managing highly effective and efficient teams.
  • Strong presentation, facilitation, and consulting skills.
  • Collaborative, highly motivated and a creative thinker who goes above and beyond to ensure results.
  • Ability to build meaningful relationships with various constituencies.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail; time management and organizational skills.
  • High level of emotional intelligence.
  • Motivated by the mission of Life & Legacy and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
  • Ability to work remotely and travel across North America 25-30% time.


  • Opportunity to work a remote or hybrid work schedule
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Comprehensive benefits to include:
    • Health Insurance
    • Vision & Dental Insurance
    • Flexible Spending Plan
    • Short Term Disability Insurance
    • Long Term Disability Insurance
    • 401K Pension Plan with Employer Match
    • Paid Sick, Holiday and Vacation Time

About the Foundation

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF), founded in 1991 by real estate guru and businessman, Harold Grinspoon, is one of the most entrepreneurial and business-oriented non-profits in the nation. Based in the Springfield, MA area, and with over 150 employees, HGF is committed to enhancing global Jewish life. The Foundation offers the stability of a thirty-year established organization; the creative, exciting and fast-paced nature of a start-up; and the long-term growth opportunities of an endowed Foundation committed to its mission for decades to come.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are invited to apply. For more information about the foundation and its programs, visit