Development Officer – Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona

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About Tucson and the Jewish Community of Southern Arizona

With a metropolitan population of more than a million that grows by nearly 30,000 new residents a year, Tucson is among the top ten “Best Small American Cities.”  It is among the most affordable cities to live in in the United States according to the Council for Community and Economic Research.  Tucson reflects the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town.

Tucson’s Jewish community has a population of more than 30,000 with the organizational and physical resources of a community three times its size.  Since its founding in 1947, The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has been the bedrock of the Jewish community, coordinating fundraising, planning, and communal services.

Its affiliated agencies and community partners include Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, University of Arizona Hillel Foundation, Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Tucson Hebrew Academy, a K-8 day school with an accredited program of high school learning, the Jewish History Museum and Holocaust Education Center, and the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The Tucson Hebrew Academy, the Jewish Community Center (110,000 square feet with more than 5000 members (2000 families), and the Federation/Foundation building are all located on a 35-acre community campus

Tucson is also the home to 14 synagogues, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Chabad who with the leaders of the community’s organizations meet regularly to promote and enhance Jewish life in Southern Arizona. 

The Jewish Community Foundation has more than $100 million under management. The Federation and Foundation have long maintained an aligned grants process to ensure that allocated funds meet the community’s needs and new initiatives.

During the past year, through a community visioning and planning process, the Federation and Foundation have begun the process of combining the two organizations to eliminate duplication of effort and to strengthen the community.

The mission of the new enterprise—Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona—is to partner with individuals, families, and organizations to foster and enhance community and respond to those in need – enriching Southern Arizona, the Jewish people, and the world.

Position Summary

Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona (JPSA) seeks a dynamic, motivated, and entrepreneurial fundraising professional for the role of Development Officer. The Development Officer will focus their time soliciting major gifts and stewarding donors in targeted constituencies with an eye towards growth of the annual campaign, endowment, and overall revenue streams of JPSA.

The Development Officer is a key member of JPSA’s development team. A full-time, professional exempt position, this role will include occasional weekend or evening work as needed for events or meetings. All development team members must be flexible and able to adapt to shifts in their job duties. Other responsibilities may be assigned at the discretion of the Chief Development Officer.

JPSA is the result of the consolidation of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. JPSA partners with organizations, families, and individuals to foster and enhance community and respond to those in need – enriching Southern Arizona, the Jewish people, and the world.

Essential Job Functions

  • Manage, prospect, cultivate, solicit, and steward a portfolio of 70-100 donors and prospects, securing contributions through face-to-face solicitations.
  • Focus time on priority areas within development such as young leadership, women’s philanthropy, corporate sponsorship, and/or business & professionals.
  • Work to develop volunteer leadership.
    • Recruit, train, and manage volunteer fundraisers.
    • Identify, recruit, educate, and motivate individuals to participate in organizational activities and fundraising initiatives.
  • Generate and maintain interaction reports and all records of donor activity.
  • Conduct prospect research.
  • Coordinate special projects and additional tasks as required by development department needs.
  • Plan, recruit for, and execute various events and programs, in partnership with the Event Planner.
  • Assist with budget preparation and monitoring as relevant.


  • Demonstrated relationship building and people skills. A sophisticated and diplomatic personality who can collaborate comfortably with people of influence and affluence is essential.
  • The emotional intelligence, maturity, and sound judgement necessary for interacting with donors, volunteers, board members and staff.
  • The ability to secure new donors and funders via face-to-face solicitation.
  • Knowledgeable about the Jewish community, culture, and practices. Passion for the JPSA mission and its work to sustain the Jewish community including Israel and world Jewry.
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively within a team.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills. Comfort with public speaking.
  • Enthusiastic attitude, eager to meet challenges, and adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • Knowledge of and a manifest desire to continue learning fundraising best practices including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in an active fundraising or related role with experience successfully soliciting four-figure donations or more.
  • Previous experience working or engaged in the Jewish community preferred.
  • Knowledge of CRM databases a plus.
  • A valid Arizona driver’s license and reliable transportation must be maintained throughout employment.


Commensurate with experience, this position has a hiring range of $55,000 to $62,000 annually.

To Apply

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The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature of work performed, the level of knowledge and skills typically required, and usual working conditions of this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive listing of all requirements or responsibilities that may be required by employees in this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition prescribed by federal, state, or local law