Full Time

Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City 5801 W. 115 Street, Overland Park KS

Reports to: CEO
FLSA Classification: Exempt
Department: Financial Resource Division (FRD)
Full/Part Time: Full-time

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: Careers@JewishKC.org.


The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City is a non-profit philanthropic organization dedicated to catalyzing, enhancing, and sustaining a vibrant Jewish community. Federation supports those in need, deepens engagement in Jewish life, and strengthens the bonds among Jews in the Greater Kansas City area, in Israel, and around the world. Our primary functions are financial resource development and allocations. The funds raised support local Jewish life, our partner communities in Israel and Eastern Europe, and global Jewry more broadly. Each year, the Jewish Federation inspires thousands of community members to contribute, volunteer and participate in programs, leading to a powerful impact in the community.


Reporting to the CEO of the Jewish Federation, the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving (Director) will manage his/her own portfolio of major gift prospects and donors and be charged with identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects and donors in the Federation service area. The Director will work closely with the CEO, COO, Campaign Director, and Financial Resource Development (FRD) team to implement a donor-centric model of philanthropy whereby donor interests are matched with community needs through a suite of services including annual giving, donor advised funds, opportunities for planned giving, and other philanthropic vehicles. The Director will also develop strategies for fundraising, engagement programs, and events in the Federation service area.

The Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving initiates and sustains relationships with assigned donors regarding their full range of philanthropic goals and will be supported by executive leadership and administrative staff.

The Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving serves as a leadership level fundraiser within a diverse development environment which includes annual giving, multi-year gifting, restricted and emergency giving, and annual gift endowment. This high-profile position will work with our highest-level donors, most senior volunteers, and staff at all levels.


  • Serves as relationship manager for a portfolio of approximately 125 key donors and prospects beginning at the Major Gifts ($10,000+) level. 
  • Develops a multi-year fundraising and stewardship strategy for assigned relationships.
  • Plays a visible and collaborative leadership role within the overall Financial Resource Development department and for organization-wide projects and priorities.
  • Provides professional support and partnership to volunteer leadership of the organization, including FRD committee members, in the identification, solicitation and steward efforts.
  • Actively engages in regular donor/prospect communication, cultivation and direct solicitation with specific metrics and fundraising goals.
  • Develops and implements strategy to support existing and new major donors and planned and legacy gift commitments.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Major gift experience with successful fundraising experience including direct solicitation of five and six figure gifts.
  • Experience in a multi-faceted fundraising environment (annual, legacy, and community foundation services/donor advised funds) desired.


  • Exceptional donor-relations skills: proven ability in creating strategies to cultivate prospects and channel donor engagement.
  • Strong knowledge of philanthropic planning vehicles is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and meet objectives and performance standards.
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the Jewish community, its customs and practices; knowledge of and appreciation for the Jewish organizational landscape.
  • Proven track record of success with fundraising systems and prospect identification.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, and various electronic communication tools.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills, and ability to adapt communication style to various constituencies and stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a highly motivated goal-oriented team environment

We offer:

A great location in close proximity to restaurants, housing, parks and entertainment. Kansas City offers a vibrant, supportive Jewish community, plus a top quality of life with low cost of living, championship-winning sports teams and world-class cultural institutions. In addition to a competitive salary, the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City offers excellent benefits — medical, dental, vision, vacation, sick pay, a generous paid holiday (including Jewish) schedule, retirement plan and more. Kansas City is a dynamic place to live, work, play and build your community.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

The Federation strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, financial status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

The Federation is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. 

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: Careers@JewishKC.org.

Job posted on June 1, 2023; will remain open until filled.