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Development Manager

The Yiddish Book Center seeks a Development Manager to join this dynamic cultural organization and help grow its fundraising program. Now in its 44th year, the Center, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, recovers, preserves, teaches, and celebrates Yiddish literature and culture to advance a fuller understanding of Jewish history and identity. The Center is in the planning stages of a $35 million endowment campaign to secure its vision for the future and celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Development Manager will support the director of institutional advancement, and manage the administrative functions of the development office, including briefings for senior staff for donor visits, planned giving and bequests databases, and track grant applications.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support all aspects of the Center’s fundraising mission
  • Manage administrative functions of Development office
  • Track and document current program initiatives and naming opportunities
  • Identify and conduct donor relations and stewardship activities, including coordination of annual endowment reports to donors who have established funds
  • Manage PG Calc Planned Giving Manager database and prepare Charitable Gift Annuity agreements, Manage Yerushe Society- Legacy Giving Society, endowment fund listings, track bequests and bequest intentions; and serve as liaison with Free Will database
  • Conduct research on individuals, organizations, and foundations as needed; Provide donor briefings for president, executive director, and director of institutional advancement visits and Center event attendees
  • Manage Donor Search database, Conduct individual and group screenings using Donor Search and Windfall
  • Coordinate activities of Board of Trustees Development Committee and serve as minute scribe for committee meetings
  • Oversee maintenance and organization of development records. Produce and edit development materials and correspondence. Run queries, compile reports and manage development-related aspects of Raiser’s Edge NXT donor database, and batch gifts of $1,000+
  • Track grant applications and correspondence


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and ability to work in a team
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT and Donor Search or comparable CRM software a plus

The Development Manager is a full-time on-site position, with occasional evening and weekend work and travel required.

The Center offers a full benefit package, including medical, dental, vision, paid vacation and sick time, and retirement matching.

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected] and put “Development Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Yiddish Book Center is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.