SALARY: $140,000 - $165,000
START DATE: September 16, 2024
LOCATION: Remote, U.S. only, Chicago preferred. Travel 6-10 times per year.

Since its founding, Leading Edge has become the central address for talent and culture in the Jewish nonprofit sector, changing the way the Jewish community thinks and talks about talent development and organizational culture. Our flagship program areas focus on supporting and developing CEOs and Executive Teams, strengthening partnerships between board leaders and professionals, and helping to create great workplace culture across the Jewish nonprofit sector.

This role has the opportunity to inspire stakeholders to invest in the most valuable asset of the Jewish nonprofit sector – its people. Leading Edge continues to be on an incredible growth trajectory, and we are seeking a fundraising champion to serve as our first-ever Vice President, Advancement. Reporting to the President & CEO, this VP will be responsible for designing and implementing an ambitious multi-year resource development plan that advances Leading Edge’s mission, impact, and growth. They will serve as a thought partner to the President & CEO, and the Executive Team, ensuring alignment between strategic and resource development goals.

The Vice President, Advancement is a strategic and entrepreneurial leader responsible for promoting a culture of philanthropy that inspires and motivates the Board, staff, and other stakeholders to engage in development. The successful candidate will:

  • Write and implement a detailed annual resource development plan with clear goals and benchmarks to monitor progress.
  • Design and implement a moves management protocol for major donors, foundations and prospects, including projections, stewardship strategies; cultivation of relationships with current, lapsed and prospective donors.
  • Develop a robust pipeline of new prospective donors and funders through a rigorous research function.
  • Deepen and grow relationships with a portfolio of donors and foundations.
  • Serve as liaison to the Board Advancement Task Force, partnering with Board members to energize and engage them in service of Leading Edge’s advancement goals.
  • Manage all aspects of the grants cycle, including proposals, reports and calendar.
  • Partner with key members of the team to tell the story of Leading Edge’s work and impact in fresh donor-specific ways, including in donor collaterals, social media and digital communications.
  • Oversee development and implementation of systems and protocols for the CRM and donor research tools.
  • Prepare board materials, quarterly revenue reports, and other analytics as needed.


  • You are:
    • Agile and entrepreneurial. You execute high-quality deliverables and are flexible when the work changes course (which it will). You are able to pivot with ease and double down on new directions. You can anticipate needs and adapt and execute initiatives as a result. You handle pressure with equanimity and have a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude.
    • A critical thinker. You are able to synthesize complex information, confidently make recommendations based on data, and have an action-oriented mindset.
    • Direct and kind. You are capable of taking and giving direction, gatekeeping and communicating clearly with all internal and external audiences. You operate with respect and integrity to advance the work.
    • A self-starter. You take initiative and come to the table with solutions. You thrive in a fast-paced, iterative work environment, and know how to make order out of chaos.
    • Professionally and politically savvy. You understand the complexity of interpersonal dynamics and how to navigate multidimensional stakeholder relationships. You are able to exercise diplomacy and discretion to get stuff done. You have an exceptionally professional demeanor, able to connect with Board members, funders, and other leaders with the utmost credibility.
    • Comfortable managing up. You are skilled at managing up to senior leaders and helping them manage their priorities and time. You know how to create buy-in with your colleagues and spur them to action when needed.
    • A believer that diversity is a strength. You account for the value of diversity in every aspect of your work – including diverse workstyles, identities, backgrounds, and political orientations. You want the Jewish community and Leading Edge to live out a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • You should have:
    • 7+ years of relevant professional experience, including experience in:
      • Creating and executing ambitious multi-year development strategies and annual fundraising plans.
      • Utilizing moves management to cultivate, solicit and secure gifts from major donors and foundations.
      • Accurately projecting, increasing, managing and meeting fundraising goals.
      • Engaging and motivating Board members as partners in development.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort interacting across lines of difference and with funders, board members and other key stakeholders.
    • Strong communication skills; mindful of appropriate correspondence tone and tenor with key stakeholders.
    • Experience with fundraising software and other digital tools, including Salesforce, ClickUp, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite.
    • Strong customer-service orientation.
    • Ability to work independently – and collaboratively – and exercise mature professional judgment.
    • An interest in advancing the leadership and culture of the Jewish nonprofit sector.

This is a full-time exempt position, with a salary between $140,000 to $165,000, commensurate with experience. Leading Edge provides a best-in-class benefits package. Including 100% coverage for employees and 50% coverage for spouses and dependents for medical, dental, and vision benefits. Other benefits include retirement matching, wellness benefits, ample flex time, three-month paid parental leave, and a robust professional development stipend.

Our application process requires two steps to be completed by our deadline, July 25th, 11pm ET
. Once the application deadline passes, we will review only completed applications.

Step 1: Submit your online application here (~20 mins),

Step 2: Complete your guided one-way interview (~40 mins) via our Spark Hire video platform.

Leading Edge provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, national origin, disability condition, marital status, status as a disabled or Vietnam era veteran, or any other protected characteristic as established by law. We deeply value the diversity of insight, perspective, and experience brought by people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in Jewish organizations. This includes Black, Hispanic/Latina/Latino/Latinx, and Asian people, Black Jews, Jews of Color, Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We also welcome applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds. In addition, the organization affirmatively seeks to advance the principles of equal employment opportunity as it applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.