UpStart seeks an experienced and innovative leader to serve as Director/Senior Director, Philanthropy (‘Director’). The Director will lead the effort to strategically raise philanthropic capital to support breakthrough entrepreneurial leaders and influence the Jewish social impact sector.

The Director will be a thought-partner to the CEO, Chief Strategy & Impact Officer, staff, and Board to refine strategies and tactics to align revenue generation with the vision and goals to be outlined in UpStart’s new Strategic Plan. The Director will supervise the Manager, Development Relations.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Ensure that annual philanthropic revenue goals are achieved and develop a coordinated fundraising strategy for long-term growth and expansion.
  • Identify, cultivate, and steward strategic funding partnerships with a diverse array of revenue partners including family foundations, corporate and individual donors.
  • Build and support a network of strategic partners, including community foundations, family foundations, philanthropic advisors, and wealth managers.
  • Lead partner trainings on trends and learnings in philanthropy and Jewish social entrepreneurship.
  • Promote and exemplify equitable best practices around grantmaker-grantseeker relationships for both the Jewish communal field and secular funding spaces.

The successful candidate will bring 8+ years of experience in program-aligned and outcomes-oriented fundraising roles and stakeholder engagement.

As a person you are:

  • Passionate and knowledgeable about Jewish philanthropy: you are proficient in philanthropic trends, including venture philanthropy and impact investing.
  • An entrepreneurial and results-oriented fundraiser: you bring an appetite for risk-taking combined with a track record in revenue generation.
  • A collaborative and detail-oriented leader: you have a demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and projects, and to work effectively within teams and independently.
  • An adaptive and strategic thinker: you are excited about working in a fast-paced environment and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.
  • A values-driven team player leader: you are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and your approach aligns with UpStart’s philosophy: dream with purpose, build ‘what might be’, and grow the good.

UpStart partners with the Jewish community’s boldest leaders to expand the picture of how Jews find meaning and how we come together. Whether someone is starting a new venture, or reimagining what an existing one has to offer, UpStart gives them the entrepreneurial tools and network they need to build the Jewish community of the future.

UpStart is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UpStart will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable 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, please contact sydneyh@upstartlab.org.

UpStart’s vision is that Jewish communities will be thriving hubs of innovation, building a more just, vibrant, and inclusive future. As such, we aspire to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem that models this future, embodying and driving towards greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. For questions or concerns about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, please contact whitneyw@upstartlab.org.

The salary range and title for this position is from $90,000 – $115,000 based the candidate’s job-specific experience and skills, education, and readiness.

In addition to a competitive salary, UpStart currently offers the following benefits:

  • A comprehensive benefits package, including 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Life, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • 16-weeks of paid parental leave with no waiting period
  • FSA and Commuter Benefit accounts
  • Employer sponsored 401K with employer match.
  • Flexible discretionary paid time off.
  • Annual $1,500 professional development stipend.
  • $300 office setup stipend and provided Mac.
  • Meeting-Free Fridays.
  • 3:00pm local close-of-business on Fridays.
  • Days off for all work-prohibitive Jewish holidays, in addition to secular US holidays.
  • A great remote-first work culture! Check out our culture deck, here.

Please submit your resume, along with a thoughtful, one-page cover letter to upstart@sandlersearch.org.

About UpStart

UpStart empowers leaders to dream, build, and grow bold initiatives that enhance the vitality of Jewish Life.

UpStart was founded fifteen years ago with a sole focus: to accelerate the success of social entrepreneurs fueling a renaissance in Jewish life. Since then, we have invested in 127 ventures and their leaders, while cultivating an ecosystem of institutional leaders and funders committed to Jewish community change. We are excited to be actively implementing a new strategic plan that will put social entrepreneurs at the center of everything we do. Our vision is that Jewish communities will be thriving hubs of innovation, building a more just, vibrant, and inclusive future.

UpStart strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from low income or working class 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, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.