Manager, Young Adult Engagement and Philanthropy

This position reports to the Annual Campaign Director


The Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties is the network for Jewish progress, dedicated to building a connected and enriched Jewish community locally, supporting a pluralistic and democratic Israel, and sustaining Jews in need around the world.

Together with its endowment operations, JCF acts as a central Jewish financial resource development and planning institution for the Jewish community of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. We serve donors and local and international NGO’s by providing planning, capacity building, and financial resources from funds raised through our Jewish Community Endowment Fund, endowed vehicles, donor-advised philanthropy, and campaigns. Additionally we serve the needs of the Jewish people in Israel and overseas with financial support of innovative programming.


The Manager, Young Adult Engagement and Philanthropy will provide a gateway for involvement in the Jewish Community Federation for young Jewish adults. The Manager holds primary responsibility for working with young adult volunteer leaders on programming and activities that inspire participation in fundraising, foster engagement in Jewish life, and create a pipeline and training ground for our next generation of philanthropists and leaders. Works in close partnership with Federation colleagues to create a continuum of meaningful and complementary strategies that channel young adults on a pathway from initial engagement to deeper philanthropic and leadership involvement.  A secondary aim is to ensure the status of the Office of Young Adult Engagement and Philanthropy as the center of Jewish Young Adult experiences in the Bay Area. Specific responsibilities include Young Adult Division (YAD) program management, leadership development of YAD volunteer leaders, direct fundraising, and donor stewardship. 


Young Adult Engagement/Philanthropy

  • Continue to position the Office of Young Adult Engagement and Philanthropy as a leader in strategic thinking for Jewish Young Adults in the Bay Area.
    • Identify national trends in Jewish Young Adult life and philanthropy and their possible implications for Federation and the programs it funds in the community.
  • Maintain and expand (as needed) HaReshet, a professionals network, including a list serve and in person meetings to aid collaboration and establish Federation as the connection point for all Bay Area programs serving Jewish Young Adults.
  • Serve as resource for new and newly involved participants in Bay Area Jewish programs.
  • Represent the young adult community and advise internally on Federation programs and events targeted towards young adults and/or young adult participation.

Young Adult Division (YAD) Program

  • Manage development/fundraising efforts for YAD
    • Develop a pipeline of prospects for major gift and deeper philanthropic development.
    • Actively manage the “major donor” Young Adult Division campaign, with a focus on $1,000 donors and cultivation
  • Cultivate and recruit young leaders to serve on the Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership Cabinet (minimum gift of $5,000), and steward their leadership participation on a local level.
  • Define target audience for YAD activities and develop outreach and engagement strategies with an appropriate leadership structure to maximize effectiveness.
  • Work in partnership with the YAD President (a volunteer) to set the strategic direction for, and manage the volunteer experience of, a 15-20 person YAD Board, its ad hoc committees, and young adult campaign solicitors.
  • Successfully plan and execute all YAD events and programs while working in partnership with volunteer committees.
    • Track and follow up with event participants.
  • Serve as primary young adult liaison with Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), linking local efforts with national programs including National Young Leadership Cabinet, Israel trips, and national conferences.
  • Work in partnership with the Federation marketing department to implement and maintain YAD’s online and social media presence; and create and edit content for bi-weekly YAD email newsletters
  • With Federation support staff, assure the completion of administrative duties required to support YAD work, including data maintenance, gift processing, event and meeting logistics, online marketing, social networking, and more.


  • Participate in Development Department activities, Federation-wide events and fundraising initiatives; work collaboratively with Development affinities and colleagues organization-wide who also work with young adults.
  • Partner with marketing and communications department to create and implement marketing strategies that maximize connection to young adults, including successful utilization of new media and e-philanthropy.


  • Confident professional with experience working with volunteer leadership, a magnetic and welcoming personality.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in the field(s) of organizational management, Jewish studies, communal work, or related areas. Master’s Degree favorable.
  • Three to five years of fundraising, programming or related experience, with Jewish communal field or Federation background a plus. 
  • Must have a demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the Jewish community, and a keen sense of trends and culture of the young adult community.
  • Must be a leader and innovator with excellent interpersonal skills; someone others will respond to and trust.
  • Superior communication skills; excellent writing and articulate speaking ability. 
  • Experience in direct fundraising solicitation, volunteer engagement and group facilitation helpful.
  • Flexibility and ability to focus on detail while handling multiple tasks and diverse personalities. 
  • Experience in developing and monitoring a budget.
  • Computer skills:  Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, social media (Facebook).  Constant Contact and Raiser’s Edge Database.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for an employee in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of duties required in this position.

The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment equity throughout all levels of the organization. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace.



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San Francisco, CA 94105