Job Posting: Oregon Jewish Community Foundation – Vice President of Philanthropy

Company: Oregon Jewish Community Foundation

Date Posted: Mar 17, 2021

The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, founded in 1989 in Portland, helps individuals and families achieve their heartfelt philanthropic goals through the most tax-advantaged approaches to charitable giving. Its mission is to build and promote a culture of giving in Oregon and Southwest Washington that supports a thriving Jewish community now and for generations to come. As the community’s partner in the region, OJCF provides sophisticated giving opportunities and compelling programs expressing the Jewish values of tzedakah (justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world). OJCF’s vision is a world in which all Jewish people practice tikkun olam.

Founded just 32 years ago by a handful of civic-minded community leaders, OJCF reflects the broad-based generosity of the Jewish community as it stewards more than $110 million in charitable assets. Its board of 25 engaged trustees and six professional staff members presents the incoming Vice President with an exciting opportunity to further a high impact course in promoting Jewish community philanthropy throughout the region. OJCF directs funding activities through donor-advised funds and programmatic functions while also serving as a fundraising partner with other organizations for time-sensitive issues such as Covid-19.

The rapid fund growth encouraged and stewarded by OJCF is indicative of the Jewish community’s commitment to support and invest in future generations through place-based giving as well as a generosity of spirit and treasure. Using OJCF’s broad range of tools- such as education, training, giving circles, grant making, impact investing, working with donors through advised funds, and programmatic initiatives- continues to broaden its reach and meet growing needs in vulnerable communities. It funds nonprofit work in a variety of areas: social justice, civil liberties, housing insecurity, environmental, mental health, youth development, diversity and inclusion, animal rights, pandemic and fire relief are among its many priorities, along with Jewish life and continuity. At its core, OJCF connects people who care with causes that matter.

The Opportunity

The Vice President of Philanthropy is responsible to the President & CEO and will work in partnership with staff, trustees, community donors and partners’ organizational leaders to realize long-term goals for the Foundation. This Vice President will specifically help strategize and execute on the fund development and stewardship work, which includes consideration of donor advised funds, investments, impact investing, and grantmaking, all of which keep growing markedly. Continuing to raise the Foundation’s profile, this Vice President will also assume some outward-facing duties as directed by the President & CEO, which may include serving as a liaison to partner organizations, representing and presenting as the Foundation’s ambassador, leading and attending trainings within the community, and working with stakeholders. Working in various capacities with the Board of Trustees, Professional Advisory Groups, internal and external committees as well as on strategic initiatives will provide elevated responsibilities and growth opportunities. Additionally, internal operations and supervisory responsibilities may evolve over time. Ultimately, like many hires in small organizations, this may well be a succession planning opportunity as well.

Position Responsibilities

The Vice President of Philanthropy will possess the highest level of personal and professional integrity; leadership experience; success in developing strategy; skills to comfortably interact with a professional staff, trustees, and community members; and an authentic heart for philanthropy. OJCF seeks an experienced development professional who is entrepreneurial in spirit and adept at collaborating to create and implement a comprehensive fund development and asset accumulation plan that serves the community and donors with professionalism and transparency. This leader must genuinely connect with the community through listening carefully and building trust-based relationships that exceed the expectations of prospects, donors, staff, volunteers and other stakeholders. The Vice President will expand OJCF’s reputation as a most effective platform for philanthropy in this community. To be successful, the incoming VP of Philanthropy must honor OJCF’s successful history while simultaneously providing inspired leadership, planning, analysis and programming that directs a development effort to effectively meet the philanthropic aspirations of Oregon’s Jewish community going forward.

Specifically, the Vice President of Philanthropy’s responsibilities will include:

Development and Stewardship

Engaging prospective and existing donors leading to new funds, larger funds and deeper commitment to philanthropy in partnership with OJCF
Providing legacy development work, which may include activity in support of LIFE & LEGACY and Endowment Book of Life
Ability to propose and manage noncash gifts, charitable gift annuities and trusts

Raising OJCF’s External Presence

Initially in partnership with the CEO and President, strengthening existing and cultivating new relationships with OJCF’s broad community stakeholders
Personally representing OJCF and advancing OJCF’s overall purpose and specific agendas in the community and public forums which may include event or seminar planning, building alliances, networking with partner organizations and leading workshops to inform on OJCF’s giving priorities, types of funds, etc.
Presenting at partner board meetings and potentially taking responsibility for a Professional Advisors Group and other new, creative Foundation initiatives
Leading by example, championing OJCF’s values of high integrity, innovation, collaboration, community-mindedness and Jewish heritage


Works directly with the Board of Trustees as needed and reports out as requested
Assuming more leadership and staffing for some Board Committees and new initiatives
Participate in onboarding new trustees

Assume some internal operations responsibilities and supervision of staff and leading teams as needed to ensure the effective stewardship of the organization

Participate in the development and implementation of OJCF’s strategic growth strategies, bringing knowledge of the competitive environment, endowment best practices, an understanding of legal issues, as well as knowledge of and involvement Jewish foundations and federations.

Profile of the Successful Candidate

OJCF seeks a proven leader who easily engages with a wide variety of people – from donors to nonprofit and community leaders to staff members – and everyone in between. The successful candidate will truly enjoy getting to know a wide variety of Jewish community members and will take great pleasure in advocating on their behalf – in short, being a visible, approachable, relatable leader and active member of the community. The Vice President of Philanthropy will have strong people and process management, organizational, analytical, communication, and fundraising skills. The successful candidate could come from a variety of leadership backgrounds; though they will have experience in the non-profit sector (either as staff or a board member), they may also come from other fields, such as work in the private, public, or academic sectors.

More specifically, OJCF seeks a seasoned professional who has:

An energetic, entrepreneurial nature that combines intellectual curiosity with analytical skills and political savvy, and a strong interest in – and excitement about – the challenges and opportunities facing our communities

Successful experience working in a visible environment and serving as an ambassador for an organization

A track record of fundraising accomplishments, with knowledge or the ability to quickly come up to speed and acquire knowledge of philanthropic tools and vehicles
A commitment to best practices in the field and a successful track record in fundraising, program development, database usage and contributing to a cooperative team
Ability to work collaboratively in a trusting work environment that results in efficient and effective organizational management and a healthy and positive workplace culture where all employees are heard and valued; embed an equity lens in all organizational interactions as well as programs
An affinity for pragmatic problem solving, as evidenced by a history of forward, anticipatory thinking and the development of strategy and vision for fundraising, with a bias toward innovation that brings new ideas to fruition and implementation
A communicative and open interpersonal approach, demonstrated through strong written and oral skills as well as strong listening skills
An inclusive, consensus-building leadership style both in and out of the public spotlight that simultaneously inspires board members, staff members, donors, and partners in the community
Strong business and financial acumen, a data-driven orientation in planning and making critical business decisions; a well-developed ability to distill legal, financial and business information to guide priorities; an understanding of the financial complexities and opportunities inherent in a community foundation
Integrity and a commitment to professional excellence
A bachelor’s degree

The selected candidate may also likely have:

Exposure to the community foundation model and an appreciation for its potential to empower donors to advance community issues
Marketing and branding knowledge and experience
Knowledge of and experience in Jewish traditions, culture and faith
An advanced degree


This position offers a competitive salary, and excellent benefits. We actively welcome all candidates from a wide range of backgrounds who have the skills to partner in and lead this dynamic philanthropic effort – regardless of compensation history. We seek to have someone in place by Summer 2021.


All applications are held in strict confidence. Please submit your resume and a letter of interest to the attention of Melissa Ulum, Managing Partner of MS&S Search. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, though earlier applicants may receive priority consideration. To be considered, MS&S Search encourages all interested candidates to submit their applications promptly to

At MS&S Search, we know that a richly diverse mix of professionals makes organizations more effective. Using that principle ­as our “North Star,” we make diversity a hallmark of our work and all of our search engagements.

Contact Info:
Melissa Ulum, Managing Partner
MS&S Search
1050 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 1100
Portland, OR 97204
Cell: 503.730.7615; Office: 503.244.2126 (message)

« Back to Job Postings