Development and Operations Associate
About the Organization
Wilderness Torah is known nationally for reinvigorating Judaism’s nature-based traditions and sparking deep spiritual and community experiences. Entering our second decade, Wilderness Torah is at a pivot point, and this development role provides an opportunity to make an enormous difference in growing the earth-based Judaism movement. With your involvement, Wilderness Torah will solidify its proven, regional, nature-based programs for community-building and youth-mentorship, grow its national influence as a thought leader and trainer for the earth-based Judaism movement, and make strides toward establishing the land-based Center for Earth-Based Judaism near the Bay Area.
Founded in 2007, Wilderness Torah has served thousands of people with land-based holiday retreats; outdoor, mentorship-based K-12 programs; young adult leadership development; and local and national training in our models. We’re here as one healing balm in an overstressed, disconnected culture—to reconnect to the magic created when we unplug, get out into nature, experience embodied ritual and learning, all within a multi-generational setting. See our website at www.wildernesstorah.org.
Wilderness Torah has been named a Slingshot Top 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofit seven years running, has received regional and national awards for Jewish education, and has been featured on NPR, and in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and local and national Jewish media. A graduate of Upstart and Joshua Venture incubator labs, Wilderness Torah is now in a prestigious national cohort for mezzanine stage Jewish organizations.
Our workplace culture is one based on flexibility, trust, warmth, and dedication. Our small team works hard, brings their whole selves, takes time when they need it, and relishes helping create meaningful experiences. We also have a large community of hundreds, from families in our youth programs to participants who help co-create our events.
About the Position
The Development and Operations Associate will provide critical support in the areas of grant writing, individual fundraising, donor stewardship, and fundraising events. We are seeking a person who is highly organized, detail-oriented, an excellent writer, and proactive. Help us ensure we submit top-notch foundation proposals and reports, never miss a deadline or opportunity, maximize every online and offline fundraising opportunity, and execute successful fundraising events.
You will work with an amazing team of smart and caring people, in a workplace culture that values flexibility and collaboration. This position reports to the Development Director.
This is a dream job for someone who:
● Has at least two years of fundraising experience
● Wants a career in nonprofit fundraising
● Hopes to be an important part of a well-oiled machine
● Is looking for an opportunity to learn in a supportive environment
● Finds unparalleled satisfaction in being the behind-the-scenes person who knows what
their teammates need before they do (and has all that stuff ready to go the moment they need it)
● Is passionate about earth-based Judaism and social justice
Your responsibilities: Development (80%)
● Working closely with the Development Director, managing foundation deadlines for proposals and reports
● Provide foundation grant writing support including first drafts, editing, coordination, and submissions
● Support individual giving by providing administrative support for major donor fundraising, e-appeals, and social media
● Provide exceptional donor stewardship by helping us stay organized and put our best foot forward: process incoming gifts, draft donor communiqués, maintain our database and generate reports for the Development Team and the Board, and help prep the staff and board solicitors for funder meetings
● Help us execute fantastic events, including house parties and donor thank you events
● Provide administrative support as needed for our Administrative Director and the Board
● Receive mail; process and forward
● Help prepare for board meetings and staff retreats
The successful candidate will bring the following minimum qualifications:
● Remarkable organizational skills and attention to detail: you love to create order out of chaos, never miss a deadline, get a thrill from a well-organized spreadsheet, and have
an eagle eye for typos
● Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
● At least two years of successful fundraising or non-profit experience
● Proficiency with Excel, Word, Gmail, Google Docs
● Proactive, eager to take ownership, and quick to incorporate feedback
● Bachelor's degree or equivalent
● Ability to excel in independent and team-based work, and to collaborate with diverse
groups of people
● Grace under pressure, compassion, integrity, and the ability to be both kind and honest
● Experience with donor databases (we use Salesforce)
● Experience with project management platforms (we use Asana)
Pay and Benefits
● Full-time, competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience. Salary range from $42,000 to $45,000
● Flexible work schedule with at least one day/week remote (office is in a beautiful co-working space in downtown Berkeley with free weekly meditation and yoga classes)
● Medical and dental benefits
● Staff receive one free ticket to participate in all Wilderness Torah events
● Please send resume and cover letter (one page) in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org
● Writing sample (two pages maximum)
● Name, affiliation, and contact information for three references
● Immediate Start Date
● Application due date: This position will remain open until we find the right person
to fill it. If this posting is still posted on our website, go ahead and apply.
● No phone calls please.
● Please include “Development and Operations Associate” in the subject line.
We recognize that in order to better serve our community, we need to continue to build an organization that supports, understands and lives diversity—in our staffing and in our values. Wilderness Torah is an equal opportunity employer, and we seek to develop a diverse workforce. Local candidates only, or be willing to relocate. Must be able to lift 20 pounds. Thank you!