Chief Development Officer, Jewish Association on Aging

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Department: Nonprofit Talent

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

Chief Development Officer

Jewish Association on Aging

Pittsburgh, PA


Mission and Background

The mission of the Jewish Association on Aging is to honor and enhance the lives of older adults by providing a continuum of individualized quality care consistent with Jewish values and tradition.

For over a century the Jewish Association on Aging (JAA) has been dedicated to providing long-term care, shelter, and religious services to the Pittsburgh region’s elderly population. Since the founding of the JAA over a century ago, we’ve successfully built a strong healthcare continuum, providing the highest quality care, services, and programs serving seniors and their families. The JAA offers a full range of comprehensive care programs to keep seniors active, safe, independent, and connected to the community through services for seniors of all faiths, backgrounds, and financial means. As today’s adults outlive previous generations, many will also outlive their savings. In keeping with our values, we have never asked anyone to leave our care because he or she could no longer pay. Over the years, we have quietly provided more than $100 million in free care and services to seniors who have lost the ability to pay.

As national leaders in senior care, we continuously change, improve, and innovate to stay ahead of evolving expectations for what life as a senior citizen can be. We embrace visionary models of care, build state-of-the-art facilities, leverage new technology, and partner with thought leaders and renowned experts. An exciting example is our newly opened AHAVA Memory Care Center of Excellence, which is one of only two memory care residences in Southwestern Pennsylvania to be licensed as an assisted-living special care residence. Residents will be able to age in place as their care needs grow. In addition, the JAA uses art as a bridge to reach into the minds and hearts of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Through our unique, diverse art and creative program, “We Are Art!, we add meaning, joy, and a vibrant sense of well-being to the lives of our members living with dementia.

Throughout our history, the JAA has expanded both the range of its care programs and its physical footprint. The Weinberg Village campus encompasses the Charles M. Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and newly opened AHAVA Memory Care Residence, the Residence at Weinberg Village personal care facility, as well as the administrative offices for the JAA Home Health Services, Sivitz Jewish Hospice & Palliative Care, Mollie’s Meals, Anathan Club Adult Day Services, and the JAA Outpatient Rehabilitation. Weinberg Terrace offers apartment-style personal care living in the heart of Squirrel Hill.

Today, with an operating budget of $34 million and 3 sites serving over 2000 seniors and their families a year, the JAA continues to evolve as a renowned leader in shaping innovative approaches to senior living and healthcare. With a successful $18 million dollar capital campaign nearing completion, we take the lead in serving seniors who cannot afford to pay for care. With national pilot programs and innovative methodology replicated by other agencies, the JAA is forging a future for all of us.

More information about our organization is available at:

Position Overview

The Chief Development Officer leads the organization’s advancement efforts, including major gifts, leadership gifts, planned gifts, grant writing, annual giving, special events, capital campaigns and stewardship programs.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) is a newly created senior leadership position within the JAA and is a priority of the organization in achieving its mission. The CDO position has been created to spearhead the fundraising efforts of the JAA, working in partnership with the President & CEO and a committed Board of Directors to uplift the mission and advance the donor experience. The CDO will report to the President & CEO and will supervise a team of professionals. The CDO will lead the effort for raising philanthropic dollars through major giving, annual giving, legacy gifts, grants, and special events. As the JAA completes a successful Capital campaign, the CDO will have the opportunity to participate in the final phase.

The CDO is expected to be a highly visible leader in the community promoting the JAA and our region’s seniors in the giving priorities of individuals, businesses, and corporations in the region.


Key responsibilities

Create a Robust Development Plan. Using organizational information and best practices in healthcare and nonprofit fundraising, create a development plan beyond the capital campaign to be shared with Staff and Board to guide the fundraising activities of JAA.

Lead Fundraising Strategy. Lead the President & CEO, Board, and Staff in the systems, protocols, and implementation techniques to further enhance the development program.

Oversee the Capital Campaign. Continue the success of the Capital Campaign forward through the last phase. Implement best practices in the stewardship of donors.

Support the Positioning of JAA as a Leader in the Community. Work cooperatively with the President and CEO and Vice President of Marketing to create and monitor consistent messaging for the organization. Utilize social media as a means of reaching the community and potential donors.

Cultivate Legacy and Major Gifts. Increase the pool of donor prospects, make qualifying visits, cultivate prospects, and close major gifts with the creation of a Grateful Patient program and robust Legacy giving program.

Manage Foundation and Corporate Relations/Grant Program. Work cooperatively with the staff to identify funding needs. Identify corporate and philanthropic partners to approach for funding. Propose grants based on the protocols put forth by funding organizations.

Steward Donors and Friends of JAA. Organize and implement timely and authentic expression of gratitude to all participants in the mission of the JAA for the cultivation and sustainability of long-term relationships.

Oversee Special Events Strategy and Practices. While not directly implementing events, manage the staff and volunteers of Special Events.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The CDO will lead with an appreciation of the enormous responsibility the organization has in serving the seniors of the community. He or she will have proven experience managing annual giving, legacy giving, and capital campaigns as well understand the complex nature of nonprofits and diverse funding streams.

Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Able to develop passion about the mission of the JAA and its families served.
  • Progressive and effective fundraising in a nonprofit organization. Quantitative evidence of increased dollars raised while in a position.
  • Successful track record with creating and maintaining relationships with funders and community institutions.
  • Interpersonal skills including the ability to motivate, negotiate, and persuade stakeholders into a course of action in a community context.
  • Personal communication skills necessary for effective face-to-face cultivation of donors and written communication skills necessary to create compelling fundraising materials.
  • Experience with fundraising databases.
  • Committed to the best practices of nonprofit fundraising, including membership in professional organizations that promote ongoing education.
  • Prior experience managing and leading a team. 
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board Member relationships.
  • Working style that is transparent, encouraging, and collaborative.
  • Responsive to the needs of others including colleagues, families, community partners, donors, and all related constituents.
  • Visionary, smart, and trustworthy. Ethics and integrity beyond reproach.
  • Idealism, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

Performance Objectives

The CDO will be expected to deliver outstanding outcomes while successfully addressing and meeting the following in the first 6-12 months:

  • Immerse and integrate into the mission and programs of the JAA, understanding our organization, community and embracing our values.
  • Structure a highly professional Development Plan to include policies and protocols for prospect research, fundraising, and stewardship.
  • Work cooperatively with the marketing efforts of the JAA to enhance donor base and experience.


The Chief Development Officer position is a priority of the organization. As such, the salary for the position is highly competitive and includes a complement of healthcare, retirement, and personal benefits.

Resume, position specific cover letter, and salary expectations may be uploaded via this website portal. 


The Jewish Association on Aging has retained Nonprofit Talent to assist with this important organizational leadership hire. Interested individuals wishing to confidentially inquire about this opportunity may contact Michelle Pagano Heck, Principal at Applications are not accepted at this email address. Please direct all inquiries related to this position to Nonprofit Talent, and do not contact the Jewish Association on Aging.

The Jewish Association on Aging is an equal opportunity employer.


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