Director of Development and Compliance

Seattle, WA 98101

Job Number: 219

Jewish Federation Seeks Director of Development and Compliance

Greetings to all of you who survived a smoky and occasionally downright HOT Seattle summer. Not that climate change is real or anything, right?

Now, to business – the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle has eyes out for a new Director of Development and Compliance. This, my friends, is an amazing opportunity for the right person.

And just who might that right person be? Anyone who both values and excels at networking. The Jewish Federation is one of the most important and best-supported service organizations in the metro area, and anyone occupying this role will be one of its foremost public representatives.

This position will be responsible for the operations of the Endowment Department. It also manages some of the federation’ s most important committees, including Planned Giving, Investment, Real Estate, Gift Acceptance, and the Special Initiatives Fund.

In short, this is a job that requires poise, intelligence, tact, discretion, and good judgment. It also calls for legal, accounting, tax, and insurance know-how. This position handles everything from the preparation of key IRS forms to the execution of contracts.

Therefore, the Federation will be especially interested in applicants from the legal, financial, insurance, or consulting fields. A law degree is not a must – but it would be a nice, shiny plus.

The Federation is also looking for supervisory experience, and some background in the nonprofit sector – especially anything involving endowments, custodial funds, or supporting foundations. A deep familiarity with the Seattle metro area’ s Jewish community would obviously be an asset.

Whoever rises into this position is going to have a lot to do from the very start – but would also have a real chance to define the role, both in the near term and in years to come.

And make no mistake – the Federation is definitely interested in someone who intends to stay for quite a while, and to help the organization continue to make a sizable impact on the life of our region.

If you – or someone you know – might be a good fit for this position, just let me know!

PS From PSP: Kinda interesting piece in the Puget Sound Business Journal (alas, it’ s behind a paywall online, but you can see it in the print edition) that looked the varying concentrations of particular jobs in different major metro areas.

Certain jobs in Seattle had a particularly high “ location quotient” – that is, they were much more heavily concentrated here than they are nationwide. It turns out that the occupational category most densely concentrated in Seattle compared to the rest of the USA is ship engineers, followed by tapers; zoologists/wildlife biologists; applications software developers; and sailors/marine oilers.

And by the way, the article also tells you the average annual pay for all nonfarm jobs across the Seattle metro area: $63, 120.

I’ m not sure if that’ s more than I expected or less – it’ s so hard to tell with the rapid influx of people and wealth, accompanied by the signs of obvious economic distress in many parts of our region. Your thoughts? 

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