Director of Development – The Kabbalah Centre (New York, NY)

Institutional Summary

The Kabbalah Centre is a non-profit organization that makes the principles of Kabbalah understandable and relevant to everyday life. The Kabbalah Centre Teachers provide students with spiritual tools based on Kabbalistic principles that students can then apply as they see fit to improve their own lives and by doing so, make the world better. The Centre was founded by Rav Yehuda Ashlag in 1922 and now spans the globe with brick-and-mortar locations in more than 40 cities as well as an extensive online presence.

Position Summary

The Kabbalah Centre is looking for a highly experienced Director of Development to lead and grow a sustainable Development Department. The Development Director will be responsible for the implementation of a new Membership structure/ Annual Fund, a Major Gift effort, Planned-giving and all additional aspects of a comprehensive development program, including the gradual formation of a development team. The Director of Development will create, manage, and implement digital and social media fundraising initiatives, appealing to existing and potential global donors, and will be responsible for researching and broadening the donor base, increasing the number, frequency, and level of contributions.

The position reports to the Co-Director of the Kabbalah Centre, Rabbi Michael Berg, or his designee, and works closely with Senior Leaders and the Board.

This is a full-time, exempt position located in New York City.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create fundraising goals and develop a comprehensive fundraising plan.
  • Identify new funding sources and maintain and grow relationships with current and potential donors.
  • Prepare, produce, and analyze fundraising campaign progress and results.
  • Plan, develop, write, and manage online fundraising campaigns through email and social media platforms.
  • Develop fundraising strategy to acquire and retain donors globally and improve quality conversion rates.
  • Collect, analyze, and manage Development data systems.
  • Form deep working relationships with all Senior Leaders.
  • Personally identify, cultivate, and solicit major gifts.
  • Strategize and oversee implementation of external communications that support the growth of relationships between The Kabbalah Centre.
  • Furnish support and direction to the Board and volunteers for all outreach activities.
  • Hire, train, and manage all additional development staff.
  • Administer the department’s annual operating budget.
  • Represent The Kabbalah Centre in a positive manner with both internal and external constituents.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Thrive in an environment of change
  • Make complex decisions, problem-solve and serve as an effective team member
  • Bachelor degree
  • 7-10 years of relevant experience in fundraising, preferably in a management role
  • Demonstrated experience and success in building donor base through email and social media efforts
  • Experience using Blue State Digital Suite or comparable digital platform
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Highly organized, strategic and methodical
  • Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Experience with membership structures
  • Flexibility to occasionally attend events or perform duties outside of normal work hours.


  • Competitive and commensurate with experience.
  • Exceptional benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance.

Interested candidates can submit cover letter with salary history and resume to: