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Assistant Director of Development - Communications and Special Events
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 E. Clinton Ave.
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Principal Responsibilities:

The Organization:

Deeply rooted in Jewish values and tradition, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is a vibrant home for Jewish people that welcomes all and cultivates the social, intellectual, physical, and spiritual well-being of the entire community.

The Opportunity:

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades seeks an experienced fundraising professional to join our Development Office as Assistant Director of Development, Communications and Special Events. Working closely with internal and external stakeholders, this position is responsible for a centralized philanthropic communications and event strategy that contributes to and supports revenue goals and donor engagement.

An ideal candidate is an excellent project manager and thrives in a team-oriented environment. This role presents a unique opportunity to raise critical funds for a full continuum of community programs including early childhood education, the arts, Jewish culture, and senior services. Under the guidance of the CEO and Managing Director of Development, the individual who takes on this role will have the opportunity to contribute to the strategy and growth of a thriving institution that has served as an important part of the community for nearly seventy-five years.


Play a pivotal role in the strategy, planning and execution of existing major fundraisers and special events; as well as identifying new opportunities for fundraising, stewardship, and community events.

Support the Managing Director of Development in creating, managing, and implementing a comprehensive philanthropic communications strategy.

Collaborate across the development team to ensure appropriate sponsor and donor touchpoints to drive revenue and increased participation.

Supervise the Special Events Manager and provide oversight of event planning logistics.

Play pivotal role in communication and reporting for leadership, Board of Directors, committee and event chairs and other stakeholders.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Alyssa Schiffman at

Minimum Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience in special events management with a proven record of success in increasing contributed revenue.

Strong interview, storytelling, and writing skills with the ability to develop concise and compelling content and stories.

Highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to meet deadlines while working on multiple projects.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Excellent judgment and strong decision-making abilities.

High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.

Previous experience with Salesforce or other CRM databases preferred.

Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as necessary.


$75,000 - $85,000

Agency Information:

Kaplen JCC On The Palisades is a welcoming home away from home for all who pass through its front doors. Our 185,000 square foot building plus acres of outside grounds feature 2 fitness centers, an indoor and outdoor aquatics center, group exercise, spin and pilates studios, 2 gymnasiums, tennis and racquet courts, indoor track, a luxurious spa, multiple playgrounds and fields and so much more. The JCC is home to the renowned Thurnauer School of Music, Leonard and Syril Rubin Nursery School, Neil Klatskin Day Camp, and the JCC Dance and Drama Schools. The JCC is also proud to offer extensive, high quality programs and services to adults of all ages, as well as to seniors and individuals with special needs.


Our vision is to be the center point of Jewish life in our community and to engage all generations in our mission and values.

Deeply rooted in Jewish values and tradition, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is a vibrant home for the Jewish People that welcomes all and cultivates the social, intellectual, physical and spiritual well-being of the entire community.


We are committed to demonstrating the following values and ask respect for these values from those with whom we interact:

TIKKUN OLAM (repairing the world)