Full Time

JFGI Director of Youth Philanthropy and Connection

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis 6705 Hoover Road, Indianapolis IN

About the Organization
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI) is the central fundraising and community planning organization for the Indianapolis Jewish Community. With an Annual Campaign of $3.9 million dollars and an Endowment of $80 million, the Federation supports and enriches the lives of Jews locally, nationally, in Israel, and around the world. We provide funding to a number of local and regional agencies, many national and overseas partners, and numerous independent programs that provide deeper connection and create Jewish community in Central Indiana. The Federation resides on and manages the operations of a 40-acre campus, and programs funded by the Federation create life-sustaining and life-changing impact, while inspiring and engaging members of the Indianapolis Jewish Community. More information about JFGI can be found at jewishindianapolis.org .

Position Summary
The Director of Youth Philanthropy and Connection is the professional responsible for developing and overseeing programs that build a sense of community and connection among the Jewish youth of greater Indianapolis through collaborative philanthropic endeavors, meaningful service projects, and engaging learning opportunities. We have named this new youth engagement initiative YoPhI (Youth Philanthropy Indy) and more information can be found at jewishindianapolis.org/yophi. To lead this new initiative JFGI is looking for someone who has a demonstrated knack for connecting with youth, enjoys strategic and innovative collaboration, is committed to nurturing Jewish values and identity, and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of change-makers. 

The primary focus of this position will entail launching a teen philanthropy board for engaged and unengaged Jewish teens in Indy, in partnership with the Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN). JFGI is honored to one of the communities selected to be a part of the JTFN Foundation Board Incubator Cohort 4 and is launching the YoPhI Teen Board as part of the JTFN initiative. The teen philanthropy board offers a unique opportunity for youth in our community to engage in the thoughtful, intentional, and strategic process of collective giving with Jewish values at the core.  This is a project-based learning experience in which teens join together for first-hand experience in raising and allocating charitable dollars, evaluating grant proposals, making site visits, participating in group decision-making, and assessing charitable impact.  These early experiences with strategic philanthropy are aimed at strengthening students’ engagement with Jewish life and lead to long-term involvement with Jewish life and philanthropy.

The Director of Youth Philanthropy and Connection will also be responsible for developing a series of service learning projects for students in grades 3-8.  These programs will be designed as a way to connect youth from different congregations as well as those who are currently unaffiliated.  The programs will be grounded Jewish values and foster a strong sense of connection to the community as a foundation for future involvement in teen philanthropy and leadership during high school.  Ultimately, the goal of the Director of Youth Philanthropy and Connection is to integrate into the culture of JFGI and the general community opportunities to make philanthropy an integral part of Jewish family life in the greater Indianapolis area. 

The aim is to have the Director of Youth Philanthropy and Connection on board the JFGI team by June 1, 2018, so that the new hire can participate in the annual JTFN Incubator Meeting in mid-June, plan over the summer, and launch programs in fall 2018.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as internal organizational ambassador and recruiter for youth philanthropy and service projects, integrating the initiative into the work of staff across all segments of JFGI.
  • Increase the visibility of JFGI’s Youth Philanthropy and Connection programs in the general community in such settings as synagogues, the JCC, and schools.
  • Create a clear menu of experiential opportunities for youth connection by leveraging JFGI’s network of agencies and relationships with synagogues.
  • Facilitate site visits to local agencies, synagogues, and organizations with family and group volunteer experiences.
  • Coordinate our community’s CHAI Mitzvah (learning circles) project, including running a monthly teen CHAI Mitzvah group.
  • Provide presentations to receptive synagogues regarding possible bar and bat mitzvah projects and teen-driven volunteerism beyond bar and bat mitzvah years.
  • Collaborate with YPII and CICF to connect JFGI’s teen philanthropy board with other youth philanthropy initiatives throughout Indiana. 
  • Work with the marketing department to create and disseminate communications pieces, including website and social media.
  • Work with Campaign and Endowment Departments to coordinate strategy and solicitations for donors and prospects connected to the teen philanthropy board and others.
  • Develop appropriate evaluation of initiative’s programs and effectiveness.
  • Form a lay-leadership Advisory Council to help guide the teen philanthropy board and support service learning projects throughout the community.


  • Master’s degree in Jewish communal service, Jewish education, or similar preferred
  • Highly proficient at project management, multitasking, and meeting deadlines
  • Significant experience as a teen Jewish educator and/or in experiential work with teens
  • Ability to build a philanthropic curriculum in consultation with students and with the Jewish Teen Funders Network. 
  • Experience with and understanding of fundraising methodologies
  • Experience working within lay–professional partnerships
  • Exceptional interpersonal and relationship-building skills with the ability to interact effectively with prospects and major donors
  • Ability to work closely with other in a team environment, and effectively interact with all levels of management, including occasional nights and weekends.
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and computer skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills for both youth and adult audiences
  • Detail-oriented self-starter who is also a team player and team builder
  • Ability to translate passion about philanthropy, Jewish values, and youth engagement into developing this new initiative at JFGI.

This position offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to nprice@jfgi.org

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree + Advanced Degree Preferred.