Welcome to Lab/Shul, an artist-driven, everybody-friendly, God-optional, pop up, experimental community for sacred Jewish gatherings based in NYC and reaching the world.


We’re Looking for a Development Manager to Join the Team!

Lab/Shul is a fast growing out-of-the-box Jewish community based in NYC and reaching the world. Lab/Shul is everybody friendly, artist-driven, and experimental in co-creating sacred Jewish gatherings. Now in our third year of operations, we are looking for a new team member to join us and help us grow in reach and impact.


Job Summary:

Lab/Shul’s Development Manager will be supervised by the Associate Director (Naomi Less) and work closely with the Executive/Spiritual Director (Amichai Lau-Lavie) , Operations Manager (Sarah Strnad) and the Board of Directors.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: Working with leadership team in planning and implementing development and cultivation events, including ongoing salons, annual phone-a-thon and Gala; Maintaining donor database and communications with donors.

Experience or proficiency in Salesforce a plus.


Principle responsibilities:

  • Maintains donor database including financial data in conjunction with Operations Manager.  Includes reporting at regular intervals, and as called upon, (annual giving, events/programs, engagement, season passes (membership), and donor-ship); updating and following up on pledges, invoicing and outstanding gifts, foundation giving, and giving history.  For invoicing, will work closely with Operations Manager and off-site bookkeeper.  
  • Coordinates and staffs fundraising and development events including VIP event/s and phone-a-thon, and collaborates with other staff and lay leaders on Lab/Shul events.  Is expected to be a visible presence at High Holy Days and the annual Gala – which may include staffing tables, shaking hands, collecting pledge cards.  
  • Creates and is held accountable for pledge follow up timeline post-High Holy Days, phone-a-thon and annual gala.
  • Key staff on gala team, which includes working closely with event producer, Spiritual Leader, Associate Director and staffing the auction committee.  
  • Conducts and reports on initial research on grant opportunities and constituents’ giving potential, including confidential information such contribution history, employment history, and contact information.  Reports findings on to Associate Director and Fundraising chair.
  • Drafts grant reporting in collaboration with Operations Manager for approval by Associate Director.  
  • Drafts fundraising communications materials for approval by Spiritual Leader and Associate Director.  (This may include solicitation materials, pledge forms, acknowledgement letters and website donation page content). Maintains accurate records of all communications, including tracking donor acknowledgments and reports from staff and lay leaders on verbal and email communications.  
  • Responds to telephone inquiries regarding gift giving and payment histories.
  • Prepares accurate and timely reporting for Board Meetings, and other fundraising meetings for Associate Director and Treasure which includes reports on member giving and giving statistics with the Salesforce/Cloud for Good.
  • Exercise independent and administrative judgment and assume responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results.


Position Requirements

  • It’s all in the Details: consistently tracks data and smaller elements of a task/project without losing sight of the larger picture
  • Communication Maven: writes and speaks clearly, effectively, and professionally with the ability to incorporate the ethos of Lab/Shul in speech and writing.
  • Creativity and Innovation: suggests new or improved methods of entering/monitoring data that increases efficiency and effectiveness
  • Initiative and Positivity: has a committed work-ethic and is motivated to take on and accomplish new projects with a can-do, enthusiastic, team-oriented attitude;
  • Excellent Interpersonal Skills: is approachable and uses diplomacy, professionalism and tact at all levels of communication with community participants, donors, potential givers, board members, etc.; able to take feedback from both colleagues and supervisors constructively and provide input and feedback constructively.   
  • Personal Resilience: adapts well and smoothly to changes in work priorities or new assignments; is flexible and nimble; maintains grace under pressure
  • Organized and Efficient: A high level of organization is necessary, and the candidate must be able to prioritize and multi-task, using time effectively to complete work assignments.
  • Synthesizes and Solves: is able to synthesize and organize information quickly.  When encountering problems or difficulties in completing work assignments, uses them as opportunities for improvement, crafting creative solutions without getting stuck in a single way of viewing situation   
  • Collaborative Passion for Lab/Shul’s mission and history: eagerness to contribute deeply to building this co-created, cooperative, team-based model that works with diverse populations, cultures and identities.



  • 3-5 years of work experience in non-profit fundraising / development
  • Knowledge of Judaism; knowledge of written Hebrew a plus
  • Experience with event planning/coordination
  • Strong written and oral communication a must
  • Strong Salesforce, Microsoft Word, Excel, and googledocs/googlespreasheets experience a must
  • Attend/Staff certain worship or program events including but not limited to Friday evenings and Saturday AM and Jewish holidays – (scheduled with Supervisors).  Attendance at all High Holy Day events a requirement. (Not eligible for OT)
  • Education: Min. BA Degree

Salary commensurate with experience. 

Please send resume and cover letter to the attention of the Lab/Shul Search Committee at [email protected]