Development Manager

August 22nd, 2023
Development Manager

Development Manager

  • Full Time
  • Mid-Level
Job Category: Development
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Legal
Salary Range: 70,000 - 78,000

NCLEJ’s Mission:


NCLEJ advances racial and economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities across the country, using groundbreaking impact litigation, policy advocacy, and support for grassroots organizing. NCLEJ works to build systems that provide economic security and full participation in society to all. Our current advocacy focuses on: (1) safeguarding access to government benefits; (2) advancing the rights of lower wage workers; (3) combating abusive debt collection and wealth extraction; and (4) advocating for disability rights and disability justice. We litigate extensively in federal and state courts across the country, typically as lead counsel in class actions, and we partner with grassroots and community-based organizations, other legal organizations, and the private bar. 


Development Manager’s Role:


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will participate actively in the fundraising strategy by assisting in developing and maintaining a portfolio of individual and institutional supporters.


Primary Responsibilities:


·         Work with the Executive Director and other NCLEJ staff to build and implement NCLEJ’s fundraising strategy;

·         Researching, identifying, cultivating, and soliciting philanthropic commitments from current supporters and prospective donors, including individuals, foundations and other philanthropic entities;

·         Assist with grant writing and report writing, including with respect to foundations.

·         Manage the production and logistics of fundraising, outreach, and cultivation events, including briefings, advocacy, conferences, and privately hosted dinners;

·         Manage communications with supporters;

·         Maintain a database of supporters and prospects;

·         Present the work of NCLEJ to existing and prospective supporters;

·         Help create and regularly monitor the development budget;

·         Create agendas, prepare background materials, and conduct follow-up to meetings;

·         Supervise support staff, interns and volunteers as required;

·         Deliver output in a timely manner consistent with the agreed strategy and priorities of the organization; and

·         Perform other tasks, as required.


Qualifications and experience of the ideal candidate: 


  • Education: A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in social sciences, communications/marketing, or related studies is required.
  • Experience: Donor or volunteer management, and philanthropy or fundraising experience preferred.
  • Commitment to NCLEJ’s mission
  • Creativity, initiative, follow-through and excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively build donor and volunteer relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work well under pressure.
  • Strong computer skills. Experience with CRM software and knowledge of social media are desirable.
  • Other: Occasional night and weekend work to support events is required.


Benefits: NCLEJ has a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance; 15-24 vacation days and 10-15 sick days per year (based on length of service); 13 paid holidays per year; an FSA plan for medical, childcare, and transit expenses; an Employee Assistance Program; and contributions to individuals’ 403(b) plans. 


Vaccination Requirement: To help ensure that NCLEJ continues to operate in the safest manner possible, NCLEJ requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.


Equal opportunity: NCLEJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and people from other historically disenfranchised communities to apply. NCLEJ does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital or parental status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. NCLEJ makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified individuals, including individuals with disabilities, with full opportunities for fellowships and employment in all positions. 


Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role.


Application process: Please submit a resume and cover letter via this link:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we guarantee consideration for applications received by Sept 15, 2023.


NCLEJ is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying, please contact Lyn James at [email protected]. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice

  • 50 Broadway Suite 1500
  • New York, New YOrk 10004
  • Phone: 212-633-6967

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