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Associate Director, Major Donor Relations

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. Among our core priorities, we fight to protect voting rights, end mass incarceration, strengthen checks and balances, and preserve Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting-edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them — in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.

Position Overview

The Brennan Center is seeking an Associate Director, Major Donor Relations. This role is a critical member of a high-performing Development Department of 13 staff who are charged with raising $35+ million annually from a diverse base of supporters: major donors; family/personal foundations; national foundations; corporations; direct response contributors; and an annual gala event.

The position is a senior member of the major donor team, which raises upwards of $20 million annually from individuals who give $10,000+. We seek a dynamic, well-rounded professional with proven ability to successfully lead a multi-million dollar fundraising portfolio.

In addition to a track record for cultivating and raising substantial funds, we seek a creative and strategic thinker who engages effectively with diverse stakeholders and can produce excellent written products. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Development.

Salary is highly competitive with excellent benefits.

Key Responsibilities

  • Stewarding: Lead a substantial part of the $20-25 million major donor portfolio.
    • Raise and aim to exceed projected funds from a subset of the Center’s existing major donors, ranging from five- to six-figure gifts and totaling upwards of approximately $8 million.
    • Devise and execute nuanced, individualized stewardship strategies, including meetings, outreach surrounding program developments, and carefully crafted responses to inquiries and requests.
    • Gain thorough understanding of the Center’s substantive and mission-driven work to maximize pitches and donor relations.
  • Prospecting: Initiate strategies and play a lead role to secure unidentified sources of support. Cultivate known donor prospects and identify and engage new prospects. These efforts will include managing networking events and meetings.
  • Serve as a primary point of contact with donors, potential donors, donor advisors and family foundation staff.
  • Guide, advise, and collaborate with the Center’s President and program leaders who often serve as primary donor contacts. Prepare leaders and staff for meetings, events and networking opportunities.
  • Compellingly describe – with considerable emphasis on written communications and products – the work and funding needs of the Brennan Center. Writing products range from grant proposals and reports to snappier “journalistic” snapshots of the Center’s activities.
    • Produce grant writing submission packages, including tailored budgets and financial reports.
  • Participate in planning and tracking fundraising goals.

Key Qualifications

  • Must have relevant development experience based on key responsibilities. Demonstrable success in meeting multi-million dollar fundraising goals. Leadership ability seen in progression and advancement in career.
  • Sharp understanding of the Brennan Center’s policy and legal goals, the activities and strategies employed to reach them, and the political and societal landscape in which we work.
  • Resourcefulness to keep updated on the Center’s programmatic progress and developments – and judgment to use the best messaging and framing about them.
  • Excellent and versatile writing and editing skills. Ability to translate complex, voluminous, and quickly evolving activities and efforts into persuasive, concise, and accurate written communications and products.
  • Facility for identifying and working with unique, nuanced factors of each donor relationship. Includes ability to conceptualize and draft personalized, effective donor communications.
  • Maturity and strong interpersonal qualities suitable for working directly with donors and their staff, and with the Center’s leadership and staff at all levels.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment, and complete multiple concurrent projects in a timely way.
  • Generous team player.
  • Ability to productively apply direction and feedback.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, with advanced degree or training in law, public policy, journalism, or public relations a plus.

Applications

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until a qualified candidate is identified. To apply, please visit https://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/MQJQih2H5u/Associate-Director-Major-Donor-Relations and upload the following application materials (preferably in pdf format): copy and paste a cover letter, upload a resume, and upload contact information for three references. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting in your cover letter.

If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with “Associate Director, Major Donor Relations" in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Online application, however, is strongly preferred to ensure your application is reviewed.

The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center

  • Welcomes and hires applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, socioeconomic identities and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated;
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • Ensures that all members of the Brennan Center community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and 

  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.
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