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Development Associate

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving 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

We seek a highly-motivated, dynamic professional to join a high-performing 12-member Development Department as a Development Associate. We seek a team-player who will provide essential support to help reach the Brennan Center’s ambitious financial goals. Our diverse and growing base of supporters includes: national foundations and corporate philanthropies; major donors (individuals and family/personal foundations); direct response contributors; and sponsors of our annual gala, the Brennan Legacy Awards Dinner.  

Core responsibilities for the Development Associate include: (1) providing research and administrative support for major donor fundraising; and (2) coordinating and maintaining team-wide data systems. Major donors (those who give $10,000 and up) make up the Brennan Center’s largest and fastest-growing source of funding. The Development Associate will work closely with all members of the Development Department, particularly with the Manager of Major Donor Relations and the Managing Director of Development (on database and systems management duties).  

Salary is competitive with excellent benefits.  

Key Responsibilities:

Major Donor Relations

  • Organize and execute processes and systems for varied and extensive donor research needs.
  • Conduct research on donors and prospective donors, and provide cogent written presentations.
  • Assist with gift acknowledgement processes.
  • Help manage major gift income tracking documents and produce facts and figures as needed regarding the Center’s donor base.
  • Support major donor relations efforts as needed, such as responding to donor inquiries and gathering organizational materials and information for meetings, events, and outreach.  

Database & Systems Management

  • Proactively manage donor and prospect information in departmental CRM (Salesforce) database.
  • Create and update contact lists.
  • Generate routine and customized reports as needed.
  • Ensure data integrity through accurate data entry and by helping to lead ongoing data hygiene processes.
  • Contribute to the execution and improvement of cross-departmental systems and planning, working closely with the Managing Director of Development.  

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 1-2 years of work experience in an office setting, preferably at a nonprofit or mission-driven organization. Past fundraising experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated database experience, which includes working with voluminous data (Salesforce background preferred).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Highly organized with outstanding attention to detail and accuracy – deadlines are met, and work product is thorough, complete, and polished.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills – including ability to build relationships and work effectively with staff and leadership at all levels.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, along with maintaining privacy and confidentiality.
  • Ability to flexibly, effectively juggle priorities, and thrive in a fast-paced, unpredictable environment.
  • Ability to receive feedback and direction and respond productively.
  • Proactive and self-starting – able to work independently, with keen issue-spotting and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Team player – a spirit of camaraderie, a generous collaborator, and a sense of humor.
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the Brennan Center’s mission.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with the position to be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. To apply, please visit our application here, and upload (in pdf) the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste in the space provided), resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: with “Development Associate” in the subject line, after registering in the online system.

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

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic identities, gender identities, and sexual orientations;
  • 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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