Development Director
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Development Director

Job title: Development Director
Location: Washington, D.C.
Organization: Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
Due: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled 

Background: The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) leads efforts to implement just alternatives to the extreme sentencing of America’s youth, with a focus on abolishing life-without-parole sentences for all youth. Our vision is to create a society that respects the dignity and human rights of all children through a justice system that operates with consideration of a child’s age, provides youth with opportunities to return to the community, and bars the imposition of life-without-parole sentences for people under age 18. The CFSY collaborates with advocates across the United States and in Washington, D.C. that use public education, advocacy, and litigation as strategies to pursue this goal. The CFSY’s small team works closely in a friendly, fast-paced, collaborative work environment.

Position Posting: Development Director

We seek an experienced professional who can lead the organization toward financial growth in support of enhanced program opportunities. This professional we seek will manage the internal fundraising coordination and planning necessary to support a $2 million annual budget, as well as serve as an outward-facing representative to the donor community. We seek a highly organized person with poise, maturity, and confidence who can relate to a wide range of donor audiences and demonstrate compassion and discretion for the individuals we serve. The ideal candidate must be skilled in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding new strategic relationships, such as individual and corporate donors, and in managing the internal workings of a growing development department. Successful candidates will be flexible, creative, humble, and have a sense of humor about work and the world in which we live. A background in fundraising, while ideal, is not required.

Duties will include:

  • Coordinate all aspects of fundraising for annual budget of $2 million;
  • Create and implement a full fundraising plan for the CFSY, focusing primarily on individual and corporate donors;
  • Work with executive director and the board of directors to expand fundraising capacity;
  • Develop and execute major gifts strategy, including serving as the primary relationship manager for most major donors in the portfolio;
  • Develop and execute an annual campaign through mail, online, and events;
  • Set growth strategy and execute the Healing & Hope annual fundraising reception;
  • Develop and lead new donor stewardship initiatives;
  • Develop and lead new donor prospecting and cultivation initiatives;
  • Work with executive director to develop annual budgets including projected growth;
  • Work with key staff in other departments to leverage fundraising opportunities;
  • Work with communications director to create necessary materials, messaging, updates for donor community
  • Oversee grant writing;
  • Partner with the executive director to cultivate and maintain foundation relationships;
  • Oversee fundraising data integrity, gift management process, acknowledgements, recognition, and fulfillment; and
  • Track progress and produce necessary reports for management and board.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Stellar interpersonal and written communications skills
  • Highly organized
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Commitment to criminal justice issues, particularly reform to harsh youth sentencing practices in the United States, and/or human rights in the United States

Core competencies:

  • Personable & passionate – Has a communications style that engages others and motivates action
  • Organized and detail-oriented – Maintains system for organizing work materials; able to function under pressure and handle numerous tasks simultaneously
  • Innovative and strategic – Knows how to identify and reach target goals in creative, efficient ways
  • Leads with vision – Able to think big picture and pay attention to detailed strategies
  • Self-motivated and committed to excellence – Able to take the initiative to develop and implement new ideas and work diligently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Commitment to working as a team – Friendly and courteous, willing to work closely with the Campaign and as part of the larger community working to end extreme sentences for children
  • Sense of humor

Compensation:

The Campaign offers a competitive salary for this position, as well as a generous benefits package, including employer-paid premiums for a platinum individual health insurance plan, life and disability insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan.

To apply:

Email in a single attachment: a letter of interest, resume, names of and contact information for at least three references, and a brief, original, unedited writing sample to jobs@fairsentencingofyouth.org. PDF format preferred. Use “Development Director” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Applications will be received on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

People of color, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with personal experience in the juvenile or criminal justice systems are strongly encouraged to apply.

General Interns

To apply:

Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is okay) to info@fairsentencingofyouth.org. Use “Intern” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

We will review all intern applications for both the general intern and the communications intern positions. We will offer interviews based on application strength, including demonstrated interest, extracurriculars, transcript/coursework, cover letter writing, and any work experience, and will clarify applicant preferences for general or communications at the time of the interview.

The intern(s) will become familiar with national and state efforts to end juvenile life without parole sentencing. The intern(s) will assist the CFSY staff by undertaking research projects of varied materials and complexities, attending local juvenile justice meetings, assisting with communications related activities, and performing program support and administrative tasks. College credit eligibility and letters of recommendation provided upon successful completion of the internship. Part-time.

Duties:

  • Perform administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, working within Salesforce, Microsoft Word & Excel, Constant Contact, and WordPress
  • Assist with event planning
  • Research, collect, and compile data on relevant legislation and individuals serving juvenile life without parole around the country
  • Respond to mail from individuals in prison
  • Represent the Campaign at various juvenile and criminal justice meetings in the DC area
  • Participate in team meetings and state advocacy calls
  • Assist with the collection and distribution of relevant news stories
  • Assist in the implementation of new media strategy
  • Assist in the maintenance of organization’s social networking sites
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to criminal and juvenile justice issues, particularly reform to harsh juvenile sentencing practices in the United States, racial discrimination in juvenile justice, and /or human rights in the United States.
  • Some experience working with Microsoft Office applications. Salesforce and WordPress experience a plus.
  • Well developed organization skills with attention to detail.
  • Mature and reliable.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and listening skills.
  • Willingness to take direction and work as a team – friendly and courteous, willing to work as part of the larger community efforts to end juvenile life without parole.
  • Excellent writing abilities.
  • Prefer upperclass standing, graduate students welcome to apply.

The CFSY is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Here are general guidelines:

Summer internship (late May/early June through August):  April 15
Fall internship (early September through mid-December):  August 15
Spring internship (mid-January through May):  November 15

 

Legal Interns

To apply:

Email a letter of interest, your resume, two references, and a transcript (unofficial is sufficient) to info@fairsentencingofyouth.org. Use “Legal Intern” as the subject of your email, and include your availability and where you saw this posting. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

The legal internships at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (“CFSY”) give law students an opportunity to work on the cutting edge of constitutional and human rights law. The Campaign works to support litigation and legislative efforts to end the practice of sentencing children to life in prison so that all children have a meaningful opportunity to be released.

The legal intern’s work will include a mixture of work that supports both policy advocacy and litigation efforts.  Policy work may include researching and writing legal memos analyzing potential priority states for the future legislative sessions, aiding in the drafting of state level legislation, anticipating and researching implementation challenges of proposed legislation, and exploring potential partnerships with state-based community groups.  During the legislative session, this work will be dynamic based on the advocacy team’s needs.  Litigation work may include drafting legal memos for the litigation team, including analysis of state laws relating to extreme sentences for youth, parole and review eligibility for youth, and mitigating sentencing factors for courts to consider once a juvenile has been tried and convicted in adult court. The work of the legal intern will be integral toward our broader strategy of eliminating life without parole as a sentencing option for juveniles.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Here are general guidelines:

Summer internship (late May/early June through August):  January 31
Fall internship (early September through mid-December):  August 31
Spring internship (mid-January through May):  November 30

 

*** The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.