Deputy Director of Development

March 13, 2023

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April 13, 2023


This is a senior level Development generalist position. The Deputy Director of Development (DDD) assists the Director of Development (DOD) in managing the overall programmatic, supervisory, operational, budgetary, and financial responsibilities and activities of the Center for Constitutional Rights Development programs. The DDD is directly responsible for managing the major and principal gift programs and their workflow and intersection with all other Development programs including the capital campaign, institutional giving, regional and international development, planned giving, direct mail, and special events. The DDD is also responsible for supervision of the major gifts officers and is an integral member of the capital campaign team.

The Development team of the Center for Constitutional Rights is committed to donor-centrism and the ongoing growth of a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization. With a strong concentration on donor-centrism, our goal is for donors to see the Center for Constitutional Rights as the means of achieving their philanthropic goals and as partners in making change. Our aggressive Development programs require high-level professionalism, creativity, systems thinking, and a commitment to core fundraising principles and thoughtful planning.



  • Assist the DOD with departmental planning and the evaluation, assessment, and monitoring of Development strategies and tactics
  • Monitor systems and procedures for efficient and effective functioning of the department and foster an environment that encourages growth and collaboration
  • Mentor, train, and create professional development opportunities for major gifts team
  • Assist DOD in the management and day-to-day supervision of Development staff
  • Assist DOD in establishing and monitoring annual Development goals and objectives including team/individual workplans
  • Monitor staff workload and propose enhancements or adjustments as needed
  • Work closely with the DOD on board relations including management of the development committee and the capital campaign leadership
  • Assist with management of inter-departmental projects; contribute to organizational and inter-departmental projects and strategic planning
  • Recommend new or expanded Development plans and programs
  • Work with the DOD to effectively plan and allocate the department’s internal and financial resources
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the DOD


Development Programs

  • Support DOD in overseeing all aspects of the individual giving, major and principal gift programs, including donor research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Ensure coordination of Development staff with Legal, Advocacy, and Communications departments in managing individual and foundation relationships, including participation in donor meetings, donor appreciation events, and organizational events
  • Supervise research and stewardship of current and potential major and principal donors
  • Assist the DOD in supervision of the Associate Director of Development to expand the depth and breadth of the Center for Constitutional Rights’ regional development program, board house parties, donor cultivation and acquisition initiatives, and the Thelma Newman Planned Giving Society
  • Monitor direct mail and email communications, ensuring that mailings proceed as scheduled and that messages are compelling and timely
  • Monitor integrity and implementation of the protocols and procedures for the Raiser’s Edge donor management system
  • Travel for donor meetings and special events
  • Engender and nurture donor loyalty through prioritizing donor-centrism and relationship-building
  • Assist the DOD in fostering a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization that engages staff and board in the Center for Constitutional Rights Development programs
  • Keep informed of developments in philanthropy and non-profit management and make recommendations to the Development team


Major and Principal Gifts

  • Oversee all aspects of the individual giving, major and principal gift programs including donor research, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; conduct weekly check-ins and updates
  • Develop and implement annual comprehensive plan for the major gift program and individualized plans for principal gift ($100,000 and above) donors
  • Day-to-day management of the major/principal gift programs and staff; set priorities, make assignments, and provide information to DOD on performance
  • Design and implement major and principal gift plans that are strategic, rigorous, and facilitate vibrant growth
  • Design and participate in principal gift relationship building activities including donor calls, meetings, communications, and special events
  • Assist the DOD in implementing and facilitating productive and engaging major gift team meetings
  • Ensure clarity and efficiency of individual giving, major/principal gift workflow, and intersection with other Development programs to ensure the timely execution of all Development activities


  • Minimum of eight (8) years of Development experience, with at least four (4) years of responsibility for individual giving (less than $5,000), major gift ($5,000-$9,999), and principal gift ($100,000+) fundraising
  • Experience with institutional giving, planned giving, special events, direct mail, donor communications, capital campaigns, and board relations
  • Strong supervisory and non-profit management skills
  • Experience with or demonstrated commitment to the principles of donor-centrism and donor relationship building
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications
  • Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as member of a team
  • Superior attention to detail; committed to high-level of accuracy
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including ability to anticipate problems and use judgment appropriately to plan solutions
  • Belief in the mission of the Center for Constitutional Rights, commitment to social justice, and comfort working in a progressive legal environment; familiarity with the social justice issues central to the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. 
  • Experience with donor management software required
  • Ability to keep donor information and privileged organizational information confidential
  • Exceptional work ethic and organizational and time management skills, including proven ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities under tight deadlines
  • Superior level of personal responsibility, professionalism, and initiative
  • Integrity, grace under pressure, emotional intelligence, and a sense of humor
  • Multicultural competence and comfort – ability to thrive within a diverse environment, work across differences and exhibit equally respectful behavior to all staff

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Adobe and Google applications
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge
  • Ability and willingness to travel required; valid driver’s license


Salary is commensurate with experience. The salary range for the position is $116,000 to $145,000. Benefits include employer contribution to 401K plan and flexible spending account, vacation, sick leave, and holidays, and 100-percent organization-paid health benefits, including medical, dental, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance.


Qualified candidates should visit to submit an online application.  Applicants will be asked to submit a resume and cover letter.  No phone calls please.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ and gender non-conforming people.





Updated: March 13, 2023