JOB: Associate Director of Development

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March 30, 2017


Background: From taking on the NYPD’s racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk program to challenging indefinite detention and torture at Guantánamo, the Center for Constitutional Rights has been on the frontlines of the fight for social justice for 50 years. We’re a multiracial, diverse staff committed to building the power of the people and communities we represent. Whether it’s immigration detention, solitary confinement, the Movement for Black Lives, Muslim profiling, or Palestinian human rights, we fight for civil and human rights though creative use of litigation and advocacy. 

The development program at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) is committed to the ongoing growth of a culture of philanthropy throughout the organization.  With a strong focus on relationship building, our goal is for donors to see CCR as the means of achieving their philanthropic goals and as partners in making change.  Development Department activities require high-level professionalism, systems thinking, best practices, and careful planning and should always adhere to CCR culture, values, mission, and operating principles.



This is a senior level development generalist position. Under the leadership of the director of development (DD), the associate director of development (ADD) is responsible for oversight of all aspects of the individual giving program, including identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and gift acknowledgement, and for meeting or exceeding income goals. The ADD will develop and implement comprehensive plans for the Founders' Circle ($1,000 and above) program, individualized plans for major donors ($5,000 and above) and an annual fund plan for lower level gifts.

The ADD has primary responsibility for deepening our regional donor program, for developing and implementing donor cultivation and acquisition initiatives, and for growing the Thelma Newman Planned Giving Society.

The ADD will work with the director of development on departmental planning and evaluation of individual giving programs, and will help manage assignments for major gifts and board fundraising. The ADD will support the DD on all development activities for the organization and will work with the DD to monitor the adequacy of development strategies and tactics.

The ADD is the direct day-to-day supervisor of the senior major gifts officer and will set priorities, make assignments, and provide information to DD on performance. The ADD will work closely with the DD on work with the board, including the development committee, nominations committee, and other board entities as appropriate. The ADD may be asked to manage the day-to-day operations of other development staff or when the DD is not available, assist with management of inter- and intra-department projects, and perform other responsibilities as needed.



  • Minimum of eight years of development experience, with at least five years of primary responsibility for individual giving, including major donors and solicitation of major gifts
  • Experience in a variety of fundraising settings preferred; proven success in conducting campaigns (capital, anniversary, planned giving) required
  • A belief in the mission of the Center for Constitutional Rights, demonstrated commitment to social justice issues, and comfort working in a progressive legal environment
  • Familiarity with the issues central to CCR’s work and related experience with a legal organization or other non-profit is preferable but not required
  • Experience with or demonstrated interest in donor research and donor motivation
  • Superior writing skills, including ability to translate technical legal work for a general audience
  • Donor database experience required; experience with CiviCRM a plus
  • Ability and willingness to travel required; valid driver’s license preferred
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, including proven ability to plan and meet deadlines, efficiently manage multiple tasks and priorities under tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong supervisory skills, grace under pressure
  • Strong problem-solving skills, including ability to anticipate problems and use judgment appropriately to plan solutions
  • Excellent interpersonal, research, and computer skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as member of a team
  • Integrity and sense of humor


Salary is commensurate with experience and subject to union collective bargaining agreement.  The current salary range for this position is $104,809 to $121,793.

Benefits include employer contribution to 401K plan and flexible spending account, vacation, sick leave, and holidays, and 100% organization paid health benefits, including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance.


Qualified candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume to with “Associate Director of Development” in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and strong consideration will be given to early applicants. No phone calls please.


Updated: March 27, 2017