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The Associate Director of Development assists with the coordination and administration of the day-to-day operations of the Development Department;

Essential Functions

  • Develops and writes proposals to fund grant-making, other programs and events;
  • Develop proposals, grant applications, reports and other correspondence for submission to individual prospects and current funders.
  • Assists in the development and preparation of the case for annual giving and proposals for the general operating fund; prepares reports to funders;
  • Work with Donor Organizer, consultant or in-house staff to develop direct marketing appeals
  • Identify and research new prospects, develop cultivation and solicitation strategies, and build relationships prospects and current funders.
  • Manage donor acknowledgement, stewardship and benefit fulfillment.
  • Manage accurate recording and maintenance of departmental records; prepare internal reports as needed.
  • Assist Director and Donor Organizer in supporting Circle and Development Committee’s fundraising activities.
  • Assist with letters and other writing
  • Work with Marketing Consultant on look and feel for grassroots messaging
  • Integrate technology and social media
  • Develop call strategies and support solicitors
  • Cross-functional support related to individual donors
  • Logistic and fundraising support to Fundraising Events
  • Coordinate with Director, Circle and EA for fundraising scheduling
  • Exercises judgment, sensitivity and discretion in the execution of assigned responsibilities;
  • Assists in establishing Development goals;
  • Assists in maintaining close contact wit, both donors and prospective donors;
  • Provides support in fundraising and cultivation contacts; manages the annual renewal solicitation process;
  • Assists in establishing an effective foundation identification, cultivation and solicitation program for annual operating support;
  • Prepares responses to inquiries



  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of five years experience in foundation fund raising, preferably in a non-profit environment.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Must have strong inter-personal skills, with the ability to deal effectively with a wide range of persons.
  • Excellent oral and written communications and organizational skills required.
  • Fund raising background in foundation cultivation, solicitation, grant writing, and donor research desirable.
  • Must be familiar with and have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite software using Excel and Access, Little Green Light or similar database or fundraising software
  • Familiarity with Network for Good or other online giving/ crowd sourcing/ fundraising platforms or campaigns a plus.
  • Must have excellent event planning skills.
  • Familiarity with diversified funding sources for non-profits, such as federal, state & municipal employee giving programs, merchandising, etc a plus.
  • Demonstrated alignment with CJI’s mission to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization is a plus.
  • Must be comfortable articulating CJI policy positions, principles and values elevating the role of directly-impacted leadership in movement organizations
  • Must be comfortable articulating CJI’s cross-race/cross-class activist advised, consensus-based grant-making model
  • Must be able to travel as deemed necessary.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Data Coordinator/Assistant/Researcher
  • Temporary personnel as needed during peak periods
  • Demonstrated alignment with CJI’s mission to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization is a plus.
  • People directly impacted by the criminal justice or immigration system; with a previous history of incarceration; women; people of color; LGBTQI people; people with disabilities, encouraged to apply.

The Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) is a program of the Solidago Foundation. It is the policy of the Solidago Foundation to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of history of incarceration, race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, military status, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression or gender.

How to apply: Deadline for application is May 30, 2018. Please email resume with a cover letter to cjistaffing@gmail.com